1.8 Million Jury Verdict for Motorcycle Wreck Victim

Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers Secure $1.8 Million Jury Verdict against Hut American Group for Injured Saraland Resident

MOBILE AL, 8/31/2023 – Greene & Phillips – Attorneys at Law, a local firm with a 25-year legacy of advocating for injury victims, announces a victory on behalf of their client, a 39 year-old man from Saraland. A Mobile Circuit Court jury on Wednesday awarded the client a $1.8 million verdict against Hut American Group following a three day trial.

In June of 2021, the client was riding his motorcycle when a delivery driver failed to yield the right of way and pulled into his path. The driver was delivering pizza for his employer Hut American Group, which owns and operates the Pizza Hut in Saraland. The wreck fractured the client’s left femur in multiple places.

The case was litigated by Attorneys Britt Bethea and David Greene, Managing Partner. Greene said, “The negligence of a company employee while on the clock resulted in a terrible injury and drastic change to our client’s life. Despite clear evidence in the case and their driver’s own admission, Hut never accepted responsibility for the wreck.”

The Law firm of Greene & Phillips is deeply rooted in the local community and is tirelessly dedicated to representing injury victims in Mobile, Birmingham, and throughout the country. Over the firm’s quarter-century in business, they have helped 20,000+ clients obtain rightful compensation for their injuries. Greene & Phillips stands ready to fight for those who have suffered due to the negligence of others.

To see if you have a case, please call the office for a free consultation 24/7 at 251-300-2000.

Four Misconceptions About Lawsuits

While many people may hesitate to pursue legal action, understanding the role of an attorney can make a significant difference in maximizing the value of a personal injury claim such as a car wreck, slip and fall, or dog bite. There are a few key misconceptions about hiring a lawyer you should know before you decide against hiring one.

Misconception 1: Hiring a Lawyer means Filing a Lawsuit

One of the primary misconceptions about hiring a personal injury attorney is that it automatically leads to filing a lawsuit. Not every case requires going to court. Injury attorneys possess the knowledge and expertise to build a strong case or claim and communicate effectively with insurance adjusters. By presenting your case in the right format and language, attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve often without filing suit or stepping foot in a courthouse.

Misconception 2: Anybody can Beat the Insurance Company

David Greene’s 25 years of experience in the field highlights the importance of hiring a knowledgeable attorney. At Greene & Phillips, their team includes former claims handlers for insurance companies, giving them a deep understanding of the rules and the value of your claim. By assessing the situation, attorneys can advise you on whether filing a lawsuit is necessary, considering factors such as the potential need for subrogation and paying back hospital liens.

Misconception 3: Health Insurance Will Not Seek Reimbursement for Medical Bills

Subrogation refers to the process of reimbursing your health insurance for medical bills they have covered. Many individuals assume that their health insurance provider should bear the responsibility for these expenses. However, health insurance companies often have the right to seek reimbursement from you out of whatever settlement you get. Hiring a lawyer ensures that subrogation matters are handled appropriately, protecting your health coverage and ensuring all parties involved are paid accordingly.

Misconception 4: Most Lawsuits go to Trial

Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. Instead, attorneys work towards reaching a settlement with the insurance company pre-litigation. Settling a case involves understanding the language of insurance companies, presenting your case effectively, and negotiating on your behalf. Ultimately, the goal is to secure fair compensation for your injuries and damages.


In summary, by enlisting the expertise of injury attorneys like those at Greene & Phillips, you can navigate the complexities of personal injury claims while maximizing the value of your case. Injury attorneys bring extensive experience, knowledge of insurance company processes, and the ability to communicate effectively, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. 

Finding out if you may have a case is easy.

  1. Give us a call or fill out a contact form. We’re able to tell you if you may have case in less than a minute
  2. Stop by for free consultation with a lawyer. They’ll answer all your questions, and walk you through our process. This often takes less than 30 minutes.
  3. Focus on getting better. We’ll handle all the bills, paperwork, negotiations and subrogation on your behalf. 

