Our Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving and the Iron Bowl

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 21, 2018

The Thanksgiving Holiday is approaching and so is the Iron Bowl!!  The attorneys and staff at PGH hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and good food!  We would like to share some recipes from the PGH Cookbook.  Everyone has their own special turkey and dressing recipes so we won’t go there, but here is a delicious side dish from Jessica Taylor, Josh Hayes’ paralegal: BUNDLES OF BEANS: 1 cup brown sugar                                                                                          

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Holiday Scams to Watch Out For

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 12, 2018

It’s about that time of year for Holiday shopping, and we at PGH have a few tips to share, courtesy of the Better Business Bureau. You can also report or look up scams and frauds using the BBB Scam Tracker. Be cautious shopping online. Because many retailers now have chip card readers, fraud at bricks-and-mortar stores is down, so scammers have shifted their efforts online. Use a credit (not debit) card online and only shop on secure websites. Look for https in the address (the extra “s”

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Matt Glover Settles Complaint Alleging Breach of Contract, Fraud, Etc.

by Prince, Glover & Hayes January 8, 2019

A pro-tanto settlement was reached with one of 7 defendants in a lawsuit alleging breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, fraud, fraudulent suppression, negligence and wantonness, breach of contract, breach of assumed duty, bad faith, and seeking to quiet title.  PGH attorney Matt Glover successfully negotiated the confidential settlement.  The lawsuit against the other 6 defendants remains pending in the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

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Matt Glover Settles Wrongful Death Suit in Marengo County

by Prince, Glover & Hayes January 8, 2019

PGH attorney Matt Glover recently settled, for a confidential amount, a wrongful death lawsuit in Marengo County, Alabama.  The deceased were victims of an apartment fire.  Matt represented the victims’ mothers who had been named personal representatives for their estates.

 

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What You Need to Know About Hernia Mesh

by Prince, Glover & Hayes January 2, 2019

Hernia Mesh is a medical device that’s implanted within the body by a surgeon—designed to patch or repair an area of the body where fatty tissue, an internal organ or intestine has bulged through a hole or weakness in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

 

While surgical meshes have been used for years to implement repairs, offer support and promote healing, there are numerous reasons why some meshes that are currently in use have a propensity to cause pain, infection and even fail—ultimately requiring corrective/revision surgery and additional recuperation time.

 

Many of today’s modern hernia meshes are constructed of polypropylene (brand names include PROLENE® and Marlex®, for example)—basically a monofilament (plastic or resin) suture. For certain applications, the mesh is coated with a fatty acid, cellulose or collagen to prevent adhesion or the forming of scar tissue that can fuse the mesh with the intestines or other organs.

 

Hernia mesh devices first became widely used by the late 1980s and accounted for roughly 90 percent of all hernia procedures by 2000, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In that time, many studies have been conducted that contradict manufacturer’s claims—calling into question the suitability of these devices for use in the human body. By 2016, some products, such as Ethicon’s Physiomesh, were either pulled or withdrawn from U.S. and world markets. By 2018, more than 50,000 hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed in both state and federal courts—with two of the largest contributors to individual cases being Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson’s Physiomesh and Atrium Medical Corporation’s C-Qur Mesh.

 

Manufacturers of Hernia Mesh that May Fail or Cause Problems

Here are just some of the manufacturers who now make or have made some of the more popular hernia meshes in use. Some specific product names are listed, but others do apply—it’s best to contact one of our knowledgeable hernia mesh attorneys to understand if the maker of your mesh is one known to have problems.

 

Atrium – Makers of the C-Qur hernia mesh

C.R. Bard (Davol) – Makers of the Composix, Sepramesh and Ventrio meshes

Covidien (Tyco) – Makers of more than a half dozen mesh devices

Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson – Makers of Physiomesh, Prolene and Proceed meshes

Gore – Makers of DualMesh and DualMesh Plus

 

Hernia Mesh Complications and Side Effects

In an effort to be more competitive with sales of hernia mesh, some companies released “new and improved” products that might not have been fully tested over a long enough period of time. Such devices were often “fast-tracked” through the FDA via a process known as Premarket Notification 510 (k), which allows for a less stringent trial period on the promise that more in-depth testing will follow.

 

Over time, common problems with hernia patients have included, but not limited to, these and other side effects:

 

  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammatory, allergic or hypersensitivity reaction
  • Swelling
  • Adhesion to bowels or other organs
  • Bacterial infections
  • Encapsulation or “folding over” of the mesh
  • Intestinal obstructions
  • Organ perforation
  • Mesh migration (moving throughout the body)
  • Fistulas (bowel perforation or blockage)

 

Have You Had Hernia Surgery that Used a Hernia Mesh Device?

There are numerous types of hernias and corresponding surgical procedures to correct each one, but several have commonly involved the use of hernia mesh and thus are typically the ones that exhibit problems months or years later. One of the most common types of injury that uses mesh in its repair is the inguinal hernia. It starts with a weakness in the inner groin area and then allows abdominal contents into the inguinal canal, causing pain and discomfort. Another type is the ventral hernia, or one that has pushed through a weakened area of the abdominal wall. And then there’s the incisional hernia. This occurs when an organ or tissue bulges through or reopens a past surgical incision.

