Consumer Justice Group http://consumerjusticegroup.com Lawyers for Change Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:01:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Worker’s Rights http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/workers-rights/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/workers-rights/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:33:33 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/?p=392 The Consumer Justice Group has lawyers who only handle workplace and labor law issues. Our expertise ranges from representing workers injured on the job because of employer negligence, to exposing the white-collar greed of corporations who refuse to pay their workers a fair wage, and by representing clients who were unfairly terminated. We know the tricks of the trade that employers use to keep from fairly compensating employees, and we are here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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Drug Recalls http://consumerjusticegroup.com/drugrecall/drug-recalls/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/drugrecall/drug-recalls/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:32:35 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/?p=389 It’s a regular news headline -- another prescription drug has been pulled off the market because of serious injury or even death. For years we have represented clients who have suffered serious injury from recalled prescription drugs. Sadly, there is no telling how many dangerous prescription drugs are still on the market today. But with the Consumer Justice Group’s expertise on FDA prescription drug recalls we are sure to give your case the legal expertise it deserves.

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Birth Injuries http://consumerjusticegroup.com/birth-injuries/birth-injuries/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/birth-injuries/birth-injuries/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:31:36 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/?p=386 Unfortunately, most injuries suffered during childbirth are the result of an unnecessary medical procedure or physician’s neglect. We have worked extensively with parents of children with cerebral palsy and represented clients who have experienced an botched C-sections which resulted in injury to the parent or infant. While we understand we cannot undo the hardships brought on by the actions of a negligent doctor, The Consumer Justice Group is there to make sure your family has the compensation and resources they need to move forward after such a tragedy.

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Unfortunately, most injuries suffered during childbirth are the result of an unnecessary medical procedure or physician’s neglect.  We have worked extensively with parents of children with cerebral palsy and represented clients who have experienced an botched C-sections which resulted in injury to the parent or infant.  While we understand we cannot undo the hardships brought on by the actions of a negligent doctor, The Consumer Justice Group is there to make sure your family has the compensation and resources they need to move forward after such a tragedy.

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Nursing Home Abuse http://consumerjusticegroup.com/nursing-home-abuse/nursing-home-abuse/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/nursing-home-abuse/nursing-home-abuse/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:29:11 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/?p=381 The thought itself is terrifying -- abuse or neglect taking place in the nursing home that is supposed to be caring for your loved one. And it happens all too often. Senior citizens are frequently left without someone to fight for their rights when nursing home abuse or neglect happens. That’s where the Consumer Justice Group comes in. We understand the hardship families face in trying to find a nursing home that will treat their loved one with dignity and respect because we have delivered results for clients all across the country facing nursing home abuse.

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Harassment http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/138/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/138/#comments Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:32:01 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=138 National employment laws exist to protect employee dignity and to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination, especially when the cause of the inappropriate workplace conduct is the employee’s protected status. Protected status covers most minority statuses, including national origin, race, religion, disability, sex or pregnancy. Under national workplace laws, employment decisions such promotion, termination or pay are […]

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National employment laws exist to protect employee dignity and to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination, especially when the cause of the inappropriate workplace conduct is the employee’s protected status. Protected status covers most minority statuses, including national origin, race, religion, disability, sex or pregnancy. Under national workplace laws, employment decisions such promotion, termination or pay are required to be based on merit, not on one’s protected status.

Of these protected statuses, sex-based discrimination is the most common form of workplace harassment reported. Despite its prevalence, the standards for a Tennessee sexual harassment lawsuit are strict and put the burden of proof on the employee and his or her attorney. The infrequent off-color or offensive joke or comment, sexual advance or undesired hug or touch is rarely enough to qualify a discrimination or sexual harassment case.

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When All People Are Not Treated Equal http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/when-all-people-are-not-treated-equal/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/when-all-people-are-not-treated-equal/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:00:21 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=31 Discrimination cases are often difficult to prove. Employees who suspect they are being treated unfairly because of their protected status (race, sex/gender identification, age, disability, nation of origin, or religion) but need hard evidence. That’s where a discrimination attorney can help. Find out more about protected statuses, identifying and documentingdiscriminatory work practices, workplace harassment, and how […]

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Discrimination cases are often difficult to prove. Employees who suspect they are being treated unfairly because of their protected status (race, sex/gender identification, age, disability, nation of origin, or religion) but need hard evidence. That’s where a discrimination attorney can help. Find out more about protected statuses, identifying and documentingdiscriminatory work practices, workplace harassment, and how our employment discrimination lawyers interpret recent Supreme Court decisions severely limiting the time a victim has to file a workplace discrimination lawsuit.

