PRACTICE AREAS OVERVIEW
At Bell & Brigham, we represent people in Augusta and in surrounding communities, including South Carolina, who have been injured in an accident, at work, because of environmental contamination, or by a defective product. We also handle a variety of class action lawsuits, including those concerning employee benefit plans.
Serious Personal Injury
We have extensive experience handling cases that involve serious and catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries (SCI), bone fractures and burns. Augusta’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center is one of the leading burn centers in the Southeast, and our lawyers are committed to helping patients whose burns were caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another. We also handle cases in which a wrongful or accidental death has occurred.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of injuries, whether involving a car, truck, bus, bicycle, or pedestrian being hit by cars or trucks. Our experience handling complex and intricate cases, including cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries, gives us the expertise to identify all potential sources of liability, including human negligence or wrongdoing, or any defective vehicle parts or roadway conditions that may have contributed to your accident.
Manufacturers and distributors of products have a legal duty to make sure that their products are safe to use, and are packaged with sufficient warnings and instructions of any dangers associated with that use. Products liability cases arise when a defectively designed or manufactured product causes injury or a death, or when the product fails to warn about a foreseeable risk. These cases often require extensive research, preparation, and consultation with experts in the particular field who can help determine whether a company failed to live up to their legal duty.
Many workplace environments are inherently dangerous and serious accidents caused by defective or unreasonably dangerous machinery, through toxic exposure, or the negligence or wrongdoing of third parties can be devastating. Workplace injuries sustained by railroad employees are covered by a specific federal law, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). At Bell & Brigham, we have handled numerous clients making claims under FELA.
Our firm routinely encounters cases arising involving slip-and-fall accidents that occur in supermarkets and other retail stores. All it takes is one injury such as a broken bone, an injured back or a head injury to completely disrupt your livelihood. Our job is to help injury victims recover the maximum compensation available. Many stores are negligent in maintaining the premises and falls are caused by:
- Failure to clean spills or fix fallen merchandise
- Distractions that put customers in danger
- Negligent (or non-existent) safety inspections
Many stores are understaffed and fail to clean up dangerous spills and merchandise in a timely manner.
We have extensive experience handling complex environmental contamination matters, including those involving soil and water contamination, as well as dangerous substances such as arsenic, mercury, nitrates, toxaphene, trichloroethylene (“TCE”), polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) and pesticides. In addition to representing individuals and groups who suffer from injury and illness related to contamination at home or in the workplace, we have represented a range of homeowners, businesses, and local governments that have suffered property damage due to environmental contamination.
Consumer Class Actions
Class action lawsuits involve multiple plaintiffs who have all suffered similarly. Whether at the state or federal level, these cases are subject to different procedural rules than traditional civil litigation involving one plaintiff. Our attorneys have a handled many consumer class actions, including cases involving defective products, securities fraud, illegal fees and overcharging, scams targeting consumers, environmental wrongs and toxic torts.
Employee Benefit Class Actions
At Bell & Brigham, we have extensive expertise in class action litigation involving employee benefits. These cases typically involve violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly known as “ERISA,” or other related federal laws. These laws impose fiduciary duties on those who administer employee benefit plans, requiring them to act solely in the interest of the plan’s participants and beneficiaries and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to participants and their beneficiaries. These laws give plan participants and beneficiaries the right to sue to recover benefits due under a plan or to redress harm they suffer as a result of a plan fiduciary’s breach of duty. Our firm has successfully prosecuted numerous mass actions and class actions involving claims for violations of ERISA and related statutes, including: several mass actions involving cancellation of post-retirement life insurance coverage for hundreds of retirees who were promised free, lifetime coverage upon retirement, a class action involving breaches of fiduciary duty committed by trustees of an employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”) in connection with the distribution of retirement benefits to ESOP participants, and several class actions involving insurance companies use of retained asset accounts to retain and self-deal in life insurance benefits owed under plans they insure.
Regardless of the legal issue you are facing, our attorneys are ready to help. If you are unable to come to our office to meet with us, we will come see you. We understand that many clients come to us while going through a difficult time, and our goal is to help you through the legal process towards a favorable resolution so that you can move on with your life. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, contact us by e-mail or call us at (800) 763-2063.
|BELL & BRIGHAM
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
|457 Greene Street (30901)
P.O. Box 1547, Augusta, GA
Toll Free: 800-763-2063