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What Happens When You’re Hit by an Uninsured Driver in Alabama?

Alabama requires all motor vehicle drivers to carry a minimum of $25,000 in liability insurance. Despite this requirement, an estimated 22% of all Alabama drivers are currently uninsured. This means that if someone causes you to be in an automobile accident in Alabama, there is a greater than 1 in 5 chance that the person does not have insurance to cover your car repairs or medical bills. However, there is a way to protect yourself from this situation. All companies offering insurance in Alabama are required to provide Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage as part of your policy. In fact, you may have it and not even realize it because it is so cheap. You must actively refuse it in order to not be covered. This coverage can protect you when you are in an automobile accident caused by a driver without insurance, or without enough insurance to cover your vehicle or injuries. It can also help when you are involved in a hit-and-run accident. Let Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Help The Alabama car accident lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys highly recommend a periodic insurance policy review to make sure you possess the correct amount and type of insurance needed to protect you and your family. If you or a loved one were injured in a car wreck, contact us today at (877) 562-0000 or simply fill out the free case evaluation form on this page. The initial consultation is 100% free, and we only get paid if we win your case.

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Vaginal Mesh Products Litigation Reaches $830 Million Settlement

Endo International, PLC reports that it has agreed to settle “a substantial majority” of lawsuits brought against its subsidiary, American Medical Systems Inc. (“AMS”), for producing allegedly harmful vaginal mesh products used to treat feminine stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”). Endo’s settlements will resolve approximately 20,000 claims that have been filed against the company. Most of these claims have been coordinated in a multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) in front of Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, while other individual claims have also been filed in various state and Canadian courts. The lawsuits allege that AMS’s vaginal mesh devices are defective, causing the plaintiffs chronic pain, incontinence, permanent nerve damage, vaginal erosions, organ injury, and numerous other health problems. Plaintiffs’ attorneys estimate that this most recent settlement will be implemented over the next year. Endo, who settled an unspecified number of vaginal mesh claims in June 2013 for $54.5 million, had originally allocated approximately $520 million to cover settlement costs for defective mesh lawsuits. Despite the settlement, Endo has not admitted liability or fault. Along with the 20,000 settling claims against Endo for its AMS vaginal meshes, there are also still over 40,000 other pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, and Boston Scientific Corp. for complications caused by their own vaginal mesh devices. To date, several multi-million dollar jury verdicts have been awarded to the women who have alleged they were harmed by devices made by non-settling defendant companies and additional trials are already scheduled to continue for the next 18 months.

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FDA Addresses Cancer Concerns Related to Minimally Invasive Surgery for Fibroid Tumors

UPDATE 4/30/14: Johnson & Johnson has pulled its morcellators off of the market, and several hospitals have announced they will not use the devices pending further investigation. The FDA has issued a Safety Communication regarding cancer risk and the use of a medical device used during some laparoscopic surgeries for fibroid tumors. The device, called the power morcellator, can be used during minimally invasive hysterectomy and myomectomy. These two procedures are frequently performed to treat uterine fibroids (leiomyomas). Minimally invasive hysterectomy can include the use of a laparoscope and/or a robot. On rare occasions, the uterine fibroid may be cancerous. If a power morcellator is used and cancer is present, this could spread the cancer cells to other areas of the abdomen. According to the FDA, spreading the cancerous tissue would significantly worsen the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. Learn more about the link between cancer and morcellation. Lawsuits forming now. On April 17, 2014, the FDA sent a Safety Communication to health care providers. The Safety Communication included the following: Recommendations for Health Care Providers: Be aware that based on currently available information, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for the treatment of women with uterine fibroids. Do not use laparoscopic uterine power morcellation in women with suspected or known uterine cancer. Carefully consider all the available treatment options for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. Thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of all treatments with patients. For individual patients for whom, after a careful benefit-risk evaluation, laparoscopic power morcellation is considered the best therapeutic option: Inform patients that their fibroid(s) may contain unexpected cancerous tissue and that laparoscopic power morcellation may spread the cancer, significantly worsening their prognosis. Be aware that some clinicians and medical institutions now advocate using a specimen “bag” during morcellation in an attempt to contain the uterine tissue and minimize the risk of spread in the abdomen and pelvis.

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GM Recalls More than 750 Thousand Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 Vehicles

If you drive a 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt or a 2007 Pontiac G5, you may want to consider alternate transportation until you can visit the dealership that sold you the car. Feb. 13, 2014, General Motors announced a recall on 778,562 Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles in North America, model years 2005 through 2007. A malfunction with the ignition switch can cause the engine to shut off and other electrical components to fail, like life-saving airbags. Recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration show that the faulty parts were made in Mexico, and that 6,130 affected vehicles have been distributed within that country while 619,122 were distributed within the U.S. and 153,310 vehicles within Canada. In total, GM is aware of almost 30 car accidents that involved faulty airbags that did not deploy when they were needed: Five frontal-impact collisions, six front-seat fatalities and 17 other incidents that resulted in serious injury or death. A company spokesperson noted that alcohol and seat belt usage may have also been factors in the outcomes of these crashes, though it is hard to dispute that had the airbags deployed at the appropriate time the consequences could have been less severe. Consumers affected by the recall have been advised by GM to contact their dealer and bring the vehicle in for repairs, which will be done at no cost. Because even the slightest jarring movements can cause the ignition to switch off, GM has advised drivers to remove all non-essential items from their key chains until they are able to visit their dealer for repairs. GM no longer manufactures either the Chevy Cobalt or the Pontiac G5.

