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Car Accident LawyersIn the current gig-economy, some companies have constructed huge enterprises based on business models that classify their entire workforce as independent contractors. By classifying their workers as independent contractors rather than employees, these companies shift their costs onto the workers and communities they serve.

Traditionally, companies paid payroll taxes on employees. And, companies provided benefits (such as workers’ compensation) for employees. Neither is true with independent contractors. The costs and taxes are shifted to the worker. Work-related injury and disability costs are shifted first to the worker. But, when the worker is unable to pay, these costs are borne by the entire community. In past years, I’ve written several articles discussing why basic workers compensation benefits are important to our entire community.

Employee classification matters for several reasons. Today, I’ll stick to a topic I frequently discuss — Workers’ Compensation In Alabama.

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This might be a boring technical topic for some readers. But, it’s an important issue in the world of injury claims involving bad drugs. In recent years, we’ve worked numerous personal injury claims involving prescription medications.

Do Drug Companies Have To Warn Patients Of Medicine Risks?

You’ve probably seen a drug ad on television. Those commercials usually follow the same script. Soft music. Smiling people. The actors all appear to be living happy lives courtesy of some pill. Then, at the end, the drug company flashes a really quick list of pretty scary potential side effects. If it’s a 30 second ad, the first 29 seconds talk all about how the pill cured the actor’s arthritis. Then, at the last second, a quick warning appears:  Don’t take this pill if you are a human between the ages of 20 and 90. Otherwise, your arms may fall off! Consult your doctor.

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Truck Accident LawyersI recently read a law firm article indicating nearly half of truck drivers are prone to sleep apnea. That article reaches this conclusion based on a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study using the STOP-BANG method of screening truck drivers. The Virginia Tech researchers interviewed 20,000 commercial drivers. So, the study has a broad base for reliability. The data is very interesting.

While the law firm’s article cites the study, it really only lists the scary statistics. Yes, it is scary to think up to half of the truck drivers around you may be sleep deprived. The article does a good job of scaring the reader into calling the law firm. Why not talk about potential solutions? The law firm’s article tells us the problem but offers no discussion into solutions. Of course, that’s like most law firm websites — short on real discussion. If it’s a problem (and it is), then the real discussion should surround potential solutions that make our highways safer. With that in mind, I’ll briefly discuss the study. Then, I’m going to talk about two areas where I think we can improve highway safety and trucker health.

What Does The Virginia Tech Research Tell Us?

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Huntsville Personal Injury AttorneysHeartburn. Acid Reflux. For years, drug companies marketed Ranitidine (Zantac) as a miracle drug. Drug companies even advertised the drug as a lifestyle drug allowing patients to continue eating heartburn-causing foods. What was the cost of this miracle drug that produced blockbuster profits? The public is now learning how ranitidine breaks down into the chemical NDMA, a toxic cancer-causing chemical. How many innocent consumers may have suffered life-threatening cancer injuries from the drug? It’s a topic I’ve discussed in several articles.

For an overview of Ranitidine (Zantac) claims, you can read my article titled Zantac Cancer Injuries. I published the article on our law firm website. My article provides an overview of the drug Zantac, its history and its relationship to cancer-causing NDMA.

The drug Ranitidine (Zantac) reacts with acid in the stomach as well as enzymes in other organs to chemically create NDMA in the human body. For more in-depth discussion about Ranitidine and how the drug chemically produces carcinogenic NDMA, you can read my blog post titled Four Ways Zantac Causes Cancer. I’ve also written some other articles following the growing research and ongoing litigation involving Zantac and multiple cancer injuries. You can read those articles on this blog.

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Alabama Accident & Injury LawyersWe are closely following developments in the Zantac (Ranitidine) injury litigation. In recent months, our office has started investigating numerous potential cancer injury cases involving the drug.

What makes Zantac dangerous? How is Ranitidine (as Zantac is known generically) linked to numerous cancers? For detailed information, you can read a couple articles I’ve written on the drug and its link to cancers. You can find them here:

  • Zantac Cancer Lawsuits – You can find this article in the Hot Topics section of our law firm website. It is a lengthy article where I discuss the drug, how it works and its association with potential cancer. As I discuss in the article, Zantac contains NDMA which is a highly carcinogenic compound.
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https://www.alabamainjurylawyer-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/122/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-20-at-10.15.14-AM-300x300.pngJohnson & Johnson announced this week it will stop selling talc-based baby powder. The company claims the decision is due to declining demand for the products. Johnson & Johnson does have a cornstarch-based product that will continue to be sold.

