Articles Posted in Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Less than half of asbestos workers diagnosed with mesothelioma file claims for workers’ compensation. More interestingly, according to a recent Canadian study, is that those who do file claims do receive compensation. Canadian workers’ compensation is similar to the U.S. in that it covers medical costs for workers injured on the job.

To read more about the unreported mesothelioma cases.

Asbestos-injury plaintiffs are saying that the government-backed plan to sell GM may be unconstitutional since they were left out of negotiations. The toxic tort plaintiffs have asked for an official committee in the bankruptcy case and argue that they cannot be bound by a reorganization of which they were not participants.

To read more about the toxic tort victims’ claims.

The family of asbestos wrongful death victim have filed an asbestos lawsuit alleging that their father was not warning adequately about working around asbestos. The wrongful death victim worked around asbestos for most of his life as a laborer and operator. Thirty three companies are named as defendants in the asbestos lawsuit.

To read more about the asbestos lawsuit.

In a rare victory for personal injury trial attorneys in the South, a state Senate recently passed legislation making the recovery of damages easier after people are exposed to asbestos. The bill would apply strictly to mesothelioma lawsuits.

To read more about the asbestos bill.

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court decided in favor of manufacturers of asbestos-containing products who had been sued for harming workers. The Illinois Court struck down Illinois legal precedent unique to Illinois that prohibits defendants from introducing evidence to a jury of another source of asbestos exposure.

To read more about the Illinois asbestos decision.

The government’s toxic tort lawsuit against W.R. Grace & Company is continuing. The government’s lawsuit claims that the company conspired to violate the Clean Air act and obstruct justice. The government attorneys are arguing that the company’s violations have led to more than 200 asbestos-related deaths and thousands of asbestos-related illnesses.

To read more about the asbestos lawsuit.

About a year ago, a Smithsonian museum held an informational session on asbestos safety. A 53 year-old lighting specialist who had worked in the building for 27 years, learned that there was asbestos in the museum walls. Within weeks, the worker filed federal workplace safety complaints because he’d been experiencing shortness of breath and was later diagnosed with asbestosis.

To read more about the absestos complaint.

A jury awarded $2.6 million to an Illinois woman who died as a result of an asbestos-related ailment. The large Illinois personal injury verdict involved a wrongful death in 2006 stemming from mesothelioma. According to the records, the personal injury victim was exposed to asbestos when she laundered clothes belonging to her husband who worked at UNARCO Industries in the 1960’s.

To read more about the Illinois asbestos verdict.

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to rule that courts should open their doors for out-of-state visitors with asbestos lawsuits. This is an appeal of a dismissal of toxic tort lawsuits of more than 1,000 railroad workers.

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