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Asbestos Being Removed from School Cafeteria to Reduce Mesothelioma Risks

by Keith Adkins | June 10th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in the manufacturing of many of the products we use and come in contact with on a daily basis. From insulation, to floor tiles, to drywall, asbestos can be found everywhere.

While asbestos is useful for its ability to insulate and not catch fire, it can also cause individuals who are exposed to it to develop deadly cancers. One of the most common forms of the disease that is seen in individuals who are around asbestos regularly is mesothelioma. This particular type of cancer can be identified by the development of tumors on the lungs and mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many internal organs.

Many wonder what can be done to reduce the chances of developing mesothelioma as the result of exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, the answer is to simply not be exposed and this can be achieved by using proper safety gear and removing materials that contain asbestos.

An elementary school in Louisiana is taking such steps in order to protect the health and safety of both students and staff. According to an article from the Daily Reporter, the Tangipahoa Parish School District will pay an estimated $66,750 to two separate companies to have asbestos removed from the school’s cafeteria during the next several weeks.

Our Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers exposure to asbestos can pose, which is why we applaud the efforts being made to remove this hazardous substance from our state’s schools.

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Settlement Reached in Louisiana Personal Injury Lawsuit

by Keith Adkins | April 22nd, 2015

It never seems to fail—accidents happen in the least expected places and at the most inconvenient times. Despite this risk, it’s important for victims of such accidents to know they may have a right to seek compensation if the accident occurred due to another person’s negligence.

One woman is set to receive compensation for her injuries through a Louisiana personal injury lawsuit after she was left in need of medical treatment from being hit in the face with a cabbage at a New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day parade that was held this past March.

Reports from The New Orleans Advocate say the woman was attending the parade as a float sponsored by the Irish Channel Club was passing. As the float slowly moved down the street, one of the riders on the top level allegedly threw a head of cabbage at the woman, striking her in the face.

The impact from the hit caused the woman to suffer bleeding from the face, facial fractures, nerve damage, and a torn cornea. The victim stated she had already undergone several surgeries to repair the damage that was caused and will likely need more care to fully recover.

While the victim originally sought more than $75,000 in damages, the terms of the settlement that was reached were not disclosed to the public.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we know how expensive medical care after an accident can be, which is why our Louisiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement that was reached will bring some sense of closure to the victim.

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Lawsuits Regarding Lipitor® Side Effects Combined in Multidistrict Litigation

by Keith Adkins | April 1st, 2015

High cholesterol is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in the United States today. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain that as many as 71 million Americans are afflicted with the condition. With numbers like that, it comes as no surprise to most that cholesterol-controlling drugs, like Lipitor®, are among some of the most widely prescribed medications in our country today. It’s important for users of Lipitor® to be made aware of the dangers the drug may pose.

One of the most regularly reported Lipitor® side effects is the development of Type II Diabetes as a result of taking the drug. Research has shown the medication can cause issues with the regulation of glucose levels, which can result in serious injury and even death.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in connection to these Lipitor® side effects and now many of the cases have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation. An article from Law 360 states the decision to bring the cases together was made at the end of February.

Despite these suits, the drug remains on the market today.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we believe in protecting the rights of the innocent who are harmed through no fault of their own. That’s why our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are here to help anyone who has been injured as the result of Lipitor® side effects. If you’ve suffered such injuries, feel free to call us anytime at (866) 897-8495.

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Legislators Consider Reforms to Protect Public From Asbestos and Mesothelioma

by Keith Adkins | March 25th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that, when inhaled into the lungs, can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Despite this serious health risk, asbestos is still used in the manufacturing of many products we are exposed to on a daily basis.

The reason asbestos is still used today is because of a ruling that weakened the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Now, lawmakers are rallying to reform policies to better protect the public from the dangers of asbestos and other harmful chemicals that can cause conditions like mesothelioma.

United States Senator, David Vitter, has introduced a bill that would require thousands of chemicals that are currently available on the market to undergo regulation at the federal and state levels. Furthermore, it would establish minimum requirements and timelines for EPA testing, as well as a fee system to finance the program.

