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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Alabama on
Q: My dog was ran over (I witnessed it) by a truck going 50 mph down a dead end road in the country. What could I do?

The speed limit on my road is 15 mph! The person who ran him over NEVER stopped or turned around after obviously running a dog over. My dog was ran over right beside our mailbox, basically in my YARD. the truck that ran him over should have been on the right side of the road but my dog was on the... Read more »

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jun 10, 2020

Oh my gosh. That is terrible and I am so sorry for your loss. You should report this to the Police and the District Attorneys Office and see if you can get them to pursue animal cruelty charges against this person. As for a civil case, unfortunately animals are treated as property and valued as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Alabama on
Q: How can I get my father’s medical records from hospital since he has passed away?
Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jun 10, 2020

Most all hospitals will require that you be appointed as the Administrator or Personal Representative of your father's estate in order to obtain a copy of his medical records. I have only seen a few times where a hospital released records to a relative of a deceased person without being... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I was rear ended in a car accident at 36 weeks pregnant. What is my settlement looking like?

I was rear ended in a car accident at 36 weeks pregnant. I sustained a bruised placenta , and was put on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I also spent 3 days in the hospital being monitored and almost went into labor twice . This was in October 2019 . I have a lawyer and I am currently... Read more »

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jun 10, 2020

Based on your description of the facts of the crash, liability does not sound like it is in dispute. If liability is in dispute, it can influence the value of a case. As for the settlement amount, there are many factors that go into the (1) settlement value and (2) potential trial value of any... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Alabama on
Q: We are filing a wrongful death suit for my dads death. How are damaged disbursed in a wrongful death case in alabama

My sister in main one talking to lawyers and getting the estate set up. She says she wants to make sure all debts are paid first. I’ve read different things I just want to make sure I understand the process

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jun 10, 2020

The wrongful death proceeds will be disbursed to the heirs. Even if your sister is the personal representative and talking with the lawyers, the settlement proceeds would be split evenly amongst the heirs. At some point (prior to disbursement of any settlement amount), there will likely be a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: Next Step(s) after not getting a response from the defendants? All parties served by Court. It's been 30 days.

1.Because I could not obtain legal counsel for this case and was running out of time (24 month statue of limitation), as Pro Se, my petition asked for a Bench Trial (good or not?); 2. Since it has been 30 days, after filing the Complaint and neither party has answered, even though they received the... Read more »

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jan 6, 2020

1. Bench trial versus Jury trial - it all depends on your venue (what county you are in) and the type of claim you have. Juries are drawn from the people of the county where you filed your claim - if those residents tend to be more conservative or liberal in general, that is likely what your jury... Read more »

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