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Mesothelioma and the Danger of Other Asbestos-related Diseases

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Cancers, Illnesses | 0 comments

There is one historical account which says that the last great Sassanian king Khosrow II Parviz (531–579) and wealthy Persians cleaned their tablecloths by throwing these into fire instead of water. And since the tablecloths were made of asbestos, they never burned.

Asbestos, a term derived from an ancient Greek word with the meaning “inextinguishable” or “unquenchable,” is a fibrous mineral which immediately became the material of choice among manufacturers due to its cheapness, abundance, strength and resistance to fire, electricity, and various types of chemical reactions and breakdowns. Since the last quarter of the 1800s, manufacturers saw asbestos as a perfect component in the manufacture of fireplace cement, fireproof drywall, fire retardant coatings, acid, fire and heat resistant gaskets, bricks, and concrete. The US Navy and shipyard employers, likewise, exposed more than four million workers to thousands of tons of asbestos during the Second World War for the building of battleships and other US military products.

Asbestos is known to contain sharp, tiny fibers that can stick to the lungs when inhaled and never removed by our body’s natural defenses. Regular exposure to tons of this mineral, however, would very likely render the body’s defenses incapable of fully protecting us from its harmful and often, deadly effects.

There are three known deadly effects of asbestos, namely:

  • Lung cancer, which has a higher risk of development in persons who regularly inhale high amounts of asbestos fibers as well as smoke cigarettes
  • Mesothelioma, a rare, yet deadly cancer which affects the cells surrounding the lungs and other organs
  • Asbestosis, a lung disease that makes breathing difficult, due to scarred tissues in the lungs. Though non-cancerous, asbestosis remains to be a serious, life-threatening illness.

Besides being a deadly cancer, another very unfavorable characteristic of mesothelioma is its very long delay in manifesting its symptoms, normally more than 30 years after first exposure to asbestos. This makes many mesothelioma victims past the age 60 before the cancer even gets diagnosed; some, however, never get to see personally the result of their claims lawsuit as the deadly cancer takes their lives before the court finally reaches a decision.

Thousands of workers have already died due to asbestosis or mesothelioma; thousands remain confined to their bed, being slowly eaten away by asbestos’ deadly effects. Companies which exposed workers to asbestos definitely knew about the mineral’s deadly effects, yet these chose to compromise workers’ health for profit.

The website of Williams Kherkher explains different types of asbestos-related diseases, how these diseases gradually worsen and affect the worker and his or her family. Those who have been regularly exposed to asbestos due to their work may find it wise to undergo medical checkup to know how the toxic mineral has actually affected their health.

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The Norovirus Outbreak

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Illnesses | 0 comments

Legally speaking, when cruise ship passengers catch the norovirus while on travel, they are likely not to get any compensation since there are no current laws that mandate cruise ships to compensate norovirus patients. It would simply be like getting sick while on a private holiday vacation, but the cost of medical treatment, which includes doctor’s fee and medication, being shouldered by their insurance provider.

Norovirus, to start with, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, which is the inflammation of the intestines and the stomach, usually due to viral infection or bacterial toxins. It is a very contagious disease which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects 19 to 21 million individuals in the US every year, causing up to 70,000 hospitalizations and up to 800 deaths.

The virus that causes this illness is found in the stool and vomit of infected people. There is no exact determination how this illness actually starts, though, acquiring the virus that leads to it is obviously very easy, specifically through:

  • Touching objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with the norovirus and then having
    your fingers or hand touch your mouth
  • Direct contact with an infected person, including sharing food with him or her, or using utensil
    that he or she used
  • Drinking or eating anything that has been contaminated with the virus

There are people who consider the norovirus illness as a minor health issue, despite the many number of people it can immediately affect and the pain and inconvenience felt by those affected. This is obviously due to the fact that those infected recuperate within three days after the symptoms appear – the usual case involving those who are healthy; however, if those infected have a weak immune system, like young children, residents of nursing home facilities and those with health conditions, then the illness may last for months or even years.

News of possible norovirus illness, especially in cruise ships, should not be taken lightly and those affected should be given competent medical care and assistance so as to hasten their recovery as well as stop the virus from spreading further and infect more passengers. Quarantine of those infected and immediate disinfection of the environment or of the cruise ship are called for, otherwise, it could be a case of incorrect medical procedure which, according to website of the Louis A. Vucci, still occur despite the presence of licensed medical professionals and trained personnel. This incorrect procedure, the firm continues, can result to prolonged illness, worsening of original symptoms, and allergic reactions.

There may be no law mandating cruise ships to compensate passengers who contract the norovirus illness, however, if the illness worsens and severely affects the passenger’s life (work, family activities and other concerns), then it would be a different story.

In the event of personal injury, any law firm would advise the victim to pursue legal action for the compensation that he or she may be allowed by the court to receive. The website of the Law Offices of Spiros Law, further informs the injured the he or she should not be the one paying for the costly medical treatment that his or her prolonged or worsened condition requires.

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