Early Settlement Of A Case Can Be Expensive

There are law firms in Birmingham and the State of Alabama that appear to place a premium on settling their cases without working them up and filing them in court.  There is nothing wrong with that in some cases, while in others, settlement without filing costs the client a lot of money -- perhaps 3-4 times the amount of the settlement.

If the value of the case is small, i.e., under $50,000, then an early settlement is often the best route, since the out-of-pocket expenses to file and prepare the case for trial will consume most of the expected recovery.

If the case is a products liability case or a medical malpractice case, the value has to be in the hundreds of thousands for a products liability case and about a million dollars for a medical malpractice case to justify filing these cases in court.  Crashworthiness cases or auto design cases also have to be in the million dollar range to justify filing them in court. If the values are less than this the best course of action is to attempt an early settlement.

However, in those cases that are large enough to justify filing and preparing, an early settlement is rarely to the advantage of the plaintiff.  Absent a problem with insurance coverage or a solvent defendant, an early settlement of these cases can easily cost the plaintiff 3-4 times the amount of the settlement.  Unfortunately, it appears that this may be happening more and more.  Individuals with potential personal injury and death claims should question any attorneys they consult about their settlement/litigation practices to be sure an early settlement does not cost them large sums of money. 

If you have a potential case, talk to us first. We will sit down with you to talk about your specific case and let you choose the option that works best for your individual situation.

 

-Lloyd Gathings, Senior Partner at Gathings Law

Tip Of The Week: Do Not Talk About Your Injury On Social Media

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This week’s Tip of the Week featuring Lloyd Gathings, a senior partner at Gathings Law, is to not talk about your injury on social media. These days, people use social media to stay connected with their friends and family and share bits and pieces of their lives online. However, if you are injured because of a car wreck, an on-the-job injury, defective product, or any wrongful act of another person, be very careful talking about it online. If that injury may lead to you being involved in a lawsuit, the other side will try to use whatever they can against you, including your social media posts; whether you post about your injury or not. As Lloyd says in this week’s video, it’s probably better to stay off social media all together until you talk to your lawyer about what is and is not appropriate for you to post. If you or a loved one has been injured and you need a lawyer to help you with your next steps, call Gathings Law. We truly care about our clients and will work hard in your best interest

As a reminder, Gathings Law will be posting different legal tips every week on social media. If you have any questions that you want answered, tell us what you’d like to hear about next; we’d love to hear from you. Go to our Facebook page, @GathingsLaw, to cast your vote for next week’s topic. To make sure that you don’t miss any Tips of the Week, follow Gathings Law on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @GathingsLaw.

Today Is Election Day

Election day doesn’t just come around every four years in November. Today is one of Alabama's election days and for much of the state, the main item on the ballot is Alabama’s special election primary for a seat in the US Senate. A US Senator’s job is to represent the people in their state while writing legislation and voting on bills that may or may not become laws. Each state has two senators, so there are 100 seats total in the Senate. The position currently open was once held by Jeff Sessions, who made the position available when he was appointed Attorney General of the United States. He was replaced temporarily by Luther Strange, who is one of the people on the ballot this time around. Alabama’s other Senator is Richard Shelby, who has held his seat in the US Senate since 1987.

There are many candidates in this special election primary on both the Republican and Democratic side. The outcome of today will help determine who will be the candidates in the general election for the US Senate seat. AL.com has written profiles for both the Republican and Democratic candidates. If you are unfamiliar with the candidates, take a look a look at the profiles so you be a more informed voter.

For the Republican candidate profiles click here. 

For the Democratic candidate profiles click here.

The polls will be open today from 7am to 7pm. You can find out your polling place and information here. We encourage you to go out and vote today so that you can be a part of helping determine the future of our state and country.

Tip Of The Week: Be Mindful Of What You Say After A Car Wreck

The Tip of the Week this week featuring Gathings Law’s Senior Partner, Lloyd Gathings, is to be mindful of what you say after a wreck. Living in the South, we were all raised to say “Please”, “Thank you”, and “I’m sorry”. However, if you are involved in a wreck with another person and you apologize to them, even though you’re not at fault, it can be used against you in court as an admission of fault. If ever there was a time to drop your southern manners, it would be after a car wreck. However, even if you don’t plan on apologizing to the other person be mindful of what you say because whatever you say, whether you are apologetic or angry, can be brought up in court during a trial.

