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Nothing Beats a Good Old-Fashioned Water Park

By Eric Guster on July 11, 2017

Few things get the kids more excited than a trip to the water park. That makes sense because water parks have got it all: the thrills of roller coasters mixed with the cool down effects of a swimming pool. Throw in a few water guns, a wave pool, and a lazy river, and you’ve got the ideal place to spend a hot summer day. In 2012, it’s estimated that 85 million people visited the 1,200 water parks in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and attendance at water parks grows by approximately 3 percent each year.

But sadly, with thousands of rowdy kids splashing around and having fun in the sun, injuries can and do occur. Yet while one may think that rough-housing and excited play might lead to most accidents, about 86 percent of water park injuries happen around water slides, according to Saferparks.org, and most of the time the accidents are caused by fast, slippery slides. As recently as August of 2016, a 10-year-oold boy in Kansas City named Caleb Schwab was killed in a water slide accident. There are very real dangers at water parks that parents and kids need to be aware of. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

By Eric Guster on June 28, 2017

Summer means heat and LOTS of it. For some folks, the warmer weather is fun in the sun: golfing, bicycling, ball games, cooking out with friends, hanging by the pool, or enjoying Alabama’s many lakes and rivers. But there’s one thing most people don’t think about until it happens to them: burn injuries. And it’s a fact that the risk for moderate to severe burn injury is dramatically increased in the summer months. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Birmingham’s Dangerous DUI Days of Summer

By Eric Guster on June 6, 2017

In many parts of the country, winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. Rain, snow, and ice can make winter driving naturally hazardous, and holidays like Thanksgiving and New Years add the element of intoxication to the mix. While summer should be a naturally safe time to drive, since roads are usually clear of ice and snow, DUI incidents can be quite high and extra cautions, especially by Birmingham teen drivers, should be taken around the summer holidays. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Simple Ways to Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents in Birmingham

By Eric Guster on June 2, 2017

Swimming pool accidents can range from simple slips and falls that result in only minor scrapes and bruises, to drowning that can lead to lifelong brain damage or fatality. While not all accidents are avoidable, there are some steps that a homeowner can take to help avoid accidents around a swimming pool. These steps are not only important for general safety, but can also help avoid negligence if an accident does occur, which protects the pool owner from civil claims. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Common Law Marriage in Alabama Ending in 2017

By Eric Guster on March 3, 2017

When thinking of marriage in the traditional sense, there are two components that come to mind. There would be a ceremony conducted by a public or religious official, and a marriage license would be established. A common law marriage is a relationship with the absence of those two elements. The AL legislature abolished common law marriages, effective January 1, 2017. Problems sometimes occur when only one party acknowledges the relationship as a marriage, particularly as it relates to marital benefits. In these instances the courts are challenged to make a determination of validity, which invites evidence which may be largely speculative and open to interpretation. Representative Mike Jones (Andalusia) introduced the bill and Governor Bentley has signed it into law. Common law marriages achieved prior to 2017 shall remain valid.

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Posted in: Family Law

Steps to Filing a Claim After a Hit and Run Accident

By Eric Guster on March 1, 2017

Being in a car accident is a scary situation to find yourself in, regardless of the circumstances that may surround it. In the immediate aftermath, it might be difficult knowing what to do next. This is especially true in the case of a hit and run. Although it’s never legal to leave the scene of an accident, that doesn’t stop drivers from doing it quite often. Victims suffer serious injuries every day from hit and run accidents, whether they were in another vehicle, on a bike, or walking across the street, and are left at the scene wondering what steps to take and how they’re ever going to be compensated for the damages that were done.

We can help you answer those questions and more at Guster Law Firm, LLC. Our Alabama personal injury lawyers will guide you through the appropriate steps to take in filing a claim after a hit and run accident.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Alabama Drivers and Pedestrians at Risk of Being a Victim of Cell Phone Distracted Driving

By Eric Guster on February 27, 2017

Distracted driving is a serious problem that has been affecting the nation for years. There are numerous factors that can lead to a driver’s attention becoming diverted, but one of the most prevalent causes is cell phone use. With the advancement of technology and smartphones that gain the ability to do more and more with each new release, drivers have become increasingly easy to distract. The result is a growing number of serious injuries being caused by cases of cell phone distracted driving.

This is why the Alabama personal injury attorneys at Guster Law Firm, LLC are dedicated to holding distracted drivers responsible for their negligent actions. We are well versed in our state cell phone laws and understand the kind of impact that distracted driving can have on victims and their families. We utilize our knowledge, experience, and resources to get our clients the maximum amount of damages they deserve.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What You Need to Prove Wrongful Death Negligence

By Eric Guster on February 24, 2017

Losing a family member, especially when it could have been prevented, is one of the most traumatic events a person can ever go through. This is what many people encounter every day in situations where a wrongful death has occurred. When someone has died because of the negligence of a third party, their family members have the right to pursue justice. However, these cases can be some of the most challenging to prove and require the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Guster Law Firm, LLC has a team of Alabama personal injury lawyers that know how to successfully validate claims of wrongful death negligence. We take on the responsibility of proving our clients’ cases so they can focus on the grieving process. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

The Hardships of a Catastrophic Amputation Injury

By Eric Guster on February 22, 2017

The thought of losing any limb or body part is unimaginable, but unfortunately, it happens quite frequently. When these traumatic circumstances take place because of another party’s carelessness, there may be an opportunity to seek recovery.

The Alabama personal injury attorneys at Guster Law Firm, LLC regularly take on challenging catastrophic amputation injury cases. We fight to help clients obtain maximum restitution for their severe injuries.
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Posted in: Personal Injury

New Year’s Resolution – Drive Less Distracted in 2017

By Eric Guster on January 10, 2017

Distracted driving is impacting roadway safety in Alabama and across the country. In Baltimore, a man crashed into a stationary police vehicle while playing “Pokeman Go.” In Napa, a teen driver collided with a power pole while playing a video game. Jennifer Smith founded a group called StopDistractions.org to advocate against distracted driving after her mother was killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver using a mobile device. According to the National Safety Council, roughly 1.6 million auto crashes are attributed to mobile phone usage annually; this equates to approximately one of every four incidents. An estimated 330,000 people are injured in accidents stemming from this issue. They believe the average time that a driver takes their eyes off of the road when text messaging is five seconds. Distracted driving may include actions such as mobile device usage, eating, using mirrors to view makeup, and more.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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