Reports from The Times-Picayune say another bill introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer and Ed Markey would progress an all-out ban on the use of asbestos in products. The bill is being used to honor a 66-year-old man who died as the result of a long battle with mesothelioma.

Reform is crucial to keeping our laws relevant and able to protect the public from harm in this day and age. That’s why, at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, our team of Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are anxious to see if either of these bills progress towards being signed into law.

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Oil Industry Safety Takes Center Stage as Workers Strike

by Keith Adkins | March 4th, 2015

The oil industry is an essential part of Louisiana’s economy, accounting for millions—if not billions—of dollars in revenue each year. Despite these large profits, the industry continues to be one of the most dangerous lines of work in Louisiana.

The Louisiana maritime accident rate among workers in the offshore drilling industry is one of the highest in the nation. These unsafe working conditions can lead to workers suffering injuries and fatalities while on the job.

These risks were underscored by a Louisiana plant explosion at a petroleum processing facility outside Baton Rouge that killed two workers and injured 114 others in 2013. Dangers like these leave many citizens wondering what is being done to improve safety and working conditions in Louisiana’s oil industry.

According to an article from Bloomberg Business, some Louisiana oil workers are currently on strike in hopes of securing improved working conditions and better worker safety. Union organizers say they believe local workers should handle day-to-day maintenance duties at oil facilities, rather than contractors, because of safety concerns. Oil companies have called the demand “unreasonable”; however, contract negotiations are expected to continue today.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we recognize the risks oil workers face each day and our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are optimistic that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached between oil workers and their employers soon.

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Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Claim Product Caused Development of Deadly Diseases

by Keith Adkins | February 18th, 2015

Using talcum powder can be a great way to feel fresh and clean throughout the day, but what many users may not realize is that certain talcum powders may contain substances that can be very harmful to your body.

Talc is mined form the Earth and contains the elements magnesium, oxygen, and silicon. Unfortunately, talc can also contain other more harmful substances such as asbestos—a naturally occurring compound that can cause deadly forms of cancer.

One of the first talcum powder cancer claims came last year from an Illinois woman who claims using Johnson & Johnson baby powder over the course of several decades caused her to be exposed to harmful substances, which led to her development of ovarian cancer. An article from Consumer Affairs says a similar lawsuit was filed in California as well.

Ovarian cancer isn’t the only disease being linked to the use of talcum powder. Even more consumers have come forward with claims that the use of talcum powder exposed them to asbestos, which in turn caused them to develop mesothelioma—another deadly form of cancer.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we recognize the serious harm talcum powder may cause users. That’s why our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers are hopeful decisions being reached in these lawsuits will result in safer products and closure to those who were harmed.


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Research Shows No Association Between Morcellator Cancer and Other Potential Contributing Factors

by Keith Adkins | January 14th, 2015

The use of power morcellators during certain medical procedures has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years after it was discovered use of techniques employing the device put patients at risk of spreading undetected cancer. Now, another study has shown there may be no way to know a woman’s risk of developing morcellator cancer prior to undergoing a procedure that utilizes the power morcellator.

Power morcellators are used to grind fibroids and other body tissues down so that they can be removed through a small incision in the body. The technique is less invasive than other procedures, but can release cancerous cells into the body where they can then metastasize.

That’s why, according to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers reexamined the medical records of 3,523 women who had undergone procedures using the medical device. Of the 941 women who underwent power morcellation as part of a hysterectomy, more than one percent developed sarcomas and parasitic myomas; however, there were no factors that connected the patients who developed cancer other than the use of the power morcellator.

Experts say the findings support patients being warned of the risk factors power morcellation can pose prior to undergoing a medical procedure.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we know how frustrating it can be to learn your surgical procedure may have put your health at great risk. Help is available for women who’ve been harmed during a medical procedure using a power morcellator. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys can answer any questions you may have and help get you on the road toward the compensation you deserve. Learn more about how we can assist with your case by calling (866) 897-8495.

