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Valsartan Recall

Valsartan Cancer Recall
Our firm is investigating claims against the manufacturers and distributors of the blood pressure medication Valsartan due to the negligence that allowed these tablets to contain trace amounts of carcinogens.  If you or a loved one too Valsartan and have been diagnosed with cancer of the stomach, bladder, or pancreas we want to speak with you.  Click here to contact us know or call/text 256-539-3110.  

3M Earplug Military Hearing Loss Claims

Do you have a military hearing loss claim?

If you were part of the active military and are now suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus due to defective 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.   We are investigating claims on behalf of the thousands of service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015 that were provided these defective earplugs.  We know there are great numbers of veterans across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee and we want to help those with hearing problems (loss and tinnitus) caused by defective earplugs.

Simply fill out a contact form, or call 888-539-3110 now to start your Free Case Consultation.

About Defective 3M Earplugs

The 3M Company recently agreed to pay the U.S. Government $9.1 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective dual-ended Combat Ear Plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection products.  The essence of the defect is that the earplugs were too short and could easily work themselves out of the ear during use.  Worse yet, 3M stands accused of fabricating data to make sure that these defectively designed earplugs passed governmental testing.

How do I know if I have a claim?  Veterans and active military who used the defective 3M earplug may be suffering from various symptoms, including:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Muffling of speech
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Withdrawal from conversions
  • Need for increased volume on TV and radio

If you or a loved one are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of defective 3M military earplugs, call us today.  We can help, let us prove it.

Firm kicks off Sixth Annual Toy Drive

Hodges Trial Lawyers Toy Drtive

Our firm did a last-minute toy drive in 2012 because Jeremiah saw a news story sharing that North Alabama was several thousand families behind.  Jeremiah and Tim went around asking other lawyers and community members for donations and bought toys to take to the local Marines gathering toys.  Since then, it has become an annual tradition to which our entire firm looks forward each year.

We are hoping to gather more toys and donations this year than we ever have.  But we need your help.  Please consider dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at either of our offices.  If you drop it off at our Huntsville office, you will get a free t-shirt.  Any toys or donations valued at $50.00 or greater we will come to you for pickup.  Please help us help these kids that otherwise will have no gift to open on Christmas morning.

UCP Huntsville announces an evening event for the entire family.

UCP FairyTale Ball

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Justice Served! Firm successfully defends local business from $750,000.00 lawsuit

Last month, Jeremiah Hodges and Tim McFalls defended a local business who had been sued for $750,000.00 in damages. The case was tried for a week at the Madison County Courthouse. Ultimately, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims made against the business. Additionally, the jury also awarded damages to the local business for the plaintiff’s tortious interference with the business’s contractual relationships. We appreciated the jury’s attentiveness to the case and were thrilled for the result for our clients.

An important lesson to be learned from this case is that sometimes it is better to spend a little money now on a lawyer to avoid spending more money later on a lawyer. The case centered around a contract that the business had chosen to draft for itself rather than hiring a lawyer to draft. While the contract was pretty well written for a layperson, there were some missing terms and ambiguities in the contract. These terms caused the business to incur legal expenses and spend time in litigation to prove the meaning of the terms and get full enforcement of the contract. If the business had hired a competent lawyer to draft the contract, it may have been able to avoid litigation and saved thousands of dollars in legal fees.  We see this not only in contracts but also in wills, bills of sale and other documents that are common for consumers to need.

It may seem expensive to hire a lawyer to prepare proper legal documents, it is much less expensive than hiring a lawyer having to litigate fix a poorly drafted legal document. Paying your lawyer to draft proper documents is an investment that will save you money in the future.