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Summer Safety Tips: Heat Safety

Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. However, it’s important to remember that the long, hot days of summer can be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are committed to helping victims who have suffered personal injuries and passionate about keeping our communities safe. Have fun, but stay safe this summer with these quick tips. Heatstroke Safety We are more likely to suffer from heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or dehydration during the summer. Spending too much time outdoors can cause the body to overheat. It’s important to recognize the signs of heatstroke, which include nausea, dizziness, and confusion. Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual and take breaks in the shade to help you stay cool. Food Poisoning Injury According to the CDC, 48 million Americans get food poisoning each year. The warm weather is definitely a target for bacteria, and food-borne illnesses peak in the summer. It’s costly for businesses to keep food at the right temperatures in the heat, and not always obvious when food is contaminated. Make sure that your meal is always clean, cooked well and properly handled. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sheraton Atlanta during the busy summer travel season is another reminder that dangerous bacteria can lurk in hotel hot tubs, showers and air-conditioning units. Hot Cars Can Be Deadly Animals need shade and water, just like we do. Moderate their exercise and keep pets indoors when it’s hot. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, as they can quickly succumb to the heat exposure. Temperatures inside a car can easily reach 140°F to 190°F within 27 minutes. Look before you lock! Worker’s Heat Stress Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in illness and injuries such as serious burns. Workers in outdoor environments such as firefighters, construction workers, farmers, and factory workers are all at risk. Take safety precautions to prevent on the job injuries. Don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with your friends and family. Just be sure to be prepared, use common sense, and know when it’s time to take a break in the shade. Any of these summer accidents can cause severe injuries. Don’t wait until it’s too late to contact an Alabama personal injury attorney. You’ll need compensation to cover your recovery costs. Contact us today for a free consultation – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online consultation form.

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June is National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month to increase safety awareness and reduce leading causes of injury and death on the road and in our communities. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we know the importance of protecting yourself from personal injury. But we also know that injuries happen. And when they do, it’s important to know who to trust with your legal claim, so you can focus on healing. If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by negligence, we are here to help. Call (877) 562-0000 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in Alabama and Tennessee. Defensive Driving Tips that Could Save Your Life Summer is officially here, and more and more people are hitting the road as travel restrictions are lifted across the nation – often for the first time in months. Stay alert on the road and drive defensively with these safety tips: Use extra caution while driving Don’t drive distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol Take your time getting to your destination Pullover to rest if you feel yourself getting drowsy If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a wreck, or if someone has died because of unsafe conditions caused by negligence, contact our motor vehicle attorneys as soon as possible. Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries A slip and fall injury can happen anywhere — but risks are elevated when potential dangers go unaddressed. Falls can cause severe injuries including hip or knee fractures and traumatic brain injuries, making it difficult to live independently. Frequent causes for slips and falls include: Improper concrete maintenance, resulting in uneven levels of pavement Spills of liquid or chemicals that have not been removed Stairs with broken handrails Inadequate lighting If dangerous conditions caused you to slip and fall — and the property owner was aware of the dangers before your accident occurred — you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer The skilled personal injury attorneys at Cory Watson are committed to giving your case individual attention. We have helped thousands of people secure the compensation they need to reclaim their future, recovering more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. If you are injured, it’s easy to get the help you need – Our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers are available for you to contact 24/7. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call (877) 562-0000 today for a free consultation.

