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Summer Safety Tips: Heat Safety

Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. However, it’s important to remember that the long, hot days of summer can be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are committed to helping victims who have suffered personal injuries and passionate about keeping our communities safe. Have fun, but stay safe this summer with these quick tips. Heatstroke Safety We are more likely to suffer from heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or dehydration during the summer. Spending too much time outdoors can cause the body to overheat. It’s important to recognize the signs of heatstroke, which include nausea, dizziness, and confusion. Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual and take breaks in the shade to help you stay cool. Food Poisoning Injury According to the CDC, 48 million Americans get food poisoning each year. The warm weather is definitely a target for bacteria, and food-borne illnesses peak in the summer. It’s costly for businesses to keep food at the right temperatures in the heat, and not always obvious when food is contaminated. Make sure that your meal is always clean, cooked well and properly handled. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sheraton Atlanta during the busy summer travel season is another reminder that dangerous bacteria can lurk in hotel hot tubs, showers and air-conditioning units. Hot Cars Can Be Deadly Animals need shade and water, just like we do. Moderate their exercise and keep pets indoors when it’s hot. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, as they can quickly succumb to the heat exposure. Temperatures inside a car can easily reach 140°F to 190°F within 27 minutes. Look before you lock! Worker’s Heat Stress Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in illness and injuries such as serious burns. Workers in outdoor environments such as firefighters, construction workers, farmers, and factory workers are all at risk. Take safety precautions to prevent on the job injuries. Don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with your friends and family. Just be sure to be prepared, use common sense, and know when it’s time to take a break in the shade. Any of these summer accidents can cause severe injuries. Don’t wait until it’s too late to contact an Alabama personal injury attorney. You’ll need compensation to cover your recovery costs. Contact us today for a free consultation – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online consultation form.

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March is National Kidney Month

Information and graphics provided by kidney.org: Kidney Health Facts: The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble. “Of the 26 million American adults estimated to have kidney disease, most don’t know they have it. That’s why taking care of your kidneys, especially if you are at risk for kidney disease, is vital,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer. “There are a few simple things people can do to keep their kidneys healthy and strong.” 1 in 3 American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today. High blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being over 60 are major risk factors for developing kidney disease. 1 in 9 American adults has kidney disease — and most don’t know it. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. Kidney disease risk can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, quitting smoking, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding excessive use of pain medications. The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit All Americans can do 5 simple things to protect their kidneys: Get Tested! Ask your doctor for an ACR urine test or a GFR blood test annually if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are over age 60, or have a family history of kidney failure. Get screened for free through the National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP Healthy program by visiting www.kidney.org/KEEPHealthy. Reduce NSAIDs. Over the counter pain medicines, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), may alleviate your aches and pains, but they can harm the kidneys, especially if you already have kidney disease. Reduce your regular use of NSAIDs and never go over the recommended dosage. Cut the Processed Foods. Processed foods can be significant sources of sodium, nitrates and phosphates, and have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. Try adopting the DASH diet to guide your healthy eating habits. Exercise Regularly. Your kidneys like it when you exercise. Regular exercise will keep your bones, muscles, blood vessels, heart and kidneys healthy. Getting active for at least 30 minutes a day can also help you control blood pressure and lower blood sugar, which is vital to kidney health. Control Blood Pressure and Diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. Managing high blood pressure and strict control of blood sugar levels can slow the progression of kidney disease. Speak with your doctor if you are having trouble managing diabetes or high blood pressure. WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP The experienced attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys understand the importance of kidney health because of their ongoing work with the Proton Pump Inhibitor, Zantac, and C8 Environmental litigations. If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney failure or kidney cancer because of one of these pharmaceuticals or environmental factors, we want to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form for your free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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2020 Year In Review: Cory Watson Attorneys

