Personal Injury Lawyers

Attention DePuy Hip replacement recipients. Recall issued. Get the facts.

Attention DePuy hip replacement recipients. A massive, worldwide recall for DePuy Hip Replacement implants has been issued by Johnson & Johnson, the parent company for DePuy Orthopaedics. The recall affects ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. If you have another type of artificial hip and experience pain and suffering, continue reading. We can help.

Artificial hips covered by the recall were surgically implanted after July 2003. If you had a DePuy Hip installed after July 2003, your device has been recalled.

Why is Johnson & Johnson recalling the devices? According to the company’s official web site, “data recently received by the company shows that more people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms.”  Other symptoms include knee swelling and problems walking.

Sounds simple. But medical malpractice cases are complicated. Dealing with a corporation like Johnson & Johnson on your own may be risky. You may also have to deal with your insurance company. Be careful. Medical cases are very tricky.

Now may be your only opportunity to recover for your years of pain and suffering you endured with a defective medical product. You need to consider every factor. How has your DePuy Hip Replacement affected your life? Have you been unable to work because of the pain caused by this device? Have you missed out on other valuable opportunities in life? Don’t underestimate the hardship you endured.

You need someone who takes your problems seriously. You need someone who’s not afraid to take on large corporations and understands confusing insurance policies. You need someone on your side dedicated to fighting for your rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Our lawyers have years of experience dealing with complicated medical malpractice cases in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Let us help you navigate through this complex legal bureaucracy. We know how to cut through the red tape and get you the compensation you deserve.

Take back control of your life. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

Seatbelt usage increases. But seatbelts not always perfect. Get the facts.

Putting on a seatbelt when getting into a car has become automatic for most people. There’s a reason why. Seatbelts often save lives in serious car accidents. But seatbelts are not always perfect.

As seatbelt usage has increased, the fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents has steadily declined. In 1994, just under 60 percent of motorists wore seatbelts. That year, the fatality rate for car accidents was 1.4 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the standard measurement for accidents. By 2006, the fatality rate dropped 21 percent to 1.1 deaths and 80 percent of motorists wore seatbelts.

Safety advocates have linked this sharp decline in fatal accidents to increased seatbelt usage. The increase in seatbelt usage coincides with tougher seatbelt laws in many states throughout the country. States like Alabama, Georgia and the District of Columbia have primary enforcement seatbelt laws. This means police can pull someone over for not wearing their seatbelt and issue them a fine. The fine in Georgia is $15; Alabama, $25; District of Columbia, $50. States with primary seatbelt laws report that 88 percent of motorists wear seatbelts. States without such laws report that 75 percent of motorists wear seatbelts.

But seatbelts aren’t always perfect. Sometimes, a defective design can make a seatbelt not function right. A gifted young professional baseball player, Brian Cole, was killed when his Ford SUV rolled over and his seatbelt failed to hold him in place. An investigation found that Cole had his seatbelt on at the time. Recently, a jury ordered Ford to pay Cole’s family $131 million, claiming the seatbelt did not operate correctly and contributed to Cole’s death.

Accidents happen fast. In an instance, a serious injury can change your life forever. What would you do if you were injured in a car accident? How would you pay your bills? What if your insurance company refused to cooperate? You need someone who knows how to make insurance companies compensate victims. You need someone who will hold corporations responsible for defective products. You need someone you can trust to get straight answers to your important questions. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Our lawyers have years of experience successfully representing car accident victims in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. We know the games insurance companies and car makers try to play to avoid paying victims. Level the playing field. Call a law firm committed to getting results for our clients. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

Injured in drunk driving accident as a passenger? Confused? We can help.

What would you do if you were injured while riding in a vehicle driven by someone under the influence of alcohol? How would you pay your medical bills? Who’s responsible? And do the laws vary from state to state for passenger injury accidents? Knowing what to do can be a nightmare. We can help.

Any time passengers sustain injuries in a car accident, passengers almost always have a personal injury claim against one of the drivers. Drunk driving accidents complicate the situation, especially if the passenger knew the driver was drunk when they chose to get into the vehicle involved in an accident.