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Stay Safe on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, set aside for honoring those who have died serving our country. It also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. Many people celebrate the long weekend by going to the beach, lake, or road tripping with family and friends. However, holiday celebrations, crowds, and fun tend to increase the risk of injury, so it’s important to do everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe this Memorial Day Weekend. Don’t Drink and Drive this Memorial Day The three-day weekend is typically filled with family activities, parties with friends, and a traffic-filled drive to the beach. Those plans may also involve alcohol, and there can be devastating consequences if an impaired driver gets behind the wheel. With more drivers on the road, some of whom may be under the influence of alcohol, the risk of being involved in a car accident significantly increases. Remember these simple Memorial Day Weekend safety tips to avoid injuries: Don’t drink and drive, or get in a car with an intoxicated driver Don’t use your cell phone while driving Wear your seat belt and make sure backseat passengers are buckled up Obey posted speed limits, even if you’re in a rush to get to your destination Have a designated driver available to take you home. Even a relatively small amount of alcohol can dangerously impair judgment and affect reaction times Keep these water safety tips in mind if you and your loved ones are enjoying the lake or beach: Holidays are not the best time for beginner boaters to learn how to operate a vessel. Inexperienced operators are among the leading causes of boating crashes in Alabama and Tennessee. New boat operators should participate in boating safety course before heading out on the water. Practice water safety. If you’ll be out on a boat or by the pool, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (life jacket), and never leave children unattended. When towing or pulling individuals on tubes or water skis, avoid spending prolonged periods in small areas. Look for calm, open water where boating traffic is light. Don’t drink and operate a boat, watercraft, bike, or engage in activities like swimming that require good judgment and coordination For more information on Memorial Day Weekend water-safety tips from ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division, visit Safe Boating | Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Remember Our Veterans and Their Families Please remember to give thanks and offer prayers for our fallen soldiers and their loved ones. We are grateful to the service men and women who given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Think You Have a Case? Let Us Help. If you or someone you love is injured or killed due to the negligence or wrongful action of another person, contact Cory Watson Attorneys for assistance. Our experienced Alabama personal injury attorneys can protect your rights and get the compensation that your family deserves. Schedule your free consultation by calling (877) 562-0000 today. Stay safe and enjoy the long weekend!

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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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Halloween: The Scariest Night of the Year for Personal Injury Attorneys

For those who celebrate Halloween, this is a wonderful time of the year filled with tricks and treats. For an experienced personal injury attorney, however, Halloween can be a very scary night. Children in colorful costumes running from house to house, collecting treats from strangers in dark, unfamiliar neighborhoods. Adults gathering for parties with friends, often drinking late into the night. Use these tips to help keep your community safe and avoid a lawsuit this Halloween! Halloween Safety Tips for Kids Make sure that children’s costumes fit properly, so they can walk easily. Don’t hide faces behind elaborate hats or masks that may reduce vision – opt for face paint instead and avoid wearing any tripping hazards. Bring along glow sticks and flashlights to light the way. Trick-or-Treating Safety Plan on going in a group, and stick together or buddy up to keep everyone accounted for. Set curfews for older, unsupervised children. Be sure that kids stop at the curb, look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street. Stay on a sidewalk whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so drivers can easily see you. Wait until you get home to dig into the candy. That way, parents can check for tampering, spot treats with allergens and discard homemade food items or anything deemed unsafe. Halloween Safety for Drivers Be on high alert while driving – With so many more people walking around, drive slowly and watch for pedestrians on the street. Dark costumes may be hard to see, and children might be wearing a mask or hat that obstructs their view. Don’t drive drunk. Adults might celebrate by drinking at a house party or bar. Have a designated driver, or take an Uber/Lyft service home. Avoid distractions– don’t use your cell phone while driving. Halloween Home Safety Tips If you’re in charge of handing out treats, here are some tips to make sure your visitors enjoy themselves. Clear your property and light the path so guests can easily find your door. Excited children may cut through your lawn, so check that you haven’t left out obstacles that could trip someone. If you have a dog, keep it safely away from the door. Not only will some children be afraid, but the constant doorbell ringing and stream of trick-or-treaters may overwhelm your pet. Provide store-bought treats. Play-Doh, erasers, and other small Halloween toys can be a fun surprise for those with allergies, but avoid anything homemade in case of food poisoning. Halloween Personal Injury Lawyers Halloween should be fun, not dangerous. Spread the word around your neighborhood to keep your community safe. If the worst should happen and you or your child is injured, the personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim. Have a happy and safe Halloween from everyone at Cory Watson Attorneys!

