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Exposure to Asbestos Puts You and Your Family at Risk of Mesothelioma

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Law, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Nellie Kershaw was a British national who, in 1917, worked at the Turner Brothers Asbestos Company, a factory in Manchester, England, where she spun raw asbestos fiber into yarn. In 1924, just seven years after being regularly exposed to the mineral asbestos, she died . . . with fibrosis of the lungs as the identified cause of death.

Asbestosis is one of the known causes of fibrosis of the lungs (also called pulmonary fibrosis), a condition wherein the lungs get scarred, causing these to thicken and lose the ability to transmit oxygen into the bloodstream. Fibrosis of the lungs is an irreversible lung injury that makes breathing harder as the lungs continue to deteriorate and weaken overtime.

A formal inquest revealed that Nellie Kershaw’s lungs were extensively scarred by particles of various shapes, most of which had sharp angles – particles that were identified as asbestos fibers. Though Nellie was the first to be formally diagnosed as having suffered from asbestosis, a chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, there were many others who died before her due to exposure to the same mineral; many of these people were asbestos miners.

Asbestosis is just one of the fatal effects of the mineral asbestos. Two other known serious effects of asbestos are lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare, but deadly type of cancer that affects the cells surrounding the lungs and other organs.

About 2,000 – 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the US every year and it is seen in people who got exposed to asbestos regularly. Widespread exposure to asbestos happened from the 1940s to the late 19th century, with millions of workers having gotten exposed to thousands of tons of asbestos during the time of the Second World War alone. These were shipyard workers and US Navy personnel, whose work involved the building of US battleships, steam engines, boilers, steam turbines, and other ship equipment and facilities.

Due to the very long dormancy period of mesothelioma, which is about 20 to 40 years after first exposure to asbestos, majority of those diagnosed with this illness are already in their senior years. Majority, if not all, of mesothelioma victims are already retired; many companies, which exposed their workers to asbestos, also no longer exist today – some have already been bought by larger firms, while others have ceased operations after declaring bankruptcy – a result of the hundreds of claims lawsuits filed against them by the victims or the victims’ families.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer and companies which exposed their workers to asbestos should be made morally and legally responsible for the injury and suffering they caused in their workers. Certain websites like that of Williams Kherkher, offer detailed explanations about asbestos, mesothelioma, the different types of mesothelioma, who may actually be at risk of this deadly cancer, what its symptoms are, how to deal with it, and the legal rights and options of those diagnosed with it.

If you or a family member had been exposed to asbestos in the past, it will be wise for you and your family to undergo medical examination just to see if asbestos has affected you in any way. It is quite necessary that the other members of your family also get checked medically since your exposure to asbestos would have exposed them to the mineral as well (through your hair, skin and the clothes you wore at work).

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Helpful Advice When Looking To Hire An Attorney

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Law | 1 comment

Do you need to work with a lawyer? There are a lot of different reasons you may need the help of a legal professional. No matter what your reason is, it is important that your lawyer does good work for you and makes the most of your time together. Keep reading to learn some tips you can use when you need someone in your corner.

Do not hire a lawyer without doing some background research. Look their name up online and talk to friends or relatives who might know the lawyer you are interested in. It is always in your best interest to choose a lawyer with an excellent reputation and good ethics.

When choosing a lawyer, word of mouth is one of the best ways to find one. Ask friends or relatives for recommendations. They can give you honest feedback on their experience. They can tell you how well or poorly they did in their situation. This feedback can help you choose wisely.

Decide what specific legal services you need ahead of time. The first thing to ask is whether you even need a lawyer. There are many reasons why you might need one, as shown on the website of the Abel Law Firm. Even if you are not involved in one of these areas, you may need a lawyers expert opinion on a business or financial matter.

Do not pick a lawyer because you saw their ad on television or on a billboard. Many big firms that can afford this type of advertising use lawyers that are fresh out of school for most of their cases, but charge you for the experience held by its highest lawyers.

Dealing with a lawyer can be stressful or it can be productive. Make your time with a lawyer time well spent. Use what you learned here and you will be on the right path when it comes to dealing with lawyers. A good lawyer is invaluable and that is what you need.

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Stages of Criminal Court Procedures

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Law | 0 comments

If you have been charged with a crime which proceeds to trial, you may be wondering what is in store for you. Like anything else legal in the US, each state has a different set of rules for court procedures, and federal court procedure is conducted differently from that in the state level. But in general, there are four stages in criminal court proceedings: arraignment, trial, verdict, and sentencing.

Arraignment is when you are brought before the judge who will read the charges lodged against you for the court records, and you are asked to state whether you are guilty or not guilty. This is called entering a plea. At this point, a criminal defense lawyer is not necessary, although it would be advisable as the judge may clarify some points about the charges which may impact on the legality of the arrest. It is entirely possible that you may be released at this point if the judge does not believe there is sufficient evidence or probable cause to prosecute the case. It is also at this time that bail may be set.

The trial itself follows if no deal is struck with the prosecution or the case is not dismissed. Before the actual trial, members of the jury will be selected by the judge and the lawyers of both sides. Once that is done, the trial date may be fixed.

At the trial, the prosecutor will present the case against you, call witnesses and present evidence. The defense may question each witness and challenge the admissibility of evidence, and may object to the way the prosecution presents its case. The prosecution may do the same when the defense takes a turn at presenting the case. When both sides have rested their case, each will give a closing statement, typically a recap of what had been presented and their interpretations. The jury will then retire to a separate room to deliberate after receiving instructions from the judge.
The verdict is the result of jury deliberation, in which they may find for (not guilty) or against (guilty) you as the defendant. There may be more than one charge against you, in which case the jury will deliver a verdict for each of the charges. Once the verdict has been read out and you are found guilty, the judge will schedule a sentencing hearing, at which time the judge will decide on the appropriate punishment under the law.

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