9 Things To Do In A Car Crash

Every 13 minutes, someone in Alabama is injured in a car accident. It is one of the most common reasons that people go to court. Car crashes can be unnerving and you can be left unsure of what to do next. Take a look at this list now so that if you are ever in a car accident, you have something to think about.

 

  1. Stay calm and make sure everyone is safe. If anyone is injured, call 911 right away.

  2. Check for any damage to your car and any other car involved in the accident.

  3. Take pictures of the damage and the scene. Take pictures of the license plates as well so that you don’t forget the information.

  4. Take notes of the surrounding area. Record the information of what happened and what the conditions were while the details are fresh in your mind. Write down the other license plate numbers and descriptions of the cars involved.

  5. Get information from witnesses. Get the names and contact information of everyone who witnessed the accident.

  6. Contact your insurance company.

  7. Keep track of any money you spend out-of-pocket and everything you had to do related to the accident.

  8. Do not agree automatically to anything insurance companies tell you. You do not have to accept their first offer for damages.

       9. If you have any trouble, contact us and see how we can help you.

Juneteenth

Today in 1865, slavery officially ended in the United States. The celebrated day goes by the name “Juneteenth” which is short for June 19th. Today is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. On this day in 1865, Union General Granger, along with 1,800 federal troops, traveled to Galveston, Texas and read General Order Number 3 to the citizens of Texas that stated, “...all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”. The Emancipation Proclamation had been issued by President Abraham Lincoln 2 years earlier but Texas plantation owners had withheld the information.

On June 19, 1865, 250,000 people were freed in the state of Texas. Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday in 1979 and is celebrated all over the country. However, Texas is the only state to recognize it as a state holiday. There are many people are calling for Juneteenth to become a nationally recognized holiday. Whether it is an officially recognized holiday or not, many communities across the United States are celebrating today with parades and educating others about this part of American history.

 

Source:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/19/what-juneteenth-day-marks-end-slavery-united-states/407927001/

Happy National Flag Day

June 14th is National Flag Day in the US and although it is not as largely celebrated as some of the larger American holidays, it is day that Americans celebrate their country’s beginnings. Flag Day is a holiday that celebrates the creation of the American flag and what it stands for. The design for the American flag that we know today was agreed upon by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution for the flag read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  Now, while the birth of the United States has been officially recognized by Congress since 1870, Flag Day was not officially recognized by Congress until 1949.

There are many different stories as to how Flag Day came to be. One of the most popular claims about the origins of Flag Day is that it was started by school teachers across the US in 1877, a hundred years after the design for the flag was adopted. Teachers were conducting patriotic ceremonies in the classroom as a means to teach their students about American history. One of the teachers, Bernard J. Cigrand, lobbied Congress for years in order to have the celebration of the flag become a recognized holiday. Cigrand was dubbed the “Father of Flag Day”. Other patriotic groups also fought for the flag to have its own day of celebration but to no avail. Both President Woodrow Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, declared that June 14th was to be National Flag Day; however, Flag Day was not made official until 1949 by an Act of Congress.

 

Sources: https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagday.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/old-glory/

http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/history-independence-day/

Divorce and Children

A divorce is a life changing decision and effects not only the couple, but any children involved as well. Divorce brings about big changes in a child’s life and it can be hard to help them adjust to the situation. When children are part of a divorce, it’s important to take them into consideration and make sure that they are not put into a daunting or confusing position. Children are very impressionable and having a good parental influence in their lives will undoubtedly benefit them. You may be angry at your spouse, however, they are still the parent of your children. Be mindful of what you say about your spouse around your child as this will affect how they view you and your spouse for many years to come.

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When it comes to the legal system, harsh words, such as custody and visitation, are thrown around and may be overwhelming for child. Coming up with words that are more kid-friendly, such as ‘parenting-plan’, may help to ease your children into the transition that is taking place.

The transition for children during a divorce will take some time. Even if you and your spouse don’t move far away from each other, your children will miss the presence of their mother or father on a regular basis. It will be difficult for them to understand why their other parent is not around constantly. It is important to have a regular schedule to be with your children so that they can have consistency in their lives and see both of their parents regularly. Your regular plans for holidays and birthdays will also take some rearranging.  