Remember, at Greene & Phillips there’s no charge unless we get money for you. 

What to do in a Hit and Run Wreck – Studio 10

Being involved in a hit and run accident can be a stressful experience, but it’s important to remember that you still have legal options. Recently Attorney David Greene met with Chelsea Sayasane  on Studio10 to talk about what steps you can take after a hit-and-run wreck to project your legal rights.

1. Stay Calm and Report the Incident:

When faced with a hit and run situation, it’s crucial to remain calm and take immediate action. If possible, move the vehicle to a safe location out of the way of traffic. Call 911 to report the accident. Contacting the police and obtaining an official report is crucial to establishing your case.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Your well-being should be a top priority. Even if you don’t have visible injuries, it’s essential to get checked by a doctor. Some injuries may not manifest immediately, and having a medical record will be valuable for your case.

3. Check for Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Check to see if you have uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy. This coverage protects you in the event that you are involved in an accident with a driver who either has no insurance or inadequate insurance to cover your injuries. Make sure to review your policy and ensure you have this coverage in place. If you are unsure what to look for, stop by our office, and we’d be happy to show you what to look for.

4. Understanding Phantom Vehicle Accidents

A phantom vehicle accident refers to a situation where a crash occurs or someone forces you off the road, but they flee the scene. In such cases, it’s essential to consult an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the legal process. Laws governing phantom vehicle accidents may differ from state to state, so seeking professional advice is crucial.

Seeking Legal Advice

We strongly advise seeking legal advice from someone who handles this type of case as soon as possible after a hit-and0-run accident. Even before you talk to your own insurance company, be sure to consult with a lawyer who can help protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Insurance adjusters may ask questions that can potentially harm your case without you realizing it.

Experiencing a hit-and-run accident can be a traumatic event, but knowing the right steps to take can make a significant difference in the outcome. Remember to stay calm, report the incident to the police, seek medical attention, and consult a car wreck lawyer like Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers. We can provide you with the necessary guidance and support to navigate the legal process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Curious if You Have a Case?

Finding out is easy.

  1. Call us anytime, 24/7 at 251-300-2000 (or in Birmingham 205-500-4000). We’ll let you know if you may have a case
  2. Schedule a short 30 minute free in-person or virtual consultation with a lawyer
  3. Focus on getting your life back together, we’ll deal all the paperwork and legal issues.

Remember at Greene & Phillips, we only get paid if we get money for you.  There’s no risk in reaching out.

Behind the Scenes of a Personal Injury Case

Personal injury cases can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. That’s why we strive to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for our clients, ensuring they receive the care and attention they deserve.  Attorney J. David Greene recently joined Chelsey Sayasane on Studio 10 to walk through the typical process of handling a personal injury case from start to finish.

A Warm Welcome

The moment you walk into our office, you’ll be greeted with a smile southern hospitality. We’re approachable, down-to-earth f0lks who are here to listen to your story. Our initial meeting is an opportunity for you to share what happened, discuss your concerns, and receive free advice. Importantly, this consultation comes at no cost to you. We understand that the decisions you make now can have a profound impact on your future, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

No Fees Unless We Win

One of the standout features of our approach is that we only charge a fee if we win your case. This fee structure, known as a contingency basis, means that you can hire us without any financial risk. Whether you’ve suffered from a slip and fall, a car accident, a dog bite, or any other injury, our priority is to help you make informed decisions about your legal options.

Immediately Getting to Work

If you choose to hire us, the process begins with a simple, one-page contract. From there, we roll up our sleeves and get to work on your behalf. Our team will guide you through the medical treatment process, conduct a thorough investigation of your case, take care of ordering your medical records, and initiate contact and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Navigating conversations with insurance companies can be daunting. We serve as your advocates and middlemen in these interactions, ensuring that your rights and interests are protected. Our extensive experience allows us to level the playing field and hold insurance companies accountable for getting you all the compensation you deserve.

