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Crashes Involving Minors
Posted on: June 5th, 2019 by Will G. Phillips

Car crashes are a scary experience in and of themselves, but even more so if a child is involved. The first thing someone should do for a minor when they’re involved in a wreck is to seek treatment immediately. Children don’t typically express how they feel as well as adults do, so it’s important to still get them checked out by a doctor.  It’s also a good idea to meet with an attorney that has handled similar cases with minors to be sure that the communication with the insurance company is handled properly. If you have a car seat in your vehicle when a wreck occurs, even if your child is not in the seat at the time of the accident, you still need to get it replaced to ensure that the car seat is fully functioning and no parts have been damaged from the accident.

A minor’s case is handled differently than an adult's case. If you have further questions regarding this matter, please call us at 251-300-2000, go to GreenePhillips.com, or stop by our office to meet personally with an injury lawyer. You never need an appointment, and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.
 

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2019 Scholarship Winners
Posted on: May 23rd, 2019 by J. David Greene

                                 

On May 8th, we held a banquet to present our five scholarship winners with their award. This was the first year for our scholarship program, and we are so thankful for the participation and opportunity to give back to our community. Our top five winners each received a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Pictured above are Kristen Abney of Mobile Christian School, Allie Glover of Baker High School, Marquis Powell of B.C. Rain High School, Abigail Fancher of Saraland High School, and Kriston Davis of Baker High School. 

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Summer Driving Tips
Posted on: May 9th, 2019 by

Summer is here, and that means more people are out on the roads visiting family and going on vacations. With all the added traffic, that means more of a possibility for car wrecks to happen.  Driving during the summer months really can be that much more dangerous. The Fourth of July is the deadliest day to drive, and August is the deadliest month. So, safety is a really big issue when considering your summer driving plans.

Before you leave on a road trip, be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure your car is as safe as possible. Check all your fluids, tire pressure, and your brakes. Also, make sure that all your lights and windshield wipers work. Throughout the year, people might put off doing these things, but they could potentially save your life.  

To avoid the hazard of distracted driving, let the passenger control the radio, GPS, and answer phone calls or text messages.  As the driver, your responsibility is to keep your eyes on the road, and even glancing down for a second could be a costly mistake.

It’s also really important to know when to stop.  Be sure to take breaks every couple hours, walk around, get a cup of coffee, etc. Sometimes, you might even need to find a safe place to get a few hours of sleep. It’s extremely important not to drive when you’re tired. Not only are you putting your own life at risk, but everyone in your car and everyone who’s sharing the road with you. 

If you are involved in an accident, call 911 as soon as possible, and make sure that an accident report is done. Second, seek medical attention. Then, be sure to call an injury attorney that handles car wrecks. You can call Greene and Phillips at 251-300-2000 or come by anytime.  You never need an appointment to meet with one of our injury lawyers.

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Big Truck Accidents
Posted on: April 16th, 2019 by Charles J. Barber

Crashes involving large trucks can be some of the most severe, causing significant injuries and even death. Often times, trucking companies and drivers are not following the rules and regulations required to operate a commercial truck. When a trucking wreck occurs, it is imperative to begin investigating the wreck immediately.  Downloading the crash data module (sometimes referred to as "the black box") and gathering physical evidence from the scene is imperative.  Sometimes, when a proper investigation is not conducted immediately after a wreck, evidence is lost.  Thankfully, Greene and Phillips has a full-time investigator that can begin working to protect and preserve crucial information.

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, seek medical attention immediately. Your health is the most important thing in any accident. Second, be sure that everything is documented. The police should responded to the accident and make a detailed report. Also, if possible, be sure to take pictures. And of course, do not take any calls from insurance companies or the trucking company without consulting a lawyer first.

If you or your loved ones have suffered from the negligence of a commercial truck driver, having the right team of injury attorneys, like Greene & Phillips, can provide a lot of relief. You can always call us at (251) 300-2000, or come by our office anytime. You never need an appointment to meet with a injury lawyer at Greene & Phillips!