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Wage & Overtime Laws http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/overtime-and-hourly-underpayments-getting-a-fair-hour%e2%80%99s-pay-for-a-fair-hour%e2%80%99s-work/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/overtime-and-hourly-underpayments-getting-a-fair-hour%e2%80%99s-pay-for-a-fair-hour%e2%80%99s-work/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:59:45 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=29 Overtime and Hourly Underpayments: Getting a Fair Hour’s Pay for a Fair Hour’s Work The Fair Labor Standards Act, in addition to establishing the national minimum wage and the forty-hour overtime standard, contains many provisions for protecting workers from unfair pay practices. Recent cases against Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Citigroup have shown how these companies […]

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Overtime and Hourly Underpayments: Getting a Fair Hour’s Pay for a Fair Hour’s Work

The Fair Labor Standards Act, in addition to establishing the national minimum wage and the forty-hour overtime standard, contains many provisions for protecting workers from unfair pay practices. Recent cases against Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Citigroup have shown how these companies have systematically underpaid their employees. In this newsletter, learn the duties test for salaried employees and see if you, like millions of Americans, qualify forovertime compensation from your employer, even if you are paid salary. Click to read more about wage and hour laws for overtime payments.

Click to check out your state’s minimum wage laws.

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Welding Injuries: Arc Eye, Burns, and Manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease) http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/26/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/26/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:58:31 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=26 Welding has long been considered one of the most hazardous occupations in construction. Traditionally, welders had to fear workplace injury from burns, electricity, and “welder’s flash” (blinding and diminished vision, see below). Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at an additional workplace risk for less immediate but no […]

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Welding has long been considered one of the most hazardous occupations in construction. Traditionally, welders had to fear workplace injury from burns, electricity, and “welder’s flash” (blinding and diminished vision, see below). Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at an additional workplace risk for less immediate but no less serious conditions of lung, brain, and nerve damage, such as manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s disease).

In this Workers’ Rights newsletter, the Consumer Justice Group addresses both the physical injuries and the long-term workplace injuries and workplace risks facing welders.

Fire & Electrical Workplace Injuries Facing Welders
Welders make up over half a million workers in America’s workforce. Welding is also one of the most dangerous occupations because of the daily likelihood of workplace injury from burns and electricity.

Regardless of whether you’re welding outside using MMA welding or indoors with a GMAW welding system, science hasn’t figure out a way yet of putting two large pieces of metal together without a lot of heat at the point of the weld. The heat necessary for a weld is intense, and the dangers of burn injuries great. Spatter (hot metal) and sparks from the weld can cause second- and third-degree burns and ignite materials, including clothing. Before beginning any weld, make sure a Class C fire (“electrical fire”) extinguisher is nearby. Never use water because a lead’s electricity and water don’t mix. After any weld, the area should be observed to make sure the residual heat from the weld does not cause workplace fires and explosions.

Electrical shock is possible whenever electricity is present. Commonly confused by apprentice rod welders, the “ground connection” does not mean a “work lead” (the cable coming from the power supply connecting to what is to be welded). The work lead is not a grounding cable at all. A special ground lead from the power supply is necessary to be grounded safely. Simpler protections such as keeping your gloves dry and wearing your PPE (personal protective equipment) can prevent most electrical injury when welding.

Whether you’re hyperbaric welding underwater or doing TIG welding at a factory, it’s the managers’ job to explain the workplace hazards to their welders and to make sure that at least the minimum safety standards as per OSHA’s welding regulations (1910.252) are in place to prevent welding injuries.

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Arc Radiation and Welder’s Flash
Welder’s flash and other injuries occur from the intense ultraviolet light produced from the arc ray. Welders with skin exposed during welding can develop sunburns from this radiation. Welders not wearing proper eye protection or not keeping a safe distance from the arc ray can develop a painful condition known as welder’s flash (aka “arc eye” or “flash burns”).