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2020 National Teen Driver Safety Week

We care deeply about our clients’ safety and well-being both on and off the road. In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week we’re focused on raising awareness about teen driver safety statistics and best practices for keeping your family safe behind the wheel. Here are important facts and statistics you and your teenager should know about teen drivers. Source: NHTSA Empower Your Loved Ones Remind your teen driver that driving is a privilege, not a right. If they aren’t following the rules of the road, they shouldn’t expect to have the keys to the car. Become familiar with your state’s nighttime driving restrictions, passenger restrictions, and all the graduated driver licensing (GDL) restrictions, and help law enforcement and educators enforce them. Practice constant communication about safe driving skills. Self-reported surveys show that teens with parents who set and enforce firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes. Be a good role model for your teen driver and set an example with your own safe driving habits. Know the Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States. Parents: You can be the biggest influence on your teen’s choices behind the wheel. Take the time to talk with them about some of the biggest driving risks for teens, including: Impaired Driving: All teens are too young to buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However, nationally, in 2018, 16% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep your teen from driving safely. Like other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings. Driving is a complex task, and marijuana slows reaction time, affecting a driver’s ability to drive safely. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance — including illicit or prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication — could have deadly consequences. Seat Belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways to stay safe in a vehicle. Yet too many teens aren’t buckling up. In 2018, 45% of the teen passenger vehicle drivers who died were unbuckled. Even more troubling, when the teen driver involved in the fatal crash was unbuckled, 9 out of 10 of the passengers who died were also unbuckled. Distracted Driving: Distractions while driving are more than just risky — they can be deadly. In 2018, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 10% were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Put it Down: Talk to your teen about safe cell phone use while in the car. Require them to stow their phones while driving, designate a texter, or to pull over before answering phone calls or responding to text messages. Speeding: In 2018, 28% of all teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, and males were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than females. Passengers: Teen drivers transporting passengers can lead to disastrous consequences. Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up dramatically in direct relation to the number of passengers in a car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers. Remember the Rules of the Road Don’t Drive Impaired. Set a good example and do not drive after drinking or consuming marijuana or other impairing substances. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and/or marijuana and driving should never mix, no matter your age. Driving under the influence of any impairing substance — including illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs — could have deadly consequences. Buckle Up — Every Trip. Every Time. Everyone — Front Seat and Back. Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Tell your teen to buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter what (both in the front and back seats), including in taxis and when using ride-sharing services. Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel. All the Time. Tell your teen about the dangers of texting, dialing, or using mobile apps while driving. Require your young driver to put their phones away when they are on the road and turn on the “Do Not Disturb” or similar feature on their phone. Distracted driving isn’t limited to phone use; other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle, and eating or drinking while driving are all sources of dangerous distractions for teen drivers. Know your state’s law regarding mobile phone and texting while driving restrictions; 38 states and Washington, DC ban all cell phone use by novice drivers. See Distracted Driving Law Chart. If your teen disobeys, enforce the penalties you set for your teen before they started driving. Obey All Posted Speed Limits. Speeding is a critical issue for all drivers, especially for teens who lack the experience to react to changing circumstances around their cars. Obey the speed limit, and require your teen to do the same. Limit Passengers. With each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash increases. Review your state’s GDL law before your teen takes to the road; it may restrict the number of passengers in the vehicle operated by a driver with a learner’s permit, and it may further limit passengers to adult family members only. Engage in Safe Driving Conversations Year-Round Start the conversation with your teen about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week and continue the conversation every day throughout the year. Even if it seems like they’re tuning you out, keep reinforcing these rules. Get creative! Talking is just one way to discuss safe driving. Get it in writing. Create a parent-teen driving contract that outlines the rules and consequences for your teen driver. Hang the signed contract in a visible...

