Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

The April 20 oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon has worsened. An estimated 5,000 barrels a day are leaking into the Gulf and headed for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. If you feel that your business or livelihood has been affected by this disaster. The lawyers of Taylor Martino plan to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all those affected by the spill. Taylor Martino provides aggressive, effective legal representation in courtrooms throughout the Gulf Coast region. Please contact us for more information.

Officials report that 210,000 gallons of oil are spilling per day. It is estimated that it will take 90 days to contain this spill. At this rate, the spillage will total 18.9 million gallons of oil – nearly twice as much as the Exxon Valdez spill.

Despite the extensive cleanup attempts following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, a study conducted by NOAA determined that as of early 2007 more than 26 thousand gallons of oil remain in the sandy soil of the contaminated shoreline, declining at a rate of less than 4% per year.

Almost 20 years after Exxon Valdez spill, a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina found that the effects are lasting far longer than expected. The team estimates some shoreline Arctic habitats may take up to 30 years to recover.

The Gulf of Mexico accounts for 40 percent of the seafood that is caught in the lower 48 states and consumed domestically.

With a total annual economic impact of $116 billion on the economy, fishing supports 1.1 million jobs and generates $30 billion in wages and $7.3 billion in tax revenues each year.

US landings of shrimp were valued at $442 million in 2008 up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Services.

Tourists spent $2.3 billion on Alabama’s beaches in 2008, supporting 41,000 workers, according to the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

A recent study concluded that powdered infant formula can cause serious illness or death in infants. The infants are typically diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can often lead to brain damage or death. Powdered infant formula can be contaminated with harmful bacteria during the manufacturing process or contaminated if not handled properly. Doctors often diagnose the illness as Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis, or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can be caused by the bacteria E. Sakazakii.

Over the past 40 years there have only been 50 reported cases of people affected with E. Sakazakii, but there is evidence to suggest that many cases go unreported. Most of the reported cases have been infants with the death rate being between 33% and 50%. Infants that do survive usually suffer permanent brain damage.

E. Sakazakii can be found in the environment, but scientific studies have linked the infection in infants to powdered infant formulas. Powdered infant formulas are not sterile and can become contaminated with high amounts of E. Sakazakii during the manufacturing process, or by improper preparation, dilution, storage, or hygiene.

Research has concluded that infants most at risk for becoming infected are those with low birth weights or less than two months old. This condition also suggests that infected infants may be lacking sufficient colonization of the gastrointestinal tract with normal bacterial flora to compete with the opportunistic pathogen, E. sakazakii. Similarly, in the adult cases, most had underlying diseases that could have increased their chances of being infected with E. sakazakii.

Infants that are infected by E. sakazakii show the following symptoms: poor feeding response, irritability, jaundice, grunting respirations, and instability of body temperature. As the infection progresses infants will being to suffer from severe neurological impairment, Ventriculitis, brain cysts and abscesses, cerebral infarction, and hydrocephalus.

If your infant has been diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia or your infant has been infected with E. sakazakii please click here to contact us.

 

 

Joseph Toomey and his mother are suing General Motors, Mobile County, Prichard and others for an unspecified amount of money as a result of the November 2007 crash that left the 17-year-old Satsuma High School football star paralyzed.

Toomey, 16, at the time, was driving a 1999 GMC Jimmy that overturned on Kushla McLeod Road in Prichard. The roof caved in, breaking the teenager’s neck and leaving him a quadriplegic, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit says in part that GM was negligent because the roof collapsed, and the seat belt Toomey was wearing allowed too much body movement. It says the county and Prichard were negligent because a sign that had warned of the curve where the crash occurred was hanging upside down the night of the crash, thus pointing in the opposite direction of the curve.

Richard Taylor, attorney for the Toomey family, said Toomey was obeying the speed limit and had not consumed any alcohol prior to the crash. Taylor said the truck was going 25 to 30 mph when the accident occurred.

Richard H. Taylor, Esq.
TAYLOR MARTINO, P.C.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
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Mobile, Alabama 36602

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