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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.

 

Lawsuit Filed After Students Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals

by Staff Blogger | January 27th, 2015

Exposure to certain chemicals can result in victims suffering serious harm. That’s why the Birmingham environmental injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say a group of public school students have filed a lawsuit against the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Police Department, and several officers, stemming from their use of chemical sprays to control students.

The student claim that school resource officers frivolously used mace and pepper spray to get students to adhere to orders. In one case, a student who had been sexually assaulted and was four months pregnant was sprayed in an effort to get her to stop her inconsolable crying. This isn’t the only incident, though. According to The Huffington Post, as many as 300 students in the school district have been sprayed with pepper spray or mace since 2006, while another 1,250 are believed to have been exposed to toxic chemicals from the spray.

The school district has denied any wrongdoing and went on to state it would defend the actions of the officers and the policies of the school district.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know the dangers that can be associated with exposure to harmful chemicals. That’s why our team of Birmingham personal injury lawyers is hopeful a decision in this particular case will help bring closure to students and their families.

 

 

BP Oil Spill May Still Pose Environmental Dangers to Alabamans

by Staff Blogger | December 2nd, 2014

We use oil to run our cars, heat our homes, and manufacture many of the products we purchase. But when we are exposed to crude oil, it can put our health at risk and pose serious environmental dangers.

Crude oil is a dark yellow to black substance located in underground deposits. However, people may be exposed to the toxins in crude oil if work in the oil industry or if spills occur. Symptoms of crude oil exposure can include:

  • Irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Anemia
  • Burning of the skin and tissues

Many Alabamans may still be at risk of exposure to crude oil from the BP oil spill. An article from ABC 33/40 News reports that researchers have collected oil samples trapped in the sands of the state’s beaches as recently as August. They go on to explain that the trapped oil may present environmental dangers in the area for years—or even decades—into the future.

If you’ve been harmed as a result of exposure to oil from the BP spill, it’s important for you to know that help is available. You have legal rights and the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers want to help protect them. To learn more about what we can do for you, call our legal team anytime at (888) 318-4245.

Employees With Birmingham Company Face Charges in Colombian Environmental Accident

by Staff Blogger | 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.

 

Study Seeks BP Oil Spill Cleanup Participants

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Brown Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Fined for Safety Violations

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2012

Aug. 14, 2012

The citizens of northern Alabama and the surrounding area are concerned after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) cited the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for safety violations at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens. FOX 6 News reports the violation came after the power plant staff was unable to perform a safe emergency shutdown of the facility.

The NRC found that staff had not received adequate training in new procedures to perform a shutdown correctly, which could result in possible serious Alabama environmental injury to nearby citizens in the event of an emergency.

The violation comes about a year after the facility was cited by inspectors for a failed cooling valve to one of the reactors used to keep the tower from overheating in the event of an accident. The valve failure was caused by a manufacturing defect that went undetected.

The valve failure was the fifth serious infraction for the facility since 2001, while the most recent infraction for inability to shut down the reactors was less severe and listed as a “white” finding on the color-coded levels of severity.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who was ben negatively affected by exposure to toxins in their environment to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss possible legal options.