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Auto mechanic's widow files asbestos lawsuit

The widow of a deceased auto mechanic and naval employee has filed a lawsuit against the companies she says caused her husband to be exposed to asbestos and asbestos-related products throughout his career. As such, she says, those companies are responsible for her husband's death.

What are the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma?

Although pleural mesothelioma and other forms of the deadly disease have grown increasingly common in Madison County and throughout the country, they are still largely misunderstood and, unfortunately, misdiagnosed. This is largely due to the symptoms of the disease and their similarity to symptoms of similar but much less harmful ailments.

Former railroad workers seek compensation for asbestos exposure

Four men, each of which worked for BNSF Railway Co. for more than three decades, have filed a joint federal lawsuit against their former employer in Madison County. Each plaintiff is seeking $2.5 million in damages in the lawsuit, for a total amount of $10 million.

Lawsuits call attention to potential new carcinogen (2)

Earlier this week, we wrote a blog post on the potentially-carcinogenic effect of talc, short for talcum powder, an additive that is found in baby power, makeup and a variety of other cosmetic, beauty and health products.

Lawsuits call attention to potential new carcinogen (1)

One of the most devastating aspects of asbestos and its ability to inflict serious physical harm is the fact that, for many years, asbestos was an integral component of many products, structures and industries. This meant that it was not only builders, workers and government employees who experienced asbestos exposure and a resulting elevated risk of mesothelioma and other harm. It also the people who lived in buildings constructed with asbestos, family members of workers that handled asbestos and millions of others who came into incidental contact with the dangerous fibers who suffered as a result.

Did school district officials squander asbestos removal funds?

Asbestos was used so heavily for so many years that one would be hard-pressed to find a building built last century in which asbestos was not used in some way. As such, asbestos removal has become a large part of the renovation budgets of companies and municipalities in Madison County and across the country. However, those funds are not always used as directed, potentially placing many people at risk.

Woman was fired for raising asbestos concerns, lawsuit claims

A former employee of a career and technical school has filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that she was fired because she raised concerns about asbestos exposure in school buildings and the potential effects of that exposure on students and staff. School officials deny the allegations, stating that performance issues and violations of school policies were the reasons for the employee's firing.

Companies, residents work toward 'global' asbestos settlement (2)

Earlier this week, we wrote an asbestos blog post about the pending settlement between residents of Libby, Montana, and the companies responsible for the mass asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnoses that have plagued the small town.

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