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Catastrophic Injury and
Wrongful Death Litigation

Helmsing Leach attorneys are often retained to defend wrongful death actions and cases seeking large compensatory and punitive damage awards for catastrophic injuries in difficult venues.  This practice area includes substantive experience in admiralty and maritime, aviation, mass tort, medical malpractice, product liability, and toxic tort litigation, as well as cases involving workplace injuries and premises liability.  The firm has extensive experience evaluating and contesting both liability and damages in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, and has successfully obtained favorable rulings on dispositive motions and trial verdicts for its clients.

  • Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999)
  • Ex parte Bio-Medical Applications of Alabama, Inc., 216 So. 3d 420 (Ala. 2016)
  • Tillman v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, 340 F. 3d 1277 (11th Cir. 2003)
  • Barnhill v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., 2011 WL 1837816 (S.D. Ala. May 10, 2011)
  • Frantz v. Brunswick Corp., 866 F.Supp. 527 (S.D. Ala. 1994)
  • Obtained summary judgment for testing company in products and premises liability case involving severe burn injuries
  • Before filing of answer, obtained voluntary dismissal of wrongful death case arising out of boating accident in Geneva County, Alabama
  • Obtained mandamus relief from Alabama Supreme Court mandating summary judgment in favor of client in wrongful death action
  • Obtained dismissal of chemical manufacturer in toxic tort wrongful death case in Wilcox County, Alabama
  • Resolved wrongful death case arising out of death of two-year old in Sumter County, Alabama