 

If you or a family member has had a hernia surgery and a mesh device was used, you may be entitled to compensation. This includes cases where individuals have sought medical attention for one or more of the complications listed above and a failed or defective hernia mesh implant was blamed. Also applicable is when a revision surgery has taken place or been recommended but contraindicated due to medical reasons.

 

Get the Compensation You Deserve

Because of the complexity involved in determining if you have a case against any of these hernia mesh products, it’s important you contact one of our hernia mesh attorneys today. You could be entitled to financial restitution for lost wages, unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering, and a loss of quality of life due to a defective hernia repair devices.

 

We have helped thousands in similar situations and we can help you begin the process. Our experienced legal team can evaluate your specific case with no out-of-pocket cost to you—the evaluation is free.

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PGH Donates Winter Clothes to the Salvation Army

by Prince, Glover & Hayes December 6, 2018

Thanks to David and Bernard Nomberg of the Nomberg Law Firm for inviting PGH to participate in the Cold Weather Challenge.  Shown with the blankets, sweaters, jackets, and vests our attorneys and staff donated are Dena Prince, Chief Swindle and Gail Gorday.  Since Chief Swindle serves on the advisory board of the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army, we chose to give the items to the their shelter.  The cold weather is upon us, so we encourage our friends to donate warm clothing and blankets to a shelter in our area.  #coldweatherchallenge

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Coe Baxter Named as SuperLawyers Rising Star for the 2nd Year in a Row

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 28, 2018

We are excited to announce that Coe Baxter has been formally recognized for his impressive work in personal injury litigation by SuperLawyers for the 2nd year in a row. The Rising Star title is an honor limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys within Alabama.  This selection processes is rigorous and results in third-party validation of professional accomplishments.  Congratulations Coe!!

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Our Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving and the Iron Bowl

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 21, 2018

The Thanksgiving Holiday is approaching and so is the Iron Bowl!!  The attorneys and staff at PGH hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and good food!  We would like to share some recipes from the PGH Cookbook.  Everyone has their own special turkey and dressing recipes so we won’t go there, but here is a delicious side dish from Jessica Taylor, Josh Hayes’ paralegal:

BUNDLES OF BEANS:

1 cup brown sugar                                                                                           Bacon slices, cut in half

3 (16 oz) cans whole green beans, drained                                           2 tsp dry mustard

Mix brown sugar and dry mustard, pour over beans and toss well.  Divide beans into small bundles, wrap with bacon.  Place bundles into large baking dish.  Pour any remaining sauce mixture (brown sugar/mustard) over beans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Just before serving, broil about 3 to 5 minutes to brown bacon.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.

 

For tailgating or watching the game in the comfort of your own home, Matt Glover’s legal assistant,  Kacie Davis, loves to make crowd pleasing Buffalo Chicken Dip. Morgan Anderson, Bob Prince’s legal assistant cooks a big pot of soup, and our bookkeeper, Gail Gorday, rolls out some Oreo Balls.

BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP:

2 (10 oz) cans chunk chicken, drained                                                     ¾ cup hot sauce or buffalo sauce

1 cup Ranch dressing or more if you like                                                                1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Dump all ingredients into a crockpot.  Put on low for about 2 hours, stirring every 45 minutes.  Serve with crackers, chips, celery, carrot sticks, etc…

ROASTED TOMATO AND CORN SOUP

2 ripe but firm tomatoes                                                                               2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth

3 cups fresh corn kernels (6 ears)                                                             1  tsp. chipotle chili powder

2 red bell peppers                                                                                           1 tsp. salt plus more to taste

1 yellow onion, chopped                                                                              1 cup heavy cream

1 red onion, chopped                                                                                     Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

3 cloves garlic, minced                                                                          Paprika and sliced avocado for garnish

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Put tomatoes in a lightly greased baking dish and roast until the skins are dark and the tomatoes are caramelized, about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Keep the oven on.  Spread the corn in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Roast until the edges begin to turn golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, when the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and discard.  Set the flesh, with the juices, aside in the baking dish.  Remove the corn from the oven and let cool.  You can use canned corn and skip this if needed.  In a soup pot, combine the tomatoes, peppers, yellow and red onions, garlic and corn, reserving a handful of the roasted corn for garnish.  Add just enough broth to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the chili powder and the salt.  In a blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth.  While blending, slowly drizzle the cream.  Taste and adjust the seasonings.

OREO BALLS:

1 package Double Stuffed Oreos                                                                               8 oz cream cheese, softened

White dipping chocolate (Gail uses the kind in the tray that you microwave)

Finely chop up Oreos in food processor.   Combine chopped Oreos with softened cream cheese until well blended.  Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.  Put in freezer for 10 minutes.  Melt white chocolate.   Dip Oreo  balls into the chocolate and refrigerate until they harden.  Keep refrigerated.

