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This dual mesothelioma treatment improves survival rates

Mesothelioma victims get the deadly cancer from asbestos contact. While peak exposure occurred during the 1970s, approximately 3,000 Americans are still diagnosed annually and thousands lose their lives each year to the incurable disease.

The five-year survival rate for mesothelioma patients stands at only 7-9 percent. The condition lingers in the body for lengthy periods and the average age of males diagnosed hovers around 75 years old. Women who are diagnosed are generally in their early 70s.

What is loose-fill asbestos insulation? Why is it so dangerous?

One of the most dangerous forms of asbestos is loose-fill asbestos.

Asbestos acts as a great insulator and is extremely resistant to fire. Plus, it’s cheap. Being fibrous, it could be woven into other materials to increase the fire resistance of numerous products while increasing its durability. That is why it was used in so many applications for decades, and continues to be used in some manufacturing processes and products today.

Depression and workers' compensation in Illinois

Depression is something that many people don't like to discuss because of the continued social stigma against mental illness. The American culture, after all, tends to prize toughness. Depression seems to many like an admission that something can wear you down.

However, depression is actually a serious problem for many American workers -- especially those who have suffered work injuries that are making their home and work lives difficult. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's a multi-billion dollar problem that affects millions of Americans.

Mesothelioma can affect younger people, too

Mesothelioma, the relatively rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, generally takes decades to develop. Because a large portion of mesothelioma cases stem from workplace exposure, including navy veterans and shipyard workers, most of us imagine mesothelioma victims as people aged 60 and above.

Yet asbestos exposure can occur for the very young. And that exposure can lead to mesothelioma.

The difference between civil and criminal claims over a death

What's the difference between a wrongful death claim in civil court and a criminal case involving murder or manslaughter?

The victims of people who die through acts of negligence or recklessness are generally interested in justice for their loved ones, but which way you can approach the issue depends a lot on the facts of each case. Here's how you can understand the difference.

Delaware Supreme Court helps secondary asbestos exposure victims

Across the country, the rights of mesothelioma victims have been under attack. This is particularly true of people who were exposed to asbestos indirectly, usually through the clothes of a loved one. Asbestos fibers are small, and easily cling to hair, clothes and boots. When a worker gets home covered in asbestos dust, spouses, children and anyone who comes in contact is at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers. Spouses who wash clothes are particularly at risk for repeated exposure.

In May, Arizona became one of over a dozen states that preclude victims of secondhand asbestos exposure from getting help with medical expenses for asbestos-related illnesses.

What is the cost of a wrongful death?

There is no dollar value on a human life. It is tragic for families and communities when someone has their life cut short by a preventable illness or accident. In a lawsuit against a company or person who caused the death of another, however, a jury must decide the dollar amount awarded to surviving family. It is difficult, and many factors go into the dollar amount. In this post, we will discuss who can bring a wrongful death claim, what factors go into deciding the amount awarded and why family members can find solace in a successful claim.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim?

Watch for these signs of pleural mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer of the lung that comes from inhaling tiny asbestos fibers.

Unfortunately, it's easily mistaken for other conditions, especially in the early stages. With any cancer, an early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to a successful treatment and a better life, so it's critical that you recognize the signs of this type of cancer if you've ever been exposed to asbestos.

Improper asbestos removal of popcorn ceiling endangers workers

OnTrack, the addiction recovery organization, has been fined nearly $20,000 for improperly exposing workers to asbestos. According to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, OnTrack had workers scrape acoustic ceilings (more commonly known as popcorn ceilings) without proper equipment or protective gear.

Acoustic ceilings built prior to the late 1980s are in danger of containing asbestos. Left alone, it doesn’t pose a danger. However, when remodeling, including scraping the ceilings, it is vital that certified asbestos removal experts undertake the work. Proper removal includes full-body protective gear.

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