Starting this week, Gathings Law will be posting different legal tips every week on social media. If you have any questions that you want answered, tell us what you’d like to hear about next. Go to our Facebook page, @GathingsLaw, to cast your vote for next week’s topic. To make sure that you don’t miss any Tips of the Week, follow Gathings Law on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @GathingsLaw.

Gathings Law Fights For A Man Injured On The Job

We are working on a case with a truck driver who was injured on the job. Our client was severely injured as the result of another employee removing a safety device from a truck. That incident has forced our client to undergo a number of surgeries and has had his life and mobility drastically altered. Since we always want to ensure that our clients are receiving the best possible service from us, we researched how our client’s injuries could affect him in the future. We  worked with medical experts to document the expected surgeries and other complications he will face down the road as a result of his injuries. We are now not only fighting for our client to receive the compensation he deserves for his immediate medical expenses, but we are also fighting to make sure that he is compensated for his future discomfort and future medical expenses as well.

In this case, and every case we handle, we do our utmost to make sure that the companies or people responsible for the problems are held accountable. For this particular case, we also hired investigators to serve copies of the complaint on the defendants.

We understand that a life-altering injury is a traumatic experience that doesn’t stop just because the initial pain goes away. The impact can continue for years. In this case, we are litigating aggressively and setting depositions to push the case to trial as fast as possible so that we can quickly get our client the compensation and justice that he deserves so that he can feel secure again.

If you or a loved one is injured on the job, do not hesitate to call us. We will work hard to seek the justice to which you are entitled.

Safety Precautions For The Water This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to go swimming at the pool or take a trip to lake. Besides the typical safety precautions for swimming, such as flotation devices for small children and waiting 30 minutes after eating to go swimming, there is something else you should be weary of-electric shock drowning. Unfortunately this is a very real danger in bodies of water where there is electricity near or in the water. Electric shock drowning occurs when electricity, possibly from defective pool lights or loose wires on docks and boats, is released into the water. The electric current paralyses any swimmers in the area making them incapable of swimming, which can result in drowning.

We here at Gathings Law want to make sure that you and your loved ones stay safe this summer. In order to help prevent you, your friends, or your family from possibly drowning due to electric shock please make sure that the electricity around or in your pool, dock, or boat is secured. Make sure that there are no loose wires on any sources of electricity in or near the water. If someone is suddenly paralyzed in the water due to electric current, turn of the power to the electricity sources immediately. Do not go in the water to assist anyone until the power has been shut off.

If you or a loved one is harmed this summer, please know that our lawyers at Gathings Law are here to help.

Bill Blocking Patient Rights Moves to Senate

Yesterday, H.R. 1215 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 218-210.  Not one single Democrat supported the bill, and 19 Republicans opposed it.  The bill now passes to the Senate for consideration, before receiving an ultimate up-or-down vote there.

As we’ve explained in a previous blog post, H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act,” does almost nothing to protect Americans’ access to care.  Make no mistake.  Yesterday’s House passage of H.R. 1215 protects no one except big pharmaceutical companies, and negligent nursing home caregivers.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families lose loved ones as the result of avoidable medical errors, defective drugs, and poor nursing home care.  There’s no replacement for the loss of a loved one.  And nothing can assuage the feelings of grief and frustration that consume a family who knows that it didn’t have to be this way.

But throughout our country’s history, there has been some recourse, some way in which these families can take action, to fight so that the wrong that was done to them is less likely to happen again in the future.  It’s been the legal system—judges, juries, and lawyers—who have provided that recourse.  Justice has been a right we’re all allowed to pursue.

H.R. 1215, frankly, seeks to undermine that right to an extent that is unprecedented in our country’s history.  By capping non-economic damages at $250,000, the bill essentially makes it impossible for an individual to punish a pharmaceutical company in any way that is meaningful.  Hitting a pharmaceutical company with $250k in non-economic damages is like hitting Lawrence Taylor with a fly-swatter.  He isn’t going to bat an eye.  This bill’s cap on damages will allow Big Pharma to literally budget for the harm they know their defective drugs to be capable of.  Greedy pharmaceutical companies already do this, to a certain extent.  But with the cap, many more defective drugs will project as profitable, and you can expect a lot more of them to hit the market.

