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Cory Watson Attorneys has more than 38 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims in Alabama, Tennessee, and nationwide. We’ve taken on insurance companies, large corporations, and the pharmaceutical industry to recover more than $3 Billion on behalf of clients.

From our principal office in Birmingham, Alabama, to our offices in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, we’re here to help after any type of injury caused by someone else’s negligence—no matter how big or small your case may be.

Contact our personal injury lawyers today to learn how we can help you get the best possible results for your injury claim.

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There is no case too big or too small for our experienced attorneys. We have recovered more than $3 Billion in all types of personal injury cases

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Hear From Our Clients

At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe the true measure of our firm’s successes are the results we achieve that make a difference in our client’s lives.

These clients have first-hand knowledge about what it is like to work with our firm and have experienced our unwavering commitment to putting their needs at the forefront of all that we do.

Hear From Our Clients

  • “This has been the most amazing firm I have come in contact with.”

    I am currently working with Rick DiGiorgio and his paralegal, Autumn White and they have been working on my cases for over a year. They have been kind, compassionate, they update me weekly and always go over and beyond to make sure I am okay and informed. I couldn’t ask for a better team!

    - Ashley T.
  • “I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, kindness and expertise.”

    I went through terrible trauma and to know that the firm had our best interest in mind during a long process of dr appointments, hospital bills, mounting debt and stress from the accident was beyond the call of duty. I am thankful they were there by me and my husband every step of the way. If you need an attorney Cory Watson is the firm!

    - Tracey W.
  • “The Cory Watson firm is amazing.”

    They helped us navigate through difficult legal issues. The entire staff is very knowledgeable and professional. The dedication and time that Cory Watson took to resolve our issues has left us forever grateful. We have recommended them to many friends and family all receiving the same outstanding service.

    - Joe T.
  • "The compassion that's shown is above and beyond. "

    When placed in an already traumatizing life-changing situation, our attorney Hamilton Jordan took the time to reassure our family that we will get through our son's injury and recovery, and he has been beside us every step of the way!!

    - Shannon K.

Firm News & Updates

2020 Year In Review: Cory Watson Attorneys

2020 brought its share of hardships and troubling circumstances to our families, communities and nation, but it was also a season of perseverance and growth for our firm. Ultimately, we reflect on 2020 with gratitude. The Cory Watson family remained dedicated, resilient and hopeful in the face of numerous challenges this year, and we are thankful for the opportunity to look back on the positive moments, memories and milestones that prevailed despite trying times. These are key moments from 2020 that our firm takes great pride in. Cory Watson Attorneys celebrated recovering more than $3 Billion for clients Cory Watson Attorneys announced Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz as a shareholder Attorneys Adam Pittman and Curt Tanner were elected as principals Cory Watson Attorneys welcomed Julianne Zilahy and Taylor Pruett to our team of personal injury attorneys Firm Co-founder Leila Watson was named Lifetime Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation Attorney Lauren Miller was recognized as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Women to Watch Thirteen Cory Watson attorneys ranked in the 2020 Super Lawyers class Eight Cory Watson attorneys were recognized as Top Attorneys of Birmingham 2020 Four Cory Watson attorneys were recognized at Top Women Attorneys by B-Metro Three Cory Watson attorneys Recognized as NextGen: Rising Stars of Law 2020 by Birmingham Business Journal Cory Watson Attorneys received the US News Best Law Firms distinction Cory Watson Attorneys was named a finalist in the Tennessean’s 2020 Best of Music City award Our team of attorneys has served our clients for more than 25 years, so we celebrated this anniversary by giving back to our community through a combination of 25 individual giveaways and philanthropic initiatives. Here is a brief glance at the community organizations initiatives that we are honored to have been involved with. American Heart Association The Arc of Central Alabama Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham The Birmingham Zoo Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Crisis Center Birmingham Empowerment Alliance Equal Justice Initiative Feeding Alabama Firehouse Ministries Folds of Honor Restoration Academy United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund As a result of our perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of more than $3 Billion in groundbreaking multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, as well as helping improve the safety of products for consumers worldwide. The Cory Watson family is profoundly thankful and honored for another year to serve our clients. We look forward to giving back to our community in 2021 and into the future.

