Southern Illinois and St. Louis Mesothelioma And Personal Injury Blog

What leads to poor indoor air quality in the workplace

Employers in Missouri may have wellness programs in place that help employees engage in healthy physical activity. However, these cannot help when the physical environment itself is unhealthy. OSHA is clear about the dangers that poor indoor air quality can pose for workers. Side effects include headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inflammation of the throat and lungs.

Airborne toxins are a major factor. Two well-known examples are mold and asbestos. Mold is always in the atmosphere and can be introduced through HVAC systems and open windows. Even when mold levels are not high, the fungus can still cause nasal stuffiness, coughing and skin irritation in those who are allergic.

EPA may allow more products with asbestos

Asbestos was used widely in the U.S. from the late 1800s to the 1970s until its use was banned in wallboard patching compounds and gas fireplaces. In 1989, the Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out rule prohibited all new uses of asbestos, specifically in flooring felt, commercial paper, corrugated paper, rollboard and specialty paper. Missouri residents should know, however, that the EPA is making a drastic change.

In June 2018, the agency enacted a Significant New Use Rule that allows manufacturers of new products containing asbestos to petition and seek approval for distribution. Opponents claim that the EPA is no longer concerned with potential exposure and is ignoring improper asbestos disposal, contamination, emissions and other risks to health and the environment.

The health consequences of benzene can be significant

Benzene is just about everywhere, but in certain occupations, your risk of exposure is greater than the average person. Depending on how it's used in your workplace, you could end up inhaling it, getting it on your skin or ingesting it.

With enough exposure, you could begin to suffer certain health conditions associated with this chemical. The kind of ailment you could suffer depends on the length, type and amount of your exposure.

Truck and three vehicles involved in accident

Police in Illinois say that an 11-year-old boy was seriously injured in a crash that took place on Aug. 19. The crash occurred at about 10:46 a.m on Interstate 88 in Naperville, and police say that multiple vehicles were involved. A commercial truck rear-ended a Nissan that the boy was in while it and two other vehicles were slowed by traffic. Police say that the truck failed to slow down prior to the collision.

The crash caused the Nissan to collide with a Lexus, and the Lexus was then propelled into a Chevy. In addition to the male child, the driver and another adult passenger in the Nissan were taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. There were no specifics as to the severity of the injuries experienced by the adults. The driver of the Lexus and a passenger were treated at Presence Mercy Medical Center.

$100 million lawsuit filed against Missouri duck boat operator

The Missouri duck boat operator that was involved in the July 19 accident that left 17 dead is being sued for wrongful death. The lawsuit is seeking $100 million in damages for two of the families of the victims. Other families are expected to join the suit.

The accident occurred on the amphibious vessel named Ride the Ducks Branson. After the boat left the shore of Table Rock Lake with 31 passengers, a sudden severe thunderstorm caused high winds and waves that caused the boat to capsize and then sink. The lawsuit alleges that the duck boat operator is responsible for the deaths that resulted when the boat sank due to the boat's canopy. Experts claim that the canopy of the boat entrapped the passengers and dragged them to the bottom of the lake when the boat began to sink, which caused them to drown.

Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

Many Illinois and Missouri residents may have grown up in old homes or worked in buildings that were made using asbestos as construction materials. Asbestos, which is a type of mineral, was used because it was an effective insulator and flame retardant. However, it was found that exposure to asbestos fibers could be hazardous to a person's health.

There are three ways a person could be exposed to asbestos: occupational exposure, paraoccupational exposure and neighborhood exposure. Occupational exposure to asbestos occurs when workers are exposed to the mineral through their jobs. Paraoccupational exposure occurs when a worker's friends or family members are exposed to asbestos that the worker may have on his or her hair and clothing. Finally, neighborhood exposure occurs when individuals live or work near sites that have materials containing asbestos.

Most common auto accident injuries

Illinois and Missouri residents alike know how harmful a car accident can be. These incidents cost billions of dollars each year as well. The following are just some of the most common car accident injuries. Victims can learn more about each of these from their doctor.

The impact of a crash can send vehicle occupants' heads into the steering wheel, dashboard or windows, causing head trauma. This can lead to a fractured skull, hearing and vision loss and traumatic brain injuries, characterized by everything from mild concussions to serious cognitive disorders. Spinal cord injuries could also result, damaging nerves, herniating discs and creating temporary or permanent paralysis.

Why you should consider getting a dashboard camera

Have you ever been in a car accident with no witnesses? In these cases, it may be the other driver’s word against yours. You may want to consider the benefits of having a dashboard camera in your vehicle.

The camera is mounted on the dashboard of your car, as its purpose is to carefully record what takes place on the road and inside the vehicle. As it starts recording as soon as the engine is started, it could provide adequate proof of an accident.

Are you sharing Illinois and Missouri roads with drunk drivers?

After reviewing updated studies regarding alcohol-related collisions in Missouri and Illinois, you may determine that the question should not be whether there are indeed drunk drivers in your midst; rather, a more appropriate question may simply ask which vehicles they are in. Chances are, if you frequently access highways in these two states, you are likely sharing the road with drunk drivers.  

No matter how safe a driver you happen to be, you can't control another motorist's behavior. Sadly, many alert and cautious drivers suffer serious, if not fatal injuries, because of the poor choices of others who get behind the wheel to drive while legally intoxicated. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a possible drunk driver may reduce your chances of becoming a drunk driving accident victim. If you or someone you love suffers injury because of another driver's negligence, there are support resources available to help you seek justice.  

The effectiveness of mesothelioma surgery

Missouri residents who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be pleased to know that researchers are looking at new methods of determining the efficacy of mesothelioma surgery. Most of the people who receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma are often given treatment that consists of multiple therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Individuals who qualify for new therapies, such as photodynamic therapy or immunotherapy, will still have a very high chance of undergoing surgery. This is because surgery has been proven to be the only treatment that has nearly always improved survival chances.

However, the issue with using surgery lies with the aftermath of the procedure. Surgery can be difficult to recover from, depending on the state of the patient's overall health. Research results indicate that inflammatory markers are released by surgical patients and can affect how well the patient's body will be receptive of other types of treatments.

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