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Many Alabama Car Accident Fatalities Caused by Not Using Seatbelts

by Norris Injury Lawyers | February 24th, 2015

Studies have shown a majority of Alabama’s citizens consider highway safety to be a top priority. But data indicates that many drivers and passengers who have perished in Alabama car accidents failed to properly restrain themselves with seatbelts prior to the crash.

According to al.com, there were a total of 255 deaths on Alabama highways where lack of seatbelt use was considered to be a contributing factor in the victim’s death in 2014—more than 60 percent of all the Alabama highway fatalities that year.

These numbers seem consistent with what we are seeing this year. Troopers say that an estimated 79 percent of Alabama’s highway deaths have listed failure to use a seatbelt as a contributing factor.

The state is working to reduce the number of roadway deaths through the “Drive Safe Alabama” program, which focuses on educating drivers of all ages about the dangers and risks they face on the road.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know how dangerous riding in a vehicle without using seatbelts can be. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers encourage you to be a role model to others by buckling up every time you drive.

3 Reasons To Hire An Attorney When Applying For Social Security Disability

by Norris Injury Lawyers | June 10th, 2014

Anyone who is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition and who meets the eligibility requirements of the Social Security Disability system may have a right to benefits; however, being approved for such assistance can sometimes prove difficult, considering the latest number show Social Security Disability ratings are at a low.

Data collected from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Workload Data on Disability Appeals indicates that in 2008, the SSA had a disability approval rating of 36 percent. By 2013, that number had plummeted three points to 33 percent. Cases that went into the hearing stage saw an even more dramatic decline in approval ratings, going from 63 percent in 2008 to a mere 48 percent in 2013.

These numbers are proof that having quality legal representation by your side during the claims process is crucial. At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys explains there are several areas where having a lawyer will prove beneficial, including:

  • Timely Processing of a Claim– An attorney will be able to quickly identify if you are eligible for benefits and can streamline the paperwork and processes of applying for such benefits.
  • Cutting Wait Times– Hiring a lawyer can help ensure your paperwork is completed correctly the first time, eliminating the need for corrections in order for your case to move forward. This can also lead to decisions on a claim being made faster.
  • Having An Expert By Your Side– With an attorney, you will have legal expertise to guide you through each step of the claims process, including appeals and trials if necessary.

 

Health Risks Associated With Metalworking Fluids

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 29th, 2014

There are numerous health risks that employees can be exposed to on the job, but one of the most recently discovered dangers comes from metalworking fluids.

These substances are used for many purposes, but some of the most common include cutting, lubricating, or protecting metal tools and parts. The metalworking fluid health risks come from toxins in the products that can be absorbed into the body when inhaled or touched. Inhalation of these products can result in several serious conditions, including:

  • Sinonasal cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Myeloid leukemia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Occupational asthma

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that employees who work in the vicinity of aerosols to limit their exposure to no more than .5 milligrams per cubic meter of air for no longer than 10-hours a day during a 40-hour work week. These recommendations come despite workers suffering serious health conditions as a result of exposure to lower levels of these toxins. The CDC also recommends workers wear protective layers, such as gloves, aprons, masks, and eye protection when working with these chemicals.

Many workers are left asking what they should do if they have already been harmed by exposure to metalworking fluids. The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would urge these individuals to speak with a reputable attorney as soon as possible to discuss their legal rights.

List of Social Security Disability Compassionate Allowances Is Expanded

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 21st, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of United States citizens are awaiting decisions on their Social Security Disability (SSD) claims. Many of these individuals have been waiting months, or even years, for decisions to be reached. The Birmingham Social Security Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain there may be an option for some individuals to have their claims decisions expedited.

Compassionate Allowances are a list of conditions that qualify SSD claims to be streamlined, meaning claimants suffering from these conditions can have decisions on their cases in a matter of weeks. Officials say the process allows those most in need of assistance to receive benefits in a timely manner. This is vital, considering many of the patients suffering from many of the conditions on the compassionate allowance list do not expect to live longer than one year.

In an effort to ensure the program is available for all of those who are in dire need of assistance, the Social Security Administration recently expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include 25 new diseases and ailments.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the actions being taken to help the most seriously disabled and are hopeful the efforts are a success!

 

 

Survey Sheds Light on Legal Malpractice Claims

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 18th, 2012

Sept. 18, 2012

A recently released American Bar Association (ABA) study showed that real estate transactions made up the bulk of claims filed in Legal Malpractice Law.

According to Bloomberg BNA, the data, collected from 2008 to 2011, was presented this month at the ABA’s Fall 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference.

The study examined 53,000 claims submitted from 20 different malpractice liability insurers and found real estate claims represented 20 percent of the total. Plaintiff’s personal injury ranked second with more than 15 percent of the total, while family law was responsible for approximately 12 percent of claims filed.

Estate and trust claims, along with bankruptcy and collections, each represented roughly 10 percent of the remaining complaints. These two types of claims, despite representing the lowest percentages, saw a tremendous spike since 2008. Many experts say that the shift can be blamed on the downturn of the housing market around 2007.

Researchers behind the study hope the data can be put to work in future claims prevention programs.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe representing a client’s needs should always be a top priority when working a case, and they are here to help you if a law firm’s errors caused you to suffer.