Legal Services Provided
Mary Beth Mantiply is a general civil practitioner providing legal services in the areas of Litigation, Business Services and Real Estate and Probate. Each specialty is discussed below.
PROPERTY & CASUALTY CLAIMS
Negotiation & Litigation For All 2017 & 2018 Hurricanes
Mary Beth has many years of dealing with insurance companies and property and casualty claims resulting from natural disasters. Her experience comes after spending years litigating numerous claims on the insurance company’s side after Hurricane Frederick. By the time Ivan and Katrina hit in 2004 and 2005, she was putting this insider knowledge to good use, helping many local businesses, water parks, marinas and homeowners obtain the full extent of the all of the coverage they had purchased and stopping the insurance companies from short-changing their insureds.
Now, in the aftermath of the devastation of Harvey, Irma, Maria in 2017 and now Michael in 2018, she is starting to work with lawyers and adjusters in Florida, Texas and other states to help devastated businesses and homeowners get back on their feet and receive the full extent of all of the coverage for which they are entitled–loss of use, business interruption, full replacement costs and code upgrades, debris removal, remediation, and more. Don’t let your insurance company stonewall or short-change you in its rush to close your claim with the lowest payment possible or an outright denial. We are experienced in these matters and here to guide you through the claims process and assist you in preventing these natural disasters from becoming financial disasters, too.
Termite Infestations: The Silent Disaster
Mary Beth has recently undertaken the representation of businesses and homeowners for a different type of natural disaster, Formosan Termite infestations. A recent study published by the University of Florida found that “[b]ecause of its population size and foraging range, the presence of Formosan subterranean termite colonies poses serious threats to nearby structures.” If other homes or businesses in your general neighborhood have Termite infestation, the chances of your home or business also becoming infested are very high. Although a single Formosan termite does not consume more wood than a single native termite, because of the Formosan’s large population size (a single colony will contain several million individuals), a Formosan colony will cause significantly more structural damage in a shorter time. If you see any signs of infestation, immediately call your Termite Company and then also call us. After your termite company completes its inspection, we will follow up with a complete inspection to ensure that your Termite Company treats you fairly and kills all of the Termites and repairs all of the damage. When less than an entire colony is located and eradicated during what a Termite treatment company claims to be “full inspection and treatment,” the Termite population will replenish and their resulting destruction will resume full-force in a remarkably short period of time.
Mary Beth works alongside experts in the field who use the latest thermographic and infra-red equipment to locate ALL of the Termites and ALL of their damage during their initial inspection. Some Termite companies are not vitally interested in locating all of the Termites or repairing all of the damage to your home or business, but we are!
Drafting and filing or defending law suits in all Alabama Courts and participating in Class Actions, Multi-district litigation pending in Courts throughout the Country; Arbitration and Mediation; Appellate Practice. Below are the chief areas of litigation.
Medical Devices and Drugs:
Patients trust their health and safety to the makers of drugs and devices. They rightly expect that products have been properly tested and have passed all types of screenings to make sure they are safe prior to being placed on the market. Unfortunately, for some products, this is simply not true. All too often we find that the top priority of drug and device makers is profit, not patient health. Rather than readily investigate potential safety problems, they are slow to examine and even slower to admit a device or drug is defective or dangerous.
Let me put my resources to work for you. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drug or defective medical device, let me work for you to obtain justice. I will work closely with you and selected experts in the field to fight to make things right. If you feel you have a claim, please call me to discuss. Often people are not certain what actually caused the serious, even debilitating medical consequences they are suffering. I stay current with the latest medical research about what health issues and side effects are caused by certain drugs and medical devices. I welcome the opportunity to talk to you and there is never a charge for an initial consultation.
I am willing to research and investigate any claims of serious injury or death that may be the result of defective medical devices or drugs.
Someone who has first-hand knowledge of fraud or other wrongdoing may have a whistleblower case. A whistleblower may sue on behalf of the government when they have knowledge of fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, and may be eligible to receive a portion of any money recovered by the government, up to 30 percent. Before reporting the fraud, it is very important to secure all proper and legal documentation, and make sure there is a valid claim under either the federal or a state’s False Claims Act. It is advisable to talk to an experienced whistleblower lawyer before filing any claim or reporting the wrongdoing. I would like to meet with you CONFIDENTIALLY to review your potential whistleblower claim.
Cases Investigated: SEC, Health Care, Medicaid and Medicare Fraud, Aerospace, IRS, Nuclear Contractor, Defense Contractor, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Personal Injury, Death and Product Liability:
Usually these claims assert that the person’s injury or death has been caused by the negligent or wanton conduct of another. The most common types of personal injury claims arise out of traffic accidents, accidents in the workplace, assault claims, accidents in the home, aviation accidents, nursing home neglect, and sexual abuse. When people are injured or killed by an unsafe, defective product, they may have a cause of action against the manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retailer of that product. If you feel you or a loved one has a claim for personal injury or death, I would like to talk to you. You may be entitled to compensation and there is never a charge for an initial consultation.
The major focus of Toxic Torts litigation is protection of individuals and their property from toxic chemicals. Exposure may occur over a long period of time at low doses, or serious injury may occur in a single incident involving a high concentration of chemicals or other toxins. I am especially concerned about severe lung injury or disease resulting from chemical or other toxic exposure, or a cancer diagnosis related to toxic exposure. This may occur in the workplace or as a result of environmental exposure from hazardous chemicals. For example, benzene exposure has been linked to the development of myelodyspastic syndrome (MOS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML.). Many times, someone who has received a diagnosis of MOS or MAL may not realize there is a connection to toxic exposure, especially benzene. Someone who has worked in industries such as petroleum, rubber, railroad work, or painting has a high likelihood of chronic exposure to benzene or other carcinogenic toxins and may have a legal claim. I also handle cased involving Government Environmental Litigation and Environmental Disasters, such as the BP Oil Spill. With my prior experience as a Judge for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, I have a thorough understanding of what is needed to successfully pursue these types of claims.
If you feel you have a claim, I welcome the opportunity to talk to you and there is never a charge for an initial consultation. Cases Investigated: Environmental, Severe Lung Disease, Water Contamination, Benzene Exposure, E-Cigarette Explosions, Mesothelioma, Roundup (Glyphosphate) Cancer.
There are a number of situations covered under the area of law known as Consumer Fraud. These may include banking and finance, insurance, securities and investments, and other areas of business. Consumer fraud litigation includes individual cases as well as class actions that have been filed throughout the country. If you feel you have a claim for consumer fraud, I welcome the opportunity to talk to you and there is never a charge for an initial consultation.
I am currently investigating the following cases involving consumer fraud: Insurance, Deceptive Trade Practices, Construction Defects, Sale of Annuities Fraud, Mortgage and any type of Banking Fraud, Predatory lending, Securities and Investments.
However, I am interested in investigating any claims of loss resulting from any person, business or industry that may be engaging in fraudulent conduct.
Corporate document drafting including formation documents, transactional documents, contracts, purchase agreements, non-compete, nondisclosure and other employment agreements, deeds, title searches, closings and advising and litigation concerning these areas. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.
Drafting of wills, codicils and trusts, probating of estates, adoptions and advising and litigation concerning these, including will contests. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.