This spring in Alabama, a nurse received $15 million for exposing the fraud of a national home healthcare company where she was formerly employed. The company was accused by justice department officials of making false claims for Medicare and other government healthcare insurance programs.
The similarities are unsettling. No matter where you go in the world, if there were industrial plants in place from turn of the previous century to the 1980s, the story seems to have been the same.
A large plant is seen as a valuable employer. Men go to work at the plant every day, and come home covered in dust. They are greeted by their children and receive happy hugs. Their wives, perhaps disapprovingly, look at their work clothes and instruct them to change out their dirty overalls, so they can launder them.
The children play near the plant, and walk daily to and from school, passing by piles of the material used in the plant. They may even play in piles of the material, finding it fun to toss the snow-like substance. Only it wasn't snow, it was asbestos.
Victims of asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, often want to see those responsible for their illness held responsible for their negligent actions. If you are one of these individuals, you might have a few questions about hiring an attorney to file a mesothelioma lawsuit on your behalf.
Many mesothelioma patients do not need to be led or followed on their journey with the asbestos-related illness, they simply need a friend to walk beside them.
Much of the danger from asbestos results from our limited attention span. As with the ongoing situation we discussed last week, involving elementary schools in Huntington Beach. The schools had to be closed after it was found that renovations were being made that could disturb asbestos during the time children were in the buildings.
Because few if any people are still alive who would have participated in the construction of the schools, and many may not have realized that the buildings likely contained asbestos. Asbestos seems like something from the distant past, which makes it is easy to forget that it remains a threat.
Those admitted to hospitals tend to put their full trust in the medical professionals caring for them. Whether it is a doctor, nurse, or surgery assistant, patients can do little else than trust what the professional recommends for their health.
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We all live with asbestos every day. Luckily, for most of us, the deadly fibers of the ubiquitous mineral are usually encapsulated within some material. Unluckily for a growing number of us, that material is aging.
When this happens, either all of the material is removed and replaced or it is ignored, becomes increasingly friable, and it becomes increasingly likely that some of the fibers will be released and become airborne, waiting to settle deep in an unsuspecting victims lungs, where it will lurk and decades into the future, make it presence known as the individual is diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure can happen in many places, even your own home. Since asbestos fibers have been worked into construction materials and consumer products of all kinds over the years, many US homeowners and renting families are experiencing exposure today as the materials break down over time.