Personal Injury Lawyers

Motorcycle accidents skyrocket across the country. Are you safe?

Motorcycles have never been more popular. In 1998, there were 3.8 million motorcycles on the road. By 2008, that number had skyrocketed to 7.7 million motorcycles. Sadly, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has more than doubled during the same time period. In 1998, motorcycle accidents killed 2,294 people and injured more than 49,000 nationwide. In 2008, 5,290 died and more than 96,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents.

The sharp rise in the number of motorcycle accidents has been linked to the dramatic increase in the number of inexperienced riders on the road. But there may be another reason for this increase. During the same time period, many states relaxed their motorcycle helmet laws.

Helmets drastically reduce the likelihood of dying in a motorcycle accident. That’s why many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets. In Alabama, Georgia and the District of Columbia, all motorcyclists are required by law to wear helmets.

Unfortunately, accidents happen. In 2008, motorcycle accidents killed 166 people in Georgia, 95 in Alabama and seven in the District of Columbia. Just recently, a 59-year-old Georgia motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision with a truck.

What would you do if you were injured in a motorcycle accident? Who would you call? Who would you trust? You need someone in your corner that will fight for your rights. You need someone who will work tirelessly to make sure you’re fully compensated for your injuries. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The Mike Slocumb has years of experience defending the rights of motorcycle accident victims in Alabama, Georgia and the District of Columbia. We understand the law and know how to get results. We also realize insurance companies often blame motorcyclists for causing the accident, even if it wasn’t their fault.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Take action. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We mean business.

Child drowning serious problem across America. Be prepared.

How serious a problem is child drowning in America? More serious than you probably think. Among children 1 to 14 years old, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide.  And among the 3,443 people who died nationwide from drowning in 2007, one out of five victims was under 14 years old. Just recently, a 16-month-old toddler drowned in a swimming pool in Alabama.

Swimming pools are magnets for children on a hot, summer day. But children can drown just as easily in rivers, lakes or even in shallow water in bathtubs. And for every child who dies from drowning, another four must be rushed to an emergency room for nonfatal injuries caused by being submerged under water. Nonfatal drowning injuries often result in severe life-altering injuries, including permanent brain damage, learning disabilities and loss of basic functioning, including being in a vegetative state for life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sometimes, children drown accidently. Other times, other people’s reckless behavior results in your child’s death or serious injury. That’s why a Georgia couple was recently arrested after a 2-year-old child allegedly left unattended drowned in a Buford, Georgia swimming pool. That’s why laws exist requiring swimming pools to be properly fenced in. That’s why responsible adults put life preservers on children any time they ride in a boat. Accidents happen. Be prepared.

Has your child been killed or injured in a drowning accident? Unsure about what to do now? Scared? Confused? We can help. We’re the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Serving Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Mike Slocumb Law Firm has years of experience defending families traumatized by a child drowning. When you choose us, we will work tirelessly to hold irresponsible people accountable for their actions. We will vigorously fight for your rights and make sure your family gets the compensation you deserve. Don’t be a victim. Take action. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

Social Security benefits not just for retirees. Are you eligible?

Are you eligible for Social Security benefits? You might be, even if you’re younger than 62 years old, the earliest age someone can collect Social Security retirement benefits.

Social Security benefits aren’t just for retirees. One in six Americans receives some form of Social Security benefits. Last year, Social Security applications hit a record high. In 2009, more than 2.74 million people submitted applications for Social Security benefits, more than any year in the program’s 75 year history.

You can receive Social Security benefits for a variety of reasons. The most common reason why people receive Social Security benefits if they’re younger than 62 years old is for a medical condition that prevents them from working.

Two types of Social Security benefits are available for people with medical conditions: Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and Social Security Income (SSI). Someone with a medical condition expected to last at least one year and who has worked 1 ½ to 5 years during the last 3 to 10 years (the amount of time varies by age) can receive SSD benefits. SSI is available to people who have not worked long enough to qualify for SSD benefits.

But obtaining these benefits is not easy. The federal government rejects 60 to 70 percent of all first-time disability claims. The government may even try to reduce how much it pays a recipient. Due to a massive backlog of appeals, the entire process can sometimes take more than a year and be extremely frustrating.

Don’t give up hope. You can appeal. You have rights. The government created Social Security to help those most in need. Let us help you. We’re the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Serving Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., the skilled attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm has years of experience helping people obtain the maximum Social Security benefits they are legally entitled to receive. We understand the system. We know how to get results. Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.