Southern Illinois and St. Louis Mesothelioma And Personal Injury Blog

Fatal large truck accidents increase, speeding a top cause

Speeding was one of the top causes of fatal large truck accidents in Illinois and elsewhere in 2016 according to a new report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency found that fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by 3 percent in 2016.

The FMCSA reports that there were 4,213 fatal large truck accidents in 2016, which resulted in the deaths of 4,317 people. In comparison, there were 4,074 deadly large truck crashes in 2015, which caused the deaths of 4,094 people. Meanwhile, there were 104,000 non-fatal large truck crashes in 2016, which caused 145,000 injuries. In 2015, there were only 83,000 non-fatal crashes, which caused 116,000 injuries.

What occupations present the greatest asbestos exposure risk?

The potential health risks of asbestos exposure are serious. Historically speaking, this is something that has been known for millennia. Greek and Roman descriptions of lung sickness in slaves who worked with asbestos or mined it date back 2,000 years.

Despite the available written record, asbestos has staying power. Use of the product really took off during the industrial revolution. It continued to be widely used because of its amazing fire-retardant capabilities right up until the 1970s. And while more than 50 countries ban all asbestos use, the United States only restricts it. Exposure rates are reduced, but considering it can take decades for exposure-related health issues to appear, a threat remains. If a diagnosis comes, long and costly treatments may follow, along with a legal struggle to obtain deserved compensation.

Doctors use multiple tests to help diagnose mesothelioma

If you recently passed your 50th birthday or are quite a way beyond it already, you've likely noticed that your body doesn't function exactly the same as it did when you were 20. Once people hit mid-life, they often start to notice little aches and pains or impediments in physical mobility and cognitive processes as well. If you spent a large portion of your life working in an Illinois factory or some other environment where asbestos was present, your later years may also be marked by some adverse health symptoms.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that typically takes years to fully develop to its advanced stages in the body. You may start feeling very fatigued or have chest pain and other respiratory discomfort, or you may have a lingering, nagging cough that just never seems to fully go away. These symptoms may be signs of serious illness and definitely warrant further medical examination. If a doctor diagnoses mesothelioma, it's critical that you know how to access support.

The magnified dangers of a commercial vehicle accident

Few people who have survived an accident involving a tractor-trailer can forget the horror of the moment. Commercial vehicle accidents are known to shut down major highways for hours and leave families stunned and grieving.

If you are among those who are struggling to recover following a harrowing interaction with a big rig, you are not alone. Increasing traffic, faster speeds and more distractions affect operators of trucks just as they do other drivers. However, the driver may not be the only person upon whom you can pin liability for your accident and the suffering it caused.

Did a texting driver cause your injury?

As a conscientious driver, you understand that, every time you access an Illinois roadway, you have an obligation to adhere to all traffic and safety regulations. This doesn't guarantee that every motorist in your vicinity will comply, however. Any time another driver chooses to text and drive, or is otherwise distracted behind the wheel, you are at great risk for injury. To keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible, it's helpful to understand distracted driving dangers and how best to avoid collision.

Approximately 3,000 teenagers die every year in distracted driving incidents throughout the nation. Sadly, many innocent lives are lost when other drivers text or become distracted at the wheel. If you survive injuries in a distracted driving accident that another motorist caused, you have every right to pursue justice to seek recovery for your losses. Recuperation is often long and arduous, and you may also face undue financial problems associated with your injuries.

Is your nagging cough related to your job?

Do you come from a family who have worked in manufacturing plants through the years? If so, you share your history with thousands of other Illinois residents who have earned incomes in various blue-collar industries for decades. In fact, you may have gone straight to work at a factory right out of high school, thus carrying on a tradition set before you by your parents and grandparents. Hopefully, you've enjoyed a happy, successful career with a steady paycheck.

There is a downside, however, to manufacturing work and other jobs that can be hazardous to your health. Danger often lurks in the form of asbestos that workers might ingest if they have not been forewarned or provided the proper training and equipment necessary for safety. By the time 2030 rolls around, there will have been as many as 200,000 or more asbestos-related deaths throughout the nation. If you have health concerns and believe your situation might have something to do with asbestos exposure, you'll want to know where to seek support.

Get the facts about the dangers of factory work

You may be one of many people in Illinois who grew up here, graduated high school and went to work at a local factory, perhaps the same one in which your father or grandfather worked before you. As your factory-working family members began to age, you may have witnessed a significant decline in their health. In fact, you might currently be experiencing similar adverse symptoms in your own health and wonder if the 10-20 years you've spent at the plant have something to do with it.

Thousands of people (in fact, at least 3,000 additional people per year) suffer the devastating effects of pleural diseases such as mesothelioma due exposure to asbestos on the job. There are currently strict laws regarding asbestos products and removal of asbestos from job sites, homes or old buildings, etc., because the ravaging health-related damage associated with asbestos is evident.

Age at diagnosis plays a huge role in treatment for mesothelioma

A study published in the medical industry journal Lung Cancer reveals a huge demographic disparity impacting treatment for malignant mesothelioma. An analysis of the 2011 National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data shows that age provided the greatest disparity in treatment levels.

The SEERS database contained information about almost 500 malignant mesothelioma patients, almost 400 of which had the pleural form, and more than 50 had the non-pleural type. Without treatment, pleural mesothelioma, which starts in the pleural lining surrounding the lungs, is an aggressive form of cancer that is fatal in months.

Have you been exposed to benzene in the workplace?

Benzene is a chemical used in a number of different industries. Workers in the rubber, steel, oil and gasoline industries are some of the most at risk. Unfortunately, companies do not always provide proper safety measures.

You can be overexposed to benzene by breathing it in as a gas, or absorbing it through the skin. Benzene exposure is linked to cancer - especially leukemia and other blood cancers.

Mesothelioma in the workplace

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and there is currently no known cure. Originally used because its heat and flame retardant properties, asbestos is actually a mineral that is made up of fine particles that are toxic if they become airborne and are breathed in.  Unfortunately, companies were aware of the dangers of asbestos in the workplace, but many have been slow to adopt precautionary measures, thus putting employees at risk.

Where can asbestos be found?

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