Your Advocate

Once we’re involved, you will no longer have to talk directly with the insurance company. We handle all communications, acting as your advocate and spokesperson throughout the process. Our established history with insurance adjusters give us an edge in negotiations. Since we’ve handled numerous cases with those individual adjusters, we understand the intricacies of their processes. You can rest easy, knowing we’re here to make the legal complexities of your case as stress-free as possible for you.

How Long is This Going to Take

A question we often get is, “How long does it take to receive compensation?” Typically, we aim to resolve cases within 90 to 120 days from the initial action. The timeline may vary depending on the unique circumstances of your case. Some cases can be quickly resolved based on the facts, while others might require more extensive proceedings, such as filing and going through the discovery process or even going to trial. However, it’s important to note that the majority of cases, around 90%, are settled without going to trial. The speed of resolution often depends on factors like paying medical bills and providers’ responsiveness.

How to Reach Us

If you’ve recently experienced an accident or injury and need assistance, reaching out to us is really simple.

  1. Call or submit a web form.  We’ll let you know if you may have a case.
  2. Schedule a short free consultation (virtual or in person at our offices in Mobile and Birmingham)
  3. If you decide to sign up, focus on getting better, and we’ll focus on getting you the compensation you deserve.

Watch the full interview on Fox10tv.com

When to Seek Treatment After a Car Wreck – Studio 10

Accidents are terrifying and confusing events. In the immediate aftermath you may feel unsure about what kind of medical treatment you may need.  David Greene recently talked with Joe Emer on Studio 10 to talk about the different treatment options available and which one might be right for you.

Should I Accept an Ambulance Ride?

The number one priority after a wreck is your own health. If you think you need an ambulance, do not hesitate because of the cost. Your wellbeing is paramount, and financial concerns can be handled later.

If you choose not to take an ambulance, however, it is crucial to get checked out by a doctor to ensure that there are no underlying injuries that may become problematic later on.

Should I Visit an Urgent Care?

If you decide to go to urgent care, be clear with your doctor about the incident. Let them know you were involved in a crash, describe what happened, and point out if and where you feel pain. Clear and thorough communication doctor is vital in ensuring proper treatment.

Can a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist Help?

It may be tricky to decide whether to go see a chiropractor or a physical therapist after your car wreck.  Both can provide excellent care. The decision depends on the specifics of your case and individual needs. Consulting with a lawyer to discuss your situation may help you determine the best course of treatment.

How Can I Manage Costs?

It’s no secret that medical treatment can be expensive, especially if you have inadequate health insurance. Talking with a local lawyer can help you keep the cost down.  Lawyers like Greene & Phillips have established relationships with physical therapists, chiropractors, and urgent care facilities and can help you obtain a letter of protection to get the care you need to recover with no upfront cost and paid out of any eventual settlement. This is just one more reason why it’s so important to talk to a lawyer as soon as you can after a car wreck.

Three Easy Steps

  1. Call or fill out a contact form, and we’ll let you know if you may have a case
  2. Schedule a short 30-minute in-person or virtual meeting with a lawyer to answer all your questions
  3. Focus on getting better. The team at Greene & Phillips will immediately get to work investigating your wreck, gathering paperwork, and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.

You don’t owe a penny unless we get money for you.  Not talking to a lawyer can cost you a lot.

Watch the full Legal Matters segment on Fox 10 TV


Seeking Medical Care After a Car Accident – Studio 10

Automobile accidents can be a terrifying experience that leave victims confused and unsure of what steps to take next. Health concerns should always be at the forefront, but when is it the right time to seek medical attention? David Greene recently talked to Joe Emer of Studio 10 addressing this important issue.

