July 28th, 2015|
Exposure to asbestos is linked to a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma. As many as 25 million Americans were exposed to Asbestos between 1940 and 1970. Many citizens are still exposed to the substance today, as few laws regulate the use of asbestos.
The latest risk of exposure comes from children’s toys. According to Asbestos Nation, researchers found asbestos fibers in crayons and crime scene toys manufactured in China. Environmental Working Group, a safety watchdog group, purchased and tested the toys between February and May through three nationwide retailers.
Of the 28 types of crayons that were tested, four were found to contain asbestos. Researchers also showed that two of the 21 fingerprint kits contained asbestos as well. As many as one million fibers of toxic asbestos were found in each of the positive tests.
If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help you to answer any legal questions you may have regarding these rights. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 477-7510.
July 15th, 2014|
Employers have a responsibility to protect the health of their workers, and failures to do so may result in victims filing lawsuits.
Such an Alabama environmental injury case is building as workers at an auto parts manufacturing plant come forward with an assortment of respiratory ailments.
According to an article from NBC News, a worker developed a cough in 2013 and was diagnosed with Asthma. Eight other workers and three former employees at the facility are also suffering from similar conditions.
The workers believe a chemical used in the manufacturing of foam car seats is to blame for their poor health, and testing has confirmed their exposure. But while experts agree this could be the cause of the workers’ health issues, no action is being taken to reduce the risk of chemical exposure in the factory. Furthermore, the injured workers are now struggling to receive the care and compensation they need for their injuries.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the serious risks associated with environmental hazards at work. That’s why we encourage injured workers to get in touch with an Alabama personal injury attorney to ensure their legal rights to compensation are protected. Our legal team can be reached anytime by calling (888) 318-4245.
February 4th, 2014|
People around the world are dependent on fossil fuels, but transporting, refining, and manufacturing fuels can cause harm to the environment and nearby citizens.
The Birmingham Environmental Danger Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that four employees from a Birmingham-based company are facing charges in connection with a coal mining accident in Colombia last year. Reports indicate Colombian Chief Prosecutor, Eduardo Montealegre, made the announcement.
According to an article released by the Birmingham Business Journal, the charges stem from a Jan. 2013 incident, in which a barge owned by the company was transporting massive amounts of coal along the Caribbean coast when the ship began to take on water. In an effort to avoid the barge sinking, tons of coal was dumped into the ocean. The result was an environmental disaster that cost the company $3.5 million in fines and changed coal export transportation oversight rules.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the serious harm exposure to a toxic environment can cause and are hopeful to see a fair resolution reached in this case.
August 13th, 2013|
August 13, 2013
Contamination of the Tombigbee River in Mobile has been linked to leaking chemicals, such as the insecticide DDT, from the BASF Corp. plant in McIntosh. As a result, BASF has agreed to pay $5 million to decontaminate the river. Reports indicate the payment has no effect on the numerous cases of Alabama Environmental Injury filed in connection with the spill.
According to Al.com, a lawsuit is pending in Washington County Circuit Court filed on behalf of approximately 100 residents living near the plant that claim their land has been devalued due to contamination. Another lawsuit was filed four years ago, resulting in more than 250 residents of the area receiving confidential settlements for their damages.
DDT is a highly toxic chemical used in the 1970s. Legislators banned the product due to health risks it posed to anyone who was exposed.
Now, the money provided by BASF will be used to restore the affected watershed to a stable state. A total of $3.2 million will be used to restore the Mobile Bay watershed, and another $1.3 million will be used for reimbursements. Another $500,000 will go towards conservation programs.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating effects environmental contamination can have. The firm is here to help anyone who has become the victim of an environmental injury.
December 11th, 2012|
Dec. 11, 2012
Millions of Americans may be exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis in their own homes. Alabama Public Radio reports that household furniture commonly contains flame-retardants proven to be harmful to a person’s health.
A study published by Environmental Science and Technology found that 85 percent of the couches that researchers tested contained at least one flame retardant, with many having been treated with either penta-BDE’s or TDCPP. Both chemicals are carcinogenic and may lead to Birmingham environmental injuries such as thyroid dysfunction and lowered sperm quality.
Another study found flame-retardants in the dust of 75 percent of the homes tested.
The chemicals are used to treat furniture because of a California law requiring couches to be capable of resisting small open flames.
