Attorney Chris D. Odom

Attorney Chris Odom

Location:Birmingham, Alabama
Phone:888-498-4516
Fax:205-994-6746
888-456-2160
Email:Email Me

Attorney Profile

Attorney Odom is originally from Meridian, Mississippi, where he was born and raised, and where much of his family still resides. After high school, he obtained a bachelors degree in business administration and finance from Mississippi State University. Attorney Odom graduated law school from The University of Alabama School of Law.

After law school, Chris Odom co-founded what originally began as a two-lawyer firm, Pepper & Odom, P.C., with his law partner, Everett Pepper. The two lawyers put their minds together, combined their efforts and worked extraordinarily hard until the firm became a success. The two have since successfully grown the law firm into multiple locations, including Jackson, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama, employing numerous staff and attorneys between both locations. Chris attributes a lot of the firm’s success to putting clients and the people who work with you first and overall making sure that you the firm is serving people above all. Chris takes pride in the fact that the firm is committed to  each and every client as well as having a personal relationship with each of them. The firm continues to thrive primarily on these same values, the support of friends, family, clients and the hard work and dedication of the firm’s highly skilled staff and attorneys.

As a partner at the law firm of Pepper & Odom, P.C., Chris practices law almost exclusively on behalf of victims of wrongdoing. Throughout his career, he has successfully tried and won numerous cases, as well as successfully reaching thousands of settlements. Chris’s work has truly had a direct and positive impact on so many people’s lives, and continues to help make our communities a better,  safer and fairer community for everyone.

As a trial lawyer, Chris has won multiple awards and nominations as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as well as the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to being a lawyer, Chris is actively involved in the community. Chris is married to Amber Burkett Odom. They live in the Ross Bridge neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama with their two dogs, Emmy and Bentley. The two ended up in this neighborhood by chance after Chris proposed to her around the holidays on the side of a horse and carriage at a Resort near the neighborhood, after which the two went for a carriage ride in the neighborhood looking at the holiday lights.

Education

Attorney Christopher D. Odom won scholarships and graduated with a 4.0 from Mississippi State University’s School of Business, Banking and Finance. While in law school, Chris skyrocketed to the top of his law class in his first year by:

  • Achieving Dean’s List Every Semester;
  • Winning awards for writing the Best Paper in the class;
  • Writing/Grading onto the Law Review; and
  • Winning scholastic scholarships to pay for law school tuition.

Following his first year, Chris continued to surpass competition by:

  • Writing/Grading onto the Law Review for The Journal of The Legal Profession at The University of Alabama School of Law;
  • Winning awards for writing the Best Paper in the class;
  • Invested an entire year in law school donating time to Pro Bono law clinic for indigent people; and
  • Top class ranking upon graduation

Law Practice Accolades

As a trial lawyer, Chris has won multiple awards and nominations including:

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Legal Training/Clerkship

  • Burtt Vlachos, Personal Injury Law, Florida
  • Best Koeppel, Maritime Personal Injury Law & Insurance Defense Law, New Orleans, LA

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama

Education

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Juris Doctor
Mississippi State University
B.B.A.
Major: Business Administration

Practice Areas

  • Offshore Maritime Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents, 18-wheeler accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents/Premises Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Class Action Lawsuit

Tough, Compassionate Advocacy for Personal Injury Victims

In the aftermath of a devastating accident that caused you serious injury or claimed the life of someone you love, it’s important to know your rights. If someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness directly contributed to your accident and subsequent injuries, you may be entitled to recover monetary compensation. This can include reimbursement for medical costs, loss of wages, future loss of earning capacity, permanent disfigurement or impairment, property damage, and pain and suffering.

At Pepper & Odom, P.C., we guide accident victims in Mississippi and Alabama through the personal injury claim process. Our goal is to help alleviate some of the emotional and financial burdens you currently face and may continue to face in the future.

Personal injury attorney Chris Odom has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies and can protect you from tactics they might use to devalue or reject your claim. He can put together a settlement demand once all of the damages and expenses related to your car accident are determined and will then attempt to negotiate directly with the at-fault’s insurer. He will always endeavor to pursue the maximum recovery available under the law. If negotiations fall through, he will aggressively litigate your case in court.

Don’t attempt to take on the insurance company alone. Making a strong and successful personal injury claim requires years of legal experience and up to date knowledge on personal injury laws and statutes. When you have a top-notch attorney like Chris Odom by your side, you can be confident that he will do everything he can to deliver a favorable outcome. Let him be your advocate and take on the insurance company while you focus on your recovery.

Offshore Maritime Accidents

Attorney Odom has spent a lot of time on lawsuits involving accidents and injuries on offshore oil rigs, accidents on ocean or river boats (vessels), barges (river or otherwise), cruise ship accidents, transportation vessel accidents porting in Mobile, AL, porting in Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana or Houston. Because Chris has always had quite a few family members who work offshore on oil rigs and vessels, he has spent a lot of time focusing on the representation of oil field and pipe line workers who travel from one state such as Alabama or Mississippi to another state such as Louisiana to board a vessel or fly out to an oil platform.

Motor Vehicle Accidents (Car, Motorcycle, Truck, Pedestrian)

Motorists injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Alabama or Mississippi know that the aftermath of an accident can be just as traumatic as the accident itself. The injuries can be painful and debilitating and the road to recovery can be long.

In order to ensure you have a viable personal injury claim, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after being in a motor vehicle wreck. In the interim, make sure you get the medical attention you need and notify your insurance company of the accident.

If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, do NOT agree to having your conversation be recorded. Simply state, that your attorney will be in touch with them. If you are presented with a settlement offer, do NOT take it. Chances are that the amount they are offering doesn’t take into account the full extent of your injuries and financial losses.