There is a lot that goes on in a divorce and it can be overwhelming. Our lawyers here at Gathings Law are here to help. We will ensure that this time in your life isn’t harder than it has to be for you or your children. If you or someone you love is going through a divorce, let us be there for you.

Debunking Prenuptial Agreements

Divorce can be an intimidating word and when you’re getting ready to get married, it is hopefully one of the last words on your mind. Flowers, friends, and forever are often more of the words on your mind. However, it can be a good decision to take a little time and think about protecting your assets. A prenuptial agreements is not the most romantic item on your wedding to-do list, but it could just be the most important. However, prenuptial agreements have a bad reputation and there are many myths surrounding them. Let’s debunk some of them.

1. If I sign a prenuptial agreement I’m not really in love. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Life rarely goes according to plan and it is always in your best interest to make sure that you are prepared for whatever may come your way. Signing a prenuptial agreement does not make you more likely to get a divorce but, if done correctly, it will ensure that your assets remain safe in the event of a divorce. This doesn’t mean that you love your spouse any less. Divorce is hard on everyone involved and emotions can be high. In the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement will ensure that your assets are protected.

2. Prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthier spouse. Prenuptial agreements, by design, are meant to protect both spouses in the event of a divorce. They are meant to be fair to both parties and a prenuptial agreement that is unfair or heavily favoring one side can be questioned by the court.

3. I don’t need a prenuptial agreement because I am not rich. Prenuptial agreements are not meant to protect only wealthy people. They ensure that if something happens, your assets and your future are protected.

Proper prenuptial agreements can be difficult; they require a full disclosure of all current assets and obligations. Our team at Gathings Law will develop a plan for you that will ensure that your agreement remains valid even though your financial or personal situation may change drastically during the course of your marriage. Don’t let the myths you hear about prenuptial agreements stop you from protecting yourself and your assets. If you or a loved one is getting ready to celebrate a wedding, call us at Gathings Law so that we can protect you from the “what if” so all you have to worry about is the “I do”.

Stay Safe This Summer

Summer is finally here. School is out and families take this time to be with each other and often travel and take extended vacations. Unfortunately, more people on the road means the risk of an accident increases. We here at Gathings Law want to make sure that you stay safe out on the roads so that your family vacation is memorable for all the right reasons. In order to stay safe, here are some helpful tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

1. Always buckle up. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going for a short drive, you never know what could happen and it could just save your life. You should also make sure that everyone in the car is buckled too.

2. Don’t drink and drive. This is a rule that everyone has heard over and over again, but not everyone abides. There are drivers out there that think, “That will never happen to me” or “I haven’t had that much to drink.” If you have been drinking, you should not be driving. When you combine drinking, and driving you’re not only putting yourself at risk but, you’re endangering the lives of everyone around you. If you know you’re going to go out drinking, take a cab or another type of car service to your destination so that you aren’t tempted to get behind the wheel. There are many car service apps available on your smartphone, such as Uber, that it would be beneficial for nights out. You can also store the local cab service’s number in your phone before you go out or ask a bartender to call a cab; they want to make sure you get home safely too. There is no good reason anyone should be drinking and driving when so many other options are available.

3. Check your tires before you go. You may be ready to hit the beach, but before you go you need to make sure that your tires are as ready as you are. Don’t forget to check the wear and tear on your tires and check the air pressure. If your tire gives out, it could put a real damper on your vacation and potentially be very hazardous. You also want to make sure that you have a spare tire readily available just in case.

4. Watch out for the kids. Make sure that any children traveling with you are properly secured, either in car seats or boosters seats. Also, don’t leave any children unattended in a hot car, summer heat can be dangerous.

Wherever your travels take you this summer, know that if you or someone you love is injured on the road-we’ve got your back. Give us a call, we’re here to help.

Every Small Business Needs a Lawyer

Almost all of my small business clients have come to me because some other business breached its contract with my client, defrauded my client, infringed on a trademark or wrongfully foreclosed on their business property. Those actions can be tough for businesses of any size, but they can hit small businesses even harder.

Thankfully, we have been able to step in and help our clients get back on track. We aren't just able to recover for the immediate losses, we also seek to recover the lost profits. This has allowed the businesses to survive and prosper.

