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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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Auto Accident Insurance Tips
Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by J. David Greene

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....

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Construction Injury
Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by J. David Greene

from Studio 10 Working in the construction industry can be very dangerous. If someone is injured as a crew member on a construction site, their case can be much more complex than a workers' comp case. If a subcontractor was negligent, making the employee's situation more hazardous contributing to the accident, that must be taken into account. In many situations, a construction case may require more detailed investigation than many workers comp cases that cover several parties that may need to be held responsible. The lawyers at Greene and Phillips have handled cases where safety railings have not been installed correctly allowing their client to fall. They have also handles cases surrounding heavy items falling from cranes, workers being run over by heavy equipment, or workers sustaining injuries due to walls collapsing or even fires and explosions. Many victims of construction accidents will never be able to work again, let alone have the same quality of life like they used to. While winning a big settlement can't make you whole, David Greene says it can help ease some of the pain. So if you're injured while working on a construction site, seek medical attention, submit First Report of Injury with your employer, then make sure you call Greene and Phillips your construction injury lawyers....

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Comedy Nights at North Mobile 2012
Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by J. David Greene

Greene and Phillips Injury Lawyers is once again very proud to sponsor Comedy Nights at North Mobile Baptist Church this summer in Saraland AL. Included Acts:

  • Bob Smiley - June 23rd
  • Joey I.L.O - July 30th
  • Michael Jr. - August 6th
Mondays at 7pm
Free Admission
from I-65 go East at Exit 13 on the right.
Proceeds raised during Comedy Nights goes toward feeding the hungry in NOMO's Love Helps campaign 
Comedy Night Poster 2012
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Proud Sponsor of Mobile Gospelfest 2012
Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by J. David Greene

Greene and Phillips is once again a very proud sponsor of Mobile Gospelfest 2012. This year's Gospelfest will take place August 4th at the Saenger Theater in Downtown Mobile at 6pm. Artists include:

  • Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's
  • Eberly Crawford
  • Alicia Williamson Garcia
  • Paul Porter
  • Hubert Baker & The Believers
Tickets are available at the Saenger Theater Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Mobile Gospelfest 2012
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What Can You Known as a Juror
Posted on: June 13th, 2012 by J. David Greene

If you find yourself on a jury for a civil lawsuit involving car wreck injuries or other type of injury case, neither attorney is allowed to let you know that insurance will pay for the damages you award. Often the guilty party will not owe anything out of pocket....

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Motorcycle Safety Tips
Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by J. David Greene

If you have a motorcycle, there are some things you should know before you head out on the highway. Safety is the most important thing you should think about as a motorcyclist. If you drive a motorcycle, make sure you're always visible to other drivers. It's also important for you to drive within the speed limit. You should also be aware of everything around you and your motorcycle. If an accident were to occur, wearing protective gear will help protect you. Injuries can be very serious even if you are just bumped. If a you are driving a car or truck and see a motorcycle on the road you should you be more careful. Keep a safe distance between your car and the motorcycle. Be aware that there are smaller vehicles like motorcycles and bicycles that are sharing the road with you. David Greene from Greene and Phillips Law Firm says motorcycle cases can be difficult because people want to blame the motorcyclist. People tend to see them going faster than they actually are. He says the insurance company is going to make assumptions about the motorcycle driver that are often not true. The attorneys at Greene and Phillips can handle motorcycle cases. Greene says the lawyers will pursue a claim if they feel it could make a case....

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New Beginning's Give Back Day
Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by J. David Greene

On February 8th approximately a hundred families and individuals received free hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks, groceries and clothing in Give Back Day organized by New Beginning Ministries Baptist Church. Greene & Phillips - Injury Lawyers provided the tent and all the lunch items as part of our Community Initiative. Give Back Day New Beginnings Give Back Day Clothing donation Give Back Day...

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North Mobile Comedy Night
Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by J. David Greene

Love Helps 2011 from North Mobile on Vimeo. Greene & Phillips - Injury Lawyers is proud to support North Mobile Comedy Nights hosted by First Baptist Church North Mobile. The Comedy Nights are a fundraising effort for NOMO's Love Helps campaign. Feed the Children and NOMO sponsors "Love Helps" which provides 400 families in the area with two weeks worth of groceries every November....

