How to Identify Asbestos in the Home and Workplace

There are many dangers associated with exposure to asbestos. Inhaling asbestos can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of organs, which most commonly affects the lungs. While the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos have been understood for a long time, the material was widely used throughout much of the 20th century in building materials and other products. Despite regulations and multiple attempts, the use of asbestos in some building materials is still not banned to this day. If you’re concerned about potentially being exposed to asbestos, either at home or in the workplace, you should read this helpful guide and learn how you can identify this terrible substance. 

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Asbestos: History & Its Link to Mesothelioma

By now, most people are aware of the dangers associated with asbestos. Unfortunately, it took an incredibly long time for those dangers to be outlined, and sadly, it took even longer before significant action was taken to stop the damage caused by asbestos inhalation. To this day, despite the risks of developing asbestosis and mesothelioma, asbestos is still widely used in many products. To better understand asbestos and mesothelioma, it’s good to look at its history.

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The Potential Complications of Human Birth

The birth of a human being demands much of the mother.  A woman’s power of giving birth places on her one of the greatest responsibilities she will undertake in life. Birth is greatly complex, and over the years medicine has tackled these complexities. In cases of birth “complications,” which occur frequently, medicine now stands alongside the mother, shouldering part of the responsibility. Today, most birth complications do not lead to birth injury. 

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What are Statutes of Limitations, and Is There a Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Oregon?

Generally speaking, a statute of limitations is a law which specifies the time during which a legal action must be initiated. If the action is not initiated within the statute of limitations, the right to pursue the action is lost. Each state legislature passes statutes of limitations for various types of lawsuits. For example, in Oregon the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident is two years. So, if a person suffered a broken leg on January 1, 2014 in an automobile accident caused by the negligence of another, and filed a personal injury lawsuit on July 1, 2016, the filing would be too late and would be barred by the statute of limitations.

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Has Asbestos Been Banned in the United States?

In past articles, we provided some pretty sobering statistics that demonstrate the dangers associated with asbestos. Through the years, workers from a number of industries, including construction, shipbuilding, mining, and automotive repair - just to name a few - have suffered from disease and illness, such as mesothelioma, associated with exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, we also know that the dangers of asbestos were sometimes known, yet hidden from workers. Fortunately, the law now provides a remedy to hold wrongdoers responsible to victims. 

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What Can You Be Compensated for in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?

As we discussed in our overview on semi-truck accidents, hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer crashes occur yearly on American roads. Statistics from 2014 show that, in Oregon alone, a truck crash occurred almost every six hours, with as many as 16 truck crashes in one day. Of course, as with any motor vehicle collision, both bodily injury and property damage can result. Unfortunately, however, because tractor-trailer trucks are so massive in size, weight, and height, especially when compared to passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, and motorcycles, damage resulting from a semi-truck crash can be disastrous, if not fatal. Luckily, the law recognizes that innocent victims should be made whole, and provides the appropriate mechanisms to hold accountable those who negligently and intentionally cause harm. In this article, we’ll discuss some common forms of compensation available to victims of a trucking accident.

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What is Involved in a Wrongful Death Claim?

It is often said that death is just a natural part of life, and we all know this to be true. The hope of many is to die naturally and peacefully, in the presence of loved ones. However, we live in a complicated world, full of danger and risk. Death can come unexpectedly, and sometimes suddenly. In some cases, the deceased’s own actions cause or contribute to the death. Other times, death results from the careless or intentional acts of another person, who should be held responsible for his or her behavior. Facing the unexpected death of a loved one leads many to wonder if a wrongful death action should be pursued. In this article, we’ll help answer that question and discuss what is involved.

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I Was Just in an Accident with a Semi-Truck: What Should I Do?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, there are almost 100,000 accidents involving trucks or large buses each year. These types of accidents are extremely dangerous, especially for the occupants of the passenger vehicle involved. If you are involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, there are several important steps you need to take to make sure you’re protected moving forward.

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Asbestos Testing Kit

It’s common knowledge that asbestos is an incredibly dangerous substance that can cause significant health problems for anyone who is exposed to it. Asbestos, which is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil, is known for its fiber strength and heat resistant qualities. Asbestos has been widely used in construction materials and manufactured goods. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause or be associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma (a cancer that is found in the lining of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart), and asbestosis.

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I Was in an Accident with a Semi-Truck: Who is Responsible?

Most people have been involved in an automobile accident at some point during their lives. Far fewer people have been involved in an accident with a large truck. And while there are certainly similarities, it would be a mistake to think that the two types of cases are exactly the same. First, due to the immense size and weight of tractor-trailers, the level of destruction and injury can be amplified. Second, investigation is more demanding because so many more factors must be considered in evaluating liability. Finally, because the laws and regulations governing the trucking industry are so much more complex, legal analysis is more complicated. In this article, we’ll address some of these challenges.

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