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Stay Safe this Labor Day Weekend

As the summer comes to an end and students head back to school, many families celebrate their final days of freedom together over Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, many people sustain serious personal injuries from easily preventable accidents during this holiday weekend. Cory Watson attorneys have provided several safety tips to help you make the most of this time with friends and family, and save you from spending Labor Day weekend in the emergency room. Safety on the Road More than 35 million Americans are expected to pack up their bags and hit the road for a weekend getaway. If you’re traveling for Labor Day plans, you can certainly expect some traffic delays. It’s important to plan ahead, be patient, and always obey posted traffic signs. Remember to buckle up before you go, as seat belts can (and often do) save lives! Exercise more caution than usual – additional drivers on the road typically increases the odds of a potentially fatal car accident. “Value safety over speed, for the sake of your family as well as other drivers,” says Cory Watson personal injury attorney Curt Tanner. Don’t Drink and Drive Labor Day weekend is closely associated with increased alcohol-related traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the Labor Day weekend is among the most dangerous for accidents on highways and byways. Never drink and drive. Let someone else drive, call a cab, get a ride, or just stay where you are. It is far better to be safe rather than sorry later. “Alcohol is responsible for thousands of serious injuries over holiday weekends every year, so make a safety plan and designate a driver before you get behind the wheel,” says Tanner. Safety on the Water Whether you’re at the pool, beach or out on the lake, take safety precautions and carefully observe boating laws. Pay attention to local notices like the colored flags for wave conditions at the beach. All boaters should wear life jackets while out on the water, no matter how skilled a swimmer they might be. “As a parent myself, I always make sure that young children wear a properly fitting life jacket when at the lake or beach,” says attorney Stephen Hunt. “With the distraction of family and friends, it is easy for a child to slip away unnoticed and potentially drown if they are not wearing a life jacket.” Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend! Even the most safety-conscious can get into serious accidents, especially on holiday weekends. If you or someone you love suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact the legal experts at Cory Watson. We understand how insurance companies work and are prepared to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Tell us about your case! Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our online consultation form.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Reaches $3 Billion in Recoveries for Injured Clients

In 1984, attorneys Ernest Cory and Leila Watson began practicing law together. In 1995, they founded a law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, with a simple goal – to help people injured by wrongful conduct. They built their practice to be a safe harbor for those who need help, and did what many lawyers refused to do – take on powerful corporate interests who place profits before people. They knew they would be fighting big insurance companies. They knew they would be going up against global corporations. They knew it wouldn’t be easy. But they didn’t back down. They took them on and they won. Over and over again. As a result of this perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of $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. A few of these notable verdicts and settlements include: $670 Million Toxic Chemical C-8 Cancer Verdict $50 Million Verdict Against DuPont in PFOA Cancer Case $25 Million Verdict Against Nissan in Auto Defect Product Liability Case $10 Million Verdict in Hit-and-Run Wrongful Death Case $9 Million Verdict in Lee County, AL Medical Malpractice Case These wins represent so much more than just a dollar amount. They represent the wellbeing of our cli­ents, which is something we take deep pride in protecting. As one of only a handful of U.S. law firms to reach this milestone, Cory Watson is proud to have cultivated a national reputation for serving injury victims across the country in cases involving: Motor vehicle wrecks Dangerous drugs Medical malpractice Defective medical devices Asbestos and mesothelioma Class action lawsuits Product liability Environmental injury Wrongful death Personal injury Our firm’s case success is largely based on our commitment to providing the most determined, compassionate representation. We strive to provide the highest level of service and a renewed sense of hope to our clients because we genuinely care about each and every one of them and their families. This is possible because of the hard work of the hundreds of dedicated employees, attorneys, and staff who, over the last 25 years, have helped Cory Watson evolve into the firm it is today. Cory Watson has grown beyond the state of Alabama into Memphis and Nashville with the enduring goal of fighting for the justice that our clients deserve. You Deserve the Best. Never Settle for Less.

