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Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by J. David Greene

From Studio 10: You've probably heard the term "Wrongful Death", but do you know exactly what it means from a legal standpoint? David Green, a personal injury lawyer from Green and Phillips says wrongful death lawsuits are filed when someone is killed through no fault of their own. Wrongful death may be the result of a car, truck, or ATV accident, a construction accident, or even an industrial accident, among other things. Typically the death is unintentional. When someone files a wrongful death lawsuit, he or she must prove that a company or individual was negligent, and that they were responsible for providing a safe environment and failed to do so. It's important that the person filing the lawsuit do so quickly due to the statute of limitations, and because evidence becomes increasingly difficult to obtain the longer you wait. The attorneys at Greene & Phillips can help families who have lost someone to a wrongful death. They start by doing a thorough investigation into the case. Then they hold the accountable parties responsible for that loss....

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Car Insurance Tips from an Injury Attorney
Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by J. David Greene

Car Insurance Tips After an auto accident if you are contacted by the other driver's insurance what does that mean?

9 times out of 10 that means the other driver's insurance company knows you have a case against them, and they are trying to do whatever they can to keep your claim against them as low as possible. If the accident wasn't your fault, they will be in a mad rush to reach you before you get a lawyer because it will save their company a large amount of money.

What is the insurance adjustor trying to accomplish by contacting you?

He will ask you if it's ok to make a recorded statement about what happened.  Unfortunately he may use leading questions that as you answer with the best intentions undermine and cause problems with your case.

What if you've been in an accident and the insurance company offers you a quick settlement?

100% of the time your case is worth more than what they are offering you.

When should you talk to an insurance adjustor?

You should first consult with a lawyer to see if you have a case before talking to any insurance adjustor.  Insurance companies are out to make a profit.  The only way they make money is to pay out as little as they can on claims.  They will often deny your claim, delay it, or defend themselves against the claim.

If an adjustor Calls you what should you do?

You politely tell them that you are represented by an attorney and that they will be in touch with them. David Greene was recently on Studio 10 to discuss this.

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$250,000 Settlement
Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by J. David Greene

Congratulations to Matthew Shelby and David Greene for settling a case in mediation for $250,000. Due to the negligence of an employee of a Mobile-area store, a heavy box fell on the the victim resulting in a severe arm injury. While the defense initially denied liability, Shelby was able to prove liability and damages in a mediation presentation at the Greene & Phillips's Mobile, AL headquarters. Using a combination of videos, pictures, medical recreations, and doctor testimony in a multimedia presentation, Shelby showed that the company was fully responsible for the accident and their insurance should pay the full value of the claim. Matthew Shelby has been with Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers since 2009 and in that time has won settlements and verdicts for hundreds of personal injury victims. David Greene is the founder and managing partner of the law firm and has won several very large settlements and verdicts including the 2010 9.5 million dollar settlement for a trucking accident resulting in a brain injury. ...

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BP Oil Spill Claim
Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by J. David Greene

The BP Civil Trial just started and some of you had questions about how that would affect the BP Oil Spill Class Action Settlement for businesses. David Greene says the Civil Trial and the BP Claims Settlement for individuals and businesses are actually two very different legal matters. What's going on now in New Orleans is the states themselves, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, requesting damages to cover their costs from the BP Oil Spill. The BP Class Action Settlement of last year, on the other hand, is for businesses and individuals who were affected by the Oil Spill. Any business owner in Alabama who meets certain requirements under the terms of the settlement is elegible for money damages from the BP Oil Spills Claim. David Greene says a lot of people think that only businesses along the coast can benefit from the settlement, but any business in the state may be eligible if it opened before or shortly after the oil spill. David Greene says the requirements have to do with showing a downturn in revenue in the months after the BP Oil Spill and then showing a recovery in 2011. He adds that the terms are very plaintiff friendly, and you have a variety of ways to show you had economic loss. Your business does not have to show your business was directly affected by the oil spill. To be eligible for the settlement, you have to show a downturn in business then a recovery, you can show that you were dependent on a larger business that was hurt by the oil spill, or that you lost a contract because of the oil spill. If you are a local business owner, you're probably wondering what steps you need to take in order to be a part of this settlement. David Greene says you should first consult with a lawyer who can guide you through the complexities and pitfalls of this this process. He says the lawyers at Greene & Phillips help clients gather the correct financial statements, and then take care of all the legal footwork. He says you should submit your claim as soon as possible. All claims must be in by early 2014....

