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Jeffrey Glenn Blackwell

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  • I had surgery yesterday to see what's wrong with me he said i have pelvic prolapse, cystocele,is this mess sling complication

    i had this sling put in 3 years ago for my bladder

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Thousands of women across the United States have suffered injuries after being implanted with transvaginal mesh products. The issues can be complicated. Specific product liability laws also vary between different states. My office is representing a number of injured women in Alabama. We have been busy preparing one of our cases for trial. Several lawyers answered your question by recommending you seek legal advice from an attorney in Illinois (assuming that is where you were implanted with the product). I agree with that advice. I would also add that you should research and speak with several lawyers. Many lawyers advertise for these cases but do not truly handle them. You need a lawyer in your state who does understand the complex issues.

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  • Can one heir stop the process of distribution of money in a wrongful death suit after the settlement has agreed on and check is

    this is in Alabama.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Your question is too general for a specific answer. I would suggest you consult a local attorney. In Alabama wrongful death cases, there can be a number of issues concerning who represents the deceased's Estate, the damages available, and how funds are distributed. Some of these issues are unique to Alabama. This is especially true when it comes to damages in Alabama. A wrongful death case should only be handled by an experienced trial lawyer. Many attorneys do not fully understand the unique nature of available damages or how recovered proceeds are distributed.

    Wrongful death proceeds in Alabama are distributed to the heirs outside the Estate and are not subject to the claims of Estate creditors. The funds are distributed to heirs in the same manner as if the deceased had no Will. In Alabama, a specific statute governs this distribution breakdown.

    Several years ago I posted an article discussing the unique nature of damages for wrongful death in Alabama. I have included a link to my blog containing that (and other) posts on the topic.

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  • Hired Lawyer now I have a letter stating I must produce 5 years of federal income tax.Is that legal

    Hurt at work now need back surgery, I have done everything the doctor I was sent to said I needed to.I still have not received a dime from W.C.Hired a lawyer before I signed anything.I do not understand why I must show my Federal and state income ...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I agree with Tracy and David. In a workers' compensation claim, defense lawyers routinely request tax returns. If you refuse to produce any information, the defense lawyer will probably file a motion asking the court to require production.

    I typically discuss the issue with my client. While tax returns can be used to show income, they can also show additional and unrelated information. This can be a concern. This other information can include information about your spouse, dependents, or other issues. Where the returns reveal other information, I will sometimes redact (mark out) this information and produce only the actual income information.

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  • Walgreen gave my husband the wrong medication, he just found out today. He has been taking it for a month and has been very sick

    They double his strength on his blood pressure medicine. Today them amited it and gave him some free vitamins for their mistake.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Mis-filled prescriptions are far too common. These errors cause many injuries to patients. I have represented a number of patients in Alabama who have suffered severe injury after receiving either the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of their medication. You need to consult your doctor as soon as possible to discuss any adverse health effects. I would also keep the pill bottles, any remaining pills, and the paperwork. This can be important evidence. If you return this evidence to the drugstore, it may disappear. Finally, you should consult an attorney licensed in your state who also has significant experience with these issues. These cases can involve complex drug and medical issues. If you speak to an attorney in your city, before hiring the attorney, I would specifically ask about his/her experience with cases involving defective products or medication-related injuries.

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  • Nurse case manager ???

    I live in Alabama I wanted to know do I have the right to stop her from coming to my appointments. Because I have caught her in a lie she said the doctor that I picked out of the panel of four wasn't in town and they wanted me to see the docto...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Nurse case managers should help injured workers get needed medical care. However, too often they do not. Instead, they have a different goal. That goal is to save the insurance company money. A bad case nurse can work against you and prevent you from getting needed medical care. Because far too many of them act against the injured worker's need for care, I provide very specific advise to all my clients.

    You can certainly request that your appointments with the doctor be private. That will probably keep the nurse out of the actual appointment. But, be aware that she will probably still talk to the doctor since she is representing the insurance carrier. I would be very careful about the information you give to the case nurse. Many case nurses also gather information from the injured worker that the insurance company may later use to defend the claim.

    You should seek legal advice concerning your injury and how to deal with this case nurse. If you would like some more information, I have written on this issue a couple times -- see the links below.