2020 brought its share of hardships and troubling circumstances to our families, communities and nation, but it was also a season of perseverance and growth for our firm. Ultimately, we reflect on 2020 with gratitude. The Cory Watson family remained dedicated, resilient and hopeful in the face of numerous challenges this year, and we are thankful for the opportunity to look back on the positive moments, memories and milestones that prevailed despite trying times. These are key moments from 2020 that our firm takes great pride in. Cory Watson Attorneys celebrated recovering more than $3 Billion for clients Cory Watson Attorneys announced Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz as a shareholder Attorneys Adam Pittman and Curt Tanner were elected as principals Cory Watson Attorneys welcomed Julianne Zilahy and Taylor Pruett to our team of personal injury attorneys Firm Co-founder Leila Watson was named Lifetime Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation Attorney Lauren Miller was recognized as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Women to Watch Thirteen Cory Watson attorneys ranked in the 2020 Super Lawyers class Eight Cory Watson attorneys were recognized as Top Attorneys of Birmingham 2020 Four Cory Watson attorneys were recognized at Top Women Attorneys by B-Metro Three Cory Watson attorneys Recognized as NextGen: Rising Stars of Law 2020 by Birmingham Business Journal Cory Watson Attorneys received the US News Best Law Firms distinction Cory Watson Attorneys was named a finalist in the Tennessean’s 2020 Best of Music City award Our team of attorneys has served our clients for more than 25 years, so we celebrated this anniversary by giving back to our community through a combination of 25 individual giveaways and philanthropic initiatives. Here is a brief glance at the community organizations initiatives that we are honored to have been involved with. American Heart Association The Arc of Central Alabama Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham The Birmingham Zoo Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Crisis Center Birmingham Empowerment Alliance Equal Justice Initiative Feeding Alabama Firehouse Ministries Folds of Honor Restoration Academy United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund As a result of our perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of more than $3 Billion in groundbreaking multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, as well as helping improve the safety of products for consumers worldwide. The Cory Watson family is profoundly thankful and honored for another year to serve our clients. We look forward to giving back to our community in 2021 and into the future.

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Halloween: The Scariest Night of the Year for Personal Injury Attorneys

For those who celebrate Halloween, this is a wonderful time of the year filled with tricks and treats. For an experienced personal injury attorney, however, Halloween can be a very scary night. Children in colorful costumes running from house to house, collecting treats from strangers in dark, unfamiliar neighborhoods. Adults gathering for parties with friends, often drinking late into the night. Use these tips to help keep your community safe and avoid a lawsuit this Halloween! Halloween Safety Tips for Kids Make sure that children’s costumes fit properly, so they can walk easily. Don’t hide faces behind elaborate hats or masks that may reduce vision – opt for face paint instead and avoid wearing any tripping hazards. Bring along glow sticks and flashlights to light the way. Trick-or-Treating Safety Plan on going in a group, and stick together or buddy up to keep everyone accounted for. Set curfews for older, unsupervised children. Be sure that kids stop at the curb, look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street. Stay on a sidewalk whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so drivers can easily see you. Wait until you get home to dig into the candy. That way, parents can check for tampering, spot treats with allergens and discard homemade food items or anything deemed unsafe. Halloween Safety for Drivers Be on high alert while driving – With so many more people walking around, drive slowly and watch for pedestrians on the street. Dark costumes may be hard to see, and children might be wearing a mask or hat that obstructs their view. Don’t drive drunk. Adults might celebrate by drinking at a house party or bar. Have a designated driver, or take an Uber/Lyft service home. Avoid distractions– don’t use your cell phone while driving. Halloween Home Safety Tips If you’re in charge of handing out treats, here are some tips to make sure your visitors enjoy themselves. Clear your property and light the path so guests can easily find your door. Excited children may cut through your lawn, so check that you haven’t left out obstacles that could trip someone. If you have a dog, keep it safely away from the door. Not only will some children be afraid, but the constant doorbell ringing and stream of trick-or-treaters may overwhelm your pet. Provide store-bought treats. Play-Doh, erasers, and other small Halloween toys can be a fun surprise for those with allergies, but avoid anything homemade in case of food poisoning. Halloween Personal Injury Lawyers Halloween should be fun, not dangerous. Spread the word around your neighborhood to keep your community safe. If the worst should happen and you or your child is injured, the personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim. Have a happy and safe Halloween from everyone at Cory Watson Attorneys!

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Important Coronavirus Update

During this time of growing concern and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure our existing and future clients that there will be no disruption in legal services from our firm. Cory Watson is fully prepared to continue to provide the same superior customer service, expertise, and experience you would expect from your lawyers in the normal course of everyday business. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily as it evolves and are following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, as well as state and local authorities. Our primary goal is to protect our employees, their families, and our clients. Our normal operations have not been impacted and we continue to be fully available to our clients. We will continue to provide free initial case consultations online and over the phone, while protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our community through this uncertain time. We are closely monitoring the various Court-mandated delays and restrictions and will continue to update our calendaring and strategies to best protect our clients’ interests. We have solid contingency plans in place, which includes plans to transition to a more widespread remote-work scenario, if necessary. In short, Cory Watson Attorneys remains committed to serving our thousands of clients across the country in the fashion they deserve. We appreciate your trust, patience, and support as we all face challenges posed by the virus. Our hearts are with you and your families in this difficult situation. Please stay safe and healthy. Resources: Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) from UAB Medicine

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FDA: Sunscreen Absorbs Into Blood After One Day. Here’s What That Could Mean.

