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October 2015 Archives

Fight looms over so-called asbestos reform legislation

Organizations that represent victims of asbestos exposure are beginning to organize opposition to a bill recently introduced in the United States Congress by two Republicans, Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. The bill is touted as helping victims obtain larger payments from asbestos trust funds, but opponents of the legislation have marshalled some convincing arguments showing that the bill actually hurts victims of asbestos exposure.

Damages that may be awarded in wrongful death claims

In the wake of a loved one's death, it can be enormously challenging to see past the grief, sadness and frustration you may be feeling. In cases where a loved one was very sick, people may have been experiencing these emotions for months or years before the person succumbed to the illness.

Jury awards $14 million to Celanese employee's family

In North Carolina and across the country, legislation to limit awards for exposure to asbestos have been garnering most of the headlines, but two recent cases - one discussed in our last post and the case that is the subject of this post - show that juries are still sympathetic to the plight of workers who were exposed to asbestos without either their knowledge or consent.

What is asbestosis and how is it treated?

Exposure to asbestos can lead to devastating health problems. Primarily, the exposure to asbestos causes or exacerbates lung problems because of the damage that the fibers can once they are inhaled. In some cases, the result is lung cancer or mesothelioma. In other cases, the result is severe scarring on the lung the tissue, which can be diagnosed as asbestosis.

Family awarded damages for mother's death caused by asbestos

As most North Carolina residents know, exposure to asbestos fibers occurs in many ways, from breathing asbestos fibers in a mine to washing clothes worn by workers who install asbestos-containing products. A federal court in Alabama has reaffirmed the link between asbestos product exposure and laundering work clothing by awarding $3.5 million in damages to the family of a woman whose only exposure to asbestos fibers was caused by her laundering asbestos laden clothing worn by her family.

Non-worker dies as a result of asbestos exposure after fire

Many asbestos-related illnesses are suffered by people who spent years working in environments where they were exposed to the fibers on a regular basis. They worked on railroads, in mines or performing construction or demolition on buildings made with materials containing asbestos.

Asbestos found in University of North Carolina dorms

A recent article in the Daily Tarheel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina, discusses the health risk - or lack thereof - for students who live in seven residence halls that have been found to contain asbestos in pipes, walls and ceilings. The article quotes both students and faculty members, and appears to conclude that the presence of asbestos-containing products is not an immediate health hazard. Unfortunately, such a conclusion may be erroneous.

Are some people predisposed to developing mesothelioma?

We have discussed the fact that there are some people who may be more likely to develop mesothelioma than others on this blog. We have noted that people in the military, construction workers, family members of people who worked with asbestos and workers who smoked are all among those who may be more likely to be diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma.

The considerable cost of a mesothelioma diagnosis

In our last post, we discussed the fact that many personal injury lawsuits are resolved through a settlement, not a courtroom trial. We also mentioned the fact that before a person agrees to or declines a settlement, several factors should be considered.


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