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Family awarded $13M for asbestos-related cancer death

Though the incident did not occur in Ohio, a recent wrongful death lawsuit highlights the ongoing tragedies that asbestos leaves in its wake. A grieving family was awarded a $13 million judgement after the death of their loved one from cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The man was apparently exposed to asbestos because of a sugar refinery owned by Hillshire Brands Company.

According to court documents, the man, age 60, died in July 2015 from mesothelioma – a progressive lung disease related to asbestos exposure. The lawsuit claimed the deceased contracted the cancer due to growing up in a small company town near the refinery. Additionally, the housing in which he resided, which was also owned by the Hillshire company, apparently contained asbestos as well.

Asbestos not only toxic materials that can lead to cancer

While asbestos exposure is a common cause of cancer in Ohio, it's sadly not the only one. There are other toxic materials that can lead to the development of serious or even fatal illnesses. In another state, a former railroad conductor and brakeman has filed a lawsuit alleging that his employers' negligence led to his development of kidney cancer through exposure to toxic substances.

The lawsuit names as defendants three railroad corporations for which the plaintiff worked as conductor and brakeman from 1972 to 2008, a total of 36 years. It was during this time, the complaint states, that the man was exposed to excessive amounts of several toxic substances. These hazardous materials allegedly included diesel exhaust and benzene, in addition to asbestos.

New statistics show asbestos illnesses aren't going away

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Given the history of asbestos use in Ohio and across the country, it may not be surprising when someone over the age of 80 receives the diagnosis of mesothelioma or another lung disease. Such illnesses, often incurable, associated with exposure to asbestos develop slowly over the years, sometimes showing symptoms only after 30 years or more. Still, an undeniable connection exists between cancers and industries where asbestos exposure is common.

With the scientific evidence making that grim connection decades ago, you would think the cases of mesothelioma would begin to decline as manufacturers reduce their dependency on asbestos in their products. However, recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that this is not the case.

Man seeks to hold ExxonMobil liable for asbestos exposure

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is usually fatal. As many residents of Ohio are, sadly, well-aware, it is an illness that often develops as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic substance, was heavily used in manufacturing plants all over the country before -- and, distressingly, sometimes even after -- its deadly nature was discovered.

In another state, a man has filed a lawsuit, alleging his exposure to asbestos caused him to develop mesothelioma. He alleges that his diagnosis was a direct result of his exposure to asbestos-containing products manufactured by the defendants named in the complaint. The man and his wife accuse these companies -- ExxonMobil Oil Corp., Atlantic Richfield Co., BAE Systems Resolution Inc., et al. -- of negligence, among other legal grounds for the imposition of liability.

Product liability complaint claims pain cream resulted in burns

Imagine purchasing and using an over-the-counter health product from an Ohio drug store or retailer, only to end up suffering injuries far worse even than the condition that initially led the individual to buy the product. This upsetting scenario is allegedly what occurred in another state, resulting in pain, damage and eventual partial amputation. The injured man has filed a product liability lawsuit against the company he alleges is responsible.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff claims that an over-the-counter pain relieving cream he purchased resulted in severe burns to his feet. The diabetic individual purchased a pain relieving cream called Thera-Gesic. He alleges that he followed all packaging instructions when applying the cream to his feet.

Vehicle accidents between cars and buggies may be more injurious

Car crashes range in severity according to a variety of factors, including speed and the sizes of the automobiles involved. Vehicle crashes can be even more devastating, however, when the vehicles involved are not evenly matched. A recent wreck in Ohio demonstrates how injurious such an accident can be.

The crash was between a car and an Amish buggy and critically injured at least one person. Of the four individuals who were hurt, one was a 14-week-old infant. The crash occurred around 8 p.m. when the car struck the buggy from behind.

Allegedly defective eclipse glasses spur product liability suit

When Ohio consumers purchase a product, most of them likely don't consider how it might injure them. This is especially true when the product is purchased from a trusted global retailer and used according to its intended purpose. In another state, however, a couple recently filed a product liability complaint against the online retailer alleging one of their products caused significant physical harm.

According to the proposed lawsuit, sold defective eclipse glasses then sent out last-minute email recalls that many consumers – including the plaintiffs – claimed never to have received or not to have seen until it was too late. Per the complaint, the plaintiff purchased a three-pack of these eclipse glasses weeks before the event, as viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection can cause permanent eye damage. Approximately two days before the eclipse, the company supposedly attempted to recall the glasses.

Couple blames former employer for husband's lung cancer

Far too many residents of Ohio only now are finding themselves diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses after decades of working in manufacturing jobs all over the area. Sadly, they are not the only ones to suffer this fate. A couple in another state has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers, alleging that the husband's lung cancer is due to his asbestos exposure as an employee of the companies named in the suit.

The recently filed complaint lists as defendants Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Aurora Pump Co., CBS Corp., Armstrong Pumps Inc., et al. The husband was employed as a welder at Pullman Standard from 1964 to 1980. Per the claim, it was during his employment that he was exposed to asbestos from products manufactured, sold or distributed by the defendants.

Pharmaceutical litigation case alleges meds caused birth defects

Knowing the possibility of potential side effects is important so that Ohio patients can weigh the risks before making an informed decision about how a medication may affect their health and well-being. Possibly even more important for some individuals, though, is knowing how prescription medication, when taken by a pregnant mother, might affect an unborn fetus. A recent case of pharmaceutical litigation in another state involves this weighty matter.

A mother has filed a lawsuit against biopharmaceutical companies Abbvie Inc. and Abbot Laboratories, alleging that they failed to adequately warn of the side effects of taking one of their prescription medications, an anti-seizure drug, during pregnancy. The medication, Depakote, contains an ingredient called valproate. According to the claim, valproate can cause birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

Automobile accidents may be riskier when more vehicles involved

Car crashes are upsetting and dangerous even when only one or two vehicles are involved. When automobile accidents involve multiple vehicles, though, the likelihood of serious injury increases, as does property damage. Such is the case in a recent Ohio accident that involved four vehicles and resulted in at least two people being hospitalized.

According to police reports, a 31-year-old was speeding in his silver car at 80 mph on Ohio State Route 169. When this car ran into a second car, the collision started a chain-reaction accident. At least three of the vehicles involved suffered heavy damage.

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