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Mardi Gras Biking Tips
Posted on: February 13th, 2019 by Joshua T. Morgan

During Mardi Gras Season, one way to beat the traffic and parking issues is to pump up your bicycle tires for a quick and easy ride downtown.  There are a lot of misconceptions about where someone should ride their bicycle.  A bicycle should be considered like any other vehicle and travel down the road with the flow of traffic, in the far right lane, and as close to the fog strip as you deem safe. 

Making sure you are as visible as possible is of extreme importance.  One way to ensure visibility is to wear lights.  If you are riding your bike at night, you need to have a light on the front of your bike, as well as the back of your bike.  You can pick these up at any sporting goods store or bike store in town. The other thing you can do is wear brightly colored clothing or even a reflective vest. 

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a bicycle related accident, be sure to call 911 and have the police write an accident report. Next, seek medical treatment at an ER or Urgent Care facility.   And as always, be sure to call a lawyer that handles this type of case. At Greene & Phillips, there are no up-front fees to hire one of our injury attorneys. We only get paid if we are able to get money for you. 

If you think you may have a case or you have further questions, we can be reached by phone at (251) 300-2000, on our website at www.GreenePhillips.com, or feel free to drop by our office anytime at 51 North Florida Street. You never need an appointment!
 

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Lawsuit Misconceptions
Posted on: January 30th, 2019 by Stephen M. Collins

We often hear people say, “Well, you know, I’m not the suing type.. I don’t want to be that person.. I don’t sue people.” But what people should understand is that in injury cases, your initial act is not to sue anyone. We do what we’re able to reach a fair resolution without having to go to trial. When people hire attorneys for personal injury claims, what they’re really doing is hiring an advocate to deal with the insurance company for them. They’re just pursuing the insurance coverage that the other driver or property owner pays to have.

Hiring an attorney can be very beneficial if you want to pursue a claim. Personal injury attorneys deal with insurance companies on a daily basis and know exactly what to ask, what to send, and how to handle the claim. Adjusters deal with claims everyday and know that the average person doesn’t have the experience to know what they are entitled too. Having a personal injury attorney to advocate for you can be very helpful and reduce the amount of stress from the accident or injury.  For personal injury attorneys, filing a lawsuit occurs when it’s the best or only option. Most times, we try reaching resolution with the insurance companies before litigating the case.

If you have a claim you would like to pursue, or have any further questions come by our office anytime, or call us at (251) 300-2000.  We have injury attorneys available to meet with you, and you never need an appointment.

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Hiring a Local Lawyer
Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by J. David Greene

With so many lawyers to choose from in our area, it’s hard to know who is the best choice after you’ve been injured. The first thing you should ask a lawyer before you hire them is, “Are you from the area?” Having someone that is living and working here in Mobile can make a big difference in your case. There is also a convenience factor to this, as in you don’t want to have to drive a long way to meet with your lawyer. There’s a comfort factor about being able to  sit down face to face with your attorney to answer any questions you have, and for him to know the full extent of your injuries.  

After an injury, legal issues can be very complicated, and solving those issues often involve knowledge of local practices, rules, and regulations.  An attorney from outside of Mobile isn’t going to know as many of the factors that could affect your case. You want a lawyer who has a strong knowledge of the Mobile community, so that he or she can see all the unique angles to your case. Also, familiarity with local courts can be a very important part of hiring a local law firm.  Attorneys who try cases before local judges will have a distinct advantage over those who haven’t.  A local attorney will have developed a rapport with the judges and their staff.

Last, but definitely not least, you will want to make sure the lawyer has handled your type of case before, and has a proven track record. Be sure to ask about what kind of verdicts and settlements they've had, and also what kind of system is in place to handle your case. It is important to hire an attorney who has a lot of experience with your type of case so that they are able to truly help you.

If you have any further questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (251) 300-2000, or come by our office on Florida Street anytime. You never need an appointment to meet with an injury attorney at Greene & Phillips.

