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In Sickness and in Health

Take an in-depth look at our maritime personal injury clients, the Williams Family. John Williams Jr.’s life changed irrevocably in 2014 when he was involved in a horrific crane accident while working at VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Williams, an experienced crane operator, lost a significant portion of his skull, his vision and his independence. He suffered permanent, severe brain damage that left him with the mental capacity of a child. Wanda, his wife of almost 20 years, must now take care of him. Their love remains strong, but they have lost the life and relationship they once knew. Of those...

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The Deadly Danger of Trump’s Naval Buildup

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Below is an in-depth article featuring our maritime personal injury clients, The Williams family. Mr. Williams was seriously injured in a life-changing crane accident. Bram Ates felt the urge to vomit. A chemical stench filled the engine room of the tugboat in a sprawling Mississippi shipyard. Ates scrambled over to an oval hole in the floor and peered into the dark abyss. Below him, two men were crawling through cramped steel boxes laid out like coffins. They had been told to wipe the inside of the hull with paint thinner. “Look, y’all need to get out of that tank,” Ates screamed.  He...

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Jury awards $8.5 million to man blinded by crane accident

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our client, Mr. Williams, was awarded $8.5 million by a jury after suing the crane manufacturer after a life-changing workplace accident. The plaintiffs sued the crane’s manufacturer, alleging that the crane was defectively designed in that there was no mechanism for preventing counterweights from striking the cab. Suit also alleged failure to warn of the known dangers of falling counterweights. Williams v. Manitowoc Cranes, LLC. John Robert Williams, 61, worked as a crane operator at a shipbuilding facility. The shipyard was building a modularly constructed ship that involved a “tandem lift,” in which two identical Manitowoc 2010 model 16000 series cranes...

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Justice for Sarah: Robertsdale family endures three-year journey for truth

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]An in-depth article about our wrongful death case involving the Anderson family.  By John Underwood ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — A nearly three-year journey to get to the truth behind their daughter’s accident has finally come to an end for a Robertsdale family. On Nov. 10, 2009, Robertsdale High School graduate and Auburn University student Sarah Anderson was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 85 between Auburn and Montgomery. “We were told that there were two accidents,” David Anderson said.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="25px"][mkd_blockquote text="First, that Sarah’s car had hydroplaned, she lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, ejecting her from the vehicle and killing her....

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Second lawsuit filed over Mobile River barge explosions

[vc_row triangle_shape="no" css=".vc_custom_1493156356624{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3255" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]MOBILE, Alabama – A second lawsuit has been filed against companies involved in a barge explosion on the Mobile River last month. Mobile County Conservator J. Gregory Carwie, appointed to manage the affairs of injured worker George Erickson, filed the suit last week in Mobile County Circuit Court against four companies. It seeks unspecified damages. The suit comes on the heels of one by another injured worker, Casey Tyson, who was working on the electronics system of a tugboat that was near the two barges. After treatment at the University of South Alabama, he...

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Comer and Tobias win $867,500 settlement in Alabama wrongful death trucking case.

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bryan Comer and Desi Tobias recently reached a settlement in a wrongful death case involving a fatal trucking accident in Alabama from 2009. Comer and Tobias represented their client as the administrator and personal representative for the estate of the deceased daughter. Comer and Tobias sued the trucking company and the driver at the time of the accident. The victim was involved in a car accident on Nov. 10, 2009 on Interstate 85 just 13 miles from Interstate 65 when her car hit a puddle, hydroplaned, and overturned. The victim then got out of the car to find help when a...

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Bryan E. Comer Elected to Mobile Bar Foundation Board of Directors

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bryan E. Comer, co-founder of Tobias, McCormick & Comer, LLC, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors as assistant treasurer for the Mobile Bar Foundation. In this position, Comer will work with the treasurer in overseeing fund management and investment of the Foundation’s accumulated funds. Each year, a portion of the funds raised by the Foundation is distributed to qualified organizations in the community. “It’s an honor to be elected to serve on the Mobile Bar Foundation board,“ said Comer. “I look forward to bettering our local community through the Foundation’s efforts.” The Mobile Bar Foundation is the...

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Bryan E. Comer Selected for South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bryan E. Comer has been selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA). In this position, Comer will work with other trial lawyers in four counties throughout southern Alabama to share ideas, provide support for the profession, and promote education regarding personal injury law. "I'm thrilled to have an integral part in the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association," said Comer. "This organization works hard to promote trial lawyers and the work we do in our surrounding communities." SATLA is a 100-member organization consisting of trial lawyers throughout Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and Washington counties.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Desi Tobias recognized as Outstanding Catholic School Graduate

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] St. Mary Catholic School celebrates its alumni on Feb. 3. All alumni are invited to the Catholic Schools Week Family Day Celebration. The day begins with a student Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church honoring distinguished alumni and the outstanding business partner of the year. The National Catholic Educational Association St. Mary Catholic School Distinguished Graduate is the Rev. Stephen G. Vrazel, newly ordained priest and current parochial vicar at St. Pius X Catholic Church. He was a member of the St. Mary Catholic School Class of 1998. Desi Tobias is the Outstanding Catholic School Graduate. An avid volunteer,...

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Daphne man wins $5M lawsuit against insurance company over car crash

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] A Daphne man who was badly injured in a traffic accident in Washington County more than two years ago has won a $5 million civil verdict. A Washington County jury earlier this month awarded the damages after trial that pitted Frank Shepard Jr. against the insurance company of his employer, Shred-It. Shepard argued that Auto-Owners Insurance should cover his medical costs, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. "He can use this money to get his life back together," plaintiff's lawyer Mike Windom said last week. "If anybody ever deserved it, it was this kid." Because Shepard, 28, reached a settlement with the estate...

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