Symptoms of welder’s flash include tearing eyes, light sensitivity, and even intense burning from eyes that feel constantly dry. Welder’s flash symptoms typically occur a few hours after exposure and disappear within a day-and-a-half. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotic eye drops/ointments to prevent eye infection and pain killers. Sometimes an eye patch is required. Although rare, arc radiation can penetrate the retina and cause permanent retinal damage, including cataracts, diminished vision, and higher sensitivity to light. Most commonly, the worst of the injury is the number of days missed, especially if these are unpaid.

Because of smoke and glare, welders sometimes position their heads too close to the arc and increase the risk for welder’s flash. Wearing cheaters (safety reading glasses) under the hood lets the welder get a better look at the weld and gauge distance. Auto-darkening helmets both protect the welder’s eyes and also prevent weld defects as the welder can better see to position the gun or electrode while the helmet is down.

Manganism, Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease
Manganese, an element that destroys brain cells and causes nerve damage, is a material found in welding rods, electrodes, and wire. Welding releases these toxic manganese molecules which can then be inhaled. According to the EPA report on manganese dangers, “The primary target of manganese toxicity is the nervous system, and common symptoms of toxic exposure include ataxia, dementia, anxiety, a ‘mask-like’ face, and manganism, a syndrome similar to Parkinson’s disease.”

Though manganism resembles Parkinson’s disease, the causes of manganism are unique to manganese poisoning. Research published in the journal Experimental Neurology and elsewhere has found that exposure to manganese reduces the brain’s dopamine levels, creating damage not found in Parkinson’s disease.

Dopamine is one neurotransmitter responsible for normal motor function. Both persons with Parkinson’s disease and manganism exhibit bradykinesia (slowed movement), problems with balance with a tendency to fall backwards, stiffness/rigidity, and difficult moving the face’s muscles. In later stages of manganism, the injured welder can experience short-term memory loss, slurred speech, sleep disorders, and impaired judgment. These symptoms can appear several months to several years after manganese welding exposure.

Welders with manganism’s Parkinson-like symptoms do not respond to levodopa and other treatments for Parkinson’s disease. In nearly all cases, manganism cannot be cured or reversed. The brain damage from manganism is permanent.

The Consumer Justice Group, Protecting Workers’ Rights and Health
Welding is a dangerous occupation. Welders know this before they sign on to work in potentially hazardous environments, but many injuries welders face such as manganism or unsafe equipment were either not known or hidden from them by employers more concerned with making a buck than their employees’ safety and wellbeing.

 

Lawyers for Change.
If you suspect you might have Welders’ Parkinson’s disease, suffered an on-the-job injury, or were hurt in some other way by employer negligence, the Consumer Justice Group would like to help. We have workplace injury lawyers throughout the nation and have experience helping clients receive compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We charge nothing unless you win.

 

The Workers’ Rights News is a service of the Consumer Justice Group.

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Popcorn Lung in Factory Workers http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/popcorn-lung-in-factory-workers/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/popcorn-lung-in-factory-workers/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:54:23 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=23 Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is fortunately a rare disease that affects the lungs of popcorn factory workers. The cause of popcorn lung is diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is the chemical that gives microwave popcorn its buttery smell, but inhaled in large quantities and with other chemicals in popcorn flavoring, diacetyl becomes a dangerous chemical permanently destroying the […]

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Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is fortunately a rare disease that affects the lungs of popcorn factory workers. The cause of popcorn lung is diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is the chemical that gives microwave popcorn its buttery smell, but inhaled in large quantities and with other chemicals in popcorn flavoring, diacetyl becomes a dangerous chemical permanently destroying the air sacs in the lungs of factory workers suffering from popcorn lung.

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Workplace Burn Injury and Workplace Law http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/workplace-burn-injury-and-workplace-law/ http://consumerjusticegroup.com/our-campaigns/workplace-burn-injury-and-workplace-law/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:54:09 +0000 http://consumerjusticegroup.com/wptest/?p=21 Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 U.S. workers each year, but not all workplace burns are from fires. Thermal burns can also occur from contact with hot objects present in many workplaces. Additionally, electrical, radiation, and chemical burns are dangers facing many other American workers, both those out in the […]

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Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 U.S. workers each year, but not all workplace burns are from fires. Thermal burns can also occur from contact with hot objects present in many workplaces. Additionally, electrical, radiation, and chemical burns are dangers facing many other American workers, both those out in the field and those inside factories and laboratories. Learn about workplace law and OSHA standards, burn prevention, the degrees of burn damage, and much more in our Workplace Burns Newsletter…

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