Mike Andrews joined Beasley Allen in 1998, working in the Products Liability section. The majority of his practice deals with complex product liability cases involving serious injury or death. Mike has handled several cases against manufacturers of aircraft, light and heavy trucks, automobiles, and agricultural and construction equipment. He enjoys highly technical cases and has a particular passion for working on behalf of injured children. Several of his cases have resulted in seven-figure settlements. Currently, Mike is working very hard on litigation related to the General Motors (GM) defective ignition switch.
Mike has a particular interest in cases involving Traumatic Brain Injury, (TBI), which results from a blow to the head. TBI can result from repeated concussions as well as severe head injuries. While the physical injury related to a head trauma may be diagnosed visibly, many people do not realize they are suffering from a TBI and may have what are often called “invisible symptoms.” These may include memory loss, depression, aggression, suicidal thought, even body temperature and sensation.
As an author and speaker, Mike has had the opportunity to share his experience in a variety of products liability cases. “Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Escalators” is one of the various publications Mike has authored. In that publication Mike discussed the alarming frequency of childhood injuries caused by poorly designed and maintained escalators. Having spoken in the past on the dangers of 15-passenger vans, Mike was invited to be a featured speaker at the annual Alabama Trial Lawyers convention, where his topic was the practical applications of electronic discovery in product liability cases.
Mike also is working on mesothelioma lawsuits. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma most commonly affects the lining of the chest cavity and lungs but may also affect the lining of the abdomen or, more rarely, the lining of the heart. Unfortunately, many symptoms of mesothelioma (shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain) do not appear for 20 or more years after asbestos exposure, making it difficult to diagnose early. For this reason, the cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, making it difficult for proper treatment and survival. In fact, there currently is no known cure for mesothelioma.
Mike, an honor graduate of Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, currently serves on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Transportation Safety Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Houston County Girls, Inc., and Board of Directors for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. Mike and his wife, the former Carol Benton, were reared in Dothan, Ala. They have three children: Shelby, David Michael II, and Jack. Mike and his family attend First Baptist Church in Dothan. Also of note, Mike is a photographer whose work has received both local and national awards. Mike is a very good lawyer who works very hard for his clients. He believes in their cases. We are blessed to have Mike with the firm.
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