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December 2021 Newsletter

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“District Court Jurisdictional Limits”

The Alabama Legislature is considering raising the jurisdictional limit for Alabama District Courts from $20,000 to $25,000. Since these cases usually get to trial more quickly than circuit court cases, this is important legislation for injured people in Alabama.

Please consider writing your state legislator and asking them to support this proposed legislation.

“CPAP Suits”
Our firm is handling a number of CPAP Lawsuits. To bring you up to date, the Philips Company, who manufactures most of the CPAP breathing machines built these machines with a foam insulation that, over time, breaks down into harmful chemicals which have been shown to cause cancer, heart attacks, blood disorders, breathing difficulties, and other serious ailments to users.

If you or someone close to you has experienced these potentially deadly side effects, please give us a call and we will see if we can help.

Ed’s Corner

Well we have come to the end of another year. Here at the firm, we have many things to be thankful for and most of all for our wonderful clients that make this firm what it is.

We have been successful in settling a record number of cases and thankfully we have had a lot of grateful clients who have been helped by the recovery that we have been able to make on their behalf. There are number of families who were able to celebrate Christmas more joyfully because of the efforts of my son Eddie who worked so hard to obtain a great result for them and to somewhat ease the pain caused by the negligent actions of people who drove their automobiles carelessly or operated machinery without regard to the safety of others.

We have a number of cases that we are looking forward to trying or settling in this coming year. They involve injuries suffered on the premises of others, severe injuries which are the result of negligent driving and the harm caused by manufacturers who have built and distributed faulty products into the stream of commerce. Because these industrial giants put profit over safety the result is horrific injuries to those who use them thinking surely these products are safe.

We are handling a lot of cases where hard-working people are injured on the job and as a result lose their ability to make a living for their family and even to pay their medical bills. We are looking forward to holding the employers accountable to those employees and their families who were injured doing the job of supporting their families.

One of the most rewarding parts of my job doesn’t involve taking the case at all. So many times people called us to ask for legal advice and we know that we will not receive a fee from taking time to discuss their legal problems with them but we enjoy helping people who need help.

I would be remiss if I overlooked thanking our incredible hard-working staff, who behind the scenes, support the lawyers with investigation, gathering medical records, and talking to our clients. Special thanks go out to my paralegal and wife, Sally who keeps me on track and reminds me of all the things I had forgotten. The same can be said about Eddie’s paralegal Dana, our legal assistant Megan and our receptionist/records clerk, Kay. Thank you all for working so hard and taking care of our clients.

We will see you next year and hope that 2022 will be the best year ever for you and your family.

Question and Answer

Q: Do I really need Uninsured Motorists Coverage on my car insurance?
A: Absolutely.

Many times when buying insurance the insurance agent will tell you that uninsured motorists (UIM) coverage is not necessary. Maybe that’s because they don’t get a big commission from it. YOU NEED UIM Coverage because statistics show that about 25 – 30% of the drivers on Alabama highways have NO insurance at all. This means if you are in an accident with an uninsured driver and are hurt, and if that person doesn’t have liability insurance, you don’t get paid for your injuries. Also, under Alabama Law, you can STACK your UIM coverage to multiply the amount of coverage you provide for yourself, your family, and others riding with you. So, buy that UIM coverage.

Q: If I am in a motorvehicle accident (MVA) do pictures help?
A: They sure do. If you are able, use your phone or someone else’s phone to take pictures of the scene and damage. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Around the Community

Ed Massey & Eddie Massey at Light of the Village


Light of the Village


Penelope House


A special shoutout goes to two wonderful organizations in our community who are doing a great work to make our community better.

First, I would like to commend Bro. Don Eads and his wife Dolores for their work in Light of the Village. The Light of the Village is doing a great work to brighten the lives of young people in the Alabama Village area of Prichard and Chickasaw. Our firm has the privilege of supporting Light of the Village as they make a difference in reducing violence and lifting the lives of young people who need a helping hand.

Next, we want to commend Penelope House and their founder, Kathryn Coumanis and director Tonie Ann Torrans for the incredible work they do in providing shelter for battered women. Thank y’all for allowing us at Clay, Massey to help in this work


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