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Who pays for mesothelioma damages?

In a more perfect world, companies would probably seek you out and compensate you directly if you were suffering from mesothelioma due to their negligent actions. Here in the real world in Louisiana, unfortunately, you would probably need to file a claim in order to have even a chance to receive compensation.

As for the question of who pays for mesothelioma treatment, the trial awards tend to come from large companies or financial entities established by those companies — trusts, for example. The same entities are typically responsible for paying settlements and damages for wrongful death suits surrounding mesothelioma.

What you always wanted to know about truck crashes

You are probably aware that in the event of a collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger car, the truck almost always wins. However, it may surprise you to learn where such crashes often occur.

No one wants to be in an accident with a big rig. Therefore, the more familiar you are with truck-car crash information, the more prepared you are to avoid a potential disaster.

Brake failure a frequent cause of commercial truck crashes

When it comes to the truck driving profession, experience and training go a long way, and when truckers take to Louisiana’s roadways without having sufficient training or experience, they threaten their own safety as well as that of everyone else traveling the roadway. At Didriksen, Saucier & Woods, we recognize that, while brake failure issues can arise because of system malfunctions, many truck crashes that result from brake failure issues also occur because truckers lack the knowledge necessary to effectively avoid them.

According to Transport Topics, a common problem among less-experienced truck drivers is that they are prone to over-relying on their truck’s air brake systems when traveling downhill, which can lead to brake system failures. When a semi-truck driver “rides” the brakes for extended lengths of time, which is a much more common behavior among younger, less-experienced truck drivers than older, more seasoned ones, the brake system can wind up overheating. When the system overheats, it can potentially catch fire, which can compromise its functionality and, ultimately, cause a truck wreck.

The link between firefighting and mesothelioma

When you earn your living working as a Louisiana firefighter, you face some of the world’s toughest working conditions, and while some of the risks you face are directly related to fighting fires, others arise because of the conditions of your work environment. At Didriksen, Saucier & Woods, PLC, we recognize that today’s firefighters face an elevated risk of experiencing work-related cancer, and we have assisted many firefighters and family members who experienced hardships because of on-the-job exposure pursue appropriate recourse.

According to FireRescue1, today’s firefighters are 14% more likely to die from work-related cancer than members of the general population, and 70% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths also result from cancer. Mesothelioma, which is a particular form of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos, is of particular concern among firefighters, and it is an especially aggressive and deadly form of the disease.

Human error in surgical mistakes

There can be many reasons that a person in Louisiana may need to have an operation. Whether a minor surgery that can be performed in a clinic or a major surgery that requires a hospital stay during the post-surgical recovery period, there is always the risk that an error may occur. Some errors can be minor but others can result in serious harm to patients, up to and including death. It is understandable, given that fact, that many people are weary about undergoing a procedure.

Becker's Hospital Review recently reported on the results of a medical study that reviewed many surgeries to try and identify the root causes of any errors that might have occurred. The researchers reviewed data from three medical teaching hospitals over the course of six months. The study identified 188 errors classified as adverse events. Out of those errors, human error was said to be a factor in 56% of the cases. A total of 106 patients were negatively impacted by the medical staff involved in their operations.

What is malignant mesothelioma?

Many people in Louisiana have read about mesothelioma or heard television commercials mentioning this disease. You know that it is often linked to those who have had careers working with asbestos products, such as plumbers, electricians, shipyard workers, insulators or pipefitters. While you may have a general idea, you may be wondering to yourself, what is malignant mesothelioma?

According to the Mayo Clinic, malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that begins in the mesothelium, or thin layer of tissue that surrounds most of the internal organs in your body. There are different types of malignant mesotheliomas depending upon what part of your body is affected. Peritoneal mesothelioma is located in the tissue in your abdomen, whereas pleural mesothelioma occurs in the tissue surrounding your lungs. While these are the most common types of this disease, there are also the rarer forms of pericardial mesothelioma, which targets the tissue around the heart, and mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which involves tissue around the testicles. 

Be especially cautious around big rigs during certain hours

Truck driver fatigue is an issue of ongoing concern to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The FMCSA assesses truck accident statistics and offers tips to drivers to help them combat this common problem. There are many causes of fatigue but one in particular that motorists should be aware of.

What happens next after you have a crash with a drunk driver?

In a city like New Orleans, it is no surprise that drunk driving enforcement is a high-priority. If you were involved in an accident, then a DUI conviction of the other party may be an important element in your case when it comes to getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The other driver getting a DUI does not automatically mean that you would receive full payment for your injuries. Louisiana is a comparative fault state. Which means that, at trial, the court would determine the percentage of fault of each party involved. Therefore, the key to receiving maximum repayment in personal injury cases could be to show that other people bore most of the blame for what happened.

Defective Cooking Spray Cans Puts Consumers at Risk

Most people do not realize how much product defects can affect them until they experience an event that results in their injury. Defective products are not exclusive to any particular industry. Though recalls and defective product and personal injury claims may seem more common in the automotive and industrial sectors, they also affect the food industry, as shown in recent allegations against Conagra, one of the country's largest food product manufacturers.

You do not need to face mesothelioma alone

At the New Orleans, Louisiana, law office of Didriksen, Saucier & Woods, PLC, people tend to come to us when they have severe issues in their lives and that they cannot handle by themselves. If you have tried to handle your injury by yourself, and if is no longer manageable to do so, you could still have options available to maintain your way of life.

You may not have to exhaust your resources while attempting to manage an injury that was someone else's fault. Even chronic illnesses, such as mesothelioma, that come from injuries far in the past could entitle you to compensation.

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