The bill also protects nursing home caregivers who don’t treat their patients like they should.  It is heartbreaking to see, but the sad fact is that these people exist.  Not every nursing home in our country provides senior citizens with the decency and care they’re entitled to.  If H.R. 1215 passes, a nursing home with horrific conditions is more likely to remain in business.  If this is the type of care Congress thinks they’re “protecting access” to, then I guess the bill is accurately named.

The bill’s passage in the House was troubling.  But it’s not too late.  The close vote in the House suggests the bill could be divisive when it is introduced in the Senate.  Please take the time to write, call, or email your Senator today.  Easy instructions are available at http://takejusticeback.com/protectpatients.  Make your voice heard.  Tell the Senate to vote NO on H.R. 1215.

 

Gathings Law Fights For The Family Of A Man Killed On The Job

In one of our most recent cases, we are representing the family of a man who was killed on the job. The man was a truck driver and was killed on the interstate as the result of a tire blowout. That blown out tire caused his heavy truck to flip and go off the highway. We have extensive experience with product liability cases and have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tire. We always strive to give our clients personalized attention and the best possible service. For this case, we have hired investigators to analyse the crash to give further insight into the events that took place. We have also called in an expert witness who has decades of experience with tire manufacturing to give a scientific opinion of what happened to the tire in order to help further our case.

Additionally, we are working hard to ensure that the family recovers all the benefits they are entitled to under workers compensation laws and we helped to set up an estate for the family. The loss of a loved one is a tragic event and we know how hard it is to have your life turned upside down in an instant. That’s why, at Gathings Law, we always go the extra mile for our clients to help them be protected.

If you or a loved one has experienced the devastating loss of a family member due to an on the job injury or unsafe product, give us a call. You are not in this alone; we are here to help.

Congress Attempts to Limit Patient Rights in Medical Cases

This week, Congress will debate H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access To Care Act.” Unfortunately despite its friendly name, the bill does very little to protect anyone’s access to care. Instead, the bill protects pharmaceutical companies and negligent nursing homes from liability for wrongful conduct.

If H.R. 1215 is allowed to pass, then people who have been wronged by defective drugs and negligent nursing home caregivers will have a difficult time obtaining justice through the legal system. The bill caps non-economic damages in these cases at $250,000, even when the defendant is found to have acted intentionally or recklessly to harm the plaintiff.

The proposed federal statute would preempt many state laws currently on the books. States that have decided not to cap damages in medical drug and device cases, for example, would become subject to the $250k cap.

The bill is explicitly written to protect pharmaceutical companies who knowingly place catastrophically defective products on the market. It would leave families whose lives have been destroyed by these products, tragically, with little recourse.

The vote on this bill is coming up soon, so if you oppose H.R. 1215, you need to make your voice heard now. Debate begins tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27, with a vote on final passage scheduled for Wednesday, June 28. Easy instructions for calling and writing your representative are available at http://takejusticeback.com. Make your voice heard. Say no to H.R. 1215.

Alabama Association of Justice Meeting

Having served as President of the Alabama Association of Justice (formerly the Alabama Trial Lawyers) over 25 years ago, I became inactive with the Association, probably due to burn out from reading and participating in huge amounts of legislation.  However, the Association has always had great continuing legal education seminars that I have had the pleasure of speaking at many times.  Last week I attended the annual meeting and seminar in Destin, Florida. The seminar was so good that my toes never touched the sand on the beach and I came back as pale as I went.

 

While the seminar was oriented more towards Plaintiff litigation, the points made were also applicable to my representation of my business clients.  Judge Carole Smitherman's presentation regarding the do's and don't's of jury trials was alone worth the trip.  

 

All continuing education seminars, whether I am a speaker or just an attendee, give me fresh thoughts on my practice.  Sometimes the speaker gives you a nugget, or just listening to the topic causes your mind to give you a nugget.  Either way I come away with more and better tools in my trial bag to represent my clients, whether individuals or businesses.

