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Common Work Groups at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos on the job site can lead to numerous health concerns and debilitating illness.  Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge of the effects of asbestos exposure many workers have been exposed to this dangerous material which can lead to illnesses such as mesothelioma.  While there are many places that asbestos exposure can occur, some of the most common jobs associated with exposure to asbestos include:

  • Sailors and Shipyard Workers - Asbestos was a common material found in the production of ships and seas vessels, so those who spent time on, building or repairing these ships are at a higher risk for exposure.
  • Construction Industry Workers - Construction workers, insulators, roofers, plumbers, and electricians are often involved in the demolition and remodeling of older buildings which may still have asbestos in the structure.
  • Firefighters - Asbestos can become quickly damaged by fire and break down into fibers that circulate in the air.  With fireman responding to fires with little knowledge of the material in the building, they have a higher risk of exposure to these airborne fibers.
  • Railroad Workers - Asbestos was widely used in the insulation on train boilers which often exposed workers both on and off the railroad.
  • Miners - During the extraction, refinement, and processing of coal, workers are at heightened risk of exposure to asbestos.
  • Industrial Workers - Machinists, factory workers, chemical workers, and foreman may have been exposed to asbestos during production fo some textiles, insulation, paper, and fireproofing material.

Another drug manufacturer could face products liability claims

Georgia residents who suffer from osteoarthritis know the condition cannot be cured. However, medications are available that can at least help manage the pain associated with this condition. One of those medications is Limbrel, which recently made headlines due to complaints received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Due to the potentially severe health consequences caused by the medication, products liability claims could be filed across the country.

According to reports, the FDA wants the drug's manufacturer, Primus Pharmaceuticals, to recall Limbrel voluntarily due to health concerns for those who take the drug for a prolonged period of time. In fact, in Nov. 2016, the FDA issued a warning for consumers to cease using the medication immediately while the agency conducted its investigation into claims of lung and liver damage associated with taking it. At that time, at least 194 complaints had already reached the agency indicating instances of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and injuries to the liver.

Will surgery be part of your treatment for mesothelioma?

Being diagnosed with a serious and often fatal asbestos-related condition can be frightening. At the same time that you know you may not survive beyond a certain amount of time, you want to do everything you can to fight mesothelioma. Depending on your particular case, Georgia doctors may be telling you that you may need surgery as part of your treatment. 

Whether surgery is an option for you depends on several factors, including your overall health and how far along your illness is. You may undergo one or more diagnostic procedures to verify your diagnosis of mesothelioma. These include a thoracotomy, a peritoneoscopy and a thorcoscopy. Each procedure involves making a small incision in a different part of the body in order to find the cancer.

Potential revision to Toxic Substances Control Act re asbestos

Some substances are so carcinogenic that they should not be used under any circumstances. Anyone here in Georgia (or anywhere else for that matter) who has ever contracted a disease related to asbestos exposure would more than likely agree that this toxic substance should be completely banned. Some members of the U.S. Senate agree as well.

A new bill -- called the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 -- seeks to make changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act to not just limit potential exposure to asbestos, but to eliminate it. The bill is named after a 66-year-old man who died of mesothelioma in 2006. If this amendment to the TSCA happens, it would force the EPA to do what it was not required to do by a 2016 amendment to the law that called for assessments of certain chemicals, including asbestos, before any further action. The problem is that the assessments were never done.

Products liability suits could be in Ikea's future

Decorating and furnishing a child's room is often a great source of joy for Georgia parents. Many put a great deal of time and effort into finding the right pieces that complete the aesthetic for which they are looking. Tragically, some parents are mourning the loss of children from dangerous furniture that was hiding in their rooms, and the furniture-maker Ikea could soon be facing products liability suits.

In May 2017, a 2-year-old child was killed after an Ikea chest of drawers tipped over and trapped the young child. This is the eighth child's death attributed to unanchored dressers and chests from Ikea. In Feb. 2017, a 22-month-old boy died when his dresser fell on top of him, and another 2-year-old child was killed when his dresser fell and trapped him against his own bed.

Is it possible to receive restitution for mesothelioma?

The simple answer is yes, you can. Of course, like many other things in life, going through the process is not quite as easy, but certainly not impossible. As your Georgia doctor may have already explained, a diagnosis of mesothelioma results from exposure to asbestos. The challenge lies in the fact that your exposure could have been up to 50 years ago.

You may be facing significant medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages due to your diagnosis. In addition, for seeking restitution for those losses, you may also be able to provide for your family since you are no longer able to and may not be around for them later. You may be wondering how you would even begin to hold the appropriate parties financially responsible for your condition since your asbestos exposure took place decades ago.

Products liability alert: Faulty fire extinguishers recalled

Many Georgia residents have fire extinguishers in their homes in the event of a fire. These devices provide a certain measure of security since they provide the opportunity to put out a fire before it becomes a blaze that could cause injuries or death. What if the danger actually came from the very thing meant to prevent harm? A recent recall could result in products liability claims for fires that never should have spread.

A company called Kidde manufactures many of the fire extinguishers in people's homes across the country, including many here in Georgia. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 37.8 million -- yes million -- of these devices that are supposed to save lives because they may fail to work in an emergency. So far, 400 of the devices have failed; 16 people suffered injuries and one person paid for that failure with his or her life. 

Georgia premises liability: Hurt at an apartment complex

Many Georgia residents live in apartments or know someone who does. Landlords have a responsibility to tenants and their guests to keep the property safe. When they fail in this, those injured as a result may pursue premises liability claims in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

When is a landlord deemed liable? Tenants, their guests and the landlord all carry some level of responsibility in staying safe while on apartment complex property. A landlord may be held fully responsible for damages sustained as a result of an injury, if common areas are not properly maintained, warnings of hazards are not posted, problems are not fixed in a timely manner and furniture in furnished units are unsafe. However, it must be ruled that the injury was a direct result of landlord negligence.

Common Factors Among Mesothelioma Patients

Many people have never heard of mesothelioma until it touches their life. If a doctor recently diagnosed you or a loved one with the disease, you are probably learning a lot of information in a short amount of time. It can feel overwhelming researching possible causes of asbestos exposure and what you can do about the disease.

It is likely one question has been nagging you as well. Why me? Why my family? It turns out there are several commonalities among patients of mesothelioma.

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