There are any number of ways in which an Alabama individual or a family can find themselves in financial distress. Often, a job loss or medical emergency stretches a family's budget to a bursting point. Other times, poor investment decisions, along with the downturn in the economy contribute to unexpected problems. Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one option that offers immediate protection while also laying the ground work for a return to economic stability.
One couple from another state won a $20 million judgment in 2004 against a two companies that made popcorn. The husband worked at a plant that made butter flavoring, and the lawsuit claimed that diacetyl, a chemical used in the flavoring, had caused at least this man to contract and develop lung disease. Doctors testified he would eventually have to undergo a double lung transplant due to exposure to the chemical.