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Second continuance granted in mesothelioma lawsuit

A trial judge has granted a second motion for continuance in a mesothelioma case that has now dragged on for over three years. In 2008, a jury ruled in favor of defendant DuPont De Nemours, finding that the company was not responsible for the plaintiff's father's asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, and death. However, the judge overseeing the trial granted the plaintiff's motion for a new trial, and each party has now requested - and been granted - a motion for continuance.

Asbestos plaintiff awarded $2.5 million in damages

Recently, a jury awarded $2.5 million to a plaintiff who had filed a lawsuit against several companies, alleging that each was partially responsible for his asbestos exposure and subsequent mesothelioma. Although the majority of the defendant companies settled with the plaintiff before the case went to trial, Ford Motor Company refused to do so, and was ordered to pay a significant portion of the total damage award.

Department of Defense offers grants for mesothelioma research

Every year, around 2,500 people are diagnosed with some form of mesothelioma in the United States. Although anyone is susceptible to the disease, there are several occupations, such as plumbing, railroad work, heating and cooling, general contracting, and similar jobs, that leave employees at a higher risk for the disease.

Illinois appeals court overturns asbestos verdict

Last month, an Illinois appellate court ruled that there was no relationship between a defendant company and the wife of one of its employees sufficient to justify a $2 million damages award for asbestos exposure. In overturning the verdict, the court cited a similar ruling from Illinois' Second District, while choosing to overlook a conflicting opinion from the Fifth District. Because of the contradictory precedent, it is likely that this issue will be the subject of further litigation in the state.

Madison County's civil justice system protects against big business

Imagine living next door to a big business that just opened up. If your new neighbor operates its business cleanly and conscientiously, you will appreciate the contributions it is making to the local economy. Imagine, however, that the business is polluting and causes you to become ill, or that it dumps dangerous products with asbestos into the local commerce. In this type of situation, you would want to rely on a strong civil justice system to seek compensation for your injuries.

Photodynamic light therapy for pleural mesothelioma, part two

Earlier this week, we began a two-part series discussing a new mesothelioma treatment breakthrough that was achieved by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Aside from potentially erasing the need for a complete lung removal in patients suffering from pleural mesothelioma, the combination of a partial removal plus photodynamic light therapy may extend the life span of mesothelioma patients.

Photodynamic light therapy for pleural mesothelioma, part one

Last month, we wrote about a recent study at the University of Pennsylvania which indicated that a new combination of less-invasive mesothelioma treatments and surgical procedures may be more effective at treating pleural mesothelioma than the more radical lung removal surgery. Although much has yet to be learned about these new medical innovations, researchers are encouraged by the positive early results.

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When you are injured because of another person's negligence, an experienced lawyer can be of great assistance and look out for your rights. Illinois's legal system can be confusing and intimidating, with a unique set of rules and a language of its own. An attorney who understands the law and the process can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

UK raises awareness on Action Mesothelioma Day

Across the pond, cities, agencies, and individuals are joining forces to spread knowledge and awareness about mesothelioma and other potentially fatal effects of exposure to asbestos. To mark Action Mesothelioma Day 2011, groups will gather to hear speakers, share experiences, watch multimedia presentations and meet with mesothelioma lawyers to learn about the legal options.

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