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August 2015 Archives

Negligence, misinformation alleged in wrongful death lawsuit

Exposure to toxic chemicals and materials can do severe and long-term damage to any person who ingests them. We often talk about asbestos exposure on this blog, but the truth is that asbestos is just one of many harmful chemicals that can do irreparable damage to a person's health.

Contractor faces $2 million fine for exposing workers to asbestos

This blog has frequently discussed the hazards posed by the renovation of older buildings in North Carolina and elsewhere that contain various types of asbestos-containing products. A recent administrative ruling by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") underscores the danger posed by the presence of asbestos-containing products in these older buildings.

Workers' compensation claim denied? Don't lose hope

Pursuing benefits for a serious workplace illness like mesothelioma can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. However, the end result should hopefully make it all worth it when you and your family start receiving benefits like workers' compensation.

What is asbestos and how is it harmful?

While many of us have heard of asbestos, there are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly asbestos is and how it can be harmful. Nearly all uses of asbestos have been prohibited in the United States since 1989, but it's important for people who live or work in older buildings to understand what the material is and its potential for harm.

How much can I expect to collect through workers' compensation?

Suffering an injury or getting sick through the course of your employment can be very upsetting. Not only can you feel bad because of your condition, but you may also have to deal with the stress of taking time off work and going to the doctor. Further, in addition to the time and energy you may be spending on your situation, you may also be facing some unexpected financial responsibilities as well.

Even after abatement efforts, asbestos can still remain

Every property owner should be aware that asbestos in building materials has the potential to do serious damage to a person's health if it is disturbed and released into the air. Once asbestos is airborne, the fibers can remain there for days making it very easy for people to unknowingly breathe m in or carry them offsite on their clothing.

Asbestos exposure sets case in motion

In a recent ruling that may affect asbestos lawsuits in North Carolina, a state court of appeals has deter-mined that a manufacturer may be liable in strict liability for asbestos that was used in another company's product. In most cases, a manufacturer cannot be held liable for damages resulting from asbestos exposure that was caused by another company's product. Using an exception to this rule, the California Court of Appeals reinstated a case brought by a man whose wife allegedly died from exposure to asbestos fibers on his work clothing.

Lawsuit alleges asbestos in car parts caused woman’s mesothelioma

In our last blog post, we discussed the fact that people in the automotive industry are at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness, asbestos was commonly used – and continues to be used – in several different car parts.

Mayo Clinic꞉ Asbestos most important risk factor for mesothelioma

Many people in North Carolina have died from a lung disease known as mesothelioma. This blog has frequently cited the association between mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos fibers. As a physician at the renowned Mayo Clinic recently pointed out, the exact causal connection between mesothelioma and asbestos has not been identified but asbestos exposure is still the "most significant risk factor" for contracting the disease.

Workers in the automotive industry: avoid the dangers of asbestos

If you work on cars, you know that it can take a lot of hours and skill to build or repair any one of the many parts on the vehicle. All this effort can truly pay off when a car is finished or starts running properly again, but for some people, this comes at a very high price.

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