Attorney Chris Odom knows how to build a strong car accident claim from start to finish and will…

  • carefully examine all the facts and evidence in the case including reviewing the accident report prepared by law enforcement and speaking to any eyewitnesses;
  • reach out to the other driver’s insurer to open the lines of communication;
  • contact your own insurer to check policy coverage limits
  • speak with your health care providers to gain an in-depth understanding of what your injury, disability or physical limitation is, as well as future prognosis;
  • negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that is in line with the true costs of damages

Liability in Vehicle Collisions 

When a car accident is caused by someone else, you would generally seek compensation through the at-fault party’s insurance policy. Proving the fault or liability of the other driver is central to your potential for recovery. This can be a challenge because the at-fault driver will most likely try to pin some of the blame for the accident on you.

Motorists have a legal duty to operate their vehicles safely and to use reasonable care when encountering other drivers or pedestrians on the road. If that duty of care is breached — either by doing something that they shouldn’t have done (running a red light, speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol) or by failing to do something (failing to yield, stop for a pedestrian, turn lights on while driving at night) that person can be found negligent and liable for you injuries.

Alabama — “Contributory Negligence”

For car accident claims in Alabama, the state follows the “contributory negligence” doctrine when assigning fault. This means that if you were partly responsible for the accident, even as little as 1%, you could be barred from recovering compensation for your damages. This is a harsh rule but Attorney Odom will put forth the strongest argument he can to establish the other driver’s full culpability.

 Mississippi — “Pure Comparative Fault” 

For car accident claims in Mississippi, the state adheres to the comparative fault rule. This means that even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you are not precluded from recovering for your injuries. Instead, your recovery would be reduced by your degree of fault. For example, if the value of your car claim is $40,000 and it was determined that you were 20% at fault, your recovery would be $20,000.

Hit By an Uninsured Driver?

Alabama and Mississippi requires every registered vehicle to be covered by a liability insurance policy. Despite this mandatory requirement, 22% of drivers in Alabama are uninsured while 28% are uninsured in Mississippi.

If you were hit by an uninsured driver, you may be able to seek compensation under your own uninsured motorist insurance (UM) up to the limits of your policy (statutory minimum in Alabama and Mississippi is $25,000). Conversely, if the at-fault driver has insurance but not enough to cover your injuries, you can collect the available amount from their policy and then claim the rest from your own underinsured motorist coverage.

Dangers of Driving in Alabama and Mississippi

The roadways in Alabama and Mississippi are notoriously known for being crash prone. A recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that Alabama ranks #6 in the list of states with the most dangerous roads.  For every 100,000 residents in Alabama, there are 17.6 road deaths. In 2013 alone, 852 people lost their lives in vehicular crashes.

Alabama’s Most Dangerous Highways and Roads

  • Interstate 85 in Lee County & Montgomery County
  • Interstate 65 in Chilton County
  • Hwy 31
  • Hwy 280
  • I-459
  • I-65 with 45 accidents
  • 20/59 at Arkadelphia Road

In 2015, USA Today listed Mississippi as the 3rd most dangerous state for drivers, especially on rural roads.

Mississippi’s Most Dangerous Highways and Roads

  • I-20
  • I-55
  • I-59
  • Highway 3
  • Highway 61

 

Slip and Fall Accidents/Premises Liability

Did you slip, trip or fall because of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property? If so, you may be able to bring a slip and fall or premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Under Alabama and Mississippi law, property owners have an obligation to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards that could cause harm.

When dangerous hazards exist on private or residential property and the owner knows or should have known about the danger but failed to take the necessary steps to remedy or fix it, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

In a premises liability case, examples of negligence may include:

  • Wet or freshly waxed unmarked floors
  • Liquid spills, no warning sign or effort to clean up
  • Falling merchandise that was improperly stacked
  • Inadequate lighting in parking lots
  • Uneven walking surfaces, cracked concrete or cement, torn carpeting
  • Loose handrails
  • Untethered cords
  • Dog bites and attacks

Workers’ Compensation Claims

If you have been injured on the job or developed an occupational illness, you should not hesitate to inform your employer. You cannot be fired for reporting that you were hurt at work.

Workers’ compensation laws were designed to provide injured employees with compensation for medical care, rehabilitation services, and compensation for lost income (temporary disability, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability) in exchange for forfeiting the right to sue their employer. It also provides death benefits to surviving spouses and dependents.

If you were injured in Alabama, you will be facing a workers’ compensation system that offers some of the lowest benefit amounts in the country. In fact, in May 2017, a Jefferson County, Alabama Circuit Court Judge ruled the state’s law unconstitutional taking issue with the state’s $220-per-week cap on workers comp benefits — an amount that is below the poverty level and equal to about 26.4% of the state’s average weekly earnings, calculated to be $833.

Personal injury attorney Chris Odom is paying close attention to the legislative changes in the state and can let you know whether or not this will affect your case.

Medical Malpractice

Patients expect to receive quality care When a physician or healthcare provider fails to adhere to the standard of care established by the medical community and someone is injured or killed as a result, they may be held responsible. Attorney Chris Odom represents individuals and families who have needlessly and painfully suffered an injury or loss due to medical negligence or medical malpractice.

A medical malpractice suit can be brought against all types of medical providers licensed to practice in Alabama or Mississippi including but not limited to: physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, nurses, hospitals, anesthesiologists, neurologists, pediatricians, gynecologists, oncologists, cardiologists, chiropractors, and more.

Attorney Odom will carefully investigate the details surrounding the wrongful misconduct. Examples of medical negligence or medical malpractice may include

  • Surgical errors (unnecessary or incorrect surgery; leaving tools inside patient; operating on wrong part of body, etc)
  • Medication/prescription or pharmacy errors (prescribing wrong medication or dosage)
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Premature discharge
  • Bed sores