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Dangerous Levels of Asbestos Found in Children’s Toys

by Staff Blogger | July 28th, 2015

Exposure to asbestos is linked to a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma. As many as 25 million Americans were exposed to Asbestos between 1940 and 1970. Many citizens are still exposed to the substance today, as few laws regulate the use of asbestos.

The latest risk of exposure comes from children’s toys. According to Asbestos Nation, researchers found asbestos fibers in crayons and crime scene toys manufactured in China. Environmental Working Group, a safety watchdog group, purchased and tested the toys between February and May through three nationwide retailers.

Of the 28 types of crayons that were tested, four were found to contain asbestos. Researchers also showed that two of the 21 fingerprint kits contained asbestos as well. As many as one million fibers of toxic asbestos were found in each of the positive tests.

If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help you to answer any legal questions you may have regarding these rights. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 477-7510.

VA Disability Benefits Offered to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

by Staff Blogger | July 14th, 2015

A large number of Air Force reservists were exposed to the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange during Vietnam War era. For decades, many of those individuals have been fighting to get the veterans’ disability benefits they need. The Birmingham veterans disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that battle will be over soon though, as the U.S. government has announced they will be offering benefits to certain soldiers exposed to Agent Orange.

An article from U.S. News & World Report says that between 1969-1986, more than 2,100 Air Force reservists working aboard C-123 aircraft were exposed to unspecified amounts of Agent Orange. The federal government had denied the exposure for decades, but recently agreed as much as $47.5 million in benefits to these vets over the next ten years.

Exposure to Agent Orange has been linked to numerous health conditions, including certain cancers, respiratory conditions, and diabetes.

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are encouraged to file for benefits as soon as possible. If  you’re having trouble getting your veterans disability benefits, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers may be able to help. Give us a call at (800) 477-7510 for a free initial consultation.

Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers Look at Metalworking Fluid Health Risks

by Staff Blogger | May 5th, 2015

The manufacturing industry is a crucial part of Alabama’s economy, accounting for more than 252,000 jobs. Despite producing a large portion of our state’s jobs, workers are sometimes put in harm’s way by exposure to toxic substances, such as metalworking fluids.

Metalworking fluids are oils or other water-soluble fluids used to reduce heat or friction during metal fabrication processes. These fluids can also be used to remove metal particles from finished products.

The problem with these fluids is that workers can become ill if they are exposed to the substances. Just a few of the most common metalworking fluid health risks include:

  • Numerous types of cancers
  • Occupational asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Dermatitis

These risks are why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommend exposure to metalworking fluids be limited to no more than 0.4 milligrams of metal working fluid aerosols per cubic meter of air as an average concentration during 10-hour stretches of a 40-hour work week.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped workers exposed to metalworking fluids, and we are here to assist you if you’ve been injured. Call our Birmingham personal injury attorneys to discuss your rights to compensation by dialing (800) 477-7510 today.

Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers Discuss The Prevention of Teenage Drunk Driving

by Staff Blogger | April 14th, 2015

Spring is in the air in Alabama, and for many of our state’s young people, it’s time to hit the road to go to prom, spring break, and graduation. Unfortunately, these trips all too often end with motor vehicle collisions. The Birmingham car accident lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one of the most common—and preventable—causes of these crashes is drinking and driving.

Data from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility shows roughly 20 percent of Alabama teens reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, while approximately 12 percent admitted to binge drinking during that time. This behavior is why almost 20 percent of all Alabama car accident fatalities involving individuals under age 21 are the result of drinking and driving.

To help combat the problem, officials at one local Alabama high school are putting on the “Every 15 Minutes” program. The name of the campaign stems from a statistic that states a teen dies as the result of drunk driving every 15 minutes.

According to ABC 33/40 News, the names of certain juniors and seniors at Chelsea High School will be called out on Thursday morning. These individuals will be pulled from class only to return later as a sort of “walking dead” student. They will have their faces painted and will be unable to interact with other students throughout the coming days.

Then, participating students will witness a mock crash scene and the subsequent trial that follows for the student who caused the accident.

Drunk driving accidents are devastating and our legal staff applaud efforts to prevent the behavior. But our Birmingham personal injury lawyers also know that bringing an end to drunk driving begins with each and every one of us. So we would like to encourage you to do your part in the fight against drunk driving by promising to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Instead, call a taxi, friend, or family member to get you home safely.

 

 

Alabama Advocacy Group Visits D.C. to Fight for Veterans’ Rights

by Staff Blogger | March 17th, 2015

United States military service members are entitled to certain benefits and services for defending our country. One of these programs is veterans disability benefits. However, hundreds of thousands of veterans are struggling as they await decisions on their claims. Some veterans wait months, years, and in some cases, decades to receive an approval or denial.

Luckily, a group of Alabama veterans are fighting for the rights of their brothers and sisters in arms as part of American Veterans’ (AMVETS) “Storm The Hill” campaign. They recently visited Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about the issues many soldiers and veterans face today.