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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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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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Cory Watson Attorneys is More Than Pink at Komen Race for the Cure 2018

It’s one thing to wear pink ribbons and talk about supporting a cause. It’s another to do something about it. That’s why Cory Watson Attorneys race for the cure as a proud sponsor of Susan G. Komen. 2018 marks Cory Watson Attorneys’ 19th year in the fight against breast cancer in our community and as a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in North Central Alabama. Each year, our firm supports this life-saving event by fundraising for breast cancer treatment and research. This year, Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to be named the Top Corporate Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure. A Family Affair for the Cory Watson Team Attorneys and staff always look forward to meeting new faces and reconnecting with clients at Regions Field, where thousands came together to celebrate breast cancer survivors such as our own Felecia Oliver. Our spirit team cheered runners on at the race’s midway point of 22nd St. and Magnolia Avenue. Click here to see photos from the race on our Facebook page. Cory Watson Attorneys’ $16,000 donation to the 2018 Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure continues the firm’s longstanding philanthropic commitment to supporting women’s health issues. With your help, the Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama chapter raised nearly $185,000! Committed to Finding a Cure As a proud sponsor of Race for a Cure, this cause goes far beyond Saturday’s events. Our attorneys and staff work year-round on Cory Watson Cares programs. Click to read more about our ongoing commitment to women’s health and the firm’s history of supporting breast cancer survivors. The firm has a legacy of advocating for women in the courts. Cory Watson Attorneys represent women nationwide in high profile litigation involving recalled and defective medical devices including breast implants, dangerous birth control devices and drugs, transvaginal mesh, and much more. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Ala., with more than 3 Billion in recoveries for clients. Attorneys are at the forefront of major class actions involving consumer protection and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. To learn more, visit CoryWatson.com.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Gives Away 150 Helmets to Encourage Bicycle Safety

On Saturday, October 6, Cory Watson attorneys and staff gave away 150 free bicycle helmets to children at Read and Romp Birmingham. The event was held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Five Points West Public Library. It was coordinated by United Way of Central Alabama, Reach out and Read-Alabama and Alabama Public Television. Each child was fitted with an appropriately-sized helmet and given safety advice. Attorneys and staff also gave away Cory Watson goodie bags, including bicycle safety-themed coloring books and crayons. The event was part of Cory Watson’s Helmets for Kids Program, whose mission is to provide bicycle helmets at no cost to children in the community. Since the program’s inception in 2012, it has donated thousands of helmets to Birmingham area children to encourage bicycle safety. “In our practice, we’ve seen the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury and it is our mission to keep the kids in our community safe by giving them access to this critical piece of safety equipment,” said firm co-founder Ernest Cory. Helmets for Kids also raises awareness of the perils of cycling while it’s dark outside in the fall and provides resources for the prevention of bicycle accidents. Many helmet recipients come back year after year, getting to know the staff and testing out their new helmets with family and friends. “We know it’s the right thing to do when we see the reaction on the faces of the kids and their parents,” said Cory. “We are happy to bring the Helmets for Kids giveaway to Read and Romp again this year.” About Cory Watson Cares At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are personally committed to giving back. Through our community outreach initiative, Cory Watson Cares, we partner with local nonprofit organizations to expand educational opportunities, improve our community, and help people lead healthier, safer, and happier lives. To learn more, visit CoryWatsonCares.com. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Ala., with more than 3 Billion in recoveries for clients. Attorneys are frequently appointed to leadership positions in national cases involving pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Cultural Heritage and Coffee in Hawaii

Co-founder Leila H. Watson is a staunch supporter of minorities in the business world due to her own cultural and familial background. Leila’s parents, Chikara Hirayama and Kikuyo Imamura, were born to Japanese immigrants in the early 1900s on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Molokai.  They were raised to value family and their cultural heritage, values that were later passed on to Leila and her four siblings. Leila Watson and her daughter, Lili, a legal assistant at Cory Watson following in her mother’s footsteps, recently visited Molokai, Hawaii for a family reunion. They celebrated the life of family patriarch, Chikara Hirayama, by scattering his ashes on the mountains and oceans where he lived and by eating his favorite foods prepared by friends and family from across the U.S. Since returning, Lili Watson has been sharing some delicious Hawaiian coffee with us at Cory Watson as well as the little-known history of coffee on Hawaii. Molokai used to host large fields of pineapple plantations; however, due to the lack of easily accessible fresh water, these fields were abandoned in the 1980s. The University of Hawaii used the fields to test experimental crops and see what would grow well on the island – they found that coffee grew very well on Molokai. As a result, a coffee plantation named Coffees of Hawaii was set up in Kualapuu, a small village on Molokai. Coffees of Hawaii cultivates and sells coffee that is grown only in Hawaii, and many that are only grown on Molokai. They make several flavors that encompass Hawaiian life and culture such as toasted coconut and vanilla macadamia nut. The current Cory Watson office opinion is that vanilla macadamia nut is the best! We are pleased that Leila and Lili have decided to share a part of their culture with us at Cory Watson Attorneys. Now, we would love to share it with you as well! Click here to visit Coffees of Hawaii’s website and purchase a piece of Hawaii for yourself.

