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October 2012 Archives

Woman suffers brain injury in hit-and-run, man charged

When a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, family members may need to create a plan to handle the possible long-term care for the victim. Unfortunately, family and friends must learn how to prepare for the recuperation process while they are still grieving. Understandably, it may be more frustrating for families when the brain injury results from another's negligent act. Family members of the loved one may pursue a personal injury claim to get help with the costs of their loved one's injury.

A "Biomarker" Test for Asbestos May Help Diagnose Mesothelioma

The use of asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, tensile strength, resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and of course, its affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement (resulting in fiber cement) or woven into fabric or mats. At the time, asbestos was making the world of building construction a safer, better place. However, today asbestos is a well-known carcinogen that can cause several types of cancers, including mesothelioma. In the United States, the majority of workers who come into contact with asbestos today are those who work in the demolition of existing buildings. In most cases, asbestos dust is accidentally inhaled by construction workers. Yet mesothelioma and other cancers may not be detected until many years after the construction worker is exposed to asbestos. By this time, the cancer may be at an advanced stage and unresponsive to treatment. Symptoms of the dreadful disease include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, weight loss and night sweats. By the time people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the survival time is often about 12 months 

Family of deceased retiree to receive over $3M from NY

The loss of a loved one can be difficult for friends and family to handle. Unfortunately, finding closure may be even more difficult for families and friends when their loved one has passed in a fatal accident due to another person's negligent behavior. For one family, a wrongful death claim may provide some closure for the death of their loved one.

Illnesses in New York, elsewhere, spark national product recalls

Many of us trust that when we pick up groceries at the supermarket, the products will be safe for consumption. Unfortunately, this trust is sometimes unmet; people get sick and, in some cases, die as a result of badly processed food products and other potentially defective products.

6 injured in New York City car crash

What is the extent of the injuries? How do we finance all of the medical bills? What are the future costs of rehabilitation and how do we prepare for these costs? These are common questions that many people ask when their loved ones are harmed in a car accident caused by another person's negligent or reckless behavior. These are the issues likely faced by the loved ones of those injured in a recent New York City car crash.

Woman sues elevator company and hospital for defective unit

Most people automatically trust the stairs, escalators and elevators that move them around without even thinking about it. Unfortunately, in New York and elsewhere, injuries occur when these means of transport are defective and malfunction. When it happens, the owners and operators of the properties where the accident occurred find themselves subject to possible premises liability claims.

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