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Lawsuit alleges secondhand asbestos exposure

We talk often on our Madison County mesothelioma blog about "secondhand exposure' to asbestos, without going into significant detail about exactly what that means. A recent asbestos lawsuit provides a closer look at that legal claim, which is growing increasingly common in mesothelioma lawsuits in Illinois and throughout the country.

50 cancers, including mesothelioma, added to 9/11 fund list

It was recently announced that mesothelioma and 49 other cancers have been added to the list of conditions that are covered by the federal government's 9/11 compensation fund.

Asbestos lawsuit bill fails in state senate committee

Last month, a state Senate committee voted against a bill which, if it had passed, would have required more information to be provided to juries charged with deciding asbestos lawsuits. If it had passed and become law in Louisiana, the bill would have been the first of its kind in the U.S. It is not known whether lawmakers in Illinois or any other state plan to attempt a similar piece of legislation in the future.

Court: Marriage before asbestos exposure not required

Earlier this month, an appeals court handed down an interesting ruling in connection with an asbestos claim filed by the wife of a man who contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at work. Overturning a lower court's ruling, the three-judge panel ruled that the husband and wife need not have been married at the time of the husband's asbestos exposure in order for the wife to have a valid claim of loss of consortium.

Former railroad workers sue over asbestos exposure

Five long-time employees of BNSF Railway have sued their former employer, accusing the company of failing to warn its workers of the potential harm of prolonged asbestos exposure, despite their awareness of its many dangers.

Court orders new trial in asbestos lawsuit

A man who was awarded more than $15 million dollars in an asbestos lawsuit against his former employers will have to wait even longer to receive his damages after a new trial was ordered in his case. The reason for the order, the court said, was the improper use of evidence during the jury trial.

Iron Range mesothelioma study results are inconclusive

Although the five-year study into the increased rate of mesothelioma among workers in the Iron Range area of northern Minnesota is not yet complete, researchers recently gave reporters an update on their progress. Thus far, they said, they have yet to find a solid, conclusive source of the asbestos exposure that has caused more than 80 Iron Range miners to succumb to mesothelioma in the last few years.

Court rejects "any-fiber" asbestos lawsuit theory

In civil courts in Madison County and throughout the country, judges are grappling with the medical theory and "each and every fiber" of asbestos that is inhaled contributes substantially to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

Study: Benzene exposure leads to decreased cognitive functioning

A new study has found that workers who are exposed to the chemical benzene during the course of their work are likely to suffer a decline in their cognitive functioning. Interestingly, workers who were well-educated experienced a less significant impact on their cognition than those who had undergone fewer years of schooling.

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