environmental injury

Dust From Toxic Coal Ash Affecting Alabama Citizens

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2014

Our everyday lives require electrical power, and much of it is supplied by power plants that burn coal. What many people may not realize is that the coal  burned at these plants can create toxic ash that can find it’s way into air and water, causing poisonous pollution that affects humans, plants, and animals.

Environmental injuries due to toxic exposure to coal ash began coming to light several years ago when millions of gallons of the waste was spilled into several rivers in the south. Federal and state officials created a clean up plan and developed strategies to keep toxins from finding their way into water. However, citizens living in areas where the ash was dumped have experienced health issues.

Take the case of Uniontown, Alabama. According to a release from Southern Studies, the city is the site of the landfill where coal ash from an ash spill in Tennessee gets transported. Residents say the dust from the ash being dumped is not only stripping the paint off cars, but could be doing more harm inside their lungs and bodies. They add that respiratory problems, nausea, headaches, and dizziness have all become common among the town’s citizens since the dumping began.

If you suspect you are the victim of an environmental injury, it may be wise to speak with a Birmingham personal injury lawyer regarding your situation. At Norris Injury Lawyers, we are available anytime to speak with you about your legal rights. Call us anytime at (888) 318-4245.

OSHA Investigating Selma Plant Due To Reports of Environmental Injury

by Staff Blogger | 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
  • Wheezing
  • 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.

Health Risks Associated With Metalworking Fluids

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Alabama auto accident slows traffic

by nil | October 7th, 2008

October 07, 2008

The Huntsville Times reported that an Alabama car accident on the interstate left victims with minor injuries.

The vehicle involved in the Alabama auto accident flipped over on the interstate, blocking traffic.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the Alabama car accident and found that no one was trapped inside the car that was on its side.

Authorities had to reroute traffic until the scene of the Alabama auto accident was cleared.

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Teenager dies in Alabama auto accident

by nil | July 22nd, 2008

July 22, 2008

The Birmingham News reported that an Alabama auto accident took the life of a teenager and injured four others.

The group was on the interstate headed to Florida when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a tire, causing the car to flip over.

The teens were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non life-threatening injuries sustained during the Alabama auto accident.

Authorities are still investigating the Alabama car accident.

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Alabama auto accident kills woman

by nil | July 17th, 2008

July 17, 2008

An Alabama auto accident took a woman’s life early Tuesday morning, according to The Birmingham News.

The woman was a passenger in a car that was evading the local police.

The police were after the car because the driver involved in the Alabama auto accident had gone through a stop sign.

Soon after the officer lost sight of the car, he noticed a cloud of smoke coming from someone’s yard.

The driver had lost control of his car and struck a parked car.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the Alabama auto accident.

Read More: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/07/woman_dies_in_early_morning_ca.html

Fiery Alabama auto accident kills one

by nil | July 8th, 2008

July 8, 2008

The Press Register reported that an Alabama auto accident took the life of a tractor trailer driver.

The truck driver went off the side of the road into a wooded area, where the truck caught fire.

That driver died at the scene of the Alabama auto accident, and burned along with the truck for more than three hours.

Firefighters that were cleaning up the scene of the Alabama auto accident suffered from heat exhaustion after spending several hours at the site.

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Alabama auto accident kills one

by nil | May 20th, 2008

May 20, 2008

An Alabama auto accident involving three cars left one man injured and another dead, according to The Press Register.

Authorities said that the man killed in the Alabama auto accident was wearing his seat belt.

The man that was injured in the Alabama auto accident was listed as being in critical condition at a local hospital.

The three cars involved in the Alabama auto accident included two pickup trucks and a sport utility vehicle.

The man driving the SUV was not injured.

Read More: http://blog.al.com/live/2008/05/nc_man_killed_in_crash.html

Man critically injured after Alabama auto accident

by nil | May 15th, 2008

May 15, 2008

The Gadsden Times reported that an Alabama auto accident has left a young man in critical condition.

The Alabama auto accident occurred when the victim’s truck was driving through an intersection and was struck by a sport utility vehicle.

The collision caused his truck to flip several times and threw him from the vehicle.

The driver of the SUV drove away after the Alabama auto accident. Neither he nor his passengers were injured in the collision.

Authorities are still investigating the Alabama auto accident.

Read More: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20080513/NEWS/587814790/1017/NEWS

Woman dies in Alabama auto accident

by nil | May 13th, 2008

May 13, 2008

An Alabama auto accident Saturday night took the life of a young woman, according to The Birmingham News.

The Alabama auto accident occurred when the car she was driving struck another car.

The driver of the first car was carrying one passenger, who was treated for his injuries and released from a local hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the Alabama auto accident was also taken to a local hospital.

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