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Not Every Settlement is Created Equal

Settlement is a word you hear quite often in personal injury law. It is defined as an official agreement intended to resolve a dispute or conflict. In a personal injury case, the settlement is usually financial compensation intended to offset the costs the plaintiff incurred from their injuries. Most often, this compensation comes from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. You might think getting the insurance company to pay is the hard part, but it’s not. Insurance companies are eager to write accident victims a check for their injuries as soon after their accident as possible. The trick is getting the insurance company to pay what the accident victim deserves, and that’s where we come in. At Cory Watson, we’ve been fighting the big insurance companies on behalf of our clients for more than 30 years. That experience has earned us a reputation for being unrelenting in our pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients. We don’t take small settlement checks from the insurance company, because doing so would financially compromise our client long-term. They deserve money for current and future medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering their injuries have caused. Anything less is an insult. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, call our Birmingham car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ve helped hundreds of car accident victims in Alabama get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.

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The Hidden Costs of a Car Accident

Car accident costs are deceiving. Most people assume the devastation is limited to personal injuries and property damage. On the surface, that makes sense. However, there are often hidden costs to an accident that might surprise you. There’s no way to anticipate what the full extent of your recovery is going to cost just days or even weeks after your car accident. Most accident victims have ongoing medical issues for months or even years after a serious accident, while some may never fully recover. That means continuous medical treatment that is going to cost you. That’s why signing a settlement agreement with the insurance company right away is a bad idea. Sure, the settlement check may pay your current medical bills, but what about the tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses yet to come? Another hidden cost of an accident is lost wages. If you’re injured, you can’t work. And if you can’t work, you can’t provide for your family. That’s a tough pill to swallow for someone like you who has always provided for your family. And beyond physical limitations, there’s also the emotional distress. You can’t imagine how traumatic a near-death experience can be until it happens to you. It can take months to recover from that trauma, making it very difficult to focus on work. As a result, we’ve seen accident victims file for bankruptcy because their accident left their family without a livelihood. The hidden costs of an accident can be more traumatic than the accident itself. An attorney knows these hidden costs and how to make the insurance company pay them. At Cory Watson, we have years of experience helping the injured people of Birmingham put their lives back together after a car accident, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Don’t Wait to Make the Call

One of our responsibilities as a personal injury firm is to eliminate any obstacle that stands between you and getting the help you need. Here are a few ways we do that: We offer a contingency fee arrangement, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. If you can’t come to us for an initial consultation, we’ll come to you. We handle all the paperwork involved in your claim, so all you have to worry about is getting better. However, there is one obstacle that we can’t eliminate for you: your reluctance to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. The person that hit you may be a great person who is sincerely sorry for causing the accident and your injuries. You don’t want to put them through a lawsuit just because they made a mistake. We understand. Most people don’t want to sue someone else for damages, and we don’t recommend it as a first course of action. However, it’s something that you may need to do if the insurance company doesn’t play fair. Here are some key facts that might make that decision easier for you. Even though the individual’s name is on the lawsuit, in reality, you are making a claim against their insurance company.  The individual is more than likely covered for the extent of your damages, which makes it unlikely that they’ll have to pay anything out of pocket (depending on the severity of your injuries). The at-fault driver’s hands are tied when it comes to doing the right thing for you and your family. Their insurance company is going to call all the shots. Making the decision to seek legal help after an accident can be tough. If you’re unsure, give us a call and let us walk you through the process. There’s no cost or obligation. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have free of charge.

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Ernest Cory Recognized as a Leader in Birmingham Law

Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that firm Co-Founder and Managing Shareholder Ernest Cory has been named to Who’s Who in Birmingham Law for 2016. Each year, the Birmingham Business Journal publishes the annual Who’s Who in Law special section – a feature that highlights the top leaders in the Magic City’s legal world. Cory has practiced law for more than thirty years and has devoted his practice almost exclusively to mass torts, class actions and complex litigation involving defective medical devices, drugs, and environmental toxins. Cory is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell and was named to the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Lawyers. He is a charter member of Pioneers of Justice Society of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors and as Development Committee Chair of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. He serves on the Advisory Board of Cumberland School of Law. He was elected to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America and was elected one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Birmingham in a peer-review survey. Mr. Cory received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Mr. Cory and his wife, Vivian, have five children.