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Massive Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Red Onions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the FDA have linked a nationwide Salmonella outbreak to red onions produced by Thomson International in Bakersfield, California, and distributed by Sysco. This Salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 900 people in the United States so far, with many more likely still unidentified. At least eighty-six people in 43 states have been hospitalized. If you have tested positive for Salmonella, contact our food poisoning legal team for a FREE consultation with an experienced lawyer. Which Onions Are Affected by the Salmonella Recall? Thomson International, a major onion supplier in California, issued a nationwide Salmonella recall on August 1, 2020. Because of the way the products are shipped and stored, the recall also includes red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped since May 1, 2020, to grocery stores in all 50 states. “The wide distribution of these onions explains the rapid growth of this Salmonella outbreak,” said attorney Rick DiGiorgio, whose law firm Cory Watson is signing up clients who wish to file a lawsuit. These onions may have been sold individually by online retailers, in bulk bins at grocery stores, and in small packages. In addition to grocery stores, these products were distributed to foodservice establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes. Products containing onions such as salads, wraps, dips, and salsas also pose a risk. Consumers who cannot tell if onions they have purchased were produced by Thomson should not eat them. What are Symptoms of Salmonella Infection? Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. In some people, the illness may be so severe that it requires hospitalization. Children younger than five years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness or fatal infection from Salmonella bacteria. The Salmonella organism may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream, producing severe illnesses and complications such as reactive arthritis, infected aneurysms, colitis, meningitis, or wrongful death. An experienced Salmonella attorney can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the harm caused by your infection. The Cory Watson Attorneys food poisoning legal team is currently signing up clients for a lawsuit related to this Salmonella outbreak. Contact Experienced Salmonella Lawyers Our food safety attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in major food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S. We pursue maximum compensation and justice for you, so you can focus on your health. If you or someone you know has been sickened or hospitalized and would like a free consultation with our experienced Salmonella legal team, call (877) 562-0000 now or complete the form below. There is no obligation, and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ban Inclined Sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) and multiple manufacturers announced recalls on Fisher-Price sleepers due to concerns about the product’s safety and the distressing fact that over 30 infant fatalities had occurred in them. Now, lawmakers are working to pass legislation to ban these companies from selling such dangerous products. This week, California Congressman Tony Cárdenas and other politicians introduced the Safe Sleep For Babies Act, which would prohibit the sale of sleepers “with an inclined surface of greater than 10 degrees that is intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for infants up to one year old.” “I believe that we need to put American babies first, not profits,” Cárdenas stated. “Parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the sleep products they purchase are safe. As a grandfather, this is very concerning to me, which is why I am introducing the Safe Sleep for Babies Act which would ban these life-threatening products from store shelves.” Over 30 Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Rep. Cárdenas proposed the new bill alongside Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, who introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Cárdenas noted that, despite the shocking number of infant deaths linked to these inclined sleepers, there are still some versions being sold. “There have been more than 30 deaths linked to recalled Fisher-Price sleeper products, yet other models that are just as dangerous remain on the market,” he said. And the death toll could still rise. Recalls are notoriously ineffective at removing products from the market and fatality reports have come into the CPSC since the April 12 recall, according to a senior agency official. Dangerous Sleeper Kept on the Market, Even as Babies Died Fisher-Price developed its popular Rock ‘n Play product based on faulty beliefs about infant sleep, with no clinical research into whether it was safe. “This product is deadly,” said Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley. “When parents purchase a product for their children, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is strong evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper put infants’ lives at risk.” Instead of seeking the advice of pediatricians, the Fisher-Price product safety division consulted just a single doctor – a family physician from Texas whose expertise had already been doubted by judges and who would eventually lose his medical license. A Nationwide Law Firm with Children’s Defective Products Experience When a child is injured or killed, only the best advocates will do for your family. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case. “Inclined sleep products like the Rock n’ Play are dangerous,” said Cory Watson attorney Ryan Lutz. “This bill takes important and necessary action to ban these products, protecting infant lives and helping prevent families from experiencing tragedy.” At Cory Watson, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by dangerous products. This same team of attorneys recently secured a $25 million verdict on behalf of a California family against Nissan North America, so we’re prepared to take on corporations like Fisher-Price and Mattel on your behalf. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys Today We understand that there’s nothing more important than the safety of family and friends, especially for our vulnerable children and grandchildren. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, our attorneys want to help. Our compassionate team of attorneys can guide you through all the legal options, and help make sure that this preventable tragedy never happens again to another family. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or filling out the free initial consultation form on this page.

