I thought it might be good this month to take a look at how Beasley Allen is set up from an organizational perspective. We currently have 85 lawyers and 225 support staff working at Beasley Allen. The firm is divided into several sections: Consumer Fraud, Mass Torts, Personal Injury/Products Liability and Toxic Torts. Lawyers and support staff in each section concentrate in litigation that falls within their specific area of experience. They do nothing other than that which falls within the parameters of their section. We believe this approach helps us do a better job for our clients. It definitely has worked for us. Each section has a lawyer as the Head with a staff person designated as the Section Administrator. The Sections each have legal assistants, legal secretaries and clerical personal. The firm’s law clerks and investigators work with the Sections as needed.
Personal Injury and Product Liability
When considering a personal injury or product liability lawyer, we believe that experience and a proven track record are critical to a successful outcome in a case. Lawyers at Beasley Allen in our Personal Injury/Product Liability Section have acquired the reputation of being one of the most successful personal injury and product liability law firms in the country. Our lawyers in this Section have built this national reputation by working hard and handling clients’ cases with skill and diligence. The lawyers work closely with their support staff to provide thorough and detailed evaluations, investigation and research for each case. We have learned that there is no substitution for planning and carrying out the plan in each case in order to adequately represent our clients.
For our non-lawyer readers, a personal injury occurs when a person has suffered some form of injury to the body, either physical or psychological. In every case, the claim involves our client’s injury having been caused by the wrongful conduct of another person, corporation or entity. The claims are generally based on negligent or wanton conduct. Occasionally the conduct will have been intentional. The most common type of personal injury claims arise out of traffic crashes, incidents in the workplace, assaults, accidents in the home, aviation accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, and sexual abuse.
The lawyers in this Section also handle product liability cases. When individuals are harmed, injured or killed by an unsafe or defective product, there will as a general rule be a cause of action against the manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retailer of that product. This area of law is known as Product Liability Litigation. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year.
In the United States, the claims most commonly associated with product liability are negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty and various consumer protection claims. The majority of product liability laws are determined at the state level and vary widely from state to state. Each type of product liability claim requires different elements to be proven in order to present a successful claim. A products liability claim is usually based on one or more of the following: a design defect; or a manufacturing defect; a failure to warn of a defect and hazardous condition. Product liability claims require the utilization of expert witnesses. We make it a rule to use experts who are highly trained and qualified in this field of expertise.
Lawyers in our Consumer Fraud Section handle cases in a number of specific areas. Originally, the section dealt primarily with consumer fraud litigation. It has grown over the years into other areas. There are a number of situations covered under the area of law known as Consumer Fraud. These may touch industries such as banking and finance, insurance, securities and investments, and other areas of business. Fraud claims of all sorts are handled by lawyers in our Consumer Fraud Section.
Our firm enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the area of consumer fraud litigation. Lawyers in the Section handle individual cases as well as class actions. Our firm has been involved in litigation throughout the country. We have also been a national leader in the ongoing battle against mandatory binding arbitration in consumer contracts. We have led the fight to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury. Arbitration has been used by the giants in Corporate America to make it difficult for consumers to receive justice when they are victims of corporate wrongdoing and abuse. For further information, contact Dee Miles at 800-898-2034 or by email at Dee.Miles@beasleyallen.com.
Lawyers in the Consumer Fraud Section also handle cases that fall under the umbrella of Business Litigation. Lawyers in the Section are dedicated to representing individuals and businesses in all sorts of disputes and claims they may have relating to business transactions. Areas of practice for the lawyers in this section include fraud claims, breach of contract, antitrust price-fixing, patents, and theft of trade secrets where a business is the victim of wrongdoing by another business. Many businesses have found that representation by our firm on a contingency fee basis is the best way for them to resolve their business litigation claims against other companies.
When business disputes occur between a business and an individual or between two business entities, resolution without resorting to litigation may be preferable for all parties involved. In cases where that just isn’t possible, a good business litigation lawyer is needed. In order to protect the rights and interests of a company, an experienced lawyer who has successfully handled business-related claims is an absolute necessity. We don’t do any defense work in this type litigation, handling only cases for the victim’s side of a case. In other words, we don’t defend cases. For further information, contact Dee Miles, Roman Shaul, or Alison Hawthorne at 800-898-2034 or by email at Dee.Miles@beasleyallen.com, Roman.Shaul@beasleyallen.com or Alison.Hawthorne@beasleyallen.com.