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Holiday Scams to Watch Out For

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 12, 2018

It’s about that time of year for Holiday shopping, and we at PGH have a few tips to share, courtesy of the Better Business Bureau. You can also report or look up scams and frauds using the BBB Scam Tracker.

Be cautious shopping online. Because many retailers now have chip card readers, fraud at bricks-and-mortar stores is down, so scammers have shifted their efforts online. Use a credit (not debit) card online and only shop on secure websites. Look for https in the address (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and for a lock symbol.

Look-alike websites: When shopping online, make sure to use only legitimate websites. Watch out for URLs that use the names of well-known brands along with extra words.

Fake shipping notifications: These can have attachments or links to sites that will download malware on your computer to steal your identity and your passwords. Don’t be fooled by a holiday phishing scam.

E-cards: Electronic cards can be great fun, but be careful. Two red flags to watch out for are: the sender’s name is not apparent; you are required to share additional information to get the card.

Letters from Santa: Several trusted companies offer charming and personalized letters from Santa, but scammers mimic them to get personal information from unsuspecting parents. Check with bbb.org to find out which ones are legitimate.

Emergency scam: Be cautious if you get a call from a family member or friend claiming to be in an accident, arrested, or hospitalized while traveling in another country. Never send money unless you confirm with another family member that it’s true.

Phony charities: Everyone is in a generous mood at the holidays, so scammers take advantage of that with fake charity solicitations in email, on social media sites, and even by text. Check out charities at give.org before donating.

Temporary holiday jobs: Retailers and delivery services need extra help at the holidays, but beware of solicitations that require you to share personal information online or pay for a job lead. Apply in person or go to retailers’ main websites to find out who is hiring.

Unusual forms of payment: Be wary of anyone who asks you to pay for holiday purchases using prepaid debit cards, gift cards, wire transfers, third parties, etc. These payments cannot be traced and cannot be undone.

Free gift cards: Pop-up ads or email offering free gift cards are often just a ploy to get your personal information that can later be used for identity theft.

Social media gift exchange: It sounds like a great deal; buy one gift and get 36 in return. But it’s just a variation on a pyramid scheme and it’s illegal.

 

 

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Josh Hayes Settles Personal Injury Claim in Pre-Suit Mediation

by Prince, Glover & Hayes November 12, 2018

Josh Hayes recently settled a car wreck claim where his client was rear-ended and injured while working for the federal government. His client broke his ribs and bruised his brain from the horrendous collision, and Mr. Hayes was able to settle mediation before a suit was filed. This saved our client time, money, and the stress of litigation while he was recovering from his injuries. He was compensated $230,000 for his personal injuries and emotional distress.

 

All of the attorneys at Prince Glover Hayes provide excellent representation for people hurt in car wrecks. If you or someone you know has been injured on the road, please contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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Happy Halloween from Prince, Glover and Hayes!

by Prince, Glover & Hayes October 31, 2018

Trick or treat! PGH attorney Dena Prince, along with other members of her Sunday School class, enjoyed giving out candy to children who attended First United Methodist of Tuscaloosa’s annual Fall Festival and “Trunk or Treat” event.  Happy Halloween from Prince Glover Hayes, and be safe!!

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Robert Prince Wins Environmental Litigation/Toxic Law Firm of the Year

by Prince, Glover & Hayes October 26, 2018

Lawyer Monthly magazine recently announced that PGH attorney Robert Prince was the 2018 winner and recipient of the following award:  Environmental Litigation/Toxic Law Firm of the Year in the United States.  He will be recognized in the magazine’s 2018 Legal Awards edition.  Mr. Prince has represented hundreds of clients whose person or property has been injured by exposure to toxic chemicals.  If you have been exposed to a harmful substance, call Prince Glover Hayes at 205-345-1234 for a free consultation.

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January 8, 2019

A pro-tanto settlement was reached with one of 7 defendants in a lawsuit alleging breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, fraud, fraudulent suppression, negligence and wantonness, breach of contract, breach of assumed duty, bad faith, and seeking to quiet title.  PGH attorney Matt Glover successfully negotiated the confidential settlement.  The lawsuit against the other 6 defendants […]

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January 8, 2019

PGH attorney Matt Glover recently settled, for a confidential amount, a wrongful death lawsuit in Marengo County, Alabama.  The deceased were victims of an apartment fire.  Matt represented the victims’ mothers who had been named personal representatives for their estates.  

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December 6, 2018

Thanks to David and Bernard Nomberg of the Nomberg Law Firm for inviting PGH to participate in the Cold Weather Challenge.  Shown with the blankets, sweaters, jackets, and vests our attorneys and staff donated are Dena Prince, Chief Swindle and Gail Gorday.  Since Chief Swindle serves on the advisory board of the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army, […]

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November 28, 2018

We are excited to announce that Coe Baxter has been formally recognized for his impressive work in personal injury litigation by SuperLawyers for the 2nd year in a row. The Rising Star title is an honor limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys within Alabama.  This selection processes is rigorous and results in […]

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