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MGM Sexual Misconduct Case
Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by J. David Greene

MGM Sexual Misconduct Case David Greene, from Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers, recently spoke with reporters oh behalf of the family of the 14 year-old victim of sexual misconduct from Mary G. Montgomery High School teacher Alicia Gray. From Local 15 TV:

The victim's attorney David Greene stated, "You trust the school personnel with your children and when the individual was entrusted with your kids is now accused of molesting your 14-year-old child. That is a very traumatic situation."

http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/MGM-Teacher-Turns-Self-In-Victims-Family-Relieved/W6t5Djn77UmvyiQu6_ZNQg.cspx From Fox 10 TV

"It's a tragedy. A 14-year-old young man (was) taken advantage of by a woman (who is) 28-years-old. It's inappropriate, the family is devastated, shocked, and stunned," Greene said.

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile_county/mgm-students-family-hires-attorney From WKRG.com News 5:

The Family has hired Attorney David Greene who says the relationship was not mutual, "He was not ready for something like that, and certainly when someone in a position of authority takes advantage of him. He way preyed upon, he was sought after, singled out, and taken advantage of."

http://video.wkrg.com/v/71535851/victim-s-attorney-teacher-student-relationship-not-mutual.htm ...

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Carnival Triumph Cruise Disaster
Posted on: February 15th, 2013 by J. David Greene

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On February 10, 2013 the Carnival Triumph cruise ship suffered a fire in the engine room resulting in a loss of power and propulsion for the vessal.  Over 4000 passengers and crew were left stranded on the boat in horrible conditions 150 miles from land.  For 5 long days the passengers of the Triumph had little food, suffered sweltering heat, and had to endure unsanitary conditions leading to viral and bacterial infections. If you or a loved one has suffered from being stranded on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, call us today or fill out the online contact form to find out if you have a claim.  Be sure to talk to a lawyer before you sign anything from the Carnival Cruises or their lawyers....

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3 Questions You Must Ask Your Lawyer Before Hiring Him
Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by J. David Greene

Before you hire a lawyer there are three questions you should ask them 1. How many cases like mine have you handled? The more experience your lawyer has can mean a big difference in the result of your settlement. Hiring a lawyer with years of experience will help you in a variety of different ways. He'll already have relationships established with the insurance adjustors and he will know the ins and outs of the applicable laws. Greene and Phillips has handled thousands of personal injury cases of a variety of types including car wreck cases, slip and fall cases, 2. What system does the lawyer have in place to keep track of cases. It may surprise you to find out that your lawyer is working on your case based on a paper file folder. This can mean lost records, being put at the bottom of a to-do list or even forgotten. At Greene & Phillips we use an advanced paperless computer system that ensures no file or record gets lost or misplaced and that there is always someone working to move your case toward settlement. 3. Ask your lawyer about settlement values of cases he has settled. You need to know you are working with a reputable firm that has has experience in handling large cases. Those attorneys who have had large settlements related to your injury type will have proven experience to get you the full value of your claim. ...

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4 Big Mistakes People Make After an Accident
Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by J. David Greene

1. Not going to the doctor or hospital So important after your accident, you need to be checked out by a physician to see what the extent of your injuries are and to make sure you start getting better. After your accident you should get seek medical attention as soon as possible. 2. Not following your doctor's instructions The doctors are the professionals. they are going to prescribe you medicine, physical therapy, instructions about staying off your feet, staying in bed. If you don't follow their instructions, It will take longer for you to recover, your case will take longer, and you could end up not getting as big a settlement because of that. The third mistake is trying to do too much too soon after your accident You may be in a lot of pain, but if you go around pretending like you're not hurt, you could do yourself more damage and also hurt your case. Someone who goes back to work the very next day after an accident is not going to have as large a settlement as someone who really takes the time they need to recover from their injuries A very similar mistake to that is downplaying your injuries That's right, often we have these guys that want to look tough and that they've got it all together and can't get hurt. Sometimes admitting to yourself that your injuries are seriuos and acting like it will not only help you heal quicker, but it can really help your case. Every case is different, so you really need to sit down with a lawyer to figure out what is the best way to go from there. ...

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We Come to You
Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by J. David Greene

In some cases, it can be difficult to get to get help from a lawyer when you might need one. For example, if your car is wrecked, or you're in the hospital. The attorneys at Greene & Phillips realize this only causes more stress in an already very stressful situation. That's why they offer a service where they go to you, wherever you are. In fact, the main reason the firm has a plane is so that they can quickly get to clients wherever they are in the region. They can explain what your legal options are and let you know what they think your case is worth. Then they'll investigate the facts of the case. The lawyers at Greene & Phillips handle cases throughout southern Mississippi, Alabama, north-west Florida, and the southeast. Clients are never charged unless they win their case. If you think you have a case, you can call Greene & Phillips any time. Someone will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ...

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Many Still Making BP Claims
Posted on: October 1st, 2012 by J. David Greene

David Greene was recently interviewed about people that continue to make claims of lost income and injuries following the BP Oil Spill...

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