Posted On: February 24, 2010

Birmingham Personal Injury News: Former Alabama Exotic Dancer Wins $100K Injury Suit following DUI Accident

As a personal injury attorney serving clients in Birmingham, Auburn, Gadsden, Bessemer and throughout Alabama, I have the skills and experience to help individuals injured as a result of another person’s negligence. Whether it’s a slip-and-fall accident, products liability case or injury resulting from a drunk driver, you’re best course of action is to retain the services of a qualified legal professional.

Not surprisingly, an experienced auto accident lawyer and personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world to someone hurt in a traffic or on-premises accident. A recent article brought to mind the potential benefit of bringing legal knowledge to bear in an injury case. According to news articles, it has never happened in the history of Alabama’s legal system, but a former nightclub stripper sued her employer after she drove drunk and became injured in a drunk driving-related car crash.

Amazingly, the former exotic dancer was awarded $100,000 after blaming the club for her accident. According to court records, Patsy Hamaker of Bessemer, AL, claimed she left the strip club in an intoxicated state and eas subsequently injured in a 2007 traffic accident. She argued that the nightclub went against its own written policies, although lawyers for the club said that no policies where in existence at the time.

Hamaker had filed the suit against The Furnace in Jefferson County for a total of $1.2 million in damages after she left the club and drove home drunk. According to reports, the woman had a 0.198 blood-alcohol content following the accident on October 17, 2007.

Although the plaintiff was legally drunk, she claimed the club was at fault for allowing her to leave before she sobered up. Defense attorney’s for the club argued that Hamaker was also high on other substances, which the club apparently did not know about. Still, a jury sided with the former exotic dancer, who said she can no longer dance because of the injuries sustained in that traffic accident. A Jefferson County jury awarded her $100,000 for compensatory damages to cover her unpaid medical bills. No punitive damages were awarded.

The defense said it would consider an appeal from a public policy stand point since there has never been a case like this in the state of Alabama.


Jury awards ex-Stripper $100K for DUI wreck, WashingtonPost.com, February 3, 2010


Former Exotic Dancer Wins Lawsuit Update, CBS42.com, February 2, 2010


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Posted On: February 10, 2010

Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney News: Alabama Drivers can be Hurt by Inattentive Cell Phone Users

It’s a shame that here in Alabama with all our modern conveniences, those same labor-saving devices can cause nearly as much harm as good. I’m talking about cell phones and inattentive drivers. As a Birmingham personal injury lawyer and motorist myself, I how often a fatal or near fatal accidents happen due to distracted drivers. Texting, of course, is one of the worst activities a person can do while operating a motor vehicle. Police say it’s almost worse than drunk driving.

This may be the reason why President Obama called for a nationwide ban on cell phone texting just last month. Representing folks who have lost a loved one through the negligence of another person is something I do for a living. Many victims and their families are put in terrible circumstances as a result of a traffic accident or other disaster that could have been avoided if it wasn’t for the carelessness and sometimes callousness of someone else.

According to a recent news article, new data out shows that cell phone use while driving is a direct cause of nearly one-third of all traffic accidents. This is a shocking statistic, yet the National Safety Council (NSC) announced that 1.6 million crashes each year are caused by drivers using cell phones -- a staggering 28 percent of all crashes. And, based on accident data collected from across the United States, the NSC estimates that of those 1.6 million crashes, 200,000 are caused by drivers who are texting.

Of course, people have been saying for years that cell phone use while driving is a very risky distraction. Apparently texting is an even higher risk, according to Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

Fortunately, legislation has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature that would make texting while driving illegal in the state. In fact, a study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows more than half of all drivers reported having used a cell phone for either talking or texting while operating a motor vehicle. That same study indicated that 60 percent of the drivers said they use a hand-held phone, compared to 34 percent who use a hands-free phone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of drivers at any one time are using cell phones. That’s one car out of every ten that you see in traffic has a person using a cell phone -- either talking or texting on it. Think about that the next time you’re at a traffic light.


Cell phones can be hazards, TimesDaily.com, January 25, 2010

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