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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Ken Swindle attends First Annual “Empty Soup Bowl” Fundraiser for the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army

by Prince, Glover & Hayes March 14, 2019

Chief Ken Swindle, chief investigator here at PGH and a board member of the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army assisted in the first annual Empty Soup Bowl Fundraiser for Tuscaloosa’s Salvation Army, held at the River Market on February 19th. The event was an overwhelming success and we are very proud of Mr. Swindle’s constant engagement with our community’s needs. Here he is pictured with Majors Bill Schafer and Brenda Schafer, both Corporate Officers of the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army.

 

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Matt Glover Reads to Preschoolers for Dr. Seuss Week

by Prince, Glover & Hayes March 1, 2019

Prince Glover Hayes partner Matt Glover read to the preschool children at Holy Spirit Elementary as part of Dr. Seuss week. Read Across America’s Dr. Seuss Week is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on the week of March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books. Matt is featured here with his 5 year old son Cade.

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Ken Swindle Coordinates and Emcees Law Enforcement Luncheon

by Prince, Glover & Hayes March 1, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the Tuscaloosa Exchange Club honored 5 law enforcement officers at a luncheon during which Attorney General Steve Marshall was the guest speaker.  PGH’s own Ken Swindle, retired City of Tuscaloosa Chief of Police, coordinated the event and was the emcee of the program (something he has done for the past 31 years!).  PGH congratulates the following outstanding officers and thanks them for their service to our community:

Shane Galloway (K9 Office; Northport Police Department); Senior Trooper Harold Robinson (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency); Officer Rachel Grooms (University of Alabama Police Department); Deputy Mark Weaver, retired (Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department) ,and  Lieutenant Darren Beams (City of Tuscaloosa Police Department).

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Josh Hayes Participates in Leadership Forum with the Alabama State Bar

by Prince, Glover & Hayes February 28, 2019

PGH attorney Joshua Patrick Hayes participated in a Leadership Forum on February 22 with the Alabama State Bar at Samford University.

According to the ABA, the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum is honored as a dynamic and highly effective model for nurturing and developing leadership skills and values among a select group of qualified, promising lawyer each year. Now in its 14th year, the Forum has illuminated a pathway for the other state bars and legal organizations recognizing the need for servant-minded bar and community leadership. Graduates of the Alabama bar program become models of ethical and professional behavior both within and outside the legal community.

The Leadership Forum is distinguished by the quality and prominence of forum presenters, as well as its highly innovative approach to an array of subjects informing development of leadership skills and presence. The “servant leadership” ethic advanced by the forum enhances professionalism as it calls for sharing power and helping others develop and perform to the best of their ability.

Josh gave a presentation titled ‘Choosing Joy: A Trial Lawyer’s Tips for Staying Positive’

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PGH Attorneys Blake Williams and Matt Glover Receive $100,000 Verdict

by Prince, Glover & Hayes February 20, 2019

PGH attorneys Blake Williams and Matt Glover recently completed a three-day trial at the Tuscaloosa County courthouse. Their client was in a car collision in downtown Tuscaloosa that unfortunately tore her ACL in her left knee. The case was against Allstate Insurance Company. Mr. Williams and Mr. Glover’s client had an automobile insurance policy that provided her underinsured motorist benefits. Their client made a claim for those benefits in her case because the other driver did not have enough insurance.  At trial Mr. Williams and Mr. Glover were able to tell their client’s story of not only her physical injuries, but her two-year struggle with pain and how that affected her life as a wife, mother, and nurse. Allstate Insurance Company argued that Mr. Williams and Mr. Glover’s client did not have the injuries and damages she claimed. This argument was contrary to the evidence presented by their client’s husband, friend, and three doctors. In the end, justice prevailed and the jury awarded Mr. Williams and Mr. Glover’s client $100,000 to compensate her for all that she went through.

 

Congratulations to Blake and Matt. Your hard work, preparation and courtroom skill truly paid off for your client. If you have been injured in a car collision, please give Prince Glover Hayes a call and let us fight the insurance company for you to get you compensation for what you are going through.

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Dena Prince Volunteers for Love INC of Tuscaloosa’s Homeless Connect

by Prince, Glover & Hayes February 8, 2019

Dena Prince and other members of the Covenant Sunday School class volunteered on January 26, 2019 for “Homeless Connect”, hosted by their church, First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. Homeless Connect, one of the ministries of Love INC of Tuscaloosa. (Love in the Name of Christ) is an annual event where homeless guests can receive any and all services free of charge. These services range from legal, medical and dental assistance, vaccinations, prescriptions, eye exams and eye glasses to resources for housing, education, employment and more. Tuscaloosa is so fortunate to have organizations like Love Inc. Please consider supporting Love Inc. with your time, talents or resources. Visit their website at loveinctuscaloosa.com to find out how.

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Josh Hayes Files Wrongful Death Complaint in Tuscaloosa County

by Prince, Glover & Hayes January 25, 2019

Josh Hayes of the Tuscaloosa personal injury firm Prince Glover Hayes announced at a press conference on January 22nd, the filing of a civil lawsuit following the June 20, 2017 wrongful death of eighty year-old Tom Hammond, who was killed while walking as a pedestrian in downtown Tuscaloosa.  At the time of the incident, the death generated numerous media reports from across Central Alabama. The filing of the lawsuit is a culmination of many months of investigative work which included obtaining surveillance footage of the collision.

“This family that I represent is very brave in coming forward to tell Tom’s side of the story,” Hayes said. “Our goal in this is not only to compensate the family for their loss, but also to send a message to Tuscaloosa drivers. We need to be careful. Downtown Tuscaloosa has plenty of pedestrians now.”

If you would like to watch video of the press release from WBRC, please click here.

 

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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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February 28, 2019

PGH attorney Joshua Patrick Hayes participated in a Leadership Forum on February 22 with the Alabama State Bar at Samford University. According to the ABA, the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum is honored as a dynamic and highly effective model for nurturing and developing leadership skills and values among a select group of qualified, promising […]

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January 25, 2019

Josh Hayes of the Tuscaloosa personal injury firm Prince Glover Hayes announced at a press conference on January 22nd, the filing of a civil lawsuit following the June 20, 2017 wrongful death of eighty year-old Tom Hammond, who was killed while walking as a pedestrian in downtown Tuscaloosa.  At the time of the incident, the […]

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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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