 

Lloyd Gathings

9 Things To Do In A Car Crash

Every 13 minutes, someone in Alabama is injured in a car accident. It is one of the most common reasons that people go to court. Car crashes can be unnerving and you can be left unsure of what to do next. Take a look at this list now so that if you are ever in a car accident, you have something to think about.

 

  1. Stay calm and make sure everyone is safe. If anyone is injured, call 911 right away.

  2. Check for any damage to your car and any other car involved in the accident.

  3. Take pictures of the damage and the scene. Take pictures of the license plates as well so that you don’t forget the information.

  4. Take notes of the surrounding area. Record the information of what happened and what the conditions were while the details are fresh in your mind. Write down the other license plate numbers and descriptions of the cars involved.

  5. Get information from witnesses. Get the names and contact information of everyone who witnessed the accident.

  6. Contact your insurance company.

  7. Keep track of any money you spend out-of-pocket and everything you had to do related to the accident.

  8. Do not agree automatically to anything insurance companies tell you. You do not have to accept their first offer for damages.

       9. If you have any trouble, contact us and see how we can help you.

Juneteenth

Today in 1865, slavery officially ended in the United States. The celebrated day goes by the name “Juneteenth” which is short for June 19th. Today is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. On this day in 1865, Union General Granger, along with 1,800 federal troops, traveled to Galveston, Texas and read General Order Number 3 to the citizens of Texas that stated, “...all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”. The Emancipation Proclamation had been issued by President Abraham Lincoln 2 years earlier but Texas plantation owners had withheld the information.

On June 19, 1865, 250,000 people were freed in the state of Texas. Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday in 1979 and is celebrated all over the country. However, Texas is the only state to recognize it as a state holiday. There are many people are calling for Juneteenth to become a nationally recognized holiday. Whether it is an officially recognized holiday or not, many communities across the United States are celebrating today with parades and educating others about this part of American history.

 

Source:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/19/what-juneteenth-day-marks-end-slavery-united-states/407927001/

Happy National Flag Day

June 14th is National Flag Day in the US and although it is not as largely celebrated as some of the larger American holidays, it is day that Americans celebrate their country’s beginnings. Flag Day is a holiday that celebrates the creation of the American flag and what it stands for. The design for the American flag that we know today was agreed upon by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution for the flag read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  Now, while the birth of the United States has been officially recognized by Congress since 1870, Flag Day was not officially recognized by Congress until 1949.

There are many different stories as to how Flag Day came to be. One of the most popular claims about the origins of Flag Day is that it was started by school teachers across the US in 1877, a hundred years after the design for the flag was adopted. Teachers were conducting patriotic ceremonies in the classroom as a means to teach their students about American history. One of the teachers, Bernard J. Cigrand, lobbied Congress for years in order to have the celebration of the flag become a recognized holiday. Cigrand was dubbed the “Father of Flag Day”. Other patriotic groups also fought for the flag to have its own day of celebration but to no avail. Both President Woodrow Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, declared that June 14th was to be National Flag Day; however, Flag Day was not made official until 1949 by an Act of Congress.

 

Sources: https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagday.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/old-glory/

http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/history-independence-day/

Divorce and Children

A divorce is a life changing decision and effects not only the couple, but any children involved as well. Divorce brings about big changes in a child’s life and it can be hard to help them adjust to the situation. When children are part of a divorce, it’s important to take them into consideration and make sure that they are not put into a daunting or confusing position. Children are very impressionable and having a good parental influence in their lives will undoubtedly benefit them. You may be angry at your spouse, however, they are still the parent of your children. Be mindful of what you say about your spouse around your child as this will affect how they view you and your spouse for many years to come.

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When it comes to the legal system, harsh words, such as custody and visitation, are thrown around and may be overwhelming for child. Coming up with words that are more kid-friendly, such as ‘parenting-plan’, may help to ease your children into the transition that is taking place.

The transition for children during a divorce will take some time. Even if you and your spouse don’t move far away from each other, your children will miss the presence of their mother or father on a regular basis. It will be difficult for them to understand why their other parent is not around constantly. It is important to have a regular schedule to be with your children so that they can have consistency in their lives and see both of their parents regularly. Your regular plans for holidays and birthdays will also take some rearranging.  

