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Asbestos exposure in textile mills caused cancer, lawsuit alleges

While the use of asbestos in certain types of products has not been completely banned, at least the substance is more highly regulated. Tragically, the lasting effects of decades of asbestos use in manufacturing continues to be a problem in Ohio and around the country. In another state, for example, a legal complaint was filed only last month alleging that years of on-the-job asbestos exposure led to a former textile worker's development of cancer.

The plaintiff worked as a textile mill worker at various companies for 44 years until 1999. It was during this time, per the complaint, that the man was exposed continually to asbestos fibers, which he inhaled, ingested and absorbed from certain products. The lawsuit alleges that this inhalation and absorption led to the eventual development of the plaintiff's lung cancer.

Claim: Faulty respirators allowed exposure to hazardous materials

Imagine using a device intended to protect against toxic substances, only to later discover that the product failed in the very purpose for which it was specifically designed. This is precisely what a product liability lawsuit in another state alleges. A worker developed lung cancer because, the complaint claims, the respirator designed to protect him from work-related hazardous materials failed.

While it did not occur in Ohio, the details of the case may sound like one that could occur anywhere. A man filed a civil complaint naming as defendants 3M Co and Mine Safety Appliances Co LLC. The former worker for Caterpillar Inc. alleges -- among other counts -- product liability, claiming that his employers provided him with faulty respirators on the job to protect against the dangers of inhaling silica dust.

Family alleges laxative drug injuries led to infant's death

Many Ohio families rely on medications to keep them healthy. Medicines are supposed to be highly regulated to ensure they achieve their primary function, to heal the sick. When drug companies fail to do their jobs properly and drug injuries result, pharmaceutical litigation seeks to hold the responsible parties accountable for their errors.

In another state, a recent lawsuit is attempting to do just that. A family is suing a drug manufacturer whose negligence, the suit alleges, led to the death of an infant through a contaminated laxative. The laxative, Dicoto Liquid, was recalled after it was discovered to contain a deadly bacteria known as Burkholderia cepacia. The recall, unfortunately, came too late for the infant, who died in May 2016.

Lawsuit alleges workplace asbestos exposure led to fatal cancer

In Ohio, exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos often occurred in factories when employees were unprotected while working with products containing hazardous materials during the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, this was far from the only scenario in which asbestos exposure occurred. In another state, for example, a widow claims that her late husband's pancreatic cancer was caused by exposure to such toxic materials during his line of work.

The wife of the now-deceased Amtrak onboard service attendant filed a lawsuit alleging that her husband's former employers exposed him to excessive amounts of asbestos and/or diesel exhaust. This failure to prevent harmful exposure violated the Federal Employers Liability Act, the complaint alleges. Even worse, the lawsuit claims, it led to the development of the man's fatal pancreatic cancer.

How do I know if my home contains asbestos?

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If you live in a house built prior to 1980, chances are good that at least some of the building materials in your home contain asbestos. Asbestos was used extensively for many years, especially in manufacturing and construction, because of its strength and fire-retardant properties.

Asbestos is now widely known as a human carcinogen, a substance that is known to cause cancer in humans. Lung, colon and esophageal cancers are the most common and can be treated, but malignant mesothelioma is always fatal.

Alleged Walgreens error leaves minor child with drug injuries

Sometimes, pharmaceutical litigation in Ohio involves large class action lawsuits against drug companies. Other times, though, such lawsuits are more personal in nature, but that does not mean they are any less important. In fact, when a child suffers drug injuries due to professional negligence or carelessness, it can be difficult to think of anything more important than making sure justice is served and, perhaps equally crucial, ensuring such mistakes don't endanger the lives or well-being of other children in the future.

In another state, a legal complaint against Walgreens alleges just such a dangerous medication mistake. A mother has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her minor daughter claiming that the pharmaceutical chain gave her daughter the incorrect prescription, not just once, but twice. The first incident took place in Sept. 2016 when the woman picked up a prescription for her daughter's seizures at one Walgreen's location. The pharmacists there allegedly gave the mother the wrong medication, but this fact was not discovered until after the child had taken the medicine and began to display symptoms of an overdose, for which she had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

Ohio automobile accidents: Fatal head-on crash in Summit County

From fender bender to head-on collision, a car accident is bound to ruin anyone's day. Understandably, no automobile accidents are as tragic as those as those that claim a life. Sadly, a fatal crash occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

A 50-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision involving two vehicles. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the woman was the front-seat passenger in a car that was struck by a van when it drifted across the center line. Tragically, the woman died at the scene of the accident.

Woman alleges on-the-job asbestos exposure led to her cancer

Sometimes, asbestos-related illnesses take years or even decades to develop to the point that the symptoms are diagnosable. Unfortunately, by then, it is often too late, as the cancer and other diseases related to asbestos exposure are typically incurable and eventually fatal. Often, the exposure occurred in the course of the Ohio individual's work career, when his or her employer failed to provide adequate warning or protection against the carcinogenic material.

In another state, these are the exact allegations in a recently filed lawsuit. A woman claims that the asbestos to which she was exposed while working led to the development of her mesothelioma. She has filed a complaint alleging negligence -- among other counts -- against her former employer, now known as Georgia Pacific LLC.

Lawsuit alleges secondhand asbestos exposure led to fatal cancer

Research suggests that the dangerous and carcinogenic nature of asbestos has been known for over 100 years. In fact, workers were warned to avoid the substance as long ago as 1913, with researchers pushing for warning and education of workers as early as the 1930s. By the mid-1960s, experts had found a causal link between asbestos exposure and the deadly cancer known as mesothelioma.

Tragically, despite this, companies and manufacturers in Ohio and around the country continued to use asbestos without providing proper protection for their employees. In another state, a son has recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his now-deceased mother, alleging asbestos exposure led to her death. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that the woman was exposed to asbestos second hand when she washed her husband's asbestos-dust covered work clothes. She died approximately one year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013.

Four-wheeling and ATV use linked to mesothelioma disease


Did you know that there is a link between all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use and deadly cancers? After seeing a high number of mesothelioma deaths in unusual areas of the country, researchers wanted to find out why. A recent study revealed scary findings.

Four-wheeling and off-roading kicks up a lot of dust. Unfortunately, dust created near naturally occurring asbestos deposits in the earth release deadly asbestos fibers into the air. Riders of all ages, especially children, are in great danger of inhaling the fibers and contracting lung cancers if they ride dirt bikes or ATVs near one of these mineral deposits.

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