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Jeffrey G. Blackwell

Jeffrey G. Blackwell

Blackwell Law Firm
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Products Liability
  • Alabama
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Jennifer L. McKown
Reviewed by Jennifer L. McKown September 16, 2021
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I have worked on cases with Jeff for many years. He listens to his clients. He is able to take complicated legal issues, analyze them and present them in a way that is easily understood. He is a very effective advocate for his clients. He works tirelessly to get his clients the maximum compensation available. He has tried and won cases in courts across Alabama. He has also won numerous cases on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.
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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
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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.
Hornsby Watson Hornsby & Blackwell
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.
Hardin & Hawkins
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.
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Hardin & Hawkins
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.
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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Presidential Scholarship
University of South Alabama
Preeminent AV Rating
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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
Websites & Blogs
Jeffrey G. Blackwell's Website Profile
Blackwell Law Firm Website
Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog
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3 Questions Answered
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.
Q. Can I use for work comp as long as medical is open? Even if it's been over 2 years?
A: The short answer, is yes. Medical benefits are not currently subject to the two year statute of limitations. They are legally available for the remainder of your life. If you are still suffering problems from your accident and injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Keep in mind, you will have to go through the work comp system and see the authorized treating physician. You should be aware of a couple practical issues related to ongoing medical benefits. First, many clinics have internal rules requiring re-authorization where a patient has not been seen over an extended period of time. If your authorized physician's clinic has such a rule, you may have to fight with the work comp insurance carrier. But, the law provides lifetime medical benefits. So, care with the previously authorized doctor should be approved. Second, your treatment must be related to the accident and injuries it caused. If you go an extended period of time without seeing the physician, it may be more difficult for the physician to attribute your current condition to the accident. This is a frequent issue for injured workers. We've seen many cases where, after the passage of significant time without evaluation, the physician can no longer say the current problems are related to the past accident. We urge workers with ongoing problems or chronic injuries to periodically see the physician. Workers compensation also provides money benefits for impairments / disabilities arising out of a work-related injury. These benefits are determined by specific formulas in Alabama. You did not inquire about the available disability benefits. Claims for those money benefits are subject to the statute of limitations. That period is currently two years from the date of the accident but can be tolled by the receipt of TTD (temporary total disability) benefits. If you have any questions, let us know. We have pursued work comp claims to trial in counties across Alabama. We are happy to answer questions. Consultations are always free and confidential.
Q. I have done my deposition about 4 months ago, and is there a time frame on the person I'm suing to do there deposition?
A: Good question. With the current Covid-19 issues, many things are delayed. Your delays could be the result of coronavirus issues. But, I'll answer the question as if times are normal. I've seen many lawyers frustrated by issues scheduling the other party's deposition. One of the biggest issues is your scenario where you sit for deposition but then cannot schedule the other party's deposition. Maybe the problem is the other party. Maybe the problem is the other party's attorney. Either way, they have what they need -- your deposition. In our practice, we've instituted some general rules to avoid the scenario you face. For example, we typically schedule both depositions the same day or on consecutive days. That way, you have the person scheduled. And, you know they are going to appear. We only make exceptions in limited cases where we trust the other party and lawyer to act in good faith. By doing the depositions in one setting, you have moved your case forward in preparations. What can you do at this point? Again, the current coronavirus crisis has delayed courts across our state. Your delays may simply be due to Covid-19 concerns. Due to those issues, you may or may not be facing immediate deadlines. Many matters have been delayed. Under normal circumstances, you or your attorney should request the deposition in writing. If the other side does not provide dates, then you can ask the court to compel their deposition.
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Blackwell Law Firm
120 Holmes Ave NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
Telephone: (256) 261-1315
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