Importance of Seeking Medical Attention

If there’s damage to any vehicle involved in a crash, it’s important to seek medical treatment to ensure that you are okay and to document your involvement in the accident. Even if you don’t feel any immediate effects or injuries, it’s very important to see a doctor.

You don’t have to go to the emergency room.  Our area has many urgent care facilities that make it easy to get checked out by a professional. Often symptoms of injuries might only become apparent several weeks or even a month after you are in a wreck. It might be a numb hand or a ruptured disc that went unnoticed initially. Simply getting checked out ensures that you have documented your involvement in the crash, and it helps protect your interest in any future legal or insurance matters.

Dealing with Medical Costs

The fear of medical costs shouldn’t deter anyone from seeking necessary medical treatment after a car accident. There are several hospitals in the area that will provide treatment even if you don’t have health insurance. The lawyers of Greene & Phillips can also connect you with doctors and other medical treatment that can be provided with no upfront costs through a letter of protection.

The most important thing after a crash is to make sure you’re okay, that you get well, and you’re fairly compensated.

Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after you accident.  They can guide you through the complex process, even if you may decide you don’t need a lawyer ultimately. The right legal guidance ensures that you’re not only fairly compensated for a wreck that wasn’t your fault, but also that your long-term health needs are adequately taken care of.

Contacting Greene and Phillips

If you or someone you know is grappling with the aftermath of an auto accident, Greene & Phillips is here to help.  We make it easy.

  1. Call to see if you may have a case
  2. Schedule an appointment or swing by and have all your questions answered by a lawyer
  3. Focus on getting better while we handle all the legal complexities.  You owe us nothing unless we get money for you.


Teen Driving Safety

How can we make sure all young drivers stay safe on the roads?  David Greene recently joined Joe Emer on Studio 10 to discuss teen driving safety. David is currently navigating this terrain with his own children, and his experience may be able to help other parents who want their teens to drive safely.

The Risks for Teen Drivers

It can be perilous for teenagers to navigate the roads. It can be extremely dangerous. To mitigate this, it’s important to have candid discussions with your teenagers. In the Greene household, these conversations are an ongoing practice, particularly with his youngest son, Alex, who will be getting behind the wheel soon.

Driving safety begins with understanding the rules of the road and being aware of one’s surroundings. Distracted driving is a major societal problem that teens and young adults are especially susceptible to.

Safety Initiatives for Parents

One interesting approach adopted by David and his friend, Ashley Rich, a former district attorney was to create a safety contract that their children were required to sign, listing out things they should do and avoid while on the road. This contract, customized for each family, ensures that teenagers understand and commit to road rules as well as family-specific guidelines for driving.

These rules can be revisited and revised frequently to ensure they stay relevant and top-of-mind for young drivers.

Teen Driver Safety Contract

Teen Driving Contract PreviewTeen Driving Contract.pdf

Alabama 2023 Hands-Free Law

A great new traffic rule is the recently passed hands-free cell phone law in Alabama. The law simply states you can’t be holding your cell phone anymore while you’re driving. While enforcement of the law will be a bit delayed, parents can already enforce consequences if their child uses their phone to text, find music, or check social media. People thinking of using their phones should consider using the buddy system where a passenger handles the texting, song-finding, and navigation while the driver focusses on the road.  Otherwise, find a safe place to pull over to the side of the road to use the phone.

Addressing Drunk Driving

There is absolutely no reason for teenagers to consume alcohol, and driving intoxicated should carry significant consequences.  It’s important to convey this message firmly to teenagers, as the consequences of drinking and driving can be disastrous and even fatal.

Seeking Legal Advice

In the unfortunate event of accidents, Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers are always ready to help. Getting help is very simple.

  1. Contact us at 251-300-2000 or visit their offices and we’ll let you know if we think you may have a case.
  2. Come in for a short 30 minute meeting where we can answer any questions you may have about the process.
  3. You focus on getting better and we’ll deal with all the paperwork and negotiate with the insurance company for you.  At Greene & Phillips it won’t cost a penny unless we get money for you. But it cost a lot if you don’t talk to someone.

