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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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