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Accident Victims and Hospital Liens

Alabama accident victims are now being confronted with Hospital Liens for "unpaid" medical bills even when they have health insurance. The article below was written by attorney Knox Boteler and explains this current trend of hospitals filing liens for payment instead of billing health insurance. If you have questions about your injury claim and a hospital lien, please call us today: 251-433-7766.  A troubling trend is developing in Alabama’s healthcare system - hospitals are making every attempt to avoid billing a patient’s health insurance. Over the last year, more and more accident victims suffering injuries as a result of automobile collisions, slip and falls, and product defects fo ... Read More

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) linked to Benzene exposure

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) linked to Benzene exposure. The American Cancer Society is reporting that work place exposure to the chemical substance BENZENE can cause Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). In a January 2016 report, the American Cancer Society chronicled several lab and clinical studies which strongly correlate exposure to Benzene to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The report also suggests exposure to the chemical may be linked to several other blood cancers but the research is not conclusive at this point. Here’s more from the American Cancer Society web site: “Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It evaporates quickly when exposed to air. Benzene is formed from ... Read More

Using Your Smart Phone at the Accident Scene

by Personal Injury Attorney Mark Wolfe, After you have notified authorities of the accident you can use your smart phone to document important details about the accident. This information can be critical and is often not adequately captured by a simple written accident report. Photograph the Following at the Scene: -Property damage, including interior photos of deployed airbags or other interior damage such as structural damage to a seat. Take lots of photos from multiple angles. - Other driver’s proof of insurance card, registration and driver’s license. This is much easier than trying write down the information! - The accident scene including where the vehicle ... Read More

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Essure Birth Control Implant - Warning!

Essure Birth Control Implant - Warning! Essure is a device sold as a permanent, non-surgical birth control solution for women. Manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals (Bayer) and approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in November, 2002, the Essure device consists of small, flexible coils that are placed into the fallopian tubes by a catheter. Once in place, the device is designed to elicit tissue growth in and around the coils to form blockage of the tubes. The tissue barrier formed prevents sperm from reaching an egg; thus, preventing conception. The FDA has received over 5,000 reports of severe complications and unwanted side-effects from patients implanted wit ... Read More

Transvaginal Mesh Settlement Announced

$830 Million Transvaginal Mesh/Bladder Sling Settlement Announced Under the terms of a recently negotiated $830 million settlement, women who have complications because of an American Medical Systems’ (AMS) transvaginal mesh device can now receive compensation for their medical expenses and pain and suffering. Transvaginal mesh implants, often referred to as bladder slings, are medical devices that are designed to provide a less-invasive way to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. These problems had previously been treated with abdominal surgery; however, the implants could be inserted vaginally. Though the transvaginal mesh was created to allow women fast ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Ends BP’s Oil Spill Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has ended BP’s attempt to undo the settlement it negotiated with Gulf Coast residents and businesses in 2012.  Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement originally agreed to by BP, Gulf Coast residents and businesses will have until early June, 2015 to file their claims with the Deepwater Horizon Claim Center.  The Supreme Court’s decision of December 9, 2014 was widely expected by legal analysts.  BP lost its appeal at every level of the federal appellate court system.  As many analysts pointed out throughout the appeals process, BP had made too many statements contrary to its position taken on appeal for the Fifth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court  to rule in its ... Read More