This recent research has caused California to reconsider the law. However, it does little to protect those who already have furniture containing the toxins in their homes. Experts say the best way to limit exposure is to dust and vacuum using equipment with HEPA filters on a regular basis.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know that a toxic exposure injury can cause lasting effects on a person’s life, and the firm suggests discussing your legal rights with a qualified attorney if you have been harmed by contact with a harmful substance.
October 9th, 2012|
Oct. 9, 2012
Officials with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have stated that anyone who helped in the BP oil spill cleanup several years ago has until Dec. 31, 2012, to participate in a study gauging its health impact. An article from Al.com says the study will be the largest of its kind in history.
Approximately 35,000-40,000 individuals, whose role in the cleanup ranged from a day on the beach to weeks of spreading Corexit on the water, are expected to take part in the study. Researchers say the aim of the study is to determine if exposure to oil or chemicals during the cleanup process are potentially responsible for a Birmingham environmental injury or other health conditions.
These patients will have their physical and mental health monitored over a period of as much as 10-years to determine if cleanup of the oil spill can be linked to any emerging health conditions.
Subjects who are selected to take part will be subject to collection of blood, urine, hair, and toenail clippings. They are also expected to supply a sample of dust from the home as well as physical measurements like blood pressure.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who took part in the cleanup of the BP oil spill to look into participating in the research, as it could potentially save lives.
August 19th, 2010|
Everyone wants the quickest fix possible for the Gulf oil spill and all the damage people, animals, and the environment have suffered. However, no matter how quickly the spill is remedied, the effects of the spill may be far-reaching, WKRG reports.
Alabama environmental dangers resulting from the Gulf oil spill were felt immediately; it has been discussed that it may take years and years for the land, water, and animals to recover. However, people could also suffer Alabama environmental injuries up to six years after the spill.
Alabama environmental injuries to people as a result of the spill include problems with lungs, kidneys, liver, mental strain, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.
Have you suffered an Alabama environmental injury? Tell the Alabama environmental injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers about your loss. Let them help you.
June 17th, 2010|
The tragic Gulf oil spill has undoubtedly left many people and animals in desperate situations. With oil continuously gushing into the Gulf, officials are of course concerned about seafood contamination and the risk for environmental injuries as a result.
However, according to NBC13, officials have deemed Alabama’s seafood safe to eat and Alabama environmental injuries as a result of consuming the food is not a concern.
President Obama declared Alabama seafood safe and stated that measures would continue to insure its safety so that citizens do not suffer Alabama environmental injuries due to seafood consumption.
Though Alabama seafood may not be a risk for Alabama environmental injuries, there are plenty of other risks as a result of the Gulf oil spill.
Have you suffered Alabama environmental injuries related to the Gulf oil spill or other environmental hazard? Tell the Alabama environmental injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers. They can help you.
May 13th, 2010|
While oil companies are still pointing the finger of blame, workers along the Gulf are trying to prevent Alabama environmental problems, according to FOX10.
Workers are trying to preserve “pristine habitat” along Mobile Bay by deploying containment boom. So far workers have not seen the oil sheen or globs of oil that others have spotted, a hopeful sign of their efforts to avoid Alabama environmental problems.
The goal is to avoid Alabama environmental disasters as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf, disasters that could result in the destruction of wildlife habitats.
What do you think about the oil spill? Who is to blame? How do you think oil spills can be prevented in the future?
Have you suffered injury as a result of Alabama environmental problems? If so, let the Alabama environmental dangers lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers know.
April 22nd, 2010|
April is a time for earth and environmental awareness. Many businesses and organizations are encouraging consumers to do their part to curb environmental dangers, and recycling is just one of those efforts.
According to the Shelby County Reporter, a new recycling center is set to open and will facilitate the recycling of all kinds. The school system will even be allowed to use the center to teach students about Alabama environmental dangers and how to help.
Recycling helps reduce the environmental dangers of landfills and other methods of eliminating waste and allows us to use old products to make new ones. The center hopes to reduce Alabama environmental dangers through recycling.
What are you doing to help the environment? Are you concerned about Alabama environmental dangers associated with waste disposal? Have you been the victim of an injury due to Alabama environmental dangers? Let the Alabama environmental danger lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers know.