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Cory Watson Attorneys adds Associate, Announces New Principal

Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, has added an Associate and has named Hirlye R. “Ryan” Lutz III a Principal of the firm. Mr. Lutz is co-chairman of the firm’s Class Action litigation team focusing his practice on consumer protection and privacy litigation, as well as product liability litigation involving defective consumer products, defective pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical devices, and personal injury. Ryan Lutz joined Cory Watson Attorneys in 2006. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and has been named to Top Birmingham Attorneys. Mr. Lutz is a graduate of Auburn University and received his law degree at Cumberland School of Law. Curt Tanner has been named an Associate of Cory Watson Attorneys. Mr. Tanner focuses his practice on personal injury litigation including motor vehicle accidents, mass tort litigation involving prescription drugs and defective medical devices and multidistrict litigation. Mr. Tanner is a graduate of Auburn University. He received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, products liability, sexual assault, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Additional information is available at www.corywatson.com/.

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Attorney Ernest Cory Featured in National Forum on Drug Injury Law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys founding Principal Ernest Cory will address attorneys from across the nation at the annual Mass Torts Made Perfect conference on April 21, 2016. More than 800 plaintiff attorneys are expected to attend the Las Vegas forum focused on mass torts and multidistrict litigation concerning prescription drugs and defective medical devices linked to patient injuries and deaths. Cory serves as a panelist in a session on the drug Abilify, which is prescribed to treat mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome, and schizophrenia. Scientific studies have linked Abilify to potentially devastating side effects including compulsive gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive spending, and overeating. The Cory Watson Attorneys litigation team represents Abilify patients from across the U.S.  Plaintiffs contend Abilify maker Bristol-Myers Squibb failed to warn Abilify users of the link between the drug and the increased risk of developing compulsive behaviors. Ernest Cory is a founding Principal of Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Cory has practiced law for more than thirty years and has devoted his practice almost exclusively to mass torts, class actions and complex litigation involving defective medical devices, drugs, and environmental toxins. He is recognized nationally for his role in landmark pharmaceutical and defective medical device litigation, including silicone breast implants and diet drug litigation. Mr. Cory has been appointed to serve as Lead Counsel and to chair numerous Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in high profile multidistrict litigation. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, product liability, sexual abuse, catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

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DuPont C-8 Contamination Litigation Moves Forward- Cancer Victims Get Day in Court