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Could Your Holiday Party Get You Sued? What Every Party Host Needs to Know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Friends, neighbors, and co-workers find time to get together and host holiday festivities — from Christmas parties to New Year’s celebrations. In addition to food and entertainment, hosts often provide beer, wine, or other alcoholic drinks to their guests. But what are the legal risks involved when you provide alcohol to your guests at a holiday party or similar get-together? In fact, if one of your guests has too much to drink, you could be held responsible for paying damages to anybody they injure or kill in a drunk driving accident. What is Social Host Liability? “Social host liability” results when a host serves alcohol to a party guest who is obviously drunk, and the intoxicated guest hurts or kills another person, at the party or offsite. The common case is when an intoxicated guest drives away from the party and wrecks into another vehicle, hurting or killing its occupants; those victims can then sue the drunk driver as well as the party host. The laws which allow the lawsuit against the host are called “dram shop” acts.  These laws were initially focused on holding bar and restaurant owners responsible for injuries to others caused by their overserving of visibly intoxicated customers. Alabama Dram Shop Act Almost all states have dram shop acts, but these laws vary widely as to whether they cover public places like bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as private individuals who serve alcohol to party guests. For example, Alabama’s Dram Shop Act allows individuals injured by an intoxicated person to sue the drunk and any person or business that provided alcohol to the intoxicated person. The private host serving alcohol is not liable for overserving the partygoer, unless the partygoer is a minor. Alabama also has a law known as the Civil Damages Act, which is specifically to protect minors (in Alabama, a person under the age of 19). It states that anyone providing alcohol to a minor who is subsequently hurt or killed because they are intoxicated can be sued for the injuries to, or death of, the minor. This is a very different law from the Alabama Dram Shop Act. Party Without Problems No matter what the social host liability law is in your state, you owe it to yourself and your guests to make sure that your party is a safe one, and that the alcohol you serve does not become a source of tragedy or liability. Follow these safety tips to minimize alcohol-related risks both during and after your party: Keep the kids away from the booze. Not only should you not serve alcohol to minors, but you should also make sure that they aren’t able to serve themselves in the middle of a hectic, crowded party. Hire a pro. If you’re responsible for serving drinks in addition to all of your other duties as host, or if you have an open bar, it can be hard to keep an eye on folks’ consumption and keep them from overserving. Professional bartenders are trained to spot intoxication and can help keep guests from having one too many or alert you to potential issues. Keep it together. The last person you want getting too drunk at your party is you. If you have too much to drink, it will make it difficult if not impossible to evaluate how your guests are doing during – and more importantly, at the end – of your party. Food and (non-alcoholic) drink. You’ll probably be serving food at your party, which can safely slow down the absorption of alcohol in the body. Additionally, have water and non-alcoholic drink options available so your guests can switch from booze if they want to slow down a bit or stop drinking for the night. Options for getting home – or staying. The biggest danger is an intoxicated party guest driving home drunk. Not only should you check and see if your guests have a designated driver in their group, but you should also have other transportation options available to them, such as Uber or Lyft. Make it clear that it’s okay for your guests to leave their cars behind, and if possible, offer your overserved guests the option of sleeping it off. All of us at Cory Watson Attorneys extend our best wishes to our friends, clients, colleagues, and their families for a happy, safe, and joyful holiday season. WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP We have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims wherever and whenever they need us. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s negligence, we want to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form for your free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Thirteen Cory Watson Attorneys Honored in 2020 Super Lawyers Edition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that 13 attorneys have been honored in the 2020 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers. Seven attorneys were named “Super Lawyers” and six were named “Rising Stars.” In addition, Ernest Cory, Leila H. Watson, Elizbeth Chambers, Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr., and G. Rick RiGiorgio were ranked among the Top 50 in the State of Alabama. The Cory Watson attorneys selected as 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers include: Ernest Cory (Class Actions/Mass Torts) Leila H. Watson (Class Action/Mass Torts) F. Jerome Tapley Class Action/Mass Torts) Elizabeth E. Chambers (Personal Injury –Products) Jon C. Conlin (Personal Injury – Products) Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. (Products, Personal Injury – General) G. Rick DiGiorgio (Personal Injury – General) The Cory Watson attorneys selected as 2020 Rising Stars include: Nina Towle Herring (Personal Injury – Products) Lauren S. Miller (Class Action/Mass Torts) Andrew S. Herring (Personal Injury – General) Tiffany W. Carpenter (Personal Injury – General) Mitchell Theodore (Class Action/Mass Torts) R. Andrew Jones (Personal Injury – Products) On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, each of us at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this team of amazing lawyers for their outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. About Super Lawyers Super Lawyersis a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased, patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers selects no more than 5% of attorneys in the state as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5% as Rising Stars. To learn more about this honor, please visit SuperLawyers.com.