Another important factor to consider is who supplied the alcohol to the driver. If a bar or liquor store knowingly sold alcohol to the driver in an intoxicated state, you may be able to pursue a case against the bar or liquor store.

Liability laws can further complicate the situation. Such laws vary from state to state. Alabama and Georgia have fault-based insurance systems. Under this system, insurance companies pay according to each party’s degree of fault. In Washington, D.C, insurance companies offer variations on two types of insurance: limited tort or full tort. Limited tort places restrictions on how much an injured person can recover after an accident. Full tort enables an injured person to recover the full amount, plus compensation for pain and suffering.

Drunk driving accidents are complicated. Knowing what to do can be difficult. You need an experienced legal team in your corner. You need someone who thoroughly understands the law. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The Mike Slocumb Law Firm has years of experience defending clients seriously injured in drunk driving accidents in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Our lawyers tenaciously investigate every case and work tirelessly to obtain the full compensation you deserve for your accident. We understand how traumatic drunk driving accidents can be. We can help.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Take action. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

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.

Don’t Delay Justice: The Statute of Limitations Means Time May Be Running Out

When it comes to the courts, time isn’t on our side. If you sustained a personal injury because of someone’s negligence, you may be tempted to put off taking any immediate legal action.  But it’s important to be aware that your rights may be affected if you wait too long to file a lawsuit for any type of wrongful conduct, from an auto accident to a workplace injury or a slip and fall. You may be unable to seek justice in your case because time has run out under the statute of limitations.

In personal injury law, the statute of limitations refers to the window of time you have to file a lawsuit after wrongful conduct has caused you harm. In general, the time period runs from the time the accident occurs, or when it was “discovered,” to the date the time expires to file a lawsuit.  If you are injured and try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expiration date, a court may dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

The time period on statute of limitations varies from state to state and from claim to claim. Because it can be difficult to keep track of the various statutes and exceptions, it’s wise to contact a qualified attorney who can tell you how the statute of limitations might apply to your specific case.

The following are examples of different types of cases and how the statute of limitations would apply to them in different states. There may be some exceptions:

  • Personal injury: 2 years from the date of the injury (Georgia and Alabama); 2 years (Washington, D.C.)
  • Products liability: 1 year from the date of injury (Alabama); 2 years (Georgia); 3 years (Washington, D.C.)

Don’t delay filing your case beyond the time period outlined in the statute of limitations. If you wait too long, you may lose your rights. If you or a loved one was injured due to another’s negligence, contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today. An experienced attorney can provide a free and confidential consultation and answer any questions you have about your case and the statute of limitations. Get in touch with us today before it’s too late. We vigorously defend the rights of our clients and pursue the full compensation entitled to them under state law.

Hit and run accidents remain a threat. How can you protect yourself?

Hit and run accidents should never happen for any reason. Sadly, some drivers flee the scene of an accident, leaving you to deal with the aftermath of someone else’s reckless behavior.
Each year, there are an estimated 700,000 hit and run accidents nationwide, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since December, several horrific hit and run accidents have already taken place. In Georgia, a driver fled the scene of an accident in Atlanta after hitting an 8-year-old boy crossing the street with his mother. This past March, a jogger was fatally struck down by a driver who fled the scene of an accident in Washington, D.C. early one Saturday morning. And the day after Christmas, a 4-year-old boy was seriously injured in Huntsville, Alabama when a vehicle hit the car the boy was riding in, then fled the scene.
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, we strongly suggest taking certain steps at the scene of the accident. Click here to read more about what to do to accurately gather information about your accident. Evidence is crucial to your case. Gather as much data as you can as soon as possible at the scene.
Accidents are complicated. Hit and run accidents can be even more complex. Who pays for what? Are you covered by your insurance company? What are your rights? What if police never find the missing driving?
Don’t let a hit and run accident ruin your life. Take action. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today. We represent clients in Washington, D.C., Georgia and Alabama. When you choose us, you get experienced lawyers who know how to fight for the compensation you are entitled to as a victim of a hit and run accident. You deserve justice. We can help.