There is a lot that goes on in a divorce and it can be overwhelming. Our lawyers here at Gathings Law are here to help. We will ensure that this time in your life isn’t harder than it has to be for you or your children. If you or someone you love is going through a divorce, let us be there for you.

Debunking Prenuptial Agreements

Divorce can be an intimidating word and when you’re getting ready to get married, it is hopefully one of the last words on your mind. Flowers, friends, and forever are often more of the words on your mind. However, it can be a good decision to take a little time and think about protecting your assets. A prenuptial agreements is not the most romantic item on your wedding to-do list, but it could just be the most important. However, prenuptial agreements have a bad reputation and there are many myths surrounding them. Let’s debunk some of them.

1. If I sign a prenuptial agreement I’m not really in love. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Life rarely goes according to plan and it is always in your best interest to make sure that you are prepared for whatever may come your way. Signing a prenuptial agreement does not make you more likely to get a divorce but, if done correctly, it will ensure that your assets remain safe in the event of a divorce. This doesn’t mean that you love your spouse any less. Divorce is hard on everyone involved and emotions can be high. In the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement will ensure that your assets are protected.

2. Prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthier spouse. Prenuptial agreements, by design, are meant to protect both spouses in the event of a divorce. They are meant to be fair to both parties and a prenuptial agreement that is unfair or heavily favoring one side can be questioned by the court.

3. I don’t need a prenuptial agreement because I am not rich. Prenuptial agreements are not meant to protect only wealthy people. They ensure that if something happens, your assets and your future are protected.

Proper prenuptial agreements can be difficult; they require a full disclosure of all current assets and obligations. Our team at Gathings Law will develop a plan for you that will ensure that your agreement remains valid even though your financial or personal situation may change drastically during the course of your marriage. Don’t let the myths you hear about prenuptial agreements stop you from protecting yourself and your assets. If you or a loved one is getting ready to celebrate a wedding, call us at Gathings Law so that we can protect you from the “what if” so all you have to worry about is the “I do”.

Stay Safe This Summer

Summer is finally here. School is out and families take this time to be with each other and often travel and take extended vacations. Unfortunately, more people on the road means the risk of an accident increases. We here at Gathings Law want to make sure that you stay safe out on the roads so that your family vacation is memorable for all the right reasons. In order to stay safe, here are some helpful tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

1. Always buckle up. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going for a short drive, you never know what could happen and it could just save your life. You should also make sure that everyone in the car is buckled too.

2. Don’t drink and drive. This is a rule that everyone has heard over and over again, but not everyone abides. There are drivers out there that think, “That will never happen to me” or “I haven’t had that much to drink.” If you have been drinking, you should not be driving. When you combine drinking, and driving you’re not only putting yourself at risk but, you’re endangering the lives of everyone around you. If you know you’re going to go out drinking, take a cab or another type of car service to your destination so that you aren’t tempted to get behind the wheel. There are many car service apps available on your smartphone, such as Uber, that it would be beneficial for nights out. You can also store the local cab service’s number in your phone before you go out or ask a bartender to call a cab; they want to make sure you get home safely too. There is no good reason anyone should be drinking and driving when so many other options are available.

3. Check your tires before you go. You may be ready to hit the beach, but before you go you need to make sure that your tires are as ready as you are. Don’t forget to check the wear and tear on your tires and check the air pressure. If your tire gives out, it could put a real damper on your vacation and potentially be very hazardous. You also want to make sure that you have a spare tire readily available just in case.

4. Watch out for the kids. Make sure that any children traveling with you are properly secured, either in car seats or boosters seats. Also, don’t leave any children unattended in a hot car, summer heat can be dangerous.

Wherever your travels take you this summer, know that if you or someone you love is injured on the road-we’ve got your back. Give us a call, we’re here to help.

Every Small Business Needs a Lawyer

Almost all of my small business clients have come to me because some other business breached its contract with my client, defrauded my client, infringed on a trademark or wrongfully foreclosed on their business property. Those actions can be tough for businesses of any size, but they can hit small businesses even harder.

Thankfully, we have been able to step in and help our clients get back on track. We aren't just able to recover for the immediate losses, we also seek to recover the lost profits. This has allowed the businesses to survive and prosper.