Many of these businesses have become long term clients -- not because they keep having problems, but because they have discovered that we can help them in many ways other than litigation. Our experience comes from many years in litigation, all of which involved settlement negotiations, sometimes into the millions of dollars. Those negotiations have given us a significant expertise in business negotiations.

Those skills have been very useful in helping clients negotiate all forms of contracts, including the sale or partial sale of business assets. We have also reviewed our clients' business contracts and written additional contracts to try to keep them from more litigation.

These contracts have included international trade agreements, which have their own special provisions due to the international nature of the contracts and special requirements of some countries, such as Indonesia, in order to do business there.

Of course, one law firm is not the best for every legal need -- not even the mega-firms. One size does not fit all. So when one of our business clients comes up with a problem we don't handle, we know from all of our experience the best lawyer to hire for that problem. We have done that many times for our business clients.

So why does every business need a lawyer? For all of the items mentioned above which will eventually come into play with your business, if they have not already done so.

Lloyd Gathings, Senior Partner

 

Drive Carefully This Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday. In our house, it’s time for corned beef and cabbage and a whole lot of green clothing. And for many people, the holiday means a glass of Irish whiskey and green beer. That’s what also makes it a dangerous holiday.

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From 2010 to 2014, the National Highway Transportation Administration found that 266 people were killed in car crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. A high number of those deaths came because of crashes involving drunk drivers. 

Stay safe on the roads this weekend. Even if you haven’t been drinking, there will unfortunately be plenty of drivers who have been drinking. And if you are walking, watch out for drunk drivers as well.

And remember, if you or a loved one is injured because of a drunk driver this weekend, we've got your back. Call me, I'd love to help.

Lloyd
 

Be Careful at Work and on the Roads! Daylight Saving Time is Here.

Feeling a little more tired this morning? You are not alone. You may be able to blame your fatigue the switch to Daylight Saving Time. It’s hard to get your body onto the new schedule and as a result, researchers have found that on average, Americans sleep 40 minutes less the night after “springing forward.”

That shift can mean you’re late to church on Sunday but on Monday it means you are more likely to get injured at work. The Atlantic took a look at some of the reasons why, focusing on a 2009 study of coal miners. That study showed that injuries jumped by more than 5 percent the Monday after DST began. And on top of that, the injuries that occurred on those Mondays were more severe!

When you realize that Americans are getting 40 minutes less sleep, the increase in injuries isn’t a big surprise. Many studies have shown the impact of fatigue on drivers and workers. Our own experiences likely back that up. You’re more likely to make mistakes (and so are those around you) when you are tired.

And not to add insult to injury but car accidents also increase the week after Daylight Saving Time begins. Researchers speculate that the increase is not only due to less sleep, but also because it stays darker later so while it may have been daylight last week when we drove to work, this week it’s dark.

So the bottom line for this week is that you should try to get to sleep a little earlier, drive a little more carefully, and be conscious of how tired those are around you. But if you are injured this week, please let me know. I’d like to help.

Lloyd 

PS You can read more about the DST studies in The Atlantic's article.

How Do Chemicals Still Get Into Our Water?

It’s a fact that companies all around us are using chemicals that are hazardous to our health. It’s simply unavoidable, you can’t make everything that companies do without using dangerous chemicals and substances. But the problems come when factories finish with those chemicals. How do they get rid of it?

A look at Garbage Mountain in Morgan County.

A look at Garbage Mountain in Morgan County.

I recently came across a story done by WHNT in Huntsville that did a good job explaining how dangerous chemicals ended up in the East Lawrence – West Morgan Water Authority’s supply. That’s the problem that cause the authority’s director to tell residents to stop drinking the water.

3M and other companies haven’t been using the chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS, for years but they are still showing up in the water. Why? Well it’s because of how the chemicals were disposed of for years. WHNT visits a nearby landfill called Garbage Mountain and explains how it is where “3M dumped tons of industrial waste.”

WHNT was told that more contaminants can be found around the 3M property.

WHNT was told that more contaminants can be found around the 3M property.

Check out the story on WHNT’s website to see how this isn’t  a secret, in fact Alabama’s Department of Environmental Management has even approved the process. 

Lloyd

Alabama Governor Refuses to Test Residents for Contaminants

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Gathings Law recently filed a lawsuit against three companies that let chemicals get into the West Lawrence - East Morgan water systems. For years the companies, include 3M, let chemicals known as PFOA and PFOS get into the Tennessee River and eventually into the water authority’s intakes. That contamination came to a head when new regulations forced the water authority’s director to recommend people stop drinking the water last summer.