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Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by Will G. Phillips

This is a very festive time of year, and some people may have a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel.  We have had clients who were seriously injured from wrecks involving drunk drivers.  Many of these accidents were severe, with injuries being catastrophic, and far too many of them have resulted in death. Drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all traffic related fatalities.

One option to avoid driving while intoxicated is to designate someone in your group to not drink any alcohol all night and let them take you home. If a designated driver is not available, call a cab or download a ride sharing app (Uber of Lyft) to take you home.

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver there are several steps you want to make sure you take.  Call the police immediately.  The police will conduct an investigation and make a determination if the driver was impaired. Second, make sure to talk to a lawyer that handles auto accident cases involving DUI. Injury cases involving drunk drivers are oftentimes more complicated than other types of cases.  Sometimes the establishment serving the alcohol can be held responsible for serving the individual if he or she is already visibly intoxicated.  Conducting an investigation and securing any evidence (i.e. closed-circuit cameras) is crucial to prove liability.

If you were involved in a drunk driving related incident or have further questions, call us at (251) 300-2000 or stop by our offices anytime.  You never need an appointment, and we’re staffed with injury attorneys who can meet with you during your lunch break or anytime between 8 and 5pm.  You can also find us online at GeenePhillips.com.
 

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Social Security Denials
Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by Stephen M. Collins

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) affect millions of Americans, and sometimes obtaining the benefits of these programs can be difficult. Social Security Disability (SSDI and SSI) is a government program for monetary and insurance benefits for those that cannot engage in any substantially gainful activity. If you have applied for Social Security Disability, and have been denied benefits, you have a very limited period of time to file an appeal. Seek legal representation right away so that someone with experience can assist you in filing the appeal and requesting a hearing date as quickly as possible.

It is extremely beneficial to seek legal representation in a situation like this because the forms and the process can be quite confusing. An experienced attorney will file an appeal immediately, and send in the appropriate forms and medical documentation to prove your disability. At the hearing, an experienced attorney will frame your case in its best light to prove to the administrative law judge that you are unable to work.

The Social Security Disability office is constantly busy so it may take a year or two before a hearing date is set to actually hear the appeal. Requesting a hearing as soon as possible will help secure an appeal date quicker.  If you have been denied Social Security, or have any further questions, stop by our office at 51 North Florida Street or call us at (251) 300-2000.  You will meet personally with an experienced disability attorney.
 

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Types of Car Wrecks
Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by Charles J. Barber

Every car accident is different, and the type of crash you have may determine how your case is handled in a court of law. A single vehicle accident is one where there’s understandably just one vehicle, and for whatever reason it hits a tree, or a building, or a sign.  Most often, if you are the driver of the vehicle there is not going to be much recovery that you are entitled to.  There are certain circumstances where that’s not true, including cases that involve phantom vehicles and product liability cases. If it’s one of those circumstances, then it’s worth talking to an attorney to find out if you may have a case.

A fender bender is a low impact accident that happens when someone who’s not paying attention, or who is distracted runs into the vehicle in front of them.  Often, there’s not much damage and injuries can be minor.  The important thing to remember with a fender bender is that if there is any damage to your vehicle there very likely is damage to you.  Several days later, you may discover symptoms of whiplash or an achy back as a result of the accident. There are often times when severe injuries can result from a minor accident. That’s why it’s very important to get medical treatment as soon as you can after your accident.   Always contact an attorney to see what your options are. 

Unfortunately, more serious accidents do occur, and the more damage done to the car often means more damage to the body. Obviously, a wreck with an 18-wheeler can be completely devastating considering the size and weight of these trucks. These cases can be very complex, and the scenes and vehicles may need to be independently investigated. Of course, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention right away and make sure that an accident report is done. 

As always, if you have any further questions concerning any type of car accident, call us at (251) 300-2000, no matter what time of day it is. You may come by our office at 51 North Florida Street and meet with an injury attorney.  You never need an appointment. 
 

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