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Vehicle Recalls
Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by Stephen M. Collins

The news recently has been full of stories about faulty parts on vehicles that have been recalled. To find out the most up-to-date recall information for your vehicle, you can go online to recalls.gov, or you can go to the manufacturer’s website and put in your VIN number. Also, your local dealer will be able to tell you what recalls are available for your vehicle.  Again, this is a very important fix for your car or truck, and it affects a wide range of vehicles from 2000 onward.  You should not have to pay anything to have a recall fixed. 

The most common recall we hear about concerns faulty airbags.  It is especially important to get these recalls fixed right away because airbags are meant to save lives. When a faulty airbags deploys, there have been instances of shrapnel exploding from the airbag injuring drivers and passengers. If your vehicle is affected, it is very important that you get this problem fixed as soon as you can, so that in the unfortunate event that your airbags deploy, they are able to do their job and protect you. Airbags are supposed to help, not hurt.

If you were involved in an accident where your vehicle’s airbag deployed, and you were injured by shrapnel, you should contact a personal injury lawyer that handles product liability cases.  At Greene and Phillips, we have experience helping our clients recover money for their injuries due to faultily designed products.   It’s important to call a lawyer as soon as you can after an incident like this, because important evidence can be harder to obtain the longer you wait.

If you have any further questions, or think you may have a case, call us at 251-300-2000, or stop by our office at 51 N. Florida street.  We have a team of injury lawyers ready to help you.


 

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Pedestrian Rights and Safety
Posted on: September 25th, 2018 by Stephen M. Collins


Did you know that a pedestrian is killed every 96 minutes from a traffic related accident? That equates to over 5,000 deaths per year! In Alabama, vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within a crosswalk that are in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle, or when a pedestrian is approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to constitute a danger. Also, if a traffic control device such as “Walk”/ “Don’t Walk” sign is in operation, pedestrians may only cross between two adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk, and may only cross an intersection diagonally if authorized by a traffic control device.

Pedestrians need to avoid entering a crosswalk in which vehicles of either direction are in close proximity. But, they also must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. It’s always important to stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings at all times.

If a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, they should seek medical attention immediately. Then, be sure to call the authorities, and make sure an accident report is done. It is extremely important to make sure that everything is documented. Then, speak with a personal injury attorney to see how they will be able to help you. It costs nothing to hire a personal injury attorney at our firm.  At Greene & Phillips, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t get paid unless we are able to get you money.

If you have any further questions, we are always available by phone at (251) 300-2000, or you can stop by our office anytime at 51 North Florida Street in Mobile.

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Industrial Accidents
Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by J. David Greene

Industrial plants and mills provide great jobs for many people in our area. The Mobile area has many large industrial workplaces from chemical plants, steel mills, gas and petroleum plants, manufacturing plants, and ship building. Because of the inherently dangerous nature of industrial industries, there are risks of injury to employees and third parties.

 

If you are injured in an industrial accident, seek medical attention immediately.  Make sure your manager is aware of the injury and that the appropriate forms have been filled out. Also, see if you can get witness statements from any of your coworkers that saw what happened. If you have a way to document the accident with pictures, do that too.  Sometimes companies do the wrong thing, and try to cover up details of the accident, and threaten their employees to not talk about the accident, so it’s important to recover as much evidence as soon as you can.

 

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is involved in an industrial accident, it’s very important to hire a law firm that has previously handled this type of case. Industrial accidents can be very complex. There can be extensive investigations, third party responsibility, defective product issues, several different insurance companies, workers-comp issues, and more.  A lawyer that isn’t experienced with this type of case could easily miss one of these issues and cost your case thousands, or even millions, of dollars.

 

Should you have any questions about industrial accidents, or think you may have a case, stop by our office at 51 N. Florida Street to meet personally with an injury attorney, or call us anytime at (251) 300-2000. At Greene & Phillips, you owe us nothing unless we are able to get money for you.