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  • I was in Biriminham Al thursday Aug 1st. I was hit by a car as I was walking across the street. I have a fractured right leg,

    Should I get a lawyer where I live, in Mississippi or where the accident happen in Alabama? I also have other injuries and may need surgery

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney licensed in Alabama. In addition, the attorney should be experienced in handling personal injury work. When you speak with attorneys ask them about their specialty. Ask them about their experience in court.

    In the meantime, you should also be very careful in dealing with the insurance company for the driver who hit you. You should be aware that insurance adjusters often record phone calls. Adjusters also often try to get the injured person to sign release documents allowing the insurance company access to medical and other personal records related to you. I would not sign anything until consulting with an attorney. I have included, below, a link to an article on personal injury lawyers that offers some advice.

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  • What is the time limit for filing a Rehearing request from The AL Civil Court of Appeals, after they ruled Affirmed/No Oppinion?

    No one seems to understand the question. Just try. Thanks!

    Jeffrey’s Answer

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    Appellate procedures are governed by the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure. With any appellate issue, you should seek the advice of an attorney who is experienced in handling appeals. The procedures are different then those in trial courts. Additionally, an experienced appellate lawyer will know how to best present the issues to the appeals court. This includes brief writing which is a key skill that many people lack, including lawyers. I have attached a link to a post I wrote previously about the issues important to writing. That post references an Alabama lawyer who specializes in handling appeals.

    As for your specific question, Rule 40 governs applications for rehearing. I attached a link to the rule below. Generally, applications for rehearing must be made within 14 days. Also, filing for rehearing is not necessary before filing a petition for cert review to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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  • Does medicaid take their money out before you get your check from court?

    I was in an car accident, was on medicaid, but thought the other persons (who is at fault) paid that. Why is medicaid jumping in and then making me pay back medicaid? Medicaid I thought was for your benefit and didn't have to pay back.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Medicaid does have certain reimbursement or subrogation rights due to its payment of your medical bills. However, they are really very limited under Alabama law. Many attorneys fail to understand these limits and simply accept what the agency tells them it will take in compromise for its claim. In some cases, I have found it better to address the issue with the court. If you are significantly injured and dealing with substantial medical bills, I would urge you to consult an attorney who truly understands the issues involved in a Medicaid lien in Alabama.

    The issues surrounding medical liens are complicated. Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance, all have different legal rights under the law. This is an area where a knowledgeable lawyer can really make a big difference in how much money you are able to keep in a settlement. It is also an area where many lawyers fail to fully maximize their client's recovery.

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  • I was in a car accident a month ago how do i find a lawyer?

    my aunt and i were in the car stopped turning left and someone wasnt paing attention and rearended me it was 100% his fault the chiropractor i was sent to said i should get a lawyer

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Finding the right attorney is an important decision that can greatly impact your case. With all the advertising on television and other sources, it can be difficult to determine who is really an expert in this area of the law (Personal Injury) and who is not. Many attorneys advertise that they handle personal injury cases. Yet, in truth, many of these advertising attorneys are not skilled in this specialty and will not go to court.

    Although she does not practice in your state, Seattle attorney Karen Koehler is on Avvo and wrote a great legal guide which provided 10 helpful tips on choosing the right personal injury attorney. If you are trying to locate an attorney in your community who can handle your personal injury case with skill and dedication, I would urge you to read her advice. I have attached the link for you.

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  • CAN I SUE FOR MY DRASTIC LOSS OF SEXUAL PLEASURE WITH MY WIFE (AFTER MESH TRANSPLANT)?

    Wife had mesh transplant (problem with doctor ;who will not see her to diagnose that she has problem and caused other doctors to refuse to see her for 2years now). Shes going crazy and hurts and if I try to have sex with her ;it leaves her in pain...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I am representing a number of women in Alabama who have suffered severe personal injury from mesh implants. I have written a few articles on my blog that discuss these products and the problems they have caused. Here is a cite to one of those posts: http://www.alabamalitigationreview.com/2013/02/articles/defective-products/mesh-concerns-and-questions/

    I would urge you to seek legal counsel in North Carolina. These are serious cases. They require an attorney who is skilled in handling personal injury claims caused by a defective product. If you do seek a North Carolina attorney, you should do so immediately. Each state has unique laws, including time limitations on pursuing claims.

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