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Birmingham Attorneys Discuss $1.2 Million in Alabama Highway Safety Grants

by Staff Blogger | October 13th, 2015

Preventing motor vehicle accidents is a top priority in Alabama. That’s why the Birmingham car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers are excited to learn that the state will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve highway safety.

Northwest Georgia News reports that the funds will be used to support campaigns to address speeding, drunk driving, and seat belt use. The grants will also provide the money necessary to pay officers overtime during campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” or sobriety checkpoints.

The funding is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be distributed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

While these campaigns will help raise awareness about safety on the road, preventing accidents starts with choices made behind the wheel. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers encourage you to take these steps towards vehicle safety:

  • Buckle Up– Wearing a seat belt will reduce your chances of injury or death in the event of an accident, so make sure you wear one. Also, wear a seat belt across the shoulder and lap to avoid injuries.
  • Drive Sober- Alcohol is involved in roughly one-third of all fatal Alabama car accidents. That’s why you should never drink and drive. Instead, call a safe and sober ride to get you home.
  • Slow Down- Speeding is another leading cause of serious motor vehicle collisions. Obey posted speed limits along the roads you’re traveling.

 

 

New Campaign Aims to Reduce Alabama Car Accident Totals

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2015

There are many factors that can cause a car accident to occur, and many are preventable—such as driving under the influence and being distracted while behind the wheel.

The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain these driving behaviors can become more prevalent around certain holidays, including Labor Day weekend. That’s why law enforcement will be ramping up their efforts to promote safety across the state.

According to WHNT 19 News, the “Hands Across The Border” campaign will partner Tennessee and Alabama law enforcement agencies in high visibility patrols. Troopers and officers will be watching for drivers who are speeding, not using their seat belts, and who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign launched on Aug. 21 and will continue through Labor Day weekend, which ends on Sept. 7.

Officials say it’s important that law enforcement continue to work to improve highway safety, and there have been an additional 1,500 crashes reported compared to last year.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the devastating results unsafe driving can have on numerous lives. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new campaign helps remind drivers to stay safe behind the wheel.

Camp Lejeune Veterans May Now Qualify for Disability Benefits

by Staff Blogger | August 18th, 2015

For more than 30 years, the water at a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina was contaminated with toxic chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals resulted in many soldiers and veterans developing serious health conditions.

The Birmingham veterans’ disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that over the span of three decades, many of those  affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have moved all across the country. But now, these individuals may soon qualify for the veterans’ disability benefits they have struggled to receive.

The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced the agency will begin reforming the way benefits are distributed to service members harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Under the previous rules, veterans filing claims related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune had to have their case examined by special experts. As a result, only one in 20 claims received approval. Now, claims will no longer have to go through this step, and 15 different illnesses can be linked to the water at the base.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful these reforms can quickly put benefits into the hands of veterans who are most in need.

 

What You Need to Know About Xarelto® Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 24th, 2015

After a heart attack or stroke, patients may be susceptible to blood clots that further endanger their lives. To help combat these risks, doctors may prescribe anti-coagulants, such as Xarelto®. However, it’s important for patients to be made aware of the risks associated with taking this particular drug.

Researchers have shown taking Xarelto can significantly increase a patient’s risk of suffering an uncontrollable bleeding event. In fact, a large number of patients have suffered Xarelto® drug injuries, which has prompted action to be taken.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to reduce drug injury risks by updating warning labels on the outside Xarelto packaging. For victims of Xarelto drug injuries, this move came too late, which is why many have filed lawsuits seeking damages for their injuries.

So many Xarelto drug injury lawsuits have been filed in recent years that the courts have consolidated the cases into multidistrict litigation. This allows for several of the most serious cases to be heard. Then, those results are used to determine the outcomes of other cases across the country.

If you’ve suffered a Xarelto drug injury, it’s not too late to file a complaint. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers suggest speaking with an attorney before filing such a claim. Doing so can help ensure your legal rights to compensation are protected at all times.

Alabama Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Importance of the “Move Over” Law

by Staff Blogger | January 20th, 2015

Laws are in placebto keep everyone on our Alabama’s highways safe. However, it seems as though many motorists are failing to abide by a regulation—known as the “Move Over” law—designed to protect emergency workers and responders, which increases the probability of serious Alabama car accidents.

The “Move Over” law requires that all traffic move one lane over from all stopped emergency vehicles that have their lights activated on highways with four or more lanes. If moving over is unsafe, motorists are expected to slow down to at least 15 mph under the posted speed limit.

