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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: Are attorneys hands tied as far as filing lawsuits for incidents that happened during the pandemic if it was negligence?

I was in a medically induced coma because of Covid 19 and I came out of the coma. I fell from the bed on the floor and my heart stopped and they brought me back several times & I sustained a hypoxic brain injury. & was reintubated. I have my official medical records and I signed a contract... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 14, 2023

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Don't lose further time awaiting a reply here. This isn't an attorney referral service, so there's no point awaiting a reply regarding possible representation. With a looming statute of limitations,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a company require covid restrictions at one location only when they own companies across 21 states?

They are only requiring corporate people to go home if unvaccinated. They do not require this for the entire company. If they fire someone would it be legal?

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Aug 16, 2021

In general Alabama is a right to work state and a person can be fired for almost any reason. It is also likely fine for them to institute this policy for Alabama only. The limitation would be if you are protected under the ADA to avoid receiving the vaccination due to some pre-existing health... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Alabama on
Q: Can the ER ask someone with a high fever to sit in a car with no air conditioning in a parking lot that is 100°f
Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Aug 9, 2021

Short answer is yes, should they is another question entirely. Many of the norms we typically associate with hospital protocols have been altered by COVID-19. If you suffered an injury as a result of that situation it may be worth contacting an attorney for a private consultation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Im 5k behind on child support since covid hit. I'm wondering what I should do & will I be going to jail for this?
Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Feb 13, 2021

You should immediately consult an attorney or file yourself to have your child support payments suspended or at least reduced. One of the big secrets of child support that they should make you aware of when you are first ordered to pay but don't is that if something happens in your life that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: Can my employer really punish me for calling in during a notice in this type of instance?

I have worked for a hospital for 4 years. All that is legally required from my employer for a notice of leave is a 2 week notice. However, because my job might be hard to replace due to the pandemic, I decided to be nice and give them a 2 month notice. A week after turning in this said notice, I... View More

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Jan 6, 2021

Assuming you don't have an employment contract that states otherwise, there is no federal law that requires you to provide any notice at all to your employer before resigning. However, if you do have an employment contract that requires you give notice of your resignation, the length of time... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Alabama on
Q: My dad got divorced, had no will, and passed away. His ex wife’s name is still on the house.

My dad and his ex wife got divorced before they could come to an agreement on the house. She hasn’t been in the house over 10 years. He passed away with no will in place. He has two biological children(me and my sister) and a daughter that he and his ex wife adopted. The ex wife doesn’t want to... View More

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook
answered on Dec 18, 2020

To evaluate this fact pattern, an attorney will need to look at your father and his ex wife's Deed. However, it sounds like she could own half or possibly even the entire property, and yes you are correct that she could evict you or petition a court for a sale of the house at any time... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Alabama on
Q: Hi We cancelled our wedding due to covid. The wedding planner contract says she can keep all money paid to her.

My mother has paid 1500 of a 2000 contract. 500 of that was after we already expressed worries about the date. The wedding planner was contracted for day of services, photography, videography, flowers, photo booth, dj, invites, and some decorations. I never got anything that she was supposedly... View More

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Nov 18, 2020

If the contract is governed under Alabama law, you should look at the contract itself. ALabama is a very conservative state in terms of contract law. The terms of the contract will govern, and courts are very reluctant to decide that this is just unfair to you. You should hire a lawyer in the state... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Military Law for Alabama on
Q: What do I need to do if I was fired from my job a month after I was activated with my reserves unit?

I have worked with my employer since Nov. 2018. In March of 2020, our restaurant was switched to curbside pickups only. They gave us the option to switch to unemployment because they would only keep a couple employees to work due to covid. April, I received orders for active duty starting 4/20 for... View More

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
answered on Sep 30, 2020

I highly recommend reaching out to an employment attorney in your area to discuss options. This sounds like discrimination based on military service, which would be a violation of USERRA. The employer is required to place you back in the same position (or the position you would have attained had... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I have done my deposition about 4 months ago, and is there a time frame on the person I'm suing to do there deposition?

The person Im suing hasn't did there deposition and I wanted to know could they wait until next year to do theirs, or is it a time frame for them to do theirs. My deposition was held four months ago.

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell
answered on Aug 27, 2020

Good question. With the current Covid-19 issues, many things are delayed. Your delays could be the result of coronavirus issues. But, I'll answer the question as if times are normal.

I've seen many lawyers frustrated by issues scheduling the other party's deposition. One of...
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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Alabama on
Q: Can I be charged for months while court was closed due to coronavirus?

Divorce lawyer said $4,000 retainer fee was more than enough. Court hearings were put on hold for months during coronavirus, yet the lawyer kept racking up the bill somehow and now says I owe $6,000 more. Is this legal? Can the charges rack up even when everything was closed?

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Aug 20, 2020

Although the lawyers before you provided excellent responses and advice I feel the need to weigh in on this question as it comes up so often in one form or another. First, read your contract. Your contract should spell out exactly what you are to be charged for and what is free. What you will... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: My employer is saying our Covid-19 $1200 stimulus check will be deducted from our paycheck. Is this legal?

I work at a Medical facility in Alabama

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
answered on Apr 22, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires employees to be paid a minimum wage for all hours worked. If your employer deducts the amount from your paycheck and your total compensation for the week does not rise above the minimum wage required to be paid under the FLSA, you may have a... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Alabama on
Q: Can I get a restraining order?

During the COVID 19 outbreak my older sister and I have kept our parents isolated in their home, taking them things as they need and interacting with them from a distance. I called my mom Friday to see what she was doing, and my younger sister, who has been going to work everyday, blew our... View More

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Mar 31, 2020

Interesting question and very timely. You are asking for a judgment on a practice matter. A restraining order (which I believe would most appropriately come in the form of an Elder Protection From Abuse Order (EPFA) is very unlikely to be issued on your facts. Are your parents mentally competent?... View More

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