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Proposed U.S. Senate bill would ban all asbestos use

Despite the known health risks of asbestos, the U.S. still imports a significant amount of the mineral fiber for use in some manufacturing processes. While it is not legal to mine asbestos in the U.S., its use is allowed for some specific purposes. Many countries in the world have completely banned asbestos.

Asbestos is a known cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious and fatal illnesses.

What kind of lawyer handles defective medical device claims?

For any kind of injury claim, you will benefit from choosing an attorney with personal injury experience. However, as with all legal matters, it is wise to seek out a lawyer who is familiar with claims similar to yours. In the case of a defective medical device, your best bet is choosing an attorney with a good record of accomplishment in this area. For example, if you suffered injuries from a faulty pacemaker, it makes sense to search for an attorney who has successfully represented other pacemaker victims.

The field of personal injury in Illinois provides many opportunities for lawyers to tighten their focus on specific areas. Some attorneys choose to focus mainly on motor vehicle accidents while others may focus largely on defective medical devices or malpractice. Still other lawyers choose to gain as much knowledge and experience across a wide range of personal injury types.

Despite the known dangers of asbestos, mesothelioma deaths are still high

Since the 1970s, asbestos use in the United States has consistently dropped. Unfortunately, however, the number of mesothelioma deaths has not experienced a similar decrease. In fact, some studies show that mesothelioma deaths may even be increasing.

So, if we are using less asbestos, why are thousands still dying every year from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases?

Loose-filled asbestos can increase mesothelioma risk

Asbestos exposure is a known risk for those in the construction and mining industries. However, a new study out of Australia is suggesting that even just having loose-filled asbestos (vermiculite insulation) in your home can increase the risk of mesothelioma.

According to researchers at The Australian National University, men in homes with loose-fill asbestos were 2.5 times as likely to develop mesothelioma. It is estimated that millions of homes in the U.S. have vermiculite insulation in ceilings, walls and attics.

Mesothelioma/asbestos-related illness | Navy veterans take heed!

While service members were toiling aboard navy vessels during the World War II era, most had no idea that an additional threat lurked aboard these vessels. This threat carried no weapons and it did not care about political or social viewpoints. It could affect anyone and it had no emotional connections to keep it in check. This threat was asbestos and it occupied nearly every part of the navy in that era.

Despite warnings about the material's long-term health risks issued by the Navy's surgeon general in 1939, asbestos was used heavily aboard vessels and even in military bases. It was cheap, easy-to-handle and it was effective; three attributes that matter during wartime. The use of asbestos extended beyond World War II into the 1970s when the Navy began decreasing its use.

Where asbestos can be found in the home

On TV, remodeling a house looks fun and easy. Want an open-space living concept? First take a sledgehammer to that wall. Of course, real life is never that simple. For example, if your house was made in the 1980s or earlier, that wall may contain asbestos sheeting or insulation.

Asbestos, as you are likely aware, is a deadly fibrous mineral that causes cancer when inhaled, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.

What are the surgical options for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers internal organs. We represent clients with cancer in the mesothelium of their lungs (pleura) after inhaling asbestos fibers. This is called pleural mesothelioma. While there is currently no cure, there are treatment options available that can help ease pain, reduce symptoms and prolong life.

As part of your cancer treatment, you may have questions about surgical options available. Treatment is different for every patient and depends on the stage of the cancer when discovered and your wishes and goals. Below is a discussion of the different surgical options available. Surgery is not the only option, as various drugs, chemotherapy and other treatments are also available. In some cases, tumors are inoperable. For many patients, however, a combination of surgery and chemotherapy is used to improve quality of life and the lifespan of patients.

Taking action against wrongful death involving opioids

If you listen to the news or read online articles, you know that America's opioid crisis is in full swing. Like other states, residents of Illinois have been affected by this crisis. According to the state of Illinois, "2,278 drug-related overdose deaths" occurred in 2016. This is nearly double the number of fatal overdoses that occurred in 2013. Clearly, opioid use and overdose is a problem in our state as it is elsewhere.

As injury attorneys, we cannot speculate as to why more people are dying from opioid overdoses. Like you, we can only express our sorrow over the loss of so many of our neighbors. However, what we can do is try to help those impacted by this tragedy. The best way we can accomplish this goal is by assisting families in identifying whether a wrongful death was responsible for the loss of a family member.

Diagnosed with mesothelioma or another type of cancer? Treat your mental health, too.

Cancer is a devastating diagnosis. We regularly work with unbelievably brave clients who have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious medical conditions after being exposed to asbestos. We have witnessed firsthand the grief, anxiety and depression that can occur to patients and family members after a diagnosis. While their determination and resiliency are inspiring, everyone has setbacks and must find ways to cope with a new normal.

While there are treatment options that can ease pain, improve quality of life and increase lifespan, it is important to remember that not all cancer symptoms are physical. There is a significant emotional and mental toll that should be given proper attention, as well. Fortunately, there are ways to help deal with the mental symptoms of cancer.

Can doctors detect mesothelioma early enough to treat?

One of the most tragic things about mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illness is the life expectancy after a patient receives a diagnosis. Typically, patients with this type of cancer live for only a year or so after diagnosis. However, most experts on mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses agree that early diagnosis is critical. Unfortunately, making a diagnosis early enough to extend life is often difficult for doctors.

At this time, no early screening test for asbestos-related cancers exists. This means that by the time a person experiences symptoms of the illness, he or she is already quite sick. Some specialists who diagnose and treat mesothelioma and asbestos-related illness have been able to extend a patient's life up to five years, but again, early diagnosis is crucial.

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