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December 2016 Archives

Medical procedure can measure asbestos exposure and disease risk

One of the principal difficulties in treating people for asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma is the long time that elapses between initial exposure and the appearance of active symptoms. The length of time necessary to find active symptoms of mesothelioma prompted medical researchers at the University Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona to study the utility of using a well-known medical procedure, bronchoalveolar lavage, in detecting asbestos exposure.

Quebec town tries to leave name in the past

This blog has told many stories about victims of asbestos and of the diseases that it causes, but one victim is struggling to survive a different kind of illness: the effects of its name. Much of the asbestos that has caused illness and death in the United States and all over the world was mined in southern Quebec, and the town at the center of the mining operations adopted the name of the mineral that appeared to have created a never-ending stream of prosperity. Now, the town of Asbestos, Quebec is trying to escape the consequences of its unfortunate name.

Securing compensation in a work-related death action

For some workers in North Carolina, it is necessary to work within a high-risk environment. While it is not always safe for the health and wellbeing for some employees, working within these industries is important for society. Additionally, they can be very rewarding for those working in them. While it is apparent that these positions come with them certain risks for illnesses, employees often do not consider developing a fatal asbestos disease from the work environment.

Mesothelioma victim triumphs on appeal

A recent post on this blog explored the topic of take home liability for illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products. Take home liability refers to claims for asbestos product exposure made by persons who were exposed to asbestos fibers when they laundered or otherwise handled the clothes of the person who worked in the vicinity of airborne asbestos fibers. A recent state court decision clarified the law of take home liability that may help asbestos exposure victims in North Carolina and other states.

Is asbestos still a health hazard?

Most people in North Carolina know that asbestos has caused countless cases of serious respiratory disease including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, but many people also believe that the hazards of asbestos product exposure are a thing of the past. This belief is mistaken. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Labor, has adopted extensive regulations to protect humans from what is very much a current hazard.

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