Personal Injury Lawyers

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.

How safe are school children? Know the facts. Be prepared.

We trust our schools. We expect them to keep our children safe.

But accidents happen, often when we least expect them. Recently, a school bus near Atlanta, Georgia was involved in a fatal accident, killing one student and injuring more than a dozen children. The on-going investigation has already uncovered that the driver did not have the proper certification to drive a bus.

People also need to be aware of children coming and going to school. Children sometimes get caught up in the excitement of seeing a friend and forget to look both ways when they cross the street. That’s when pedestrian accidents happen.

Sadly, a staggering number of pedestrians injured and killed are under 15 years old. In 2008, pedestrians sustained 69,000 injuries and 4,378 deaths in accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those statistics include 15,000 injured and 316 killed under 15 years old.

The statistics are even more startling for bicycle injuries and deaths for children. Cyclists under 14 years old account for 24 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and 50 percent of all bicycle-related injuries.

Why so many accidents? Sometimes, children don’t pay attention while walking to their bus stop, riding a bike or walking to school. Other times, it’s the driver doing something besides driving. Texting while driving, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio – all of these activities distract drivers and put us all at risk.

Accidents happen. Everyone feels sorry. But actions have consequences. Don’t let someone else’s irresponsible behavior ruin your family’s lives. You need a team you can trust to fight for your child’s rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The lawyers at Mike Slocumb have years of experience defending families traumatized by accidents involving school children in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. We know how precious children are to parents. And we will do everything in our power to right any wrongs done to them.

Get back your peace of mind. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

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.

Auto accident injuries in America. Are you at risk?

Every 13 seconds in America, someone sustains an injury in a car accident. That’s more than 2.4 million people injured in auto accidents every year, according to the latest government statistics from 2007. And around the world, 1 in 10 hospital beds are occupied by victims of auto accidents.

Car accidents cause a wide range of injuries. The most common injuries in car accidents are to people’s head, neck or back. And even though you might not feel injured immediately after an accident, serious injuries can develop days or even weeks later. That’s why it’s crucial you seek immediate medical attention after being involved in a car accident.

Auto accidents kill or injure people every day in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Just recently, a three-car accident on Interstate 575 in Georgia killed one person and injured three others. And in Washington, D.C., a person was seriously injured when a car crashed into someone’s home.

What would you do if you were injured in a car accident? Do you have an action plan? How will you pay your bills? Who will you turn to if you have questions? Who do you trust? You need someone who knows how to get results. You need someone who understands the law and will vigorously fight for your rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Serving Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., our knowledgeable lawyers have years of experience handling complex auto accident injury cases. Please allow one of our skilled attorneys to evaluate your case for free. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

Playgrounds pose hidden risks to children. Be prepared.

Playgrounds may seem like harmless places where children can play risk free. But playgrounds are more dangerous than you may think. Each year, emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children under 14 years old for injuries sustained on playgrounds across America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some injuries are severe. And in some cases, children even die as a result of playground injuries.

What are the most common type of non-fatal playground injuries? They include severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations, according to the CDC. Statistically, most kids get hurt on playgrounds at schools and girls get hurt more often than boys. Which age group is most at risk for playground injuries? Children 5 to 9 years old.

Playground accidents are serious. Knowing what to do can be confusing. What are your rights? What if your child’s injuries get worse? Who’s responsible for compensating your family for such injuries? And did you know that laws exist in certain states which place restrictions on how long someone can seek compensation for such injuries to children?

You need someone who understands the law. You need someone who knows how to get results. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Representing clients in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., our lawyers have years of experience fighting for families affected by a traumatic event like a serious injury to a child on a playground.

Understanding what to do after your child has been injured at a playground can be extremely difficult. Let us take the mystery out of knowing what’s the next right step. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We’re on your side.

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.