Consumer alert! A recent FDA study found that the active ingredients in sunscreen can absorb into our bloodstreams within a few hours… what does this mean for you and your loved ones? As a firm that works hard to protect consumers from faulty or dangerous drugs and products, we like to help keep our clients and the general public aware of consumer product news – and sunscreen is a product that we’ve all used. Doctors and public health officials have long recommended that people use sunscreen to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But how safe are the sunscreens that so many people now use regularly? STUDY FINDS DANGEROUS LEVELS ABSORBED INTO BLOODSTREAM In the U.S., sunscreen is classified as an over-the-counter drug. Like all of the other over-the-counter drugs that the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t affect user’s hormones, affect reproductive systems, or cause cancer. However, this important safety testing has never been done on the active ingredients in sunscreen. Those chemicals were approved decades ago in the 1970s, before anyone suspected they could be absorbed into the body. Now we know for certain, it’s more than just a suspicion. In the study, each of 24 people were asked to wear different formulations — a spray, a lotion or a cream — of commercially available sunscreens for four days, and the same amount was applied over 75% of each volunteer’s body surface four times a day. Throughout the study period, researchers took blood samples from the participants to look for four common active ingredients which are used in different combinations in sunscreens: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. The agency found all four of these ingredients are absorbed into the blood at levels that are worth testing further for possible cancer risk. It only took a few hours after application for chemicals to infiltrate the bloodstream and shoot up to concentrations above the FDA’s toxicology threshold that triggers further safety testing. STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER AND LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE At Cory Watson Attorneys, our experienced defective product lawyers fully support comprehensive safety testing before releasing dangerous, defective or misleading products to the market. These test results could have serious impacts on sunscreen manufacturers and regulations going forward, and may change what options you’ll find on drugstore shelves in the next few years. It remains important to avoid excessive sun exposure, and you certainly protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. However, for those who are still concerned about the incomplete safety data, there are other ways to avoid damaging sun exposure this summer. Try staying out of the sun during its peak hours between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.

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Phone Addicts are the New Drunk Drivers, According to Research

An analysis of driver behavior data found that drivers are growing more distracted by their devices. Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of fatal injury accidents. If you were involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you know the tragic consequences of this bad habit. Drivers are 10 percent more distracted now than last year, a problem driven largely by smartphones, according to new research from Zendrive, a company that collects and analyzes data on driver behaviors. They share insights every April to commemorate Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The results found that “phone addicts”— defined as those people who are unwilling to put away their phones while driving — pick up their phones four times more than the average driver, use their phone six times longer than the general population, and have their eyes off the road 28 percent of the time. And their numbers are increasing — the number of “hardcore phone addicts” identified by the company doubled from last year. Today, one in 12 drivers on the road is a phone addict. If these trends continue, as many as one in every five drivers could be in the phone addict category by 2022. This growing category of hyper-connected individuals exhibits a pattern of dangerously distracted behavior unlike any other group of risky drivers on the road – and you could be one of them. Drunk vs. Distracted Driving: Which is Worse? Drivers distracted by their phones may already be more dangerous than drunk drivers. Phone addicts are glued to their phones, so they’re more distracted, more dangerous, and more likely to cause a crash. “Phone addicts have positioned themselves as public enemy number one, replacing drunk drivers as the ultimate threat on the road,” says the 2019 distracted driving study, released this week. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 10,874 deaths as a result of drunk driving and 3,166 deaths from distracted drivers. But fatalities caused by driver phone use are more difficult to track and are more likely underreported. In addition, those people are driving day and night, while drunk drivers are most active between midnight and 3 a.m. According to the Zendrive report, it means “that both in number and in timing, distracted drivers are a bigger danger than drunk drivers.” The most commonly used apps while driving are music and phone apps, edging out social media and texting. State laws and municipal regulations that ban the use of handheld devices entirely while driving could help the problem; however, these distracted driving laws are difficult to enforce. Contact the Distracted Driving Injury Lawyers at Cory Watson If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury caused by someone else’s distracted driving, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the experienced distracted driving lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys immediately to protect your legal rights. We can offer the peace of mind that your case will be handled with expertise and compassion as we seek justice for you and your loved ones. To find out how Cory Watson Attorneys can help you, call (877) 562-0000 or fill out the free online consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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5 Common Spring Break Injuries to Avoid from a Personal Injury Attorney

