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Kaiser Gypsum to set up trust fund to handle pending asbestos claims

A North Carolina company facing thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits recently decided to create a “trust fund” to help them settle all pending claims, a report of mesothelioma.com said on October 4.

Reports said Kaiser Gypsum, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on September 30 in a federal court so they could eventually address the estimated 14,000 lawsuits filed against them by asbestos victims in the past years. The company, known for manufacturing various construction materials, was using “chrysotile asbestos” due to its effectiveness in strengthening their products. Since the 1970’s, there were over 38,000 lawsuits filed against Kaiser by people made ill as a result of asbestos exposure. As part of the bankruptcy, the company is expected to undergo reorganization by creating a “trust fund” for all the pending lawsuits. The company lost hundreds of millions worth of asbestos settlement, reports also said.

Asbestos exposure could result in fatal respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you accidentally inhaled asbestos, a legal counsel could help you figure out if can receive compensations you need for treatment. Simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with a lawyer.

Dozens of VA employees potentially exposed to asbestos in NY

An October 3 article of the Daily Messenger said approximately 38 employees at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Canandaigua, New York suspect they inhaled asbestos dust in their workplace.

According to reports, the Veterans Crisis Line expansion project was stopped by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the EPA due to concerns that asbestos mineral was negligently handled. The workers’ union later confirmed that the VA management had committed serious safety violations that put their employees at risk. The workers decided to file for their compensation benefits upon being informed of the VA negligence, the union confirmed. Though VA authorities in Canandaigua said none of their staffers were exposed to asbestos, they did say they are working with OSHA agents regarding the asbestos issue.

When asbestos particles enter the lungs, workers may suffer fatal respiratory illnesses such as mesothelioma. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos dust, getting help from a lawyer could be beneficial, especially if you believe negligent parties were involved. Get in touch with a representative today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Arizona shuns second-hand asbestos claims

The state of Arizona, on September 20, ruled out that people who have developed respiratory illnesses as a result of indirect asbestos exposure could not file a claim, a report of Arizona Capitol Times stated.

A first of its kind, judges at the Arizona Court of Appeals concluded that Reynolds Metal Co. is not “legally responsible” for the mesothelioma disease that killed Ernest Quiroz in 2014. In the lawsuit filed by his relatives, it claimed that Ernest unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers from his father’s clothing and vehicle. Ernest’s father contacted asbestos while working at Reynolds Metal. In Arizona law, employers or property owners can no longer be held responsible to invitees or employees who are no longer present in their properties. Judges made the ruling due to concerns that they cannot control a surge of asbestos exposure claims as people might be exposed to the hazardous dust in many ways.

Mesothelioma is a rare kind of respiratory cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos dust is tiny and it could be passed indirectly by individuals to their loved ones. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and how a lawyer may possibly get you treatment funds, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

PA contractor sued for breach of contract suspicion and asbestos violations

A lawsuit was recently filed against a demolition contractor in Pennsylvania after they were accused of breaking a contract on a project last year and for being negligent in removing asbestos minerals, a September 20 article of the Weirton Daily Times reported.

The plaintiff, identified as Ronald Cross, is claiming that Unis Demolition breached a 2015 project contract by demolishing and conducting asbestos abatement in the old AIR building in New Cumberland. According to the lawsuit filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, Unis did not fulfill the terms of the contract with Cross and extracted metals from the facility considered valuable. Unis caused financial loss equivalent to $21,400 as a result of their actions. The demolition began in January 2015 and was stopped in April of the same year after authorities detected asbestos inside the facility. Agents from the Department of Environmental Protection later discovered Unis violated asbestos removal regulations. The company’s owners, identified as Joan Unis and Ralph Unis, were also identified as defendants in the lawsuit.

Such negligence, unfortunately, can cause fatal illnesses linked to asbestos exposure. However, if you or a loved one developed a respiratory illness as the result of someone else’s negligence with asbestos, a lawyer can help you obtain compensation. Fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a representative about your case.

City of Orlando avoided fines after asbestos exposure issue

A recent court hearing concluded that the Orlando Fire Department and the city will no longer need to settle fines in connection to an asbestos violation that resulted in the exposure of their crews, a September 13 article of WFTV9 reported.

According to reports, the fire department and the city of Orlando were asked to settle $25,000 for every asbestos violation after crews were exposed to asbestos in February at a training facility on Mercy Drive. Deputy Chief Gerald Lane said the recent hearing compelled the fire department to organize a training program to help improve their communication. Lane noted the fire department does not have any immunity from the affected fire crew members who wish to file damage claims, but he feels the case’s verdict was beneficial for everyone.