The question that remains is, how much damage have those chemicals done to residents of North Alabama who drank the water for years? Alabama governor Robert Bentley has decided not to ask the state to find out. He recently decided not to pursue additional blood tests for those residents.

As al.com reports, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a health advisory that described how the chemicals have been linked to health problems, including developmental problems in infants and cancers in adults.

Read the article for more information about the Governor’s decision and click here to find out more about the lawsuit Gathings Law filed on behalf of more than 300 residents against 3M, Daikin America, and Dyneon.

Hillsboro Mayor Files Water Pollution Lawsuit Against 3M and Others

Plaintiffs claim 3M Company, Inc. and Daikin American released dangerous pollutants into water for years

Hillsboro, Ala., February 15, 2017– Hillsboro mayor Charles Owens has filed a lawsuit against two companies responsible for water pollution in North Alabama. The mayor is joined by hundreds of his constituents and residents from neighboring communities in the lawsuit against 3M Company, Inc. and Daikin America. Mayor Owens alleges that the companies are responsible for dangerous pollutants being released into the Tennessee River for years and that those pollutants ended up in the residents’ drinking water.

In June, high levels of chemicals forced the East Lawrence-West Morgan Water Authority to tell its customers to stop drinking its water. Tests had found that there were high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in the water and the utility couldn’t guarantee it was safe to drink. At the time, Mayor Owens described how his residents were relying on donations of water to meet their needs, calling the work of community organizations a “blessing” for his small community. Thousands of North Alabama residents rely solely on the East Lawrence-West Morgan system for their water.

Owens and the other plaintiffs are represented by the Birmingham law firm Gathings Law. In the complaint filed on January 30, 2017, the plaintiffs claim that the companies’ negligent and willful conduct led to the toxic chemicals contaminating the water supply. Lead attorney Lloyd Gathings says, “Residents of North Alabama should be able to drink their water without fear that what’s coming out of their taps can cause them harm.”

The EPA has long warned that the chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, can be dangerous. Studies have shown that exposure to PFOA, PFOS, and related chemicals include cancer, thyroid disease, and high cholesterol. And alarmingly, the chemicals pose particular risks to pregnant women and their children as PFOS can cross through the placenta and has been detected in the umbilical cord blood of babies.

“3M has long been aware of the dangers that PFOA and PFOS pose to the people of North Alabama, yet the company continued to let the chemicals flow into the Tennessee River, just miles from the Water Authority’s intakes,” added Gathings.

Through their lawsuit, the residents are asking the Circuit Court of Lawrence County to force 3M Company, Inc. and the other defendants to immediately stop letting PFOA, PFOS and other chemicals into the Tennessee River. The lawsuit also asks that the companies compensate the residents for damages caused by the pollution. Gathings Law also intends to add more residents who are affected by this pollution to the initial lawsuit.

Gathings Law is a Birmingham-based law firm founded by Lloyd Gathings more than 20 years ago. His guiding principle, that everyone is entitled to the best representation and a level playing field when they enter court system, remains as true today as it did when he founded the firm. The firm specializes in complex litigation and throughout its history has recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages in environmental and pollution-related lawsuits across the Southeast.

Has your business lost so much money from a breached contract that you no longer can afford a lawyer?

If so, you are not the only one in that boat. Most small businesses can get into this situation from time to time. We understand that because it has happened to other small business clients represented by my firm. The presidents or owners of some of these businesses either could not afford to pay a high priced law firm on an hourly rate, or did not want to dig into their personal assets to do so.

My firm has in the past and will continue to represent small businesses in contract cases on a contingency basis so that our representation cost you nothing unless we obtain a recovery for you. Give me a call if we can be of help. The initial conference is always free.

Lloyd Gathings

Own Shares in a Corporation Where the Assets are Being Wasted?

Owning a business with other people can be a difficult proposition, particularly if you only own just a minority share of a business. You may not have an active role in the business but you still have your own money tied up in its operations. And you can feel trapped if you feel the company is being run poorly and your assets are being wasted, but the other owner or owners may not let you into the management of the company.