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West Virginia Chemical Spill Class Action Lawsuit Filed

West Virginia residents are seeking justice in the wake of losses and injuries caused by the chemical spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methane into the Elk River. Attorneys with Cory Watson Attorneys and West Virginia attorney Kathy Brown have filed two class action lawsuits for individuals and businesses affected by the chemical spill.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Nabs Top Spots in Best Law Firms 2014 Survey

The attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys are proud to announce that they have received top acclaims in the US News-Best Lawyers® 2014 “Best Law Firms” survey. The firm was ranked in metropolitan tier for employment law and mass tort litigation/class actions; the firm is only one of two in the Birmingham area to be ranked in metro tier 1 for mass tort litigation/class actions. Cory Watson Attorneys was also ranked in metropolitan tier 2 for personal injury and product liability litigation for plaintiffs as well as metropolitan tier 3 for labor law. This is the second recognition the firm has received as in August 2013 Ernest Cory and Leila Watson were named Best Lawyers in American by Best Lawyers for the 2014 edition. Mrs. Watson was named Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs in Birmingham. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” is based on an evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluation as well as peer reviews from leading attorneys in each practice area. Clients may provide feedback based on the firm’s expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness and how likely they are to recommend the law firm. Peers may vote based on the firm’s expertise, responsiveness, if they consider the firm a worthy competitor, and much more. Tier 1 law firms include those that were within a percentage of the highest scoring firm(s) while tier 2 is based on firms that were within a percentage of the next highest scoring firm(s), and so on for tier 3. For more information on the 2014 “Best Law Firms” ranking for Cory Watson Attorneys, visit http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

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Alabama Jury Awards Woman $850,000 For Death Of Husband Due To Medication Error

The Alabama drug injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys explain that doctors have a responsibility to ensure patients receive the correct and appropriate dosages of medication needed to treat a certain condition. Any failure to do so that results in a patient being harmed could put the doctor, his staff, and the facility where the medication was administered at risk of being held liable for damages caused by the mistake. According to the Insurance Journal, a jury in Chambers County Circuit Court in Alabama recently awarded a widow $850,000 for the death of her husband. The award was given after a doctor’s error in failing to prescribe the correct dosage of a medication was found to be at fault for the patient’s death. The 62-year-old victim was admitted to a hospital for treatment of pneumonia and had taken a daily dosage of 900 mg of Lithium per day to treat his Bipolar Disorder. The doctor mistakenly prescribed the victim a dosage of 2700 mg of Lithium, causing the patient’s health to slowly decline, which ultimately led to his death as a result of Lithium toxicity. The personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson recognize how difficult recovering from the loss of a loved one due to a doctor’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached brings closure to the incident for the family of the victim.

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Environmental Protection Agency finds Walter Coke Liable for Pollution

North Birmingham facility, Walter Coke, was listed as one of five companies responsible for contaminating three north Birmingham neighborhoods with toxic chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency recently told AL.com/The Birmingham News that five companies, including Walter Coke, have been informed that their actions make them liable for the widely reported contamination and clean-up going on throughout the Collegeville, Fairmont and Harriman Park neighborhoods. Contamination in the areas surrounding the Walter Coke plant was considered to be serious enough for the federal government to intervene. The EPA declared the area to be a Superfund site after testing the soil, water, and air in the neighborhoods. Doing so allows the government to expedite the cleanup process by holding parties responsible for the monetary impact of cleanup. Currently, the homeowners and residents of properties that the EPA deems to be severely polluted are being contacted by EPA officials to coordinate the cleanup process. Due to the lack of funding to help all affected properties at once, the EPA has decided to start with the 50 most contaminated. Cory Watson Attorneys have dealt with the effects of toxic contamination by companies for years, and are currently assisting residents affected by the pollution in north Birmingham. If you, or anyone you know, may have been affected by toxic contamination, contact Cory Watson Attorneys at (877) 686-8992.

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Susan G. Komen Recognizes Cory Watson as Sponsor of the Year

Birmingham, Ala. – North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure has named Birmingham law firm Cory Watson Attorneys 2012 Sponsor of the Year. The award recognizes the firm’s long-term support of the Race for the Cure and other Komen initiatives. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We greatly value our partnership with Cory Watson and everyone that makes up the incredible Cory Watson Team. Cory Watson and Susan G. Komen are truly partners in the fight against breast cancer in our community, and we appreciate the long-standing and consistent support of not only the Race for the Cure but also of our work year-round,” said Ellen Zahariadis, Executive Director of North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Alabama Sees Spike In The Number Of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

An increasing number of fatal motorcycle accidents is a problem across the United States, but the issue is especially in need of urgent attention in Alabama. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the number of Alabama Motorcycle Accident fatalities jumped by close to 30 percent between 2009 and 2011. Experts attribute the increase in accidents to a combination of the rise in the number of bikes that are on the road today and the increasing number of new, inexperienced riders. Up to 70 percent of motorcycle accidents involved riders with little to no formal riding training and many who do not have a license endorsement to ride. In an effort to curb this growing problem, several local motorcycle dealerships are holding rider education courses that will focus on giving novice riders the experience they need to safely operate a motorcycle. An article from 48 News says the courses will be offered six times each month and will cover such topics as safely stopping and starting the bike as well as how to properly navigate a curve in the road. One instructor pointed out that maneuvering a bike through a turn is a key skill, considering 70 percent of single-motorcycle accidents are the result of failing to negotiate a curve. Cory Watson Attorneys and their team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys applaud the efforts to educate motorcyclists on safety and urge all motorcyclists to participate in the courses.

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