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.
July 1st, 2014|
The way of life we enjoy today would not be what it is without industrialization; however, the moves to gather and create a deeper pool of resources has come at the price of damaging the environment, and this puts us in harm’s way.
The extent of this damage was underestimated until a recent report was released by an environmental advocacy group, which shows 12. 3 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into Alabama’s waterways in a year’s time. Reports indicate this was the fourth largest release of toxins in the nation.
Experts explain Alabama was in the top quarter of states that had the highest release of harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer and other forms of Alabama environmental injury.
An article from Al.com points out that some of Alabama’s largest corporations are to blame for the high levels of pollution, including:
- ThyssenKrup Steel and Stainless Steel
- Georgia-Pacific Mills
- Huxford Pole and Timber Company
Researchers say that the Clean Water Act was put into place to prevent such pollution from occurring, but there seems to be a disconnect somewhere as little action is being taken to correct the problem.
In the meantime, the citizens of Alabama are the ones who are paying the price. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of toxic exposure to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately. The firm is here to help. Call (888) 318-4245 or complete a free online consultation form on our website.
May 27th, 2014|
There are countless dangers of environmental injury employees can face while on the job, depending on the line of work they are in. One of the most common risks though is exposure to toxic chemicals that are used at the job site, and one Alabama car part manufacturing plant is coming under fire for putting its workers in such a danger.
According to an article released by the Insurance Journal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating whether exposure to chemicals at the Renesol plant in Selma, Alabama, is responsible for the respiratory issues some 90 workers at the facility are reporting. They believe exposure to the chemical used in the car seat manufacturing process is responsible for their symptoms that resemble Asthma, which can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive coughing
- Intercostal retractions
- Rapid Pulse
- Chest Pains
- Decreased Alertness and confusion
Situations like this leave many workers wondering what rights they have to compensation for their health conditions, and the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that speaking with qualified legal representation about your case is the best way to make that determination.
Our legal staff is available anytime to discuss your questions and concerns by calling (888) 318-4245 or by completing an online consultation form on our website.
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.