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Personal Injury in Alabama and Florida

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of lawsuit alleging that the person's injury has been caused by the negligence of another. The most common types of personal injury claims are traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective product accidents, defective pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices, medical malpractice and trucking accidents.

Attorneys often represent clients on a "contingency basis," in which the attorney's fee is a percentage of the plaintiff's eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved. Often, times having an attorney becomes essential because cases become extremely complex, such as in medical malpractice cases.

Messer Law Firm has represented a broad spectrum of personal injury clients ranging from simple auto accidents to complex multi-party litigation and mass torts. In business litigation the firm has handled significant construction law, breach of contract and business disputes cases. A sampling of the work done by Birmingham, AL attorney Jim Messer involves a significant settlement in a wrongful death, electrocution case. He was also the member of a trial team whose work resulted in a significant verdict for a client injured by a defective pharmaceutical.

The firm also has experience in property damage claims for losses caused by both wind and flood and has ensured that many property policy holders were fairly compensated by their insurance company for losses sustained in Hurricanes Opal, Erin, Ivan and Dennis.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death. The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives, as enumerated by statute.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. Standards and regulations for medical malpractice vary by country and jurisdiction within countries. Medical professionals are required to maintain professional liability insurance to offset the risk and costs of lawsuits based on medical malpractice.

A doctor would be liable for (depending on the circumstances) such things as prescribing experimental drugs and performing cosmetic surgery.

Commercial Litigation

Commercial law (sometimes known as business law) is the body of law that governs business and commercial transactions. Many countries have adopted civil codes that contain comprehensive statements of their commercial law. In the United States, commercial law is the province of both the United States Congress, under its power to regulate interstate commerce, and the states, under their police power. Efforts have been made to create a unified body of commercial law in the United States; the most successful of these attempts has resulted in the general adoption of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Various regulatory schemes control how commerce is conducted. Privacy laws, safety laws (e.g., the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the United States), and food and drug laws are some examples.

Criminal Defense

In criminal prosecutions, a defendant may raise a defense in an attempt to avoid criminal liability. It is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to try your State or Federal criminal trial.

Definitions may be found at http://www.wikipedia.org/.

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