Valsartan Recall

Valsartan Cancer Recall
Our firm is investigating claims against the manufacturers and distributors of the blood pressure medication Valsartan due to the negligence that allowed these tablets to contain trace amounts of carcinogens.  If you or a loved one too Valsartan and have been diagnosed with cancer of the stomach, bladder, or pancreas we want to speak with you.  Click here to contact us know or call/text 256-539-3110.  

3M Earplug Military Hearing Loss Claims

Do you have a military hearing loss claim?

If you were part of the active military and are now suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus due to defective 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.   We are investigating claims on behalf of the thousands of service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015 that were provided these defective earplugs.  We know there are great numbers of veterans across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee and we want to help those with hearing problems (loss and tinnitus) caused by defective earplugs.

Simply fill out a contact form, or call 888-539-3110 now to start your Free Case Consultation.

About Defective 3M Earplugs

The 3M Company recently agreed to pay the U.S. Government $9.1 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective dual-ended Combat Ear Plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection products.  The essence of the defect is that the earplugs were too short and could easily work themselves out of the ear during use.  Worse yet, 3M stands accused of fabricating data to make sure that these defectively designed earplugs passed governmental testing.

How do I know if I have a claim?  Veterans and active military who used the defective 3M earplug may be suffering from various symptoms, including:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Muffling of speech
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Withdrawal from conversions
  • Need for increased volume on TV and radio

If you or a loved one are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of defective 3M military earplugs, call us today.  We can help, let us prove it.

Firm offers Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for Tots

Free Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for TotsFirm offers Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for Tots

Our firm is sponsoring a CLE at the Athens Limestone County Library in December 14, 2018 from 8:45-3. The CLE has been approved for 6.0 hours of credit by the Alabama State Bar. (3.75 criminal/1.0 Ethics). The cost? A new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots valued at a minimum of $25.00! Unless you pre-register, then you pay the Grinch price of $75.00. No time to shop? Make a donation and we will buy the toys!

Topics for this CLE include: Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Ethics, Marketing, Increasing Office Efficiency, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disaability.

Lunch is included. Please consider donating and attending. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. We have some great speakers lined up this year. We are going hear from some niche lawyers that can help your clients with issues you cannot. There will be something for everyone to take back to their practice and use on Monday. We hope all of our lawyer friends will come and bring their friends!

Dealing with Domestic Issues through the Holidays

           This time of year, it is common for our domestic relations lawyers to hear “I just want to get through the holidays for the kids, then I am filing for divorce.”  This is not always the best strategy.  When you are miserable and cannot get along with your spouse, your kids know it and they suffer just like you do.  Sometimes it is best to go ahead and get it behind you.  For those that choose to gut it out, here are some ways to alleviate the stress and strain.

                First and foremost, do not fight over particular days on the calendar.  If you have to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve or December 26 to keep the peace, do it.  Find time to volunteer at places like the Manna House.  Helping people that do not know where their next meal is coming from is rewarding and helps you to gain perspective.

                Do not feel guilty about the pending (or ongoing) divorce will impact the kids’ holiday traditions.  Change is part of life and not always positive.  Divorce is unpleasant, but you deserve happiness just as the kids do.  Use this time as a learning tool for co-parenting.  When marriages are working, parents do not often think about co-parenting.  When marriages fail, co-parenting is essential to those with children.  Looks for ways to de-stress.  Yoga, exercise, your favorite hobby, mani-pedis, or whatever works for you.  You want to prevent the stress of the holiday season from compounding the stress of a strained marriage.

Often times the Holidays tend to make domestic issues worse than normal.  At Hodges Trial Lawyers we can help you deal with domestic issues if these problems seem to become the norm.  Contact us if you need to discuss any legal issues regarding these issues.

Winterizing Your Home

Well, it took a while, but the weather is finally starting to cool down. It’s time to turn the furnace back to heat and prepare for the chillier days of winter. Here are a few reminders of ways to prepare your home for winter.

  1. Change Furnace Filters – We all forget to change those pesky air filters, but they’re always important. Regularly changing the air filter saves you money, protects you from bacteria and viruses, and extends the life of your furnace.
  2. Reverse the fans – On the side of your fans, there is a little button you can flip to switch the rotation of the fan. Now is the time to do that. Clockwise rotation of the blades brings the hot air down to you. That’s what you want.
  3. Watch out for drafts – Be careful of letting that heat creep out of your home through your doors and windows. If you feel a cold breeze by the bottom of your windows or doors, you want to get that taken care of. A simple fix is to put a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door or window to keep the hot air inside where it belongs.
  4. Check the Thermostat – For every degree you lower your thermostat during the heating season you will save between 1-3% on your heating bill. Remember you’ll be wearing warmer clothes anyways, so don’t turn the heat up too far. Also, consider a programmable thermostat which will generally pay for itself within the first six months you own it.

Other helpful winter tips include:

Winter Accidents

Dangers of driving during the winter and spring

Winter Driving Tips

Common Sense Rules for Winter Driving