THE FIRM’S APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER

NEWS

  • Bernard and David were selected as 2015 Top Attorneys by Birmingham Magazine. Both attorneys were recognized for Workers’ Compensation. Please see BERNARD AND DAVID NOMBERG NAMED BIRMINGHAM MAGAZINE 2015 TOP ATTORNEYS
  • Bernard and David will be speaking at a workers’ compensation seminar in June. The seminar is the 7th annual “Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation” seminar sponsored by Sterling Education Services, Inc. and takes place in Montgomery on June 9, 2015. Bernard will be discussing “Social Media’s Effect on the Workers’ Compensation Claim” while David will be speaking on an “Overview of the Workers’ Compensation Claim”. For additional program details and registration information, please click on the link: Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation Seminar | Montgomery, AL
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sokol family as we mourn the passing of Alex Sokol. We worked with Alex and Alabama Forever on our Firm’s bicycle helmet giveaway the past two years. Alex was a pleasure to work with. These links are to the programs we worked on with Alex: LOCAL NON-PROFITS AND NOMBERG LAW FIRM PROVIDE CHILDREN BIKE HELMETS FOR WEATHER SAFETY and GIVE A CHILD A HELMET. Here is a touching tribute to his life: The Unconventional Life of Alex Sokol
  • The Firm was very proud to be a contributing corporate sponsor to Birmingham Southern’s Relay for Life fundraiser.

 

  • We congratulate David’s wife, Leigh Anne Nomberg, on her completion of a 400 mile run from Memphis, Tennessee to Mobile, Alabama in efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Leigh Anne was part of a team of friends that ran for four days to complete the run. The money raised goes directly to fund research that hopefully ensures a bright, healthy and successful future for the thousands of children diagnosed with cancer and other rare diseases. Al.com ran several articles detailing the event: St. Jude Memphis to Mobile runners roll into Tennessee
    The Firm contributed to this great cause and are proud of Leigh Anne and her Glory Runners teammates on completing their run and exceeding their fundraising goal. Pictured is Leigh Anne and her Glory Runners teammates.

RECENT CASES OF INTEREST

BP CLAIMS DEADLINE – The deadline to file is JUNE 8, 2015. If you know of any business owners located in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida who have not had their business evaluated for a BP business economic loss claim, now is the time. Business economic loss claims have been paid to thousands of businesses regardless of their distance from the gulf, or their lack of direct business with the gulf coast. Causation (i.e., that BP impacted the economic loss of a business) is not required for the settlement. BP decided instead to use a simple revenue/economic loss test as the mechanism for qualification.

WHISTLEBLOWER / QUI TAM – Whistleblower claims of government fraud ranging from Medicare/Medicaid to military contracts, and any other type of fraud involving a government contract. Under the False Claims Act (FCA) the whistleblower is entitled to a percentage of the recovery. The law provides citizen-plaintiffs, called “relators,” with powerful incentives – sometimes up to 30 percent of the amount recovered – to report instances of fraud against the federal government. The relator must have first-hand knowledge of the fraudulent activity. Common schemes involve double-billing for the same service, inaccurately coding services, and billing for services not performed. Studies show that as much as 10 percent of Medicare/Medicaid charges are fraudulent. Additionally, the Commission on Wartime Contracting has warned that the lack of oversight of government contractors has led to massive fraud and waste.

XARELTO – Lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. over the blood thinner Xarelto have been consolidated in Louisiana federal court. Xarelto has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. The Xarelto lawsuits come on the heels of the recent $650 million Pradaxa settlement. Researchers linked Pradaxa, also a blood thinning medication, to more than 500 deaths. Xarelto blood thinner litigation has been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who presided over suits against Merck & Co. related to its medication Vioxx. The Vioxx litigation resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement in 2007.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY – If you think you or a loved one qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, please consider contacting us. We can guide you through the arduous process.

REGLAN – is a drug used to treat many gastrointestinal disorders. The makers of Reglan failed to warn users that the medication has a very permanent and very severe side effect. Because of this, numerous lawsuits have equaled multimillion dollar payouts to victims of this medication.

DRAM SHOP – It is against the law in Alabama to sell or furnish alcohol to someone that causes injury to another as a result of being intoxicated. This law is referred to as the “Dram Shop Act.” If you are injured by a drunk driver, the injured person can pursue a claim against the intoxicated driver and the server or establishment that sold or provided the alcohol to the intoxicated person.

CASES THE FIRM IS INVESTIGATING

CAR/TRUCK ACCIDENTS THAT OCCUR WHILE WORKING – Many of our clients are injured in auto/truck accidents occurring while they are working. We can assist injured workers who are injured as a result of these type accidents. In addition to the workers’ compensation claim, compensation may be available due to a 3rd party causing the accident. We represent injured workers in their claims against other drivers who have caused these type accidents.

ASHLEYMADISON.COM DATA BREACH – By now you have probably seen the headlines: About 37 MILLION men and women’s (mostly men) Ashley Madison profiles were hacked in a cyber attack. Information such as names, addresses, e-mail addresses and other very personal information was released. If you or somebody you know was affected by the Ashley Madison data release, contact us immediately for a free case consultation.

WHISTLEBLOWER / QUI TAM – Whistleblower claims of government fraud ranging from Medicare/Medicaid to military contracts, and any other type of fraud involving a government contract. Under the False Claims Act (FCA) the whistleblower is entitled to a percentage of the recovery. The law provides citizen-plaintiffs, called “relators,” with powerful incentives – sometimes up to 30 percent of the amount recovered – to report instances of fraud against the federal government. The relator must have first-hand knowledge of the fraudulent activity.
Common schemes involve double-billing for the same service, inaccurately coding services, and billing for services not performed. Studies show that as much as 10 percent of Medicare/Medicaid charges are fraudulent. Additionally, the Commission on Wartime Contracting has warned that the lack of oversight of government contractors has led to massive fraud and waste.

XARELTO – Lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. over the blood thinner Xarelto have been consolidated in Louisiana federal court. Xarelto has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death.
The Xarelto lawsuits come on the heels of the recent $650 million Pradaxa settlement. Researchers linked Pradaxa, also a blood thinning medication, to more than 500 deaths. Xarelto blood thinner litigation has been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who presided over suits against Merck & Co. related to its medication Vioxx. The Vioxx litigation resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement in 2007.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY – If you think you or a loved one qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, please consider contacting us. We can guide you through the arduous process.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

David is a very attentive attorney. He calls to let you know what’s going on with the case at all times. During the case, David sends out correspondence on when there is going to be a meeting with the opposition. He also calls to make sure you understand all aspects of the case and that you receive a letter in the mail. He meets with you to make sure we are both on the right pages, and understands what can happen in a court of law. If their are problems with getting Dr. appointment he will make sure you get your appointments. David won the settlement out of court for myself and my spouse. Excellent attorney.

Thomas B., Helena, Alabama

Mr. Bernard Nomberg was very effective in my case and handled it very proficiently as this case required many hours of his time. His office staff was always able to handle any of my questions and treated me as if they had known me my whole life. Mr. Nomberg has not only exceeded my expectations in my case, but has so much humanity for his clients and makes sure its handled with the dignity and privacy it required to take on my case as it was so sensitive.

Trish S., Talladega, Alabama

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Steve Altmann has been assisting consumers and business owners with bankruptcy matters for more than 27 years. 

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