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. This means spring is quickly approaching and students will soon be setting out for spring break adventures with friends. But before your child leaves town, be prepared – make sure their vacation won’t be wrecked by serious injuries or complicated legal matters. Here are five common spring break injuries that students may experience: Alcohol-Related Injuries It’s common knowledge that spring breakers love to drink. However, many accidents happen to innocent victims who are sober, just trying to make the most of their vacation. Alcohol poisoning, drunk driving accidents, and bar fights could all potentially result in injuries or death. Look out for underage drinkers or bartenders who continue to serve clearly intoxicated people. Under dram shop laws, an establishment serving alcohol may be held accountable for any death, injury, or other damages caused by an intoxicated patron. Violent Crime Injuries Violent crimes increase during spring break for several reasons. Criminals may see this time as an opportunity, and they prey on unsuspecting tourists or intoxicated bar patrons. Vacationers may find themselves the victims of violent crimes such as physical assaults, mugging, theft, drug crimes, sex offenses, or even murder. Stay safe during spring break by traveling with a buddy, avoid walking alone at night, and keep your wits about you during nights out on the town. Motor Vehicle Accidents Traveling to and from exciting spring break destinations can become deadly when faced with distracted driving, drunk driving, or sleep-deprived students dozing at the wheel. A greater number of travelers during spring break results in a higher number of car accidents. If you plan to go on a road trip or drive down to the beach, be cautious about your surroundings and drive defensively. Take turns at the wheel, and never assume that other drivers are paying attention to the road. Bar and Nightclub Injuries Bartenders have a duty to stop serving anyone that is noticeably intoxicated. However, it still happens. Alcohol fuels emotions and leads to rowdy bar fights, sometimes injuring innocent bystanders. Some people get alcohol poisoning and others are injured in drunk driving accidents as a result of being over-served. If you are injured due to over-serving, you may be able to sue the bar or nightclub under state dram shop laws. Common property-related injuries and incidents during spring break that could result in property owner liability also include elevator/escalator accidents, fire hazards and food poisoning. House Party Injuries Not everyone will be partying in bars or leave town during spring break. Unfortunately, house parties can lead to the same serious injuries. Homeowners may be liable for injuries that are sustained on their property or as a result of over-serving guests. If you have been injured at a house party in a slip and fall accident, in a swimming pool, in a fight, or due to over-serving, you may be able to sue under premises liability or dram shop laws. Contact our Birmingham and Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys Too many spring break vacations result in life-altering and preventable tragedies for students and their families. If you or a loved one sustains an injury over spring break, contact the personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys immediately as you may be entitled to financial compensation. Whether your child is a college student or younger, if they were injured due to the careless acts or negligence of another, you have the right to make a claim for damages. Let us be your families’ advocate. Our lawyers will review your case and fully explain your legal options. To schedule your 100% FREE initial consultation, contact our offices today at (877) 562-000.

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Make Your Voice Heard in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tomorrow is Voting Day! The 2018 Mid-Term Elections are here for Alabamians. Now, more than ever before, Cory Watson encourages each of you to go to the polls and exercise your constitutional right to vote. Tomorrow is important because it’s your time to help dictate the future path of our local, state and national governments – and, because we have the right to vote, it’s all in our hands. Tomorrow, you’ll vote on important positions such as: U.S. Congress Governor of Alabama Lt. Governor of Alabama Alabama Attorney General Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice & Associate Justices Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Judges Alabama Secretary of State State Treasurer State Auditor Public Service Commissioners Circuit Court Judges District Court Judges Probate Court Judges Clerk of the Court District Attorney Sheriff State Constitutional Amendments Voting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find polling locations, view sample ballots for your area, and more information at Vote.org. Let your voice be heard – Get out and vote! Every vote matters and yours can make a difference.

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It’s a Great Time to Be a Football Fan in Alabama

If you’re a fan of football, winning championships, and great leadership ­– or if you live in Alabama, then you’re in the right state at the right time. First, the University of Alabama dominated this past weekend, securing its record 13th SEC Championship berth with a decisive 29-0 win over the Bayou Bengals of LSU. This is certainly turning into a special season for Alabama fans, as they watch the rise of what may be the storied programs’ first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. However, the story around our neighborhood here in Birmingham’s Five Points South centers on our neighbors at the sprawling urban campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The Blazer football team is looking more and more like they are on their way to the Conference USA Championship, after demolishing the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) by a score of 52-3 this past Saturday. This performance comes nearly four years after school administrators shut down the football program in 2014, only to resurrect it seven months later. Currently sitting at 8-1, the UAB Blazers now turn their attention to their next game against the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) at Birmingham’s Legion Field. The following week, they will visit Coach Jimbo Fisher at his new home as head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies. Can the Blazers take down one of the SEC’s top dogs in one of the league’s most challenging environments? Ironically enough, they’ve done it before. UAB defeated one of the best football coaches in college football history on his home turf back in the year 2000. Who was that coach? None other than Nick Saban. It’s hard not to be excited about the championship football that is being played here in the state of Alabama and our city of Birmingham. From the football fans here at Cory Watson Attorneys, congratulations to both teams as they continue to make our state proud!

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