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A Few Safety Tips to Help Ensure a Fun Halloween for All

by Keith Adkins | October 30th, 2014

Halloween can be one of the most fun and entertaining holidays of the year for adults and children alike. It can also be one of the most dangerous. Records show thousands of accidents are reported on Halloween in Louisiana each year and a majority of those incidents involve alcohol.

Reports indicate a total of 12 people were killed and another 1,060 were injured as the result of a Louisiana car accident that occurred on Halloween last year. Of those fatalities, seven involved alcohol.

The number of injuries and fatalities that occur on Halloween in Louisiana is even higher if you consider the accidents that don’t involve motor vehicles. That’s why several organizations are offering safety tips to motorists and trick-or-treaters.

An article form KATC 3 News says officials with the Louisiana State Highway Commission are encouraging those partaking in Halloween festivities to designate a driver before leaving home. They add that if you do find yourself intoxicated while out, utilize a taxi or loved one to get home safely.

The Louisiana personal injury attorneys with Dudley DeBosier personal injury lawyers would also urge Trick-or-Treaters to:

  • Use a flashlight or glow stick to be more visible to motorists.
  • Avoid distractions when going door-to-door.
  • Ensure costumes don’t drag to the ground, creating a slip and fall hazard.

We hope these tips help you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!


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FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Power Morcellator Cancer Risk

by Keith Adkins | October 22nd, 2014

Advancements in medical technology have allowed surgeons to use less invasive techniques when performing procedures on patients; however, the use of certain pieces of equipment and technology could put patients at risk of serious harm.

Morcellator Cancer Risk

Take, for instance, the increased risk of developing certain cancers that’s associated with a device known as a power morcellator. Experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say 1 in every 350 women face a morcellator cancer risk if they undergo a procedure using the device.

The power morcellator is often used in hysterectomy procedures to remove growths known as fibroids. The device can effectively grind the growth’s tissues down to where they can be removed from the body through a small incision in the abdomen, whereas a woman would have to have a much larger incision to remove the fibroids prior to the development of the morcellator.

Channel 4 News reports the problem with the device is that, as it grinds tissue, it can release dormant cancerous cells—called Sarcomas—into other parts of the body. This can lead to a patient developing cancer.

This has prompted the FDA to issue warnings to both doctors and patients about the use of the device. Experts agree the device shouldn’t be used to perform procedures on older women.

What if I’ve Been Harmed by a Power Morcellator Procedure?

For those who’ve developed cancer and believe their condition is the result of the use of a power morcellator during a medical procedure, it’s important to know that help is available. You may have questions regarding your legal rights that need answers and the Louisiana personal injury attorneys with Dudley DeBosier injury lawyers are here to assist you. Call us today at (866) 897-8495 to speak with a member of our legal team.

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The Details You Need to Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

by Keith Adkins | October 15th, 2014

When a person suffers an injury or an illness, complications can sometimes arise that compound the severity of the original condition. One of the worst of these complications that can arise is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

RSD is a chronic disorder that not only causes the victim to suffer an uncomfortable, burning sensation in their skin, but also swelling and inflammation of the limbs. Many RSD sufferers develop the condition shortly after a traumatic accident and there is no known cure.

Development of RSD

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association says the disorder manifests itself in two stages, with the first signs of RSD being muscles spasms, joint pain, and burning of the skin. These symptoms may last for around three months before the condition progresses.

Patients with Stage 2 RSD will experience increasing pain in the muscle and joints, but will also notice slowing hair growth, brittle nails, and a softening of the bones. Atrophied muscles and contortion of the limbs are also common in the final stage of RSD.

What Can You Do?

Again, there’s currently no cure for RSD; however, treatments have been developed that can improve patients’ quality of life. These treatments can be expensive though, which is why having a Louisiana personal injury lawyer by your side after being diagnosed with the condition may be wise.

The legal team from Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain an attorney will not only be able to help keep you informed of your legal rights at all times, but they can also help you with the filing of any paperwork that is necessary to receive the compensation you deserve for your condition. Call us today at (866) 897-8495 to learn more about how we can help you.

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