We see this situation occurring in family-owned businesses where one or more family members is taking all or most of the cash out of the corporation or diverting receivables to another business owned by them alone.  Sometimes a family member sells off assets of the corporation and keeps the money for themselves.  Not only does this deprive the other stockholders of corporate returns, if left unstopped a bankruptcy may not be too far around the corner.

Fortunately, if the situation cannot be settled out of court, the Code of Alabama provides relief. State law gives shareholders some options under § 10A-2-14.30:

"The circuit court of the county where a corporation's articles of incorporation are filed . . . may dissolve the corporation:

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(2)  In a proceeding by a shareholder if it is established that: 

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(iv)  The Corporate Assets are being misapplied or wasted."

 

If you find yourself in this situation, give us a call for a free, confidential conference to further discuss your case. We would love the opportunity to help.

Lloyd Gathings

Not sure if your company has a valid breach of contract claim?

It is not unusual for business owners and officers to wonder whether they have grounds for a valid breach of contract action, but need help knowing for sure. We are often called upon by our small business clients to look at contracts to determine whether there is a valid legal action, and, if so, to determine the best method for pursuing a recovery. Some contracts have mediation clauses in them and must be mediated. Other contract disputes can be settled by getting all of the documentation together and settling without filing a legal action. In others a legal action has to be filed. If settlement attempts fail before trial, then the case has to be tried. Fortunately, trials are only necessary in a small percentage of the cases. I always hope to avoid a trial but if it comes to it, we are ready to put our decades of trial experience to work for our clients.

 

If you are not sure whether your business has a valid legal action you should pursue, give us a call. The initial consultation is free.

 

Lloyd Gathings

A Better Economy Means More Dangerous Roads

There are plenty of things that you might think will cause the number of fatal traffic accidents: bad weather, unsafe cars, kids (and adults) texting while driving. But did you know that there is a sad link between how well the nation’s economy is doing and the number of people who die on our nation’s roads?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration analyzed the data and found that when the economy is doing better, more people die in traffic accidents. That’s right, when things are going well for the country’s finances, things get worse on the roads.

Why? Because the unemployment rate is lower, more people are working, which means people have more money and spend more time outside of the house. That may mean that people go on more trips. Or that instead of cooking dinner at home, they drive to a restaurant and eat a family dinner. Or their job may mean that they are having to travel for work. All of those reasons mean that the “Vehicle Miles Travelled” goes up and when the VMT is up, so are the number of fatalities on the roads.

There is also a link between lower gas prices and increased fatal crashes.

There is also a link between lower gas prices and increased fatal crashes.

A similar link was found between lower gas prices and higher fatalities. Just like with the unemployment rate, when people have more money in their pocket, they will travel more. And unfortunately that means more chances for an accident.

Please stay safe on the roads and know that if there is a downturn in the economy, at least it may keep people safer on the roads.

If you or your loved ones have been the victims of a car accident, call us at (205) 322-1201. We would like to help.

Why are More People Dying in Traffic Accidents?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently came out with an alarming report: More people are dying in traffic accidents. In 2015, traffic deaths were up 7.2% to 35,092, the largest jump in nearly 50 years. The NHTSA also found that more people were likewise being injured in accidents, up to 2.44 million injuries in 2015.

The uptick bucks a positive trend that we have been seeing in the United States, where despite drivers spending more time on the road, traffic deaths had been generally going down. The rise in fatalities isn’t limited to a few categories; more people are dying in all types of vehicles, and more people on bicycles and on foot are being hit by vehicles.

The chart produced by the NHTSA shows how 2015 bucked the recent trend of decreased deaths.

The chart produced by the NHTSA shows how 2015 bucked the recent trend of decreased deaths.

So what is causing the increase? Are cars becoming less safe? Are people driving more recklessly? Well the research shows that nearly half of the deaths came from accidents caused by impaired or distracted drivers. That's right, nearly 17,000 people died in 2015 because someone made a bad decision. They may have been drinking before they got behind the wheel, or they were texting while they were driving, or they were just driving recklessly.

Drivers certainly aren't responsible for all accidents. Poorly designed cars and trucks, bad designs of roads, roads that aren't maintained well, or even potholes can cause fatal accidents.

If you were injured or if you had a loved one killed because of someone's bad decision, let us know and let us help. Call us at (205) 322-1201 and speak to an attorney today.

