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Longshoremen wins jury verdict over asbestos exposure

Although asbestos is no longer in common use in the United States and other countries, abatement or removal is still continuing in many communities. Louisiana has a long history of manufacturing or assembling products with the crystaline fiber later assumed to be connected to lung cancer and other ailments of thoracic organs.

Shipyard workers and others in the maritime trades were at special risk for much of the 20th century. Asbestos tiles and insulators were favored as a flame retardant in ships and port facilities, leaving the Port of New Orleans and many of the Bayou State's ship contaminated with several chemicals and materials including asbestos.

Does the government really protect you from asbestos exposure?

Many people across the country and here in Louisiana are under the impression that the only place you find asbestos these days is in old buildings. Unfortunately, that may not be the case.

The Environmental Protection Agency did ban certain uses of this toxic substance in 1989, but not all use. As recently as April 2019, the agency finalized rules regarding asbestos. Does it really protect you from exposure?

Mesothelioma lawsuit clarified by New Orleans ruling

Dozens of companies made the decision to use asbestos in their operations during the first half of the 20th century. Although scientific documents from the 1930s show the possible risk that asbestos poses to the human respiratory system, it was prized as an insulator and fire retardant late into the 20th century.

The story did not end with the reduction of asbestos in industrial projects. Many firms and individuals, as well as other companies that acquired liabilities along with assets in mergers and buyouts, still hold liability for the removal or abatement of asbestos in industrial parts, home construction and shipbuilding. Therefore, lawsuits regarding asbestos exposure are expected to continue for years.

Lung cancer patient may finally get the right to sue

A man experienced problems breathing to the point he could barely function. He went to his doctor, who gave him a physical and told him everything was fine. Now he has terminal lung cancer, and he cannot even sue the practice that failed to diagnose him.

This is a problem for veterans that is all too common. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are not able to sue for medical malpractice when they were treated by physicians or staff in the armed forces. As a result, several members of the armed forces and veterans are living with or dying of conditions unrelated to their service but would at least have the right to financial compensation from civilian doctors or health systems.

Talcum powder lawsuits continue with a new massive verdict

Americans are often fascinated with courtroom dramas. An intimate look at the legal system dealing with an important issue is reassuring for people who want to have faith in our democracy and our right to be heard. Although lawsuits often do provide reassurances and compensation to victims of grave injuries or illnesses, the truth is often messier than fiction.

The last year has seen a flurry of lawsuits against a major manufacturer and provider of talcum powder products to consumer markets. It began when a jury found the company liable for the health effects of talcum powder laced with asbestos, which has been shown connected to the risk of various types of cancers.

Two New Orleans schools still closed due to asbestos

Everyone who has been exposed to asbestos would like to think the stuff is sealed up in our past. The problematic fiber has been implicated in respiratory problems as serious as cancer in the last century, although it has been used in cookery and construction since the days of Ancient Greece.

Louisiana is still reckoning with asbestos' heyday as an insulator in ships, industrial fixtures and many types of buildings. Many civic structures such as courthouses and schools used wholesale quantities of the stuff as platforms or chips. Two schools in the Crescent City will spend the next year out of commission as the mess is cleaned up.

Mesothelioma lawsuit results in $25 million pay order

When scientists determined that asbestos is hazardous to people's health, it began a revolution in the practices of product safety. Millions of dollars worth of materials were recalled from distributors, thousands of buildings had installed asbestos removed or contained and many people turned to the civil court system to seek the financial damages they needed to recover.

Claims for damages due to mesothelioma, a cancer that appears to be caused solely by exposure to asbestos, had waned over the last couple of decades because fewer living people had been inhaled particles of the fibrous insulator. Louisiana was the venue for countless cases, and the state also saw an increase in cases due to a possible new source of contamination.

Do you wonder what your future looks like with asbestosis?

If you worked in an industry where asbestos exposure was a part of the job, you may have wondered for years, if not decades, what would happen to you in the future. When you began not feeling well, you may have thought your worst fears were realized -- you had mesothelioma, the rare cancer caused by exposure to this toxic material.

You may have initially felt some relief when your doctor diagnosed you with asbestosis, even though it does not have a cure either. Then, when reality set in, you realized that your life would change even if you didn't want it to. Do you know wonder how your life needs to change due to this chronic illness?

New Orleans residents fight a possible cancer threat underwater

The Mississippi River Valley's end in Louisiana has been the heart of the economy in the Deep South for centuries. Although the water has brought a lot of commerce and transportation options, factories and refineries on parts of the river now nicknamed "Chemical Alley" dropped staggering quantities of noxious and dangerous substances into the environment of ordinary Louisianans.

The Bayou State has higher rates of lung cancer and other serious illnesses than much of the rest of the country. Some activists and scientists attribute this to the particulates of foreign chemicals in the air and water. Many are concerned about the future of a project in the heart of New Orleans which could reintroduce even more.

What are the dangers of talcum powder?

Every once in a while, the nightly news on television gets your attention with the claim that "something in your house can kill you." Sometimes, the science is being turned into hype for shock value. But one recent case may involve the violation of trust by not making enough of the dangers in an everyday product.

What are the health concerns with talcum powder?