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Maritime Accidents
Posted on: September 7th, 2018 by J. David Greene

Living near the coast, we know that a lot of Mobile area citizens work on maritime vessels or offshore rigs. But what qualifies an accident to be labeled a “maritime accident”? A maritime accident is any accident involving a ship or other marine craft. Some examples are vessel collisions, faulty design, capsizing, explosions, falling overboard, oil rig accidents, and even shipyard accidents. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has declared that commercial fishing alone is the most dangerous job in the country.

 

With the known dangers of this industry and profession, regulations have been put into place to protect maritime workers. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, is a federal statute that regulates maritime commerce in U.S. Waters.  The actual wording of the law says that all “seaman” are covered.  But, over the years, that definition has been narrowed to someone who works on a vessel that is navigable waters. It includes a section on Seaman’s rights which lays out the steps and restrictions for injured maritime employees to recover compensation for their injuries from their employers. 

 

Should you have further questions about maritime accidents or think you might have a case, please call our office at (251) 300-2000.  You may drop by our office anytime at 51 North Florida Street to meet personally with an injury attorney.  Call or come by anytime, you never need an appointment.

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by Will G. Phillips

                                

Liability insurance is a requirement by law, but unfortunately not everyone plays by the rules. Uninsured Motorist, or UM, covers your injury costs if you are hit by someone without insurance.  Underinsured Motorist, UIM, covers you if you are hit by someone who may have insurance, but not enough to cover your injury expenses.

 

Alabama law requires every driver to have at least $25,000 in liability insurance.  With the minimum amount of liability insurance, if you cause an accident, your insurance will pay up to $25,000 toward the injury or property damage of the vehicle or person you hit.  Unfortunately, many people do not have liability insurance.  A recent study showed that one in four vehicles are not insured. If an uninsured driver hits you and causes damage, you will most likely be left with the bill if you do not have uninsured motorist insurance.

 

Many times we are asked if uninsured motorist insurance is a requirement on your policy. You do have the option to waive UM/UIM coverage when you purchase your auto policy. However, if you choose not to have it, you might find it difficult, if not impossible, to cover your losses from an accident with an uninsured motorist. It is some of the least expensive insurance you can buy, and depending on your policy, many times it only costs you an additional $15-20 every six months.

 

In order to be protected from uninsured drivers, make sure you have included UM/UIM coverage on your auto policy. The higher the limits, the better. The next thing you can do is practice defensive driving. Always be cautious of other drivers. Plan ahead for the unexpected, watch your speed, always use your turn signals, and keep a safe distance. If you have any further questions, or would like one of our injury attorneys to review your auto insurance policy, please feel free to stop by our office at 51 N. Florida Street anytime, or give us a call at (251) 300-2000.

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Pool Safety
Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by Will G. Phillips

Summer is here, and we all know that one of the best ways to beat the heat is to go swimming. But as much fun as swimming can be, safety around the swimming pool, or any body of water for that matter, should be of utmost importance. It is crucial to know how to swim, but if someone does not know how to swim, like children for instance, make sure they have the proper flotation devices. Also, make absolutely sure that children are never left unattended around a swimming pool, no matter how well you think they may be able to swim. If you are swimming at a public pool, it is important to be aware of others around you. Avoid horseplay, running around the pool, diving when you're unaware of the depth, and swimming unattended. If you happen to see someone struggling to swim or in distress, you should seek help immediately. If you are able, get the person out of the water and call 911. Time is extremely limited in situations such as drowning.

Another step that is vital for maintaining safety around swimming pools is to establish rules for the pool area by which people should abide. All pools should have a proper barrier that helps to ensure that a child cannot get into the water without the help of an adult. It's also a good idea to keep life-saving equipment near the pool area, such as a rescue ring or lifesaving hook.

If someone is injured in or near a pool, they should first seek medical attention. Call 911 if someone has drowned or is severely injured. It's very helpful to have someone around that knows CPR in the event that a drowning does happen. We see accidents like this all the time due to improper barriers around pools, manufacturing defects with the pool itself, or even adults or lifeguards neglecting to properly watch the children or swimmers. Most of the time, these incidents occur at residential homes, where you would least expect it to happen. It's always important to speak with an attorney to see what you're able to do in the event of an accident. If you have any questions about pool safety or think you may have a case, please call (251) 300-2000, go to GreenePhillips.com, or stop by our office at 51 N. Florida Street to speak personally with an injury lawyer. You never need an appointment, and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.