Beasley Allen lawyers continue to handle various types of whistleblower lawsuits. Our primary focus is suits under the Federal False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to bring lawsuits on behalf of the United States to recover monies owed to the government. The law provides citizen-plaintiffs, called “relators,” with powerful incentives – sometimes up to 30 percent of the amount recovered – to report instances of fraud against the federal government. The relator must have first-hand knowledge of the alleged fraudulent activity.
Government health care programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, are common targets of fraud. Studies have shown as much as 10 percent of Medicare and Medicaid charges are fraudulent. Government contracts, particularly in the defense industry, are another area where fraud is prevalent. We also see a tremendous amount of fraud in the for-profit education industry, which relies on federal student loans and grants. For further information, call 800-898-2034 and ask for either Lance Gould, Archie Grubb or Andrew Brashier, lawyers who handle whistleblower claims. You can also email them at Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com, Archie.Grubb@beasleyallen.com or Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com.
Labor and employment law is a most complex area of law. Our firm has lawyers in our Consumer Fraud Section who handle these cases on a regular basis. These lawyers’ practice is confined only to employment cases. Their cases are based on both federal and state statutes, as well as administrative regulation and judicial precedent. The U.S. Department of Labor is the national regulatory agency that oversees employment laws. This area of law examines the actions of both the employer and the employee, the rights and responsibilities of each, and their relationship with one another. Situations that may be addressed under the umbrella of Labor and Employment Law include minimum wage and overtime pay, unfair labor practices, discrimination, employee benefits, worker’s compensation, workplace safety, and whistleblower claims. If you need more information on any of the subjects listed above, contact Lance Gould or Larry Golston, lawyers in our Consumer Fraud Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com or Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com.
The Mass Torts Section
The lawyers in the firm’s Mass Torts Section handle cases that involve multiple claimants who have suffered harm from a single source. For example, that source can be a manufacturer of medications and drugs or it can be a manufacturer of medical devices. The lawyers in the Section have been privileged over the years to represent individuals who have been harmed by the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Our lawyers are honored to be among an exclusive group of trial lawyers who are willing and able to stand up against huge pharmaceutical companies and the manufacturers of medical devices. These two industries know all too well that their industries are inadequately regulated and the companies have taken full advantage of it.
It has been recognized by several organizations that Beasley Allen is one of the largest and most technologically advanced Mass Torts practices in the country. Our team of experienced lawyers represents individuals located in all areas of the country. Furthermore, they represent victims with a wide range of claims against many different companies that manufacture and market defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Persons trust their health and safety to the makers of drugs and medical devices. They rightly expect that products have been properly tested and have passed all types of screenings to make sure the products are safe prior to them being placed on the market. Unfortunately, in some situations, this is simply not true. There have been a huge number of unsafe drugs and medical devices put on the market. All too often we find that the top priority of drug and medical device makers is profit, not patient health and safety, and therein lies a major problem. Rather than eliminating potential safety problems, the manufacturers are slow to examine and even slower to admit that a drug or device is defective and dangerous.
As most all of us know, protection of people and their property from large corporate polluters is extremely important. Lawyers in our Toxic Torts Section handle cases for individuals, businesses, government agencies and other entities where pollution has caused damage and injury. A unique feature of our firm’s environmental toxic tort practice is our ability to represent a large number of people harmed by damage to their property. There are many types of major environmental pollutions. Examples include air pollution, water pollution and soil contamination. The effect pollutants have on human health is serious and sometimes deadly. A brief explanation may be in order:
Lawyers handle all sorts of environmental litigation in our Toxic Torts Section. Our lawyers have a great deal of experience in these type cases. In fact, the firm was involved in the largest private environmental settlement in U.S. history involving PCB contamination – $700 million.
Lawyers in the Section are currently heavily involved in the ongoing BP litigation, which is a monumental undertaking. We have dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to this battle. As we all know, BP and other corporate wrongdoers were responsible for the worst oil spill in history. These wrongdoers must be held accountable for the massive damage done to people, businesses, and government entities.
Our Lawyers and Support Staff
The lawyers and support staff in each of the sections in our firm are ready and willing to assist any person or business who or which has a potential claim in any of the categories described above. If you believe you have a claim, a lawyer in the appropriate section will be glad to talk to you. You can contact the firm for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Our toll free number is 800-898-2034 or you can go to our web page at www.beasleyallen.com.
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