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At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are personally committed to giving back. The firm is involved in a wide variety of service projects that touch the lives of those in our local community, as well as people in need throughout the world.

Through our community outreach initiative, Cory Watson Cares, we partner with local nonprofit organizations to expand educational opportunities, improve our communities, and help people lead healthier, safer, and happier lives.

2020 Year In Review: Cory Watson Attorneys

2020 brought its share of hardships and troubling circumstances to our families, communities and nation, but it was also a season of perseverance and growth for our firm. Ultimately, we reflect on 2020 with gratitude. The Cory Watson family remained dedicated, resilient and hopeful in the face of numerous challenges this year, and we are thankful for the opportunity to look back on the positive moments, memories and milestones that prevailed despite trying times. These are key moments from 2020 that our firm takes great pride in. Cory Watson Attorneys celebrated recovering more than $3 Billion for clients Cory Watson Attorneys announced Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz as a shareholder Attorneys Adam Pittman and Curt Tanner were elected as principals Cory Watson Attorneys welcomed Julianne Zilahy and Taylor Pruett to our team of personal injury attorneys Firm Co-founder Leila Watson was named Lifetime Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation Attorney Lauren Miller was recognized as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Women to Watch Thirteen Cory Watson attorneys ranked in the 2020 Super Lawyers class Eight Cory Watson attorneys were recognized as Top Attorneys of Birmingham 2020 Four Cory Watson attorneys were recognized at Top Women Attorneys by B-Metro Three Cory Watson attorneys Recognized as NextGen: Rising Stars of Law 2020 by Birmingham Business Journal Cory Watson Attorneys received the US News Best Law Firms distinction Cory Watson Attorneys was named a finalist in the Tennessean’s 2020 Best of Music City award Our team of attorneys has served our clients for more than 25 years, so we celebrated this anniversary by giving back to our community through a combination of 25 individual giveaways and philanthropic initiatives. Here is a brief glance at the community organizations initiatives that we are honored to have been involved with. American Heart Association The Arc of Central Alabama Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham The Birmingham Zoo Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Crisis Center Birmingham Empowerment Alliance Equal Justice Initiative Feeding Alabama Firehouse Ministries Folds of Honor Restoration Academy United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund As a result of our perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of more than $3 Billion in groundbreaking multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, as well as helping improve the safety of products for consumers worldwide. The Cory Watson family is profoundly thankful and honored for another year to serve our clients. We look forward to giving back to our community in 2021 and into the future.