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Motorcycle Safety
Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by Will G. Phillips

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are thirty times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car or truck. The most important thing is to know how to properly operate the motorcycle that you plan on driving. When you’re out on the roadways, you want to be confident in the motor vehicle you’re operating. It’s also important to wear the proper safety gear, such as a helmet, boots, and thick clothing even in the summertime. Wearing brightly colored clothing is a good idea as well.

It’s important to remember to keep an eye out for cars suddenly changing lanes, or pulling out from side streets. Also, be sure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. This is critical to ensure that you have enough stopping distance, and so that you have time to react to obstacles in the road. Drivers are distracted by many different things, so it’s important to be overly cautious of your surroundings, and how vehicles are moving around you.

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but taking the time to check on road conditions and road construction, as well as bad weather, could potentially be lifesaving. Before you decide to operate a motorcycle, check your local weather forecast. It’s even more difficult to see motorcyclists when the weather conditions are bad. And of course, always practice safe driving habits. Avoid going over the speed limit, look twice before entering an intersection, and always keep a cautious eye out for other drivers around you.

In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know is involved in an accident while driving a motorcycle, seek medical attention immediately. After being checked out by a doctor, you should contact an attorney to see what you are entitled to for your injuries. At Greene & Phillips we have dealt with many motorcycle accident cases, and it’s important to find an attorney that can answer questions based off of experience they’ve had with cases similar to yours. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (251) 300-2000, go to GreenePhillips.com, or stop by our office at 51 N. Florida Street to meet personally with an injury attorney. You never need an appointment, and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.

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Medical Attention Following Your Wreck
Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by J. David Greene

When should someone seek medical attention after they’ve been in a car wreck?

Obviously if you are bleeding, have broken bones, or are in extreme pain, you need to get checked out right a way. Allow first responders to escort you to the nearest Emergency Room.
But for minor accidents, as a general rule, if there is any damage to your vehicle there very well may be damage to your body, and it’s worth getting checked out by a doctor. Many injuries from car accidents aren’t particularly obvious at first, but they can still have significant long term effects if not caught early.

So what you’re saying is, even though you might not be in pain, it’s still best to be examined by a doctor?

Absolutely. You really should go to the doctor within 24 hours of your accident. One big reason is from a legal standpoint, you don’t want to develope what is called a “gap in treatment” which refers to the time between the accident and the documentation of your injuries related to that accident. When dealing with your case, the longer you wait after your accident to see the doctor, the more challenging it is to prove those injuries were caused by the accident.

If you aren’t experiencing much pain, what should you tell the doctor who’s checking you out?

Tell your doctor, that you were in an accident. Your doctor is then going to check for signs of whiplash and other strains in the neck and back. He or she will also be able to determine if the trauma may have led to more serious conditions like nervous system or brain damage.

If the accident victim doesn’t have a primary care doctor what should they do?

They can go to an urgent care facility and get checked out. Urgent care facilities are typically much quicker than a traditional ER. Also an ER will immediately put a lien on your case which could affect the amount of the money you will receive with your settlement.

What about if they don’t have insurance, or are concerned about how to pay for the doctor’s visit?

If they are concerned about paying for the visit, they should contact a lawyer who may be able arrange a doctor’s visit with no initial costs under what is called a letter of protect.

David, how can someone contact Green & Phillips if they should have any further questions about when to see a doctor after an accident?

They can come by anytime or call our office 24/7 at 251-300-200.

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QB Country Camp
Posted on: June 5th, 2016 by J. David Greene

Greene & Phillips is a proud sponsore of the QB Country Camp

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George Talbot-L'Arche Football Banquet
Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by J. David Greene

Greene & Phillips is a proud sponsor of the George Talbot-L'Arche Football banquet

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