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Are TV lawyers charging unethical fees?

The following is an excerpt from an actual TV personal injury lawyer’s fee agreement or contract.

 Reduction of Medical Bills. Liens and Subrogation Amounts. The parties agree that upon Client’s consent, Attorneys will attempt to mitigate all medical bills and subrogation amounts due and owing. Any resultant savings will be divided between Client and Attorneys.

 Translation: After TV lawyer settles your case (because we know he or she won’t go to trial), said TV lawyer’s staff will attempt to negotiate down your medical or subrogation expenses.  Per the agreement, TV layer gets ½ of any savings.

 The Alabama State Bar has now banned this practice because, essentially, TV lawyer was getting paid twice on the same dollars.  If your lawyer has to be regulated by the Alabama State Bar to keep from ripping you off, do you really think that lawyer has your best interest at heart?  If you prefer lawyers whose trial skills are superior to their jingle writing abilities, call Hodges Trial Lawyers.

Verdict in Defective Constructive Case

Our firm received a Jury verdict in favor of a deserving client this week.  The case was tried before a Jury of twelve (12) Madison County residents and the Honorable Donna Pate.  Jeremiah reports that the Jury was very attentive in doing their critical civic duty.  He also reports that this was the first trial he has ever been involved in where the Court thanked the lawyers on both sides for being professional and courteous.  Our client was grateful that the Jury found in his favor and that this case finally has come to an end.  As it did in this case, litigation sometimes can drag on for several years.  It can be a tiresome process to be a Plaintiff, but it is encouraging when a Jury sees it your way.

 The case involved a breach of contract and negligent construction claim filed on behalf of our client against his contractor.  We understand these issues and know the experts needed to handle these matters.  If we can assist you with a breach of contract claim in Alabama or Tennessee, please call to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.

Guest Passenger Law in Alabama

 Most people are unaware that if you are a passenger in a vehicle and the driver of the vehicle negligently causes a wreck, you are not allowed to sue that driver. This is called the “Guest Passenger” Statute. The Guest-Passenger Statute is unique to Alabama and essentially states that when you choose to ride in a car with someone, you assume the risk that the driver might negligently cause a wreck. Therefore, you are not allowed to recover.

 However, there are exceptions to this rule. The traditional exception to this rule is if you pay someone for the ride. For example, if you are in a taxi or an Uber ride, the Guest Passenger Statute does not apply to you. Even if you have just given someone gas money for the ride, that can be sufficient to overcome the Guest Passenger Statute.

 Just this past week, the Supreme Court of Alabama deepened this exception to the Guest Passenger Statute. The Supreme Court stated that as long as the Passenger conferred a tangible benefit to the driver of the vehicle, the Guest Passenger Statute does not apply. In this particular case, the driver and passenger were going grocery shopping. The passenger was in the vehicle for the purpose of helping the driver with her grocery shopping because the driver was old and needed help completing her grocery shopping. While the Supreme Court recognized that no money was exchanged, they found the Guest Passenger statute was inapplicable because the passenger’s job of helping with the grocery shopping was a benefit to the driver.

 So while this law may seem harsh and unfair at times, it is encouraging to see the Supreme Court recognizing more and more exceptions to this unique Alabama concept.

Sue Allstate Day

A group of Plaintiffs’ lawyers across Alabama on behalf of their respective clients are banding together to sue Allstate on February 17, 2017.  Although Allstate says you are in good hands, its aggressive failure to pay claims for damages shows you are not.  Although the lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers try and settle cases to avoid litigation when possible, Allstate forces the vast majority of our client to file a suit.  It is not uncommon for Allstate to try to settle clear liability cases (meaning there is no dispute who is at fault) for less than the actual medical bills incurred by the person hurt.  That is not fair and it is contrary to justice.  This effort by competing personal injury lawyers from Huntsville to Mobile is an effort to get Allstate to be reasonable and fair.  None of our clients are looking for a windfall in their personal injury case, they are simply looking for fair and just compensation.  The personal injury lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers will continue to fight for injured people.  If you have a case against Allstate and want to join us, contact our office today.