Read the full article on Fox10TV.com

Common Mistakes People Make After an Auto Accident – Studio 10

Do you know what to do after a car accident?  People often have a lot of misconceptions about what to do following a car wreck. J. David Greene from Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers recently talked to Joe Emer about common mistakes people make after an accident on the Legal Matters segment of Studio 10 on WALA Fox 10.

Mistake 1: No Need to Call Cops After Minor Accident

After an accident, people often mistakenly assume they are unharmed and therefore decide not to call the police, but this common misstep could lead to serious complications down the line.

When an accident occurs, adrenaline and shock might trick you into thinking you’re fine, but injuries can surface later. Also, without an official accident report, you’ll lack important  documentation that can help a future injury claim.

Regardless of how you initially feel, ALWAYS call the authorities then seek immediate medical attention to get checked out.  A quick trip to an urgent care soon after your accident can save you serious problems later.

Mistake 2: Ignoring Doctor’s Recommendations

Another common mistake is failing to adhere to a doctor’s recommendations on recovery. Often, folks feel better after a few visits and prematurely stop following their doctor’s instructions. This can not only negatively affect your recovery but also impact your legal position should you decide to pursue a claim. That’s why it’s so crucial to follow medical advice diligently until the doctor gives you the all clear.  It’s not only important for your health but also the value of any potential compensation.

Mistake 3: Resuming Normal Activities Too Soon

A big mistake we often see is folks resuming normal activities too soon after an accident. Trying to do too much, too soon can hinder recovery and possibly make your injuries worse. The key is to listen to your body and your doctor’s advice to ensure you are not rushing your recovery.

Mistake 4: Not Contacting an Injury Lawyer

According to the insurance industry’s own research, car accident victims receive on average 3 1/2 times more compensation if they hire a lawyer than if they try to pursue a claim themselves.  An experienced injury lawyer will help you navigate your legal rights and handle a lot of the paperwork, so you can focus on getting better.

If you’ve made any of these mistakes, it’s important to call an injury law firm right away. Greene & Phillips Car Wreck Lawyers can often “patch up” any of these oversights and get you money.

Next time you’re in an accident remember. Call the police, get medical care, follow doctors orders, and talk to an experienced injury lawyer.

At Greene & Phillips, we make it easy.

  1. Give us a call or fill out a web form, we’ll let you know if you may have a case.
  2. Schedule a short 30 minute meeting where we can get additional information about your situation and we can answer any questions you may have
  3. Focus on your recover, we’ll do all the heavy lifting. You owe us nothing to get started. Our fee is taken as a percentage of the money we are able to get for you.

Summer Safe Driving Tips – Studio 10 – June 13, 2023

Summer is here and that means more people are out on the roads visiting family and of course going on vacations. With all the added traffic, there is a greater possibility for car wrecks to happen. J. David Greene recently appeared on the Studio 10 Legal Matters segment from Fox 10 with Chelsey Sayasane to provide some tips for safe summer driving.

The Summer Traffic Jam

During the summer months, the number of people on the roads significantly rises. With kids out of school and families planning trips, there is a surge in traffic volume. Additionally, the combination of alcohol consumption and risky behaviors further heightens the potential for accidents. Notably, holidays like July 4th can be particularly dangerous, demanding heightened caution during these times.

Keep Car Properly Maintained

To ensure a safe journey, it is essential to prepare your vehicle adequately. David emphasizes a few key aspects of car maintenance:

Tire Check: Verify that your tires have adequate air pressure to ensure optimal performance. Safety Equipment: Regularly inspect and ensure the proper functioning of safety features such as windshield wipers, seat belts, and seat backs. These simple checks can significantly contribute to your safety on the road.