Johnson & Johnson currently faces thousands of cancer injury lawsuits related to its talc baby powder products. In addition to thousands of personal injury lawsuits, the company is also being jointly investigated by multiple states. Why? These states are investigating whether the company was honest in marketing the safety of its talcum powder products.

In April, the Federal Judge overseeing more than 16,000 talc-powder lawsuits, rejected Johnson & Johnson’s legal effort to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ expert witness. That ruling clears the way for these lawsuits to proceed to trial or settlement.

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Alabama Accident & Injury LawyersCommercial Truck Crash Death Rates Continue To Climb!

Commercial truck crash death rates continue to grow in the United States. According to recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, deaths are at their highest level in more than 30 years. In 2019, large truck crash deaths increased for the fourth consecutive year. These are very alarming highway statistics.

The trend is deeply troubling. Consider this — Overall highway safety has improved in recent years. Yet, we are seeing more deadly commercial truck accidents. In other words, big truck crash death rates are increasing while most other accident and injury rates are decreasing. This raises the question of why. Why are commercial truck death rates increasing? Why are commercial truck death rates moving in the opposite direction of overall highway safety?

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In September 2019, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs. The FDA warning letter ordered JUUL to stop marketing its product as safer than cigarettes. The FDA cited testimony that JUUL had been marketing its vaping products as “modified risk tobacco products.” That means, the company claimed its product presented a lower risk of tobacco-related disease or was less harmful than traditional tobacco products. Here’s the real catch — JUUL actually presented at school programs. The Congressional testimony contained evidence of a JUUL representative actually speaking at a school and telling students their product “was much safer than cigarettes.” You can read more about the FDA letter in a Washington Post article titled FDA Blasts JUUL For Illegally Marketing E-Cigarettes As Less Harmful Than Regular Cigarettes.

JUUL Pods Have High Levels Of Nicotine

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Truck Side Underride Crashes Are Deadly For Drivers, Cyclists And Pedestrians

Many of you have experienced it. You are driving down the Interstate. Suddenly, you are side-by-side with a large commercial truck. The vehicles are just feet from each other. You look over. Those trucks look really big when you are right next to them. If you are driving a passenger car, it could almost fit underneath that big truck. Almost. What happens when a car actually crashes into (or under) the side of a large commercial truck? Underride crashes with commercial trucks present some of the most devastating physical injuries. An NBC news report says it all:

Side Underride Crashes Kill 200 People A Year. Will Congress Act?

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Workplace horseplay is not simply harmless fun. Horseplay can lead to serious accidents and injuries. What if I suffer an injury in a horseplay incident at work? Can I get workers’ compensation benefits if injured in horseplay? In Alabama, horseplay can bar a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. It’s a serious issue that prevents you from recovering needed workers’ compensation benefits. If you were hurt in the workplace and an issue of horseplay exists, you should consult a skilled workers’ compensation attorney who has been through trial in these claims. Your benefits can depend upon it.

Are there situations where you can still recover workers’ compensation benefits if injured by horseplay? Yes. Situations do exist where horseplay injuries may still be compensable. A primary situation involves workers who are the innocent victims of horseplay.

Several years ago, I tried just such a case. What happened in that case? My client drove a truck for a large parcel delivery service. He drove an overnight route across Alabama. His company had a hub in central Alabama where he often stopped for fuel. The company supplied both gas and mechanics at that location. One night he stopped at the hub for fuel. As he sat and waited for his truck to be fueled, a mechanic suddenly jumped on him from behind. My client suffered a torn rotator cuff in the incident. The mechanic who caused the accident did not intend to hurt my client. Rather, this mechanic had a long history of dangerous horseplay in the workplace. Other employees had previously complained. Yet, for some reason, the employer did nothing. After the injury, the employer denied my client’s workers’ compensation claim on the grounds of horseplay. That’s where we became involved. In that case, the client was an innocent victim. We were able to win his benefits in court. If you are truly the innocent victim of horseplay, your claim should be honored.

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