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Could Your Holiday Party Get You Sued? What Every Party Host Needs to Know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Friends, neighbors, and co-workers find time to get together and host holiday festivities — from Christmas parties to New Year’s celebrations. In addition to food and entertainment, hosts often provide beer, wine, or other alcoholic drinks to their guests. But what are the legal risks involved when you provide alcohol to your guests at a holiday party or similar get-together? In fact, if one of your guests has too much to drink, you could be held responsible for paying damages to anybody they injure or kill in a drunk driving accident. What is Social Host Liability? “Social host liability” results when a host serves alcohol to a party guest who is obviously drunk, and the intoxicated guest hurts or kills another person, at the party or offsite. The common case is when an intoxicated guest drives away from the party and wrecks into another vehicle, hurting or killing its occupants; those victims can then sue the drunk driver as well as the party host. The laws which allow the lawsuit against the host are called “dram shop” acts.  These laws were initially focused on holding bar and restaurant owners responsible for injuries to others caused by their overserving of visibly intoxicated customers. Alabama Dram Shop Act Almost all states have dram shop acts, but these laws vary widely as to whether they cover public places like bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as private individuals who serve alcohol to party guests. For example, Alabama’s Dram Shop Act allows individuals injured by an intoxicated person to sue the drunk and any person or business that provided alcohol to the intoxicated person. The private host serving alcohol is not liable for overserving the partygoer, unless the partygoer is a minor. Alabama also has a law known as the Civil Damages Act, which is specifically to protect minors (in Alabama, a person under the age of 19). It states that anyone providing alcohol to a minor who is subsequently hurt or killed because they are intoxicated can be sued for the injuries to, or death of, the minor. This is a very different law from the Alabama Dram Shop Act. Party Without Problems No matter what the social host liability law is in your state, you owe it to yourself and your guests to make sure that your party is a safe one, and that the alcohol you serve does not become a source of tragedy or liability. Follow these safety tips to minimize alcohol-related risks both during and after your party: Keep the kids away from the booze. Not only should you not serve alcohol to minors, but you should also make sure that they aren’t able to serve themselves in the middle of a hectic, crowded party. Hire a pro. If you’re responsible for serving drinks in addition to all of your other duties as host, or if you have an open bar, it can be hard to keep an eye on folks’ consumption and keep them from overserving. Professional bartenders are trained to spot intoxication and can help keep guests from having one too many or alert you to potential issues. Keep it together. The last person you want getting too drunk at your party is you. If you have too much to drink, it will make it difficult if not impossible to evaluate how your guests are doing during – and more importantly, at the end – of your party. Food and (non-alcoholic) drink. You’ll probably be serving food at your party, which can safely slow down the absorption of alcohol in the body. Additionally, have water and non-alcoholic drink options available so your guests can switch from booze if they want to slow down a bit or stop drinking for the night. Options for getting home – or staying. The biggest danger is an intoxicated party guest driving home drunk. Not only should you check and see if your guests have a designated driver in their group, but you should also have other transportation options available to them, such as Uber or Lyft. Make it clear that it’s okay for your guests to leave their cars behind, and if possible, offer your overserved guests the option of sleeping it off. All of us at Cory Watson Attorneys extend our best wishes to our friends, clients, colleagues, and their families for a happy, safe, and joyful holiday season. WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP We have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims wherever and whenever they need us. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s negligence, we want to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form for your free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Thirteen Cory Watson Attorneys Honored in 2020 Super Lawyers Edition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that 13 attorneys have been honored in the 2020 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers. Seven attorneys were named “Super Lawyers” and six were named “Rising Stars.” In addition, Ernest Cory, Leila H. Watson, Elizbeth Chambers, Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr., and G. Rick RiGiorgio were ranked among the Top 50 in the State of Alabama. The Cory Watson attorneys selected as 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers include: Ernest Cory (Class Actions/Mass Torts) Leila H. Watson (Class Action/Mass Torts) F. Jerome Tapley Class Action/Mass Torts) Elizabeth E. Chambers (Personal Injury –Products) Jon C. Conlin (Personal Injury – Products) Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. (Products, Personal Injury – General) G. Rick DiGiorgio (Personal Injury – General) The Cory Watson attorneys selected as 2020 Rising Stars include: Nina Towle Herring (Personal Injury – Products) Lauren S. Miller (Class Action/Mass Torts) Andrew S. Herring (Personal Injury – General) Tiffany W. Carpenter (Personal Injury – General) Mitchell Theodore (Class Action/Mass Torts) R. Andrew Jones (Personal Injury – Products) On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, each of us at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this team of amazing lawyers for their outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. About Super Lawyers Super Lawyersis a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased, patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers selects no more than 5% of attorneys in the state as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5% as Rising Stars. To learn more about this honor, please visit SuperLawyers.com.

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