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The Dangers of Toxic Exposure at Fort McClellan

by Staff Blogger | September 15th, 2015

The soldiers who serve our country face many dangers in the line of duty. However, one of the most dangerous and unrecognized hazards service members may face is exposure to harmful substances. Whether it’s radiation, bio hazardous materials, or toxic chemicals, the Birmingham environmental injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers say it’s important to warn our veterans of the health risks they may be facing if they served at Fort McClellan here in Alabama.

Fort McClellan was a U.S. Army installation constructed in 1917. The facility was closed in 1999, but many toxic chemicals were present during the years leading up to the base’s decommission. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has identified three common potential health hazards soldiers serving at Fort McClellan may face, including exposure to radioactive compounds and chemical warfare agents.

Another hazard soldiers stationed at Fort McClellan faced came from the Monsanto chemical plant located just down the road from the base. Data indicates harmful polychlorinated biphenyls were released into the air from the plant, causing harm to those stationed at the base.

Veterans who experience adverse health events as a result of toxic exposure at Fort McClellan may be eligible to receive veterans disability benefits. However, getting approved for benefits can be complicated. That’s why the legal team at Norris Injury Lawyers suggests speaking with a legal representative if your claim for veterans disability benefits has been denied in the past.

 

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Defective GM Ignition Switch

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2014

The General Motors Corporation (GM) has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months regarding their lack of action to correct problems discovered with ignition switches installed in certain vehicle models. These defects led to crashes that have injured hundreds and left as many as 19 people dead.

Victims and their families have responded to the reports by filing civil lawsuits, including an Alabama wrongful death case filed in March 2014 against GM and Delphi Automotive—the company that supplied the faulty ignition switches to GM.

According to reports from The Jamestown Sun, the fatal crash occurred in December 2013 when the 32-year-old driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lost control of the vehicle, crashed, and died. Investigators determined electrical problems were likely a contributing factor.

The victim’s father filed an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit three months later, alleging that the companies failed to ensure the safety of its vehicles. Since that time, GM has established a trust fund to reimburse those affected by the faulty parts.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Alabama personal injury attorneys knows how difficult it can be to lose a loved one unexpectedly. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the crash victim.

Students Call for Roadway Changes Following Fatal Alabama Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2013

May 14, 2013

Following an Alabama Auto Accident that left a 17-year-old girl dead and her sister seriously injured, the teens’ peers are beginning to pressure state lawmakers to make changes to the intersection where the accident occurred.

Reports indicate that on the morning of April 30, the victims pulled out of a gas station near Alabama Highways 157 and 101. As the vehicle entered the roadway, it was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The impact of the collision almost instantly claimed the young driver’s life. Meanwhile, the deceased driver’s sister was left seriously injured. She was rushed to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

In the wake of the accident, students who attend the same school as the victims have begun a campaign aimed at improving the intersection where the crash occurred. Every student at the school is writing a letter to state lawmakers explaining their position of wanting the changes made to the intersection. One student even started a petition to be signed.

According to 48 News, the students are not only calling for a traffic signal to replace a flashing caution light at the intersection, they are also asking that the speed limit be dropped on the highway.

The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers understand how devastating a loss of a life to a car accident can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the students are successful in their mission to make the intersection safer for everyone.