Also, one final note about fatal crashes and more importantly, about the people who survived crashes that killed other passengers. Seat belts save lives. The numbers show that 85% of the people who survived fatal crashes were wearing their seat belts. You can’t prevent every accident but you can do things to give yourself the best odds of surviving a very serious crash.

Why Dates Matter for Your Lawsuit

When you sit down with one of the attorneys at Gathings Law, one of the first things we will try to determine is the timeline of whatever happened with you. In some situations, figuring out the date an accident happened is easy. It is pretty simple to determine when you were involved in a car accident or when a product broke and hurt you. But the question becomes more difficult for situations that involve more complex issues such as pollution, fraud, or even some cases of medical malpractice.

But no matter what the issue is, the timeline matters because that determines how long we have to take your claim to court. Each situation, a car accident, a dangerous product, toxic exposure, medical malpractice, fraud, or many others, has a different “statute of limitations.” Statutes of limitations are laws that spell out how long you have to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, you can lose all rights to be compensated for your claim and a judge will simply throw out your case.

Determining when the clock starts ticking on your case isn’t always easy. If a builder installed something incorrectly at your house but you didn’t realize the damage for a year, your clock may have started ticking the moment the builder did the work, not when you discovered it. If you realize that a company had dumped pollutants in your neighborhood years before, the statute of limitations may have started the day they stopped dumping or even the day they started dumping. Different defendants can also have different time limits. For example, if you are planning to file a lawsuit against a city government, you may only have six months to file your claim.

Typically in Alabama you have at least two years to file a lawsuit in civil court. But that varies with different issues so it is important to sit down with a lawyer quickly to get advice on how much time you have to act.

Don’t let your day in court slip away because you waited too long to talk with a lawyer. Contact Gathings Law and let us start working for you right away.

When Do You Need a Lawyer

If you are involved in a car accident or hurt in some other incident, preserving your legal rights might be the last thing on your mind. Your first priority is likely making sure that you or your loved ones are safe and being treated for any injury that occurred. It may not be until much later that you think, should I be talking to a lawyer?

Sometimes people try to simply take matters into their own hands and prefer to deal directly with the insurance companies. And in some simple cases, that may not be a problem. We understand the reluctance that people feel when they approach the legal system. But don’t let insurance companies or others use that reluctance to get you to settle for a lesser amount. The insurance companies have teams of lawyers working to protect their interests and often you should have one to fight for yours.

Lawyers are here to make sure that your rights are protected and if you are even starting to think about that question, it is probably best to reach out and start asking questions. We will be happy to sit down and talk with you and we never charge for initial consultations.

Even if you are trying to avoid going to court, there are some situations where you really need a lawyer on your side.

Stalling Insurance Companies

One of the most common reasons you may need the help of an attorney is if an insurance company is refusing to pay. It doesn’t matter if it is your insurance company stalling or someone else’s dragging its feet, you have a right to be compensated for any injuries or damage. Any reasonable settlement should include compensation for your medical bills, the value of any long-term damage, your lost wages, and certainly fixing any damage to your property or car. If the insurance company is refusing to pay, you need someone to back you up.

Severe Injuries

If you were injured in a car accident, at work, or even just while you were shopping and suffered a severe injury, especially one that left you permanently disabled, you need an attorney. Determining the full impact of a life-long disability isn’t easy. The experienced personal injury trial attorney like the ones at Gathings Law work with you to see how the injury is affecting your life, both now and in the future. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve, not just what the insurance company wants to pay.

Medical Malpractice Injuries

If your injury came during a medical procedure, you should talk to an attorney. Just like with severe injuries, injuries that could have come from a doctor, nurse, nursing home, or a hospital or clinic’s actions can take years to fully show up. In these cases we work to determine what a doctor or hospital should have done to make sure that their patients stayed safe and that the medical work was done correctly. Doctors and medical providers are also covered under legal protections so it takes an attorney with experience to make sure you are protected.

Chemicals and Pollution

Cases that involve chemicals, pollution, or other contamination get complicated in a hurry. It takes an immense amount of scientific work to prove these cases and to determine the damages. The companies producing the chemicals or pollution also have massive legal staffs aimed at protecting their clients. You need an experienced lawyer to help clean up the mess and get you back on your feet.