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Jeffrey G. Blackwell

Jeffrey G. Blackwell

Blackwell Law Firm
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Products Liability
  • Alabama
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Jeff Blackwell focuses his law practice on cases involving serious personal injuries, substantial damages and wrongful death. He works exclusively for the victims of personal injury and their families. Outside the courtroom, his firm continues to advocate for safer roadways, safer workplaces and safer products.

Jeff attended college on a Presidential Scholarship, graduating with a degree in Financial Accounting. He then graduated with a law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law.

In 1995, Jeff began his legal career at a prominent Birmingham law firm where he handled serious injury cases throughout Alabama. Within the first three years of his practice, Jeff orally argued a case before the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, successfully defended a large healthcare company from serious fraud allegations with a team at trial and obtained a large recovery for consumers in a statewide class action.

In 1998, Jeff moved home to northern Alabama. He wanted to focus exclusively on cases helping Plaintiffs with serious injury and damage claims. At the Huntsville law firm where he served as a partner for the next 17 years, he successfully tried serious injury cases to verdict in multiple Alabama counties. He also successfully represented clients before the Alabama Supreme Court and Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on many occasions. He has tried personal injury cases to verdict in both Alabama and Federal Courts.

During his years as a partner in this Huntsville firm, Jeff developed a philosophy centered around intensive preparation to help his injured clients. He began planning to create a law firm where he could build around that philosophy. When a longtime law partner retired in 2015, Jeff founded his own law firm. His law firm is built around a process involving legal scholarship, case preparation and strong client advocacy.

Jeff was born in Decatur. He graduated high school in Athens. He lives with his wife and children in Huntsville.

Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Workers' Compensation
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner / Attorney
Blackwell Law Firm
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From its office in Huntsville, the Blackwell Law Firm helps people with serious personal injury cases across Alabama. Our firm follows a work-intensive approach based on constant case preparation and study. We believe our approach to intensive preparation builds the best cases for trial and settlement. We spend 100% of our time in the field of personal injury and trial law.
Partner
Hornsby Watson Hornsby & Blackwell
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For almost two decades, I served as partner in a Huntsville-based plaintiff's personal injury practice. I tried cases to verdict in counties across Alabama. In 2015, I left the firm to focus on creating a long-planned firm around my philosophy of intensive case preparation.
Attorney
Hardin & Hawkins
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I served as an attorney in a statewide plaintiff's personal injury law practice. During my time with the firm, I handled cases in counties across Alabama. In 1998, I left the firm to move near my hometown in northern Alabama. In the years since moving home, I have frequently co-counseled closely with the attorneys I met in this firm.
Law Clerk
Hardin & Hawkins
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While attending law school at the University of Alabama, I worked as a law clerk for Hardin & Hawkins. The firm maintained a statewide courtroom practice. As law clerk, I researched and wrote many of the briefs in the firm's cases.
Education
University of Alabama School of Law
J.D. (1995)
Journal of the Legal Profession, Ticor National Title Insurance Award Recipient, Corpus Juris Secundum Award Recipient
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University of South Alabama
B.S. (1992) | Accounting
Presidential Scholarship Recipient, President’s List, Dean’s List
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Limited to top 2.5% of attorneys age 40 or younger
Presidential Scholarship
University of South Alabama
Preeminent AV Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Highest Attorney Rating
Avvo Rating 10 out of 10
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Professional Associations
Alabama State Bar
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Alabama Association for Justice
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Speaking Engagements
Alabama Workers' Compensation Trial Strategy, The Future of Workers' Compensation by The Alabama Association for Justice
Evolving Issues And Practices In Workers' Compensation Cases (Panel Member), 26th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama
Cumberland School of Law
Presenting Damages And Expert Testimony At Trial, Advanced Personal Injury: Mastering Your Practice, Huntsville, Alabama
National Business Institute
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. case was settled, "Full and Final" last year, can I still receive medical care/or Reopen if the injury got worse?
A: I'm not sure what you mean by "full and final." In Alabama, workers compensation has two parts. One is medical treatment. Two is the money benefits payable to you for disability, whether the disability is temporary while off work getting care or permanent once you reach maximum medical improvement. You can reach a final settlement for your disability benefits while leaving medical benefits open so that you can receive continued care. In most of our cases, we are very hesitant to settle and close the medical rights. Frequently, we will settle our clients' claims for disability benefits but leaving medical care open as allowed by Alabama law so they can continue receiving valuable treatment. In Alabama, work comp settlements require an approval process. If you settled your case, you should have paperwork that clearly says what was finally settled. If you did fully settle all your rights, then you cannot come back for more benefits in the event your condition worsens. So, look closely at your paperwork. If you are unsure, a skilled work comp attorney in your area should be able to review the settlement paperwork and provide advice.
Q. How can I find out if I was cheated by a lawyer on a settlement
A: In every personal injury case, the client should have full information about their case and settlement. Your lawyer should have discussed the financial issues with you throughout the process so you could make the best decisions possible. At the end of the case, your lawyer should have also provided you a detailed accounting of your settlement. This accounting should have provided full information concerning all the proceeds and how they were distributed. We discuss all these items in detail with our clients. We also provide a full settlement statement. Unfortunately, some lawyers do not discuss these issues with their clients as they should. You should definitely expect better. You should request an accounting of your settlement proceeds so you can see how they were distributed. Some part of the settlement likely went to pay expenses and attorneys' fees. Many car accident cases (and other personal injury claims) also involve subrogation claims or liens by healthcare payers. Your lawyer should be able to explain any payments made from your total settlement.
Q. Should I sue for workmanship comp settlement.
A: Thanks for the question. You actually may have two possible cases. You certainly have a workers compensation case. You also may have what is commonly called a third-party case against the company that installed the scaffolding. In Alabama, you typically cannot sue your own employer or co-workers for their negligence. In other words, you are limited to work comp benefits from them. However, you can sue someone outside your employer if they act negligently and cause the injury. Keep that in mind. The damages you can recover in a third-party case will likely be greater than the comp case. Workers compensation benefits in Alabama are determined by certain math formulas. I'm concerned with the small amount of your offer. I would need some helpful information in order to advise you. I would definitely like to know how your injured clavicle (shoulder area) and injured sciatic nerve limit your ability to function and work. I would also like to know if you have been able to return to your prior employment or something comparable. These facts are very important to the comp benefits that may be available for you. If you call my office, I'm happy to talk with you. Our consultations are always free. We can run through the potential compensation and options with you. Our number is 256-261-1315. You can also email me. I would recommend a couple things in this Answer. First, if you want to talk about your options, call or email me privately since we will be discussing your confidential medical conditions. Second, make sure any lawyers you consult are experienced in handling both work comp and third-party cases together. We are. We frequently handle these claims. Last, your answer references that it has almost been 2 years. It sounds as if you realize the statute of limitations is rapidly approaching. It is two years from the date of the injury in Alabama for these types of claims.
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Contact & Map
Blackwell Law Firm
120 Holmes Ave NE
#401
Huntsville, AL 35801
Telephone: (256) 261-1315