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The Summer of Salmonella: How This Bacteria Dominated Headlines in 2018

For years, salmonella scares have centered on raw or undercooked foods such as chicken, eggs or meat. But this summer, there’s concern that the bacteria may have found its way into the kind of packaged products where one would never expect it – Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Ritz Crackers, and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. These recent outbreaks and recalls have raised nationwide concerns about salmonella, one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the U.S. According to the latest report from the FDA, 100 people in 33 states have become ill and 30 people had to be hospitalized. Here’s what you need to know about this potentially serious health issue: Cory Watson Files Suit on Behalf of Mother Sickened by Goldfish® On August 8, Cory Watson filed suit on behalf of a Mississippi mother who is believed to be the first case of Salmonella poisoning associated with the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish recall. The salmonella victim, 26-year-old Bailey Finch of Columbus, Miss., said that when she ate Goldfish Flavor Blasted® Extra Cheddar on July 19, she had no idea that the snack food might be contaminated. Pepperidge Farm later recalled the lot she had purchased, but it was too late to prevent a dangerous bout with salmonella poisoning. After suffering severe stomach problems, Ms. Finch was initially taken to DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala., then transferred by ambulance to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., where she underwent four days of treatment for severe complications caused by the salmonella. Click here to read the full press release on this salmonella case. How Common is Salmonella Infection? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses each year. Of those, 23,000 cases are serious enough that the patient had to be hospitalized. Salmonella poisoning is blamed for about 450 deaths in the U.S. each year. In the majority of cases, food is the source of infection. Poultry, eggs, meat, and dairy products are common culprits. Will there be more Goldfish Salmonella Recalls? The FDA says the cases appear to be connected – and there could be more recalls to come. “We know that these are products that are widely eaten by consumers, including children. That’s, in part, why we are taking steps to intervene early on this potential risk,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “As there are likely other food products made by other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other recalls initiated in the coming days.” Symptoms of Salmonella Infection with the salmonella bacteria often leads to diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms typically develop between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts about four to seven days. According to the CDC, most people get better without treatment. However, some cases turn so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications from salmonella infection. How to Stay Safe from Salmonella The CDC’s list of suggestions includes: Thoroughly cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs. Don’t eat or drink foods made with raw eggs or raw – also known as unpasteurized – milk. Examples include Hollandaise sauce, cookie dough, frosting, tiramisu and homemade salad dressing, ice cream and mayonnaise. Use soap and water to immediately wash anything that has come in contact with raw meat or poultry, such as kitchen counters, cutting boards, cooking utensils and your hands. After touching pet feces, reptiles, birds or chicks, wash your hands with soap. Get the Help You Deserve If you or a loved one has been affected by food poisoning, seek medical help immediately. The lawyers of Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating recent outbreaks of salmonella and providing legal consultation for victims. Call today at (877) 562-0000 or fill out an online form for your FREE legal consultation. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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$4.7 Billion Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

On July 12, 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded a $4.7 billion verdict to 22 women who say Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products gave them ovarian cancer. The women accused the company of failing to warn them about the cancer risks associated with its popular baby powders. The jury award includes $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. It’s the largest verdict to date against Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc-based products. In this case, the injured women used talc-based powders for decades as a part of their daily feminine hygiene routine. This is not the first case brought against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, nor will it be the last. There are more than 9,000 cases involving alleged harm done by talc-based powder making their way through courts around the country, but the products remain on the shelf. Studies have shown that there is an elevated risk in women who use talc in their genital area for a long period of time. In 2006, the International Agency for Research in Cancer under the World Health Organization classified the use of talc for feminine hygiene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer? Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder? If so, contact the talcum powder lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys today. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our FREE online consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – time is limited, and your health is on the line.

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