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You’ve probably heard the word asbestos in regards to the recent outpour of lawsuits filed over the harmful substance. Though asbestos is restricted in most areas now, its durability and resistance to heat and fire was once very attractive to builders and manufacturers who weren’t yet aware of the harmful and potentially deadly consequences of breathing in the substance. Over time, prolonged exposure to asbestos can result in serious illnesses, like mesothelioma, a cancer that invades the lungs and other organs. Now that we are aware of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, affected individuals are seeking compensation. So where do you start when filing a suit related to asbestos inhalation?

Breathing just a little asbestos each day can lead to serious health hazards over an extended period of time. Most cases of asbestos related illnesses occur in the workplace, especially those related to construction and building. But even worker’s family members and roommates can be vulnerable to asbestos related illnesses as well. This may happen if the worker comes home in clothes dusted with asbestos, and the roommates or family members breathe in the substance. It doesn’t take much to be affected.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration protect individuals who are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. As for those individuals who aren’t covered by those standards, and who have been exposed to asbestos through a product, the liability for asbestos-related illnesses typically falls under product liability law. These cases are based on strict liability, negligence, or breach of warranty.

A lawsuit has been filed against  bar owner, Yassine Enterprises, by the family of a young woman who was severely injured in a vehicle-pedestrian collision. The family alleged in its lawsuit that the two bars owned by the company over served alcohol to the 22-year-old driver of the vehicle at fault. According to investigators, the driver of the vehicle drove while intoxicated and hit the young woman, the pedestrian, who was left with severe physical and brain damages after the crash.

The parents of the young woman filed the civil suit seeking damages from Yassine Enterprises. They accuse the bars of serving alcohol to the driver of the vehicle despite his obvious intoxication. He had been drinking, according to the lawsuit, from about 11:50 p.m. until about 2 a.m. The driver was served alcohol at two bars, owned by Yassine Enterprises, during that time and was allowed to drive away in a car in an intoxicated condition.

It is further alleged that as the driver approached an intersection in his car, he ran a red light and slammed into the young woman and two of her friends; the driver fled the scene and was later caught. The young woman struggled for life for three weeks in a hospital in a coma. After coming out of the coma, she underwent extensive physical therapy, but was left permanently disabled with little short-term memory and trouble communicating.

According to a Rochester, NY ruling, Deputy John DiDomenico was negligent when he rear-ended a car in stop-and-go traffic in 2004 while responding to a burglary call.

DiDomenico was driving below the speed limit without engaging his lights or siren, and smashed into the another car when he became distracted by his computer.

Yasmin Kabir, the driver of the other car, underwent spinal surgery and claims she is permanently injured.

According to the Insurance Journal, an estimated 2,500 daycare programs in Georgia have failed to meet the state’s standards for children’s health and safety at least once in the past four years.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution also investigated Georgia’s daycare programs. The report found that 220 daycares received a failing score for at least two years in a row, and at least 200 of those day cares are still open.

One facility in Marietta encountered 191 violations in the last four years, including starving a child and releasing a child to the wrong parent, who happened to be blind. Unfortunately, some daycare facilities in Georgia are so neglectful that children experience severe injury or even death.

The case involving the 2004 explosion of a water heater in Indiana has been settled for $27 million.

The explosion leveled an apartment that was attached to a Morgan County barn, killing one man and critically burning six of his family members.

A year after the incident, the family filed a products liability suit against the water heater company. The jury decided South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corp., RushShelby Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and SCI Propane LLC were 65 percent liable for the accident.

A South Carolina man got into a fight with a local police officer in 2009. According to reports, the man was hit several times in the eye with the metal baton by the officer and received surgery for his injuries.

During the surgery, medical personnel removed the man’s eye.

The man filed a law suit against the police officer for medical expenses he incurred due to the fight. On November 11 of this year, a jury awarded $45,000 to the man. For more information on this story, visit Anderson Independent Mail.