An article from The News-Courier stated the group dropped off packages of literature regarding the need for VA healthcare reform at the offices of seven Alabama representatives and our state’s two senators. AMVETS also advocated to end discrimination against veterans in the workplace.

While the group did not speak to lawmakers face to face, plans were made for an opportunity in the near future.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the daily struggles many veterans face in overcoming illnesses and injuries related to their service to our country. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful AMVETS recent visit to Washington, D.C. was effective in raising awareness about the issues affecting veterans today.

Many Alabama Car Accident Fatalities Caused by Not Using Seatbelts

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Settlement Reached in 111 Transvaginal Mesh Failure Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | February 17th, 2015

Thousands of women have been harmed as the result of transvaginal mesh implants to treat certain medical conditions. Now, it seems as though those individuals are beginning to receive the compensation through vaginal mesh failure lawsuit settlements.

One of the most recent settlements is between manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, and 111 patients harmed by the company’s Mentor ObTape Transobturator Sling. According to an article from drugwatch, the financial terms of the settlement are not currently being disclosed.

The settlement will lay to rest the case that had been condensed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and comes on the heels of the company reaching settlements in several other cases in Sept. and Oct. 2014.

Throughout the legal proceedings, Johnson & Johnson maintains their medical devices are safe for use, despite having pulled the products from the market in 2006.

There are still hundreds of transvaginal mesh failure cases pending decisions.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we hope the settlements reached in these transvaginal mesh failure cases will help bring closure to the patients affected. Our Birmingham personal injury lawyers would also encourage anyone who has suffered an injury as the result of a transvaginal mesh failure to consider speaking with a qualified attorney.

Problems With the Veterans Disability Benefits System Can Affect Your Claim

by Staff Blogger | November 25th, 2014

The men and women who serve in our military are often entitled to veterans’ disability benefits if they suffer from a service-connected disability. However, the system used to determine who gets benefits hasn’t been updated in decades, which has led to issues in recent years.

According to the L.A. Times, one of the most serious problems is the way an individual’s disability rating is determined. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) looks at each case to decide the veteran’s level of disability. The issue is that there are no real standards, which may allow veterans suffering from less severe disabilities to receive higher disability ratings than veterans with more severe injuries or illnesses.

Another problem is that many of the veterans who are now considered disabled never served during a time of combat. In fact, a majority of disability recipients served during peacetime.

Still others say the issue is the types of injuries that are being considered disabling. While less than 20 percent of disabled veterans are wheelchair-bound, tinnitus—a hearing condition—is the most common disabling condition among veterans, accounting for 373,673 claims.

So what does this mean to a veteran who’s been injured? With the system facing scrutiny, it may be wise to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys can help you apply for veterans’ disability benefits. Call (888) 318-4245 today to discuss your case.

SSA Announces 1.7 Percent Increase In Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff Blogger | November 18th, 2014

If you’re medical condition is preventing you from working, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. However, it’s important to remember that these payments may only be a fraction of the wages you once earned. That’s why many recipients are excited to hear they will receive a bump in benefit payments in 2015.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2015 will result in a 1.7 increase in benefit payments to disabled and retired Americans. The COLA is determined by measuring the rate of inflation recorded on the goods and services we use each day.

So what does the COLA mean to the average recipient? Officials say the increase should result in each recipient getting a raise of around $20 per month. While this may seem like a significant increase, it’s important to remember that Social Security Disability benefits are taxable and that rate was raised by 1.3 percent for next year as well, which will likely take a large portion of the increase.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest taking the following steps to help maximize your benefits:

  • Regularly Check Your Earned Benefits– Mistakes can be made by the SSA and a mistake in your earned benefits could prevent you from being fairly compensated. So it’s important to ensure all of your earned income is included in your earnings statements from the agency.
  • Speak With an Attorney– A lawyer will be able to help you pinpoint exactly what is needed to successfully argue on behalf of your legal right to compensation.

Upcoming Seminar Offers Assistance With Alabama Veterans’ Disability Claims

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2014

Thousands of former members of our nation’s armed forces are in need of financial and medical disability benefits. Yet, many wait years—or even decades—for the care and support they so desperately need.

To help citizens of Alabama get the veterans disability benefits, one organization known as Assisted Senior Benefits will soon be holding a seminar to help elderly veterans get the benefits they are entitled to. Reports indicate the seminar will take place on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Winfield and on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Hamilton.

According to an article from Al.com, volunteers will help elderly veterans complete the paperwork and documentation that’s needed to apply for veterans benefits. Experts say veterans may qualify for as much as $2,000 a month in payments.

Those who are interested in attending one of the events is encouraged to reserve a spot. This can be achieved by calling (205) 487-1180 to attend the Winfield event or by dialing (205) 921-0083 to sign up for the Hamilton event.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers understand the struggles that can accompany filing for veterans disability benefits. That’s why we encourage any veterans struggling to receive benefits to consider attending this upcoming event.