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What are the effects of asbestos poisoning?

Asbestos has a strong reputation for existing in old buildings before the dangerous consequences were fully known. Although toxic, it is actually a naturally occurring mineral that is invisible to the naked eye. It was beneficial to buildings because of its strength and heat resistance.

Asbestos can sit behind walls in buildings without causing any human damage, however if the asbestos fiber is disturbed, it can be inhaled without being noticed, and become trapped within the lungs. The consequences of this can be disastrous. Asbestos trapped in the lungs can cause chronic lung disease and has been linked with many cancers. This can happen even decades after the original exposure.

Not just a U.S. problem: Mesothelioma is seen around the world

By now, you may know a good deal about the ongoing health crisis caused by asbestos exposure in the United States, with the majority of mesothelioma cases attributed to exposure. Each year, about 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the deadly disease.

It is not as commonly known that mesothelioma afflicts many people in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Asbestos-related diseases are a global problem, and victims and their families need help with diagnosis, treatment and compensation. 

Your job may be putting you at risk for lung disease

Lung disease affects many workers in Illinois and the rest of the nation. Unfortunately, it has been difficult in the past to spot the earliest signs of this sometimes life-threatening disease. Unless you schedule a CT (computerized axial tomography) scan at the earliest opportunity, the disease might be overlooked until it has advanced to a dangerous degree.

In our Illinois legal practice, we have seen many cases of lung disease. While workers' compensation can and does help those who have contracted work-related lung disease, there are sometimes complications you should know about. Over 100 illnesses fall in the interstitial lung disease family. One thing that can complicate workers' compensation claims is that it may be difficult to determine if the illness arose due to work or from a nonworking environment.

Mesothelioma: What are the early symptoms and signs?

Every year, thousands of individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer typically linked to asbestos exposure. One of the most frightening aspects of mesothelioma is that victims may not show any symptoms until decades after they first inhaled the microscopic asbestos fibers.

So, if you have ever encountered asbestos -- whether recently or many years ago -- you need to familiarize yourself with the early signs and symptoms of mesothelioma, especially since you never know when, or if, this deadly disease will rear its ugly head.

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts: What Every Mesothelioma Victim Should Know

Our firm recently published a SlideShare that outlines why asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created and how they can be used to help provide compensation to mesothelioma victims. If you would like to learn more about asbestos bankruptcy trusts, we encourage you to review this new SlideShare.

Family wins huge asbestos-related wrongful death suit

The United States has known about the dangers of asbestos for many decades. States in the nation have struggled to remove asbestos from structures built before its dangers were known. Despite standards surrounding the use and removal of asbestos, it is safe to say that people still suffer from mesothelioma/asbestos-related illnesses. This is especially so for those who were raised in the mid-1900s.

A California family has received a massive judgment against a well-known American brand for the 2015 asbestos-related death of a loved one. A civil jury has recently ordered Hillshire Brands Co. to pay $13 million for the death of a 61-year-old man who was sickened with mesothelioma, a cancer commonly associated with asbestos.

Sep. 26th is Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- so start wearing blue

Started in 2004, Mesothelioma Awareness Day lands on September 26 this year. Not only does this very important day bring more awareness to mesothelioma -- a cancer typically linked to asbestos exposure -- but it also helps generate funding to fight this deadly disease.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is encouraging everyone -- including family, friends and coworkers -- to wear blue leading up to Mesothelioma Awareness Day in order to help raise awareness. After all, mesothelioma is a disease that can affect anyone.

A brief overview of liability for defective drugs

Without a doubt, residents of Illinois rely on prescription medication to keep them healthy and full of life. When something is wrong with these medicines, it can devastate entire families by causing serious injury, illness or death. Unfortunately, the problem of defective drugs has become a nationwide issue, leaving victims wondering what, if anything, they can do to become whole once more.

In many cases, nothing can repair the damage caused by defective drugs; however, seeking a legal solution can help victims in the form of financial compensation. Perhaps more importantly, taking action promotes legislative change, making pharmaceutical products safer for everyone. This post contains a brief overview of key liability issues surrounding defective drugs.

Can the measles virus help fight mesothelioma?

What does the measles virus and mesothelioma have in common? If you think the answer is "nothing," then researchers and doctors at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota are hoping to prove you wrong.

In fact, Mayo researchers are currently recruiting patients for Phase 1 of a clinical trial that will study whether the measles virus can be used to treat victims of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer typically linked to asbestos exposure.

The basics of recalling defective medical devices

When a company or manufacturer learns that one of their devices has a problem, a device recall will likely occur. Recalling defective medical devices does not always mean there is a serious health or injury risk. Sometimes the device simply needs to be examined, repaired or adjusted.

For patients, this means that an implanted device may not necessarily require removal. In some cases, the device may simply require a minor adjustment or repair to function safely and correctly. In all cases, patients should discuss any available options regarding the defective medical device with their physicians.

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