Many of these businesses have become long term clients -- not because they keep having problems, but because they have discovered that we can help them in many ways other than litigation. Our experience comes from many years in litigation, all of which involved settlement negotiations, sometimes into the millions of dollars. Those negotiations have given us a significant expertise in business negotiations.

Those skills have been very useful in helping clients negotiate all forms of contracts, including the sale or partial sale of business assets. We have also reviewed our clients' business contracts and written additional contracts to try to keep them from more litigation.

These contracts have included international trade agreements, which have their own special provisions due to the international nature of the contracts and special requirements of some countries, such as Indonesia, in order to do business there.

Of course, one law firm is not the best for every legal need -- not even the mega-firms. One size does not fit all. So when one of our business clients comes up with a problem we don't handle, we know from all of our experience the best lawyer to hire for that problem. We have done that many times for our business clients.

So why does every business need a lawyer? For all of the items mentioned above which will eventually come into play with your business, if they have not already done so.

Lloyd Gathings, Senior Partner

 

Drive Carefully This Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday. In our house, it’s time for corned beef and cabbage and a whole lot of green clothing. And for many people, the holiday means a glass of Irish whiskey and green beer. That’s what also makes it a dangerous holiday.

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From 2010 to 2014, the National Highway Transportation Administration found that 266 people were killed in car crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. A high number of those deaths came because of crashes involving drunk drivers. 

Stay safe on the roads this weekend. Even if you haven’t been drinking, there will unfortunately be plenty of drivers who have been drinking. And if you are walking, watch out for drunk drivers as well.

And remember, if you or a loved one is injured because of a drunk driver this weekend, we've got your back. Call me, I'd love to help.

Lloyd
 

Be Careful at Work and on the Roads! Daylight Saving Time is Here.

Feeling a little more tired this morning? You are not alone. You may be able to blame your fatigue the switch to Daylight Saving Time. It’s hard to get your body onto the new schedule and as a result, researchers have found that on average, Americans sleep 40 minutes less the night after “springing forward.”

That shift can mean you’re late to church on Sunday but on Monday it means you are more likely to get injured at work. The Atlantic took a look at some of the reasons why, focusing on a 2009 study of coal miners. That study showed that injuries jumped by more than 5 percent the Monday after DST began. And on top of that, the injuries that occurred on those Mondays were more severe!

When you realize that Americans are getting 40 minutes less sleep, the increase in injuries isn’t a big surprise. Many studies have shown the impact of fatigue on drivers and workers. Our own experiences likely back that up. You’re more likely to make mistakes (and so are those around you) when you are tired.

And not to add insult to injury but car accidents also increase the week after Daylight Saving Time begins. Researchers speculate that the increase is not only due to less sleep, but also because it stays darker later so while it may have been daylight last week when we drove to work, this week it’s dark.

So the bottom line for this week is that you should try to get to sleep a little earlier, drive a little more carefully, and be conscious of how tired those are around you. But if you are injured this week, please let me know. I’d like to help.

Lloyd 

PS You can read more about the DST studies in The Atlantic's article.

How Do Chemicals Still Get Into Our Water?

It’s a fact that companies all around us are using chemicals that are hazardous to our health. It’s simply unavoidable, you can’t make everything that companies do without using dangerous chemicals and substances. But the problems come when factories finish with those chemicals. How do they get rid of it?

A look at Garbage Mountain in Morgan County.

A look at Garbage Mountain in Morgan County.

I recently came across a story done by WHNT in Huntsville that did a good job explaining how dangerous chemicals ended up in the East Lawrence – West Morgan Water Authority’s supply. That’s the problem that cause the authority’s director to tell residents to stop drinking the water.

3M and other companies haven’t been using the chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS, for years but they are still showing up in the water. Why? Well it’s because of how the chemicals were disposed of for years. WHNT visits a nearby landfill called Garbage Mountain and explains how it is where “3M dumped tons of industrial waste.”

WHNT was told that more contaminants can be found around the 3M property.

WHNT was told that more contaminants can be found around the 3M property.

Check out the story on WHNT’s website to see how this isn’t  a secret, in fact Alabama’s Department of Environmental Management has even approved the process. 

Lloyd