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What to Do After A Car Accident Injury

Immediately following a car wreck, you may be shaken and upset. The crash was the other driver’s fault, but you’re worried about hospital bills, missing work, and supporting your family. That’s why it’s smart to be prepared for whatever may happen. Have a plan in place so that you know what to do—and what not to do. Follow these important steps to take after a car accident: Call the police. Move to a safe location, without leaving the scene of the accident. Get medical treatment. Check for injuries, and see your physician immediately. Many injuries, such as whiplash, concussion or muscle strains injuries may not be obvious until later. Don’t let the insurance adjuster choose a doctor for you-you have the right to choose your own. Collect important information. Take pictures of the scene of the crash. Trade names and phone numbers with other affected drivers. Don’t admit fault or blame the accident on anyone Notify your insurance company. A delay in reporting the crash can hurt your claim. Avoid signing any papers for the insurance adjuster without speaking to our attorneys first. File records of the car accident. Keep expense receipts and careful records of any details. Documents such as police reports or medical records can help strengthen your claim. Call an experienced lawyer. With over 38 years of experience, the car accident attorneys at Cory Watson are on your side. We are ready and willing to fight for you. A Nationwide Law Firm with Extensive Car Accident Injury Experience Remembering what to do after an accident isn’t always easy, but it is extremely important. As a result of the car crash, you may face medical bills, co-pays, and extended time off work. Most insurance companies will not voluntarily repay you for all of your losses, and you need help protecting your rights. This is when the car accident lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help. Speaking with an experienced accident attorney can help you determine if you can recover damages for your injuries. We can advise you with the best legal steps to take with your case. From our offices in Birmingham, Nashville, and Memphis, our experienced attorneys handle car accident claims across Alabama and Tennessee. Contact our Car Accident Injury Attorneys At Cory Watson Attorneys, we understand how confusing and frustrating life can become while you’re recovering from serious injuries. We can protect your rights, handle the insurance company, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a car wreck? The experienced car accident lawyers at Cory Watson are ready to fight for you! Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out the online case evaluation form on this page. Your initial consultation is free, and we only get paid if we win your case. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Frequently Asked Questions

Despite being one of the most exhilarating hobbies a person can take up, motorcycle riding poses significant dangers. Statistics show that a motorcyclist involved in an accident is 28 times more likely to die than someone driving a car. Motorcycle crashes often result in serious injury or death, and it is important for those involved to contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney to properly recover costs for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck that was not your fault, you may have questions. Through our extensive knowledge of representing injured motorcycle collision clients, we’ve compiled the most frequently asked legal questions in order to help you make the right decisions. Why contact a motorcycle injury lawyer? You might be thinking, I already have insurance. However, insurance companies don’t want you to hire a lawyer. Studies show, people who hire a lawyer can get three times more than those who go it alone. When you work with a lawyer, especially one experienced in motorcycle accidents, you have someone on your side – not just an insurance company worried about their bottom line. These situations can be debilitating. If you are in pain and suffering, you deserve to have someone fighting on your behalf. Why should I trust Cory Watson with my case? With more than 38 years of experience, our attorneys are familiar with all the complex issues that can come up in motorcycle accident cases. Since a motorcycle offers minimal protection, the injuries can be severe and complicated. Additionally, motorcycles are often pushed or thrown off the road — or worse, into oncoming traffic, when struck by larger vehicles. Our firm is confident in investigating and negotiating these claims to get you the most possible compensation. How much will it cost to get representation? Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. What this means to our clients is simple: if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. We choose to operate this way for the sole benefit of our clients, we want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can continue to carry on with your life. We handle negotiating with insurance companies and work hard to get the settlement or verdict you deserve. When is the best time to contact an attorney after a motorcycle injury? The best time to seek legal advice about your motorcycle injury is immediately! There are many steps at the beginning of a motorcycle wreck investigation to determine who is responsible, what insurance is available and what injuries resulted. The longer you wait to seek out legal counsel, the less evidence you may be able to preserve and collect. What kinds of injuries qualify to have a case? Injuries that our firm has helped clients recover substantial financial compensation for in the past as a result of motorcycle accidents have included traumatic brain injuries, head and spinal cord injuries, fractured bones, loss of limbs, extensive cuts and bruises (known as road rash), paralysis, burns, and wrongful death. Be sure to document any motorcycle injuries with your physician and keep careful records. Get Help With Your Motorcycle Injury Case Cory Watson Attorneys have a successful history of handling claims against insurance companies. Our expert motorcycle injury lawyers represent each client with the utmost respect and compassion, employing the legal expertise needed to make their case a success. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our top personal injury lawyers today! To learn more, call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online case review form. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you, long after this ordeal is over.

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