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BP Oil Spill Settlement
Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by J. David Greene

If you are a business owners or individual who has suffered damages due to the BP disaster and have not been fully compensated, we would appreciate the opportunity to help you.. Our firm has been working on these claims since the accident occurred. We have also been working up loss of value claims for property along the beach. We will continue to get new claims compensated. The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) spearheading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill announced this week that a settlement in principle has been reached with BP that will fully compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy. The settlement is to be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay. BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement, irrespective of the funds previously set aside. The agreement will resolve the majority of private economic loss, property damage and medical injury claims stemming from the Gulf Oil Spill. The settlement will hold BP fully accountable to individuals and businesses harmed by the spill. Stephen J. Herman and James P. Roy, Plaintiffs' Co-Liaison Counsel said, "We are extremely pleased to bring justice to those harmed by the BP Gulf Oil Spill. This settlement will provide a full measure of compensation to hundreds of thousands -- in a transparent and expeditious manner under rigorous judicial oversight. It does the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people." Two separate settlement agreements have been reached with BP. The first settlement compensates private economic losses due to the Gulf Oil Spill. These claims include businesses and individuals that lost profits; sustained damage to coastal property, wetlands and personal property; sustained real property sales losses; lost subsistence use; and have claims for failure to pay under BP's Vessels of Opportunity Program. The second settlement compensates people with medical claims related to the spill and provides periodic medical consultation for the next 21 years. Claimants can participate in either or both settlement programs. There will be no delay in the processing of economic loss claims while the heart of the claims process shifts to New Orleans, where Court supervision will ensure independence, fairness, transparency of process, and accountability. During the transition period claimants will be able to accept a percentage of their existing GCCF (Gulf Coast Claims Facility) offers while preserving their right to participate in the economic loss settlement. "Under the new program, eligible claimants will generally be paid greater benefits than under the GCCF," said Herman and Roy. Details of the Settlement in Principle Economic Loss Claims Individuals and businesses that suffered financial losses from the oil spill will be compensated within a framework intended to encompass all economic losses reasonably related to the oil spill. It is presumed that losses suffered by businesses and individuals in close proximity to the Gulf Coast, or in the seafood industry, were caused by the oil spill without further proof. To account for the specific circumstances of other claimants, there are a variety of ways to demonstrate that losses were caused by the oil spill. There is no "one-size-fits-all." The intent of the framework is to be inclusive. Under the settlement, the formula for calculating the amount of compensation allows each claimant to select the months used to measure lost income or profits based on historical earnings. Most importantly, the formula allows claimants to recover for lost growth potential. Again, there is no "one size fits all." Generally speaking, for claimants eligible for compensation, a Risk Transfer Premium (RTP) or "multiplier" will be used to account for ecological and economic uncertainty. The specific RTP multiplier depends on the location and nature of the claimant's business. Medical Benefits The Medical settlement will potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and Clean-Up Workers who suffered acute or chronic illnesses from exposure to oil and chemical dispersants in the weeks and months after the oil spill. Residents in the coastal and wetlands areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle will be compensated for a broad range of specific medical conditions such as respiratory, skin, stomach, headaches and a host of other ailments. At one end of the spectrum, Clean-Up Workers can submit a claim with a Declaration under penalty of perjury describing the conditions or symptoms after exposure even if they did not seek medical treatment at the time of exposure. At the other end, residents and workers who suffer chronic symptoms or conditions from exposure will be required to submit medical records from the time of exposure and for ongoing medical care. Coastal residents and Clean-Up Workers who experience future manifestation of illness retain the right to sue BP without proof of liability for the spill and exposure. The settlement also establishes a periodic medical consultation program for 21 years for people affected by the spill to ensure access to appropriate healthcare throughout the Gulf Coast region. A grant of more than $100 Million will be used to establish a 5-year program to enhance access to physical and mental health care services in the Gulf Coast region--with an emphasis on integrated and sustainable community-based primary and mental health care and environmental and occupational health services. These services will benefit families in the entire region for years to come. Affected Property Owners Property owners and long-term lessees of waterfront properties in the affected coastal and wetlands region are eligible to receive compensation for loss of use and enjoyment of their property. This compensation was not available through the GCCF and recognizes that residents in the affected region were unable to fully enjoy their homes in the aftermath of the oil spill....

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