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Articles for 'asbestosis'

The State of New Jersey now supports a ban on fracking. NJ Governor Pat Murphy recognized the health and environmental consequences of using this process to explore and mine for natural gas.

 Recently release statistics from the US Geological Survey brings some hope to reducing asbestos disease in the US. 

Diesel Exhaust Linked to Cancer

After a week-long meeting of international experts, the International  Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), today   classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence  that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. 


  A Delaware Bankruptcy Judge has approved a reorganization plan  for the former asbestos manufacturer, WR Grace.

  Cooper Industries has reportedly settled an indemnification  lawsuit. and agreed to pay Pneumo Abex asbestos trust $307.5 Million. The trust funds will be used to pay victims of asbestos exposure.

Lawsuit Filed By Former Hoffman LaRoche Employee Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former pharmaceutical maintenance specialist at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, New Jersey was exposed to asbestos fiber and suffers from asbestosis. 

Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former auto mechanic, who worked in auto body shops throughout New Jersey, was exposed to asbestos fiber and suffers from lung cancer.

 

Veterans at Increased Risk for Mesothelioma

  The US Department of Veterans Affairs  has now recognized that veterans may be at an increased risk for the development of mesothelioma, a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fiber.

Allianz Firemans Fund Increases Asbestos Reserves by $301 Million

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company a Division of Allianz has announced that it will increase its asbestos and environmental risks reserve by $301 Million. The company stated, "The move follows the completion of its regular independent external asbestos exposure review."

Pittsburg Corning Plans to Pay Asbestos Victims $825 Million

PPG Industries (Pittsburg Corning Corp.) and its insurers plan to pay out millions of dollars to victims of asbestos disease. In a bankruptcy reorganization plan filed with the Court for its approval, it was announced that PPG intended to pay out $825 Million in cash over the next 15 years.

Asbestos Continues to Reduce Potential Years of Life

Asbestos exposure continues to have high rates of death in the US.

The Politics of Asbestos – US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

 At a recent hearing of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Max Baucus presented a report revealing that the Federal government failed to take the appropriate action to declare Libby, Montana a public health emergency in 2002. The disregard of the federal government led to a lack of funding and manpower in cleaning up the asbestos contamination according to the Senator.

Workers' compensation insurance companies have a long history of guarding themselves from liability from asbestos exposure issues. Recently the NJ courts have ruled that workers' compensation insurance companies are shielded from liability when the insurance company performs hygiene studies and does not take action to protect the employees that it has insured under the policy.

Asbestos Found in Toys Still Being Sold

Asbestos, a know cancer causing agent, has been found in toys still being sold in the US. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit and two brands of children's play clay along with many household products still in stores for sale have been reported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

Workers' Compensation News - August 24, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 310

NJ: WC JUDGES HAVE DISCRETION TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF A TDB LIEN. In a complex decision involving causal relationship, apportionment of liability and reimbursement of a TDB lien that Appellate Division responded to a statement made by the trial Judge, "...I am no longer a Judge, I am a statutory collection agency for the Labor Department," by reversing his decision and remanding the matter for hearing.

NJ Division of Workers' Compensation Proposes New Rules For Asbestos Exposure Claims

Approximately six months after the enactment of very controversial legislation purportedly to aid victims of asbestos related disease, the NJ Department of Labor promulgated proposed rules that require the production of extensive amounts of information in order to obtain benefits from the Uninsured Employers Fund. Asbestos related disease is a latent condition that takes decades to manifest in such illnesses such as: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately the disease, ie. mesothelioma, is irreversible, extremely debilitating and sometimes fatal in 6 to 9 months after diagnosis and the victim is left to endure the struggle for life without medical benefits and temporary disability benefits. While the legislature’s intentions were good in concept a serious questions remains as to whether the legislation and the proposed Rules meet the remedial and expeditious philosophy of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

NJ Division of Workers' Compensation Proposes New Rules For Asbestos Exposure Claims

Approximately six months after the enactment of very controversial legislation purportedly to aid victims of asbestos related disease, the NJ Department of Labor promulgated proposed rules that require the production of extensive amounts of information in order to obtain benefits from the Uninsured Employers Fund. Asbestos related disease is a latent condition that takes decades to manifest in such illnesses such as: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately the disease, ie. mesothelioma, is irreversible, extremely debilitating and sometimes fatal in 6 to 9 months after diagnosis and the victim is left to endure the struggle for life without medical benefits and temporary disability benefits. While the legislature’s intentions were good in concept a serious questions remains as to whether the legislation and the proposed Rules meet the remedial and expeditious philosophy of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Worker Health Chartbook 2004 Issued by NIOSH

NIOSH has prepared the Worker Health Chartbook 2004 as a resource for agencies, organizations, employers, researchers, workers, and others who need to know about occupational injuries and illnesses. This concise, chart-based document consolidates information from the network of tracking systems that forms the cornerstone of injury and illness surveillance in the United States.

Report to Congress on Workers' Home Contamination Study

In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed the Workers' Family Protection Act (Public Law 102-522, 29 U.S.C. 671), which requested that the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety And Health (NIOSH) conduct a study to "evaluate the potential for, prevalence of, and issues related to the contamination of workers' homes with hazardous chemicals and substances...transported from the workplaces of such workers."

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)
WHO WILL MANAGE SSA - CMS (The people who enforce Medicare Secondary Payment laws) HHS Secretary Thompson Criticizes Opposition to Nomination of FDA ...
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