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Traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part one

Carol Stanley’s life took an unexpected turn one day in January of 2007 when her son Jason, a student at Auburn University, was physically assaulted by three other men. The attack left Jason with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that might have eluded medical staff if it weren’t for his worsening symptoms and his mother’s persistence in finding the right care for her son. The life-altering incident set Jason on a path to recovery and led Carol on an often frustrating crusade for better laws – laws that are more favorable to victims and less protective of those who commit ... Read More

Beasley Allen files two gadolinium lawsuits

Today Beasley Allen filed two complaints in multidistrict litigation (MDL) on behalf of clients injured by gadolinium. Gadolinium is linked to adverse health effects on patients with renal insufficiency or kidney failure, including Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which causes fibrosis of the skin and connective tissues and scarring of organs including lungs, heart, and liver and may lead to death. Beasley Allen attorneys Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., and Benjamin L. Locklar filed the complaint in United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division under Judge Dan Aaron Polster on behalf of plaintiffs Caroll L. Jett, a resident of ... Read More

Unum second on list of the worst American insurance companies

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently ranked Unum number two in its published list of Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America. The report opens with an overview of the insurance industry’s staggering assets and wealth, which amount to just under $4 trillion – higher than the gross domestic product of every country in the world except for the U.S. and Japan. But despite the riches, despite the $1 trillion in annual premiums, and despite enormous profit margins, many insurance companies continue to employ “Deny, Delay, Defend” strategies in dealing with their policyholders. “Some companies have discovered that they can ... Read More

Community remembers girl killed in Yamaha Rhino rollover

Lauren Dilworth’s family, friends, schoolmates, and teachers gathered near the entrance of Lewisburg Middle-High School in Lewisburg, Mississippi, to remember the 11-year-old girl who tragically lost her life last October when the Yamaha Rhino ATV she was riding in rolled over. Lauren and her family had moved to DeSoto County from Alabama last June. Lauren attended the school for just a few weeks before the accident occurred in October. According to an article in the DeSoto Times-Tribune, the sixth grade class at Lewisburg sponsored the planting of a red maple in front of the school, and they decided to dedicate ... Read More

Will customers have to pay for TVA’s coal ash disaster?

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) may turn to its residential customer base to help pay for the escalating costs to clean up the widespread damage caused when one of its coal ash ponds failed last December, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic ash and sludge onto 300 acres of rural east Tennessee, according to the Jackson Sun. The massive spill is considered one of the worst environmental disasters, destroying homes and damaging property. The toll on wildlife, plant life and, ultimately, human life, is yet to be determined. Cleanup efforts are expected to cost TVA between $525 million ... Read More

Beasley Allen represents Gadsden Man injured in collision

Montgomery, Ala. – Beasley Allen attorneys filed a personal injury lawsuit today in the Circuit Court of Etowah County, Alabama, on behalf of Terry Franklin against Zurich North American Insurance, Inc., Foxes Lounge, and Clayton Morgan. According to the complaint, Franklin was driving a tractor trailer on Highway 278 when defendant Morgan, driving a pick up truck in the opposite direction, attempted to make a left turn and collided with the plaintiff. The incident occurred on May 15, 2008. Franklin was severely injured in the collision and seeks compensatory and punitive damages in addition to legal fees. The suit alleges ... Read More

Billboards honor rollover victims, promote roof crush awareness

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Paula Lawlor, founder of the nonprofit organization People Safe in Rollovers, was given the honor Consumer Advocate of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. A former legal assistant, Lawlor has spent a decade pressuring government and automobile manufacturers to the toughen standards for automobile roof crush resistance. Part of People Safe in Rollovers’ mission is to educate the public about how dangerously weak most car and truck roofs are. Government regulations for minimum roof crush strength are as archaic as they are weak, and few car manufacturers hold themselves to ... Read More

Previous leaks should have signaled warning

Two small leaks that preceded December’s Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill by years went largely ignored by the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to Forbes/Associated Press. The spill dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic ash and mud on to 300 acres of a rural east Tennessee neighborhood, pouring into nearby rivers and destroying property and wildlife in its wake. What remains are remnants of dangerous materials including arsenic, lead, chromium, manganese and barium. In 2003 and 2006, two small leaks occurred at the Kingston plant, which raised the interest of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. That agency asked TVA ... Read More

Alabama man dies after consuming Digitek

Nicholas Chandler, a 23-year-old resident of Alabama, died after consuming Digitek (Digozin) on Jan. 9, 2009. His doctor prescribed Digitek (Digozin) in order to correct his heart condition that could not be corrected by other medications. Chandler suffered toxicity after taking the medication. Chandler’s wife Barbara Chandler deems the defendants negligent because Digitek was distributed to the public with twice the amount of the active ingredient, according to the West Virginia Record. The paper reports, “Digitek (Digozin) has a narrow therapeutic index and has a limited margin between effectiveness and toxicity. Chandler, as administratix of the estate is seeking judgment, ... Read More

2nd coal ash spill reported in Alabama

According to the Tenneseean, the TVA is investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama, a spokesman said at about 10:45 a.m. Central Time. The leak, discovered before 6 a.m. has been stopped, according to John Moulton, with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Advertisement “Some materials flowed into Widows Creek, although most of the leakage remained in the settling pond,” he said. Gypsum is a byproduct of coal-burning power plants when “scrubbers” are added that use limestone spray to clean air emissions. This pulls sulfur dioxide from the emissions. Tighter air emissions ... Read More