WAFF News explains that on smaller roadways—like those with only two lanes—drivers are expected to slow down to 15 mph below the speed limit and to also move over as far as possible in the road without crossing into oncoming lanes. If the speed limit on the road you are traveling is 20 mph or less, you should simply get over as far as possible while traveling no faster than 10 mph

Despite these rules, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says officers and troopers see drivers fail to adhere to the regulations “on a regular basis.”

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers encourage all motorists to keep our state’s “Move Over” laws in mind to help keep emergency responders safe.

New FDA Branch Aims to Improve Drug Quality and Safety

by Staff Blogger | January 13th, 2015

Laws regulate the testing procedures medications bound for the U.S. marketplace must undergo to ensure safety. However, overseeing these regulations with a limited staff has proven daunting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in recent years. That’s why the agency launched the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality to help reduce drug injury numbers.

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society reports that the FDA announced the creation of the office in 2012, but it took several years for the organization to come to fruition. Two of the main tasks the office has clearly stated it plans to address are shortages in drug manufacturing and a lack of modernization in manufacturing techniques, the latter of which could significantly improve drug safety in the United States.

The new branch is now responsible for approving or denying more than 10,000 drug applications each year and could bring predictability in the approval process to drug manufacturers.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the dangers taking certain medications can pose. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new system is a success.

Decisions Reached in Transvaginal Mesh Failure Cases

by Staff Blogger | December 30th, 2014

Vaginal mesh has been implanted into approximately 70,000 women in 2010 alone—but reports indicate many patients have experienced complications that have prompted lawsuits against medical device manufacturers.

Reports of transvaginal mesh failure injuries began to arise shortly after the product was introduced to the market in 2009. By 2011, companies began to pull units from shelves after women claimed the product had eroded inside their bodies, causing the tearing of tissues, laceration of organs, and extreme pain.

Thousands of women pursued legal action against the manufacturers of these defective medical devices, and decisions are beginning to be reached in these cases. According to The Legal Examiner, a Texas court ruled one manufacturer should pay a victim $73 million in damages, and similar decisions were recently reached in Florida and West Virginia.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers are glad to see legal action being taken against the makers of defective medical products, and they are here to help if you’ve been harmed by transvaginal mesh. Call our legal team today at (888) 318-4245 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Tips for Avoiding Alabama Car Accidents This Holiday Season

by Staff Blogger | December 23rd, 2014

Christmas is this week. And while it’s a day for celebrating, many will be traveling to visit friends and family. This increase in traffic volume around the holidays leads to an increase in Alabama car accidents.

Reports indicate researchers from the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety crunched accident numbers collected over the last ten years using a piece of technology known as Critical Analysis Reporting Environment—or CARE. They found Alabama car accident totals were 18 percent higher at Christmas than the total number of crashes recorded during Thanksgiving. Furthermore, accident totals around Christmas were as much as 27 percent greater than the New Year’s Day accident count.

These numbers may leave you wondering what you can do to stay safe on Alabama’s roads and highways this holiday season. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest:

  • Avoiding Alcohol if You’re Driving– If you’ve consumed alcohol or any other substance that could impair judgment, use a cab or designated driver to get home safely.
  • Being Prepared– Know the traffic and road conditions along the route you plan to travel. Also, be sure and pack emergency supplies, such as food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone.
  • Obeying The Law- Eliminate distractions prior to driving, obey the speed limit and traffic signs, and buckle up.

We are hopeful these tips help you and your loved ones to have happy and safe travels during the holiday season!

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.

Alabama Veterans Struggling for Benefits Related to Toxic Exposure

by Staff Blogger | September 30th, 2014

Many conditions can leave our nation’s veterans with disabilities. However, many illnesses and injuries take years to develop. And unfortunately, the longer a service member waits to apply for disability benefits, the higher the likelihood their veterans’ disability benefits claim may be denied.

Take the cases of thousands of Alabama veterans struggling with their health after exposure to toxic chemicals on a military base here in the state.

According to an article from FOX News, Fort McClellan was the home of our nation’s chemical, biological, and radiological weapons program. Unfortunately, many of the soldiers and staff stationed at the facility have become ill with serious medical conditions—including cancer and infertility—since their time serving in the military.

While the federal government has denied any wrongdoing in the past, victims claim they were exposed to toxic chemicals while working at the facility. They seem to be gaining support as well, considering several laws protecting the rights of these victims are currently being examined by legislators.

The first bill would establish a research facility to focus of diagnosing and treating health conditions suffered by descendents of veterans who suffered toxic exposure. The second aims to create a registry of those who worked at Fort McClellan during the years exposure occurred and offering participants information regarding the effects of chemical exposure.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the struggles many veterans face while applying for benefits, and our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys can help in appealing a decision if your claim was denied in the past.

To learn about how we can help, call us today at (888) 318-4245.