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Blog Posts in March, 2016

Asbestos-Related Deaths in Charleston County Higher Than Rest of State Mar 31, 2016

According to a recent study, Charleston County has a higher rate of asbestos-related deaths than the rest of South Carolina. The number in Charleston County is double the amount of any other county. Many of the doctors and researchers believe that ...

Workplace Accidents as a Leading Cause of Amputations Mar 30, 2016

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report that showed the number of severe injuries sustained in the workplace. In 2015, there were 10,388 reported severe workplace injuries. As a result, 7,636 of these ...

New Article Targets the Deposition Process for Mesothelioma Patients Mar 28, 2016

A new article by The Center for Public Integrity discusses the deposition process for patients who are dealing with mesothelioma. For instance, the article talks about Nader Kordestani, a 75-year-old mesothelioma patient who is asked questions ...

Hope for Mesothelioma Treatment with New Drug Mar 28, 2016

A drug called HXR9 is showing promise and giving hope to mesothelioma patients. It works to prevent cancer cells from bypassing the process of apoptosis, a process where unhealthy cells shutdown and die. The developer of the drug, Professor Richard ...

Worker Claims Retaliation After Report of Asbestos Mar 23, 2016

A Yellowstone National Park maintenance worker made a report claiming that he and five other employers were unknowingly exposed to asbestos at an archaic lodge. Now, he claims that a park concession company has taken action to retaliate against him ...

U.S. Labor Department Seeking Back Wages for Restaurant Workers in Ohio Mar 22, 2016

A restaurant in Ohio is facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor in an attempt to recover back wages totaling roughly $21,390. An equal and separate amount is being sought in damages for a total amount of $42,780. The lawsuit is on behalf of ...

Two Injured in Awning Collapse at Rodeo Mar 19, 2016

At the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last Tuesday, an awning at a vendor’s booth collapsed, injuring two people. The two individuals, a male and female, were transported to a local hospital. The collapsing awning occurred at the outdoor both for ...

Employee of Nabors Industries Dies After Injury Mar 17, 2016

Off the Gulf of Mexico last week, an employee of Nabors Industries was working on another company’s oil and gas platform after suffering an injury. The employee was working on a rig for Whistler Energy II, a Houston-based company working on a Gulf ...

Understanding Joint Employers Mar 16, 2016

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has put a lot of focus on making sure workers in fissured (or joint-employer) workplaces are protected. This is a situation where there is a potential for multiple employers benefiting from the work of ...

Sumner Courthouse Confirmed to Have Asbestos Mar 15, 2016

Last week, Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt made a statement regarding the presence of asbestos at the Sumner County courthouse. The asbestos was discovered during the mold remediation of the building. The experts working on the mold remediation ...

Scientists Releasing "Seriously Misleading Information" Regarding Asbestos? Mar 11, 2016

Could it be that some scientists who are financially affiliated to interests in asbestos are publishing information denying the possibility of harm associated with chrysotile asbestos and Bolivian crocidolite asbestos? Edward Ilgren and John Hoskins ...

Oil Workers Claim Pay Stolen Before Bust Mar 10, 2016

While oil prices remain low and countless oil workers are out of a job, many of them are claiming that they were not paid fairly, even when oil prices were higher. Some workers are receiving notice that their employers may not have paid them for ...

Genetic Basis of Mesothelioma Research Allows for Better Treatment Mar 9, 2016

A new study is giving mesothelioma patients hope for better and more effective treatment options. The study, co-authored by Dr. David Sugarbaker and other physician-researchers, promotes the genetic discoveries of mesothelioma to help characterize ...

Appeals Court Upholds Tip-Sharing Decision Mar 8, 2016

According to a ruling by a federal appeals court, employers cannot collect the tips of service employees such as waiters to share with the support staff, regardless if the worker is receiving minimum wage. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ...

BPB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Mar 8, 2016

Our team at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC is proud to announce that attorneys Sunny Grewal, Douglas Grubbs , and Justin Jenson have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠. This is an honor that recognizes the top ...

Study Shows Links Between Talc Use and Ovarian Cancer Risks Mar 8, 2016

Researchers at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center at Brigham and the Women’s Hospital in Boston conducted a study to determine the link between talcum powder usage and the risk of ovarian cancer. Results of the study show that women ...

Is Indiana Law Regarding Asbestos Exposure Unconstitutional? Mar 7, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on March 2 nd deemed Indiana’s provision regarding product liability act extinguishes asbestos-related disease claims after 10 years as unconstitutional. The ruling stated that the provision treats similar plaintiffs ...

Invokana Use Linked to Development of Ketoacidosis Mar 4, 2016

In May of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued warnings regarding the Type 2 diabetes medication Invokana and its link to diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition can be very serious leading to high levels of ketones in the body. There are ...

Xarelto Makers Withhold Information from Medical Journal? Mar 3, 2016

Attorneys who are representing patients in lawsuits against two big drug markets are claiming that the makers of these drugs withheld important information from a leading medical journal. The companies, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, are being called ...

Tip Distribution Ruled as Violation of Labor Standards Mar 2, 2016

In a ruling on February 24, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that the distribution of tips is a violation of labor standards. It was ruled that employers are no longer able to collect service employees’ tips to ...

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