Asbestos is a fire-retardant mineral that has been banned due to its carcinogenic nature. People often suffer from a serious respiratory illness called mesothelioma after accidentally inhaling asbestos. However, if you believe unlawful asbestos exposure happened to you, seeking a lawyer’s help can also be a beneficial way to help you obtain compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Century-old facility in North Georgia scheduled for demolition and asbestos removal

The vintage mill in LaFayette that was severely damaged by fire is expected to undergo demolition and asbestos cleanup procedures after its owner reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a September 3 article in Times Free Press reported.

According to reports, Drennon Crutchfield in August agreed with the EPA to shoulder the expenses needed to demolish and remove asbestos from the Barwick Mills. An old building in the facility that was believed to have contained asbestos minerals was abandoned after it was destroyed the fire last November. EPA staff David Andrews had confirmed that the building’s ceilings and plumbing system had used asbestos. Residents near the carpet mill were advised not to go out of their house after the fire due to levels of particles presence in the air. Crutchfield is expected to spend $850,000 in the whole asbestos abatement and demolition jobs that could last before December, Andrews also said.

Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that can cause mesothelioma cancer when it gets through the lungs. Though there is no known cure for the disease, there are several expensive treatments available to prolong a patient’s life. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how an attorney may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Library in Chattanooga considered safe despite asbestos presence

A library official in Chattanooga recently confirmed that the public library, despite the asbestos presence, will not pose any imminent danger to people while undergoing renovations, an article of Times Free Press reported on August 25.

Director Corrine Hill issued a statement on August 24 after she was notified by a television network of the Chattanooga History Center website post that the ceilings of the public library contain asbestos. Hill reportedly believed that the building contained asbestos as it was built during the time asbestos use was not regulated; she explained that the library will be temporarily closed to the public while asbestos is safely extracted. The public library will undergo renovations to upgrade its lighting system and it is expected to be completed in September next year, Hill also said. The History Center did not issue a statement and that they have already remove the post that according to Hill was inaccurate.

Asbestos, unfortunately, can cause serious respiratory cancer like mesothelioma when its dust gets into the air and accidentally inhaled by humans. Cases like these are often caused by negligent parties as there are proper ways of dealing with asbestos-laden materials. Learn more about asbestos hazards from a skilled attorney today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Trash bags filled with asbestos illegally left near children’s park

A community in Lancaster Way in the U.K. faced a potential threat after someone illegally dumped trash bags containing cancer-causing asbestos particles near a children’s park. Authorities began investigating the mess after a concerned citizen took photos of the area and posted them on Facebook, an August 22 article of Birmingham Mail reported.

Reports said 30-year-old Aaron Bradley was heading to work when he noticed the rubble and trash bags illegally scattered on the roadside. Bradley, who suspected the bags may contain asbestos, reportedly took pictures of the area and uploaded them on Facebook to warn residents. Bradley’s post alerted the Solihull Council, prompting them to deploy crews to investigate the area. In one of the photos posted, the clear trash bags together with other rubble were seen a few meters away from a residential area. In a second photo, white particles were seen from a punctured trash bag.

According to Bradley, a child exposed to asbestos may be diagnosed with lung cancer after 15 years due to someone else’s negligence. In the U.S. alone, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos dust. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how a legal counsel may be able to work for you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Illinois company investigated for asbestos charges

Federal authorities are investigating an Albers-based construction company due to a suspicion that their business practices constituted “criminal activity,” an August 14 article of fox2now.com reported.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, federal prosecutors are investigating Kehrer Brothers Construction and Joseph Kehrer. The construction firm was accused of importing workers from Mexico to extract asbestos-laden materials from an old school in Okawville. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered the company to pay a $1.8 million fine last year after discovering that their workers did not wear protective equipment while handling asbestos. Legal counsel for Kehrer confirmed that the company is being investigated, but the firm denies criminal activity.

Workers are likely to suffer from a rare cancer called mesothelioma when asbestos particles permeate their lungs. Though the illness has no definite cure, there are various medications available for workers who are afflicted with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about the health hazards of asbestos and how an attorney may help you receive compensation, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Indiana postal service potentially exposed employees to asbestos

At least four citations were given to a U.S. Postal Service office in West Baden Springs due to allegations that an employee was exposed to hazardous asbestos dust at work, an August 8 article of Indiana Public Media reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a $49,720 fine to the postal service office to compensate for four alleged violations. The agency is charged with failure to clean asbestos-laden debris, failure to properly identify materials with asbestos, failure to train workers to become aware of asbestos hazards, and improper cleaning of asbestos-laden debris. OSHA said in June that a postal service office worker was exposed to tiles containing “15 percent chrysotile asbestos.”

Workers who have accidentally inhaled asbestos dust in the workplace are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which affects the lungs. Though this rare cancer is fatal in nature, there are medications available that can prolong the lives of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about asbestos hazards, feel free to fill out the contact form on this page.

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