Despite DuPont’s wishes to the contrary, during an in-person status conference today, Chief Judge Edmund Sargus directed the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the C-8 multidistrict litigation against DuPont to initially select the 40 cancer cases to be held as 2017 post-bellwether trials, specifying that the schedule should place those plaintiffs with “the greatest amount of injuries” first, based on a “benchmark on medical criteria.” DuPont will then have an ability to raise objections to the particular cases chosen by the steering committee. The parties also spoke today about specifying certain scheduling details within a joint proposal they submitted to Judge Sargus, which he summarized in his case management order filed on the docket today. In addition, DuPont was earlier directed to report today on the status of its merger with Dow Chemical, but after the PSC said an as-yet-not-publicly-disclosed affidavit from DuPont was insufficient, Judge Sargus directed the plaintiffs to supplement their pending motion to compel with a request for DuPont to specifically identify where the multidistrict liabilities will lie in the case of a Dow-DuPont merger. He also told the PSC to note in their supplement that they would like an explanation on Chemours’ recent disclosure of a potential contractual dispute with its former parent. Judge Sargus began today’s conference acknowledging that the parties had agreed to various scheduling matters in the case management order before directing the conversation toward what was not agreed to – which cancer cases would be tried first in 2017. “This case now for the plaintiffs has been pending for almost 15 years, so that’s why we have so many cases scheduled,” Judge Sargus stated, adding that he “would pick the sickest cases first” and further noting that “nobody” disputes that the cancer cases should be held first because they are “the most serious.” Judge Sargus acknowledged that the plaintiffs will share a role in selecting the cases for which the plaintiffs are the “sickest,” with DuPont’s counsel countering that it is difficult to quantify which plaintiffs are “sickest,” and saying that they would prefer Judge Sargus select the cases based on his own benchmark on medical criteria. Judge Sargus resolved the matter quickly, directing the PSC to submit, within the next two weeks, a short summary for each case it would like to prioritize for the 2017 schedule and telling DuPont that if they have any specific objections, they can make them at that time. When asked to clarify the number of cancer cases, Jon Conlin of Cory Watson for the PSC said that there are about 259 cancer cases, and added that 60% of the plaintiffs have multiple injuries. One client was diagnosed with cancer last week, despite the fact that the same client was previously identified as a class member with a less severe injury, Conlin added. On the Dow-DuPont merger, DuPont presented an affidavit today that the PSC said did not meet their request for clarification on where the litigation liabilities would lie following a merger. The affidavit came from DuPont’s general counsel and confirmed that the merger will not be finalized until the second half of next year, but the affidavit did not identify where the liabilities would lie within the proposed merged Dow-DuPont structure. For the PSC, Robert Bilott of Taft said, “DuPont was supposed to come to court and explain how actual allocation of obligations and liabilities under Leach would be handled once the merger is split off into three companies.” In response to DuPont’s affidavit and the PSC’s response, Judge Sargus told the plaintiffs to, within the next ten days, supplement its motion to compel with an additional filing arguing for disclosure of where liabilities will fall in the event of a Dow-DuPont merger, adding that they can specify their concern about Chemours’ potential contractual disputes with DuPont. In its 10-K for fiscal 2015, Chemours included under its risk factors, “in the event that DuPont seeks indemnification for adverse trial rulings or outcomes, these indemnification claims could materially adversely affect our financial condition. Disputes between Chemours and DuPont may also arise with respect to indemnification matters including disputes based on matters of law or contract interpretation. If and to the extent these disputes arise, they could materially adversely affect us.” Judge Sargus’ CMO anticipates the first four post-bellwether trials to begin on May 1, 2017, and Judge Sargus scheduled the next in-person MDL status conference with the parties for May 17.

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Tips for Defusing Aggressive Drivers

There are thousands of car accidents in Alabama every year, many of which result in fatalities. Although a number of factors contribute to these unfortunate deaths, such as inclement weather or mechanical issues, the leading cause is something altogether avoidable: aggressive driving.

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Endoscopic Procedures Linked to Deadly Infections

An endoscope is a medical device that is used to look inside a body cavity during surgery and various outpatient procedures. It gives the surgeon the ability to see areas of the body that previously could only be viewed after making would have required an incision. In the right hands, it can turn an invasive surgery into a relatively simple outpatient procedure. However, new evidence suggests that endoscopes carry with them a deadly risk.

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Best Source of Information After a Car Accident

A serious car accident is one of the scariest things you and your family may experience. Making the right decisions afterward could be the difference between a minor setback and a devastating blow. You need reliable information that will give you the confidence to avoid common pitfalls when filing an injury claim. We talk to hundreds of car accident victims every year who just need a few questions answered. You could rely on the Internet for that information. There are dozens of great sites out there that offer good advice for accident victims. However, for every good and credible website, there are hundreds that are less than reputable. Distinguishing between the two can be a challenge. You could also depend on the knowledge of those close to you. You might ask a family member for advice or a friend who has been through the situation before. However, even if you know people who have been through a car accident, the specifics of their situations might differ significantly from yours. The truth is, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you need a professional to help you sort out your next move. We’ve been a dependable source of information for car accident victims in Alabama for more than 30 years. Give us a call anytime. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have at absolutely no charge or obligation.

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