Cut out the Distractions

Distracted driving remains a significant concern, especially with more people on the roads. David emphasizes the importance of avoiding cell phone usage while driving. Designate a passenger to handle calls or texts, prioritizing safety over the urge to check your phone. Keeping your hands on the wheel and paying attention to the road should always take precedence.

Make Time for Pit Stops

After an incredible vacation, the road home can leave you feeling exhausted. David advises travelers plan their trips effectively, allowing for sufficient rest before setting out. Additionally, take frequent breaks to recharge yourself. Taking advantage of roadside parks or rest areas, even for a brief walk or a coffee break, can help re-energize and enhance focus.

Dealing with Accidents

In the unlikely event of an accident during your summer escapades, don’t panic!  It is, however, crucial to take the appropriate steps.

  1. Call the Authorities: Contact the police immediately to report the accident and ensure an official report is filed.
  2. Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and seek medical treatment for any injuries sustained.
  3. Consult Legal Professionals: Whether local or out-of-state, contacting a reliable law firm like Greene & Phillips can provide the necessary guidance and support during the aftermath of an accident.

As summer brings increased traffic and potential risks on the roads, prioritize your safety while driving.  Simple tips like conducting regular vehicle maintenance, combating distracted driving, and addressing fatigue, can reduce your risk of being in an accidents.  Stay vigilant, be prepared, and have a safe summer on the roads.

You can call Greene & Phillips 24/7 251-300-2000 or stop by anytime during business hours at 51 N. Florida St in midtown Mobile or in the Forbes Building at 1914 4th Ave N, Suite 110 in Birmingham.

What to Know as a Jury Member – Studio 10 – May 9th

When it’s your turn for jury duty, there are a few things you may want to know before you get seated on a case. J. David Greene recently joined Joe Emer on Studio 10 Legal Matters Segment to shed some light on this important topic.

If you are selected for a jury of a civil trial where one party is seeking damages against another person or business, one important piece of information you are not allowed to know is if there is insurance available to pay for those damages.

Why is this important?

As a jury member, you may see the defendant and sympathize with them. You may not want to make them pay tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, even if the evidence is clear that that amount of money is what it would take to pay for their negligence. In reality, 99% of the time, the defendant will actually have to pay nothing. It’s their insurance company that will pay for the damages, and you as a juror are not allowed to know that, and by extension not allowed to know how much coverage the defendant has.

The defendant, his lawyers, the judge, and the victim’s lawyer all know if there is insurance and often exactly how much insurance is available to cover the cost of the accident or injury.

It’s actually rare that in a civil case the defendant will hire his own lawyer. Most of the time the defendant lawyer is actually hired and paid for by the big insurance company trying to make sure they have to pay as little as possible on the case.

Why is a jury not allowed to know if there is insurance?

The insurance companies have a lot of sway in the state legislature. They are out to save money in the long run, and over the years they’ve put pressure on lawmakers to pass laws in their favor. It’s a problem that we often see. People, who through no fault of their own, are in accidents causing terrible injuries, yet the person responsible for the accident and his insurance company get away without paying what they are supposed to pay, because a jury member may have pity on the defendant.

If you have any questions about how all this works, please feel free to call us at 300-2000 or stop by our office anytime at 51 North Florida Street.

Motorcycle Safety – Studio 10 March 7th, 2023

David Greene was invited to Studio 10 to talk to Joe Emer about motorcycle safety.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car or truck. What are some good safety precautions to take to stay safe when operating a motorcycle on the roadways?

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. What should motorcyclists be cautious of while on the roadways?

It’s important 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 both to ensure you have enough stopping distance and so you have time to react to obstacles in the road. So many 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.

Is there anything else that motorcyclists should be aware of while driving?

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 save 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.

If someone is involved in an accident while they were operating a motorcycle, what should they do?

They should seek medical attention immediately. After being checked out by a doctor, they should contact an attorney to see what they’re entitled to for their 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 similar cases.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call 300-2000, or fill out our contact form. You never need an appointment and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.