Posts made in January, 2015

Causes of Asbestos Exposure

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Asbestos and Mesothelioma | 0 comments

Asbestos is an incredibly versatile and durable minerals made up of microscopic fibers. It has many industrial applications because it has high resistance to heat and chemicals and is non-conductive, and it is relatively inexpensive to mine and process. Unfortunately, it is also toxic to humans when it is breathed in, something that is easy to do because of the size of the fibers.

Asbestos exposure can lead to medical conditions that range from mild to fatal, depending on the frequency and level of exposure. These medical conditions are primarily respiratory, as the fibers lodged in the lungs can cause inflammation and scarring that can lead to breathing difficulties. In some cases, it leads to lung cancer or mesothelioma, which involves the lining of the abdomen, chest cavity and lungs called the mesothelium.

Asbestos exposure can happen anywhere. Because it was widely used for decades (and is still being used now in certain industries), you could get exposed to it at home, in the workplace, or in the environment. Strict laws are in place for the regulation for use and disposal of asbestos, but unfortunately these are not always being followed. In some instances, exposure can result from the unexpected destruction of a building such as what happened when the World Trade Center was attacked in what is now known as 9/11. The North Tower was built partly using asbestos, and its destruction resulted in tons of the fibers being released into the surrounding areas.

Asbestos continues to pose a threat to public health, but under normal circumstances this can be avoided if due diligence and care is observed. If you have contracted an asbestos-related disease because of the negligence of a third party, you may be facing a threat to your life. Consult with an asbestos lawyer in your state for more information on how you can get compensation for your preventable injuries.

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Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Water | 0 comments

Having low water pressure in the house can be a real pain. For one thing, you can’t take a really brisk shower to wake you up in the morning if your water is sleepy. For another, it will take forever to fill up your washing machine. Before calling in a plumber, though, find out what is causing it. It may be easily fixed.

Clogged Aerators

If water pressure is low in some areas but not others, the faucet itself may be clogged by debris. You can check this by unscrewing the aerator (it’s the “cap” at the end of the nozzle that has a fine screen across). If the water flow improves without the aerator, it is probably clogged. You can unclog it by soaking it in a little water and vinegar to loosen it up. If that doesn’t work, replace it with new ones.

Water Heater Problems

If your water pressure is low only when using just hot water, your water heater may be the problem. Check if the valve leading to the house is fully open. If it is, your water heater may need cleaning. You’ll need a plumber to check it.

Leaks

The most common source of leaks in the toilet, and it doesn’t have to be a leaky pipe (which you will notice almost immediately anyway and it is easy to fix). A defective water filling valve, flapper or float can keep water running continuously through the water tank. If you listen closely, you should hear it. You can also check by putting in a couple of drops of food dye in the tank and see if it leaks into the bowl. If it does, trace which component is causing it and replace that.

If it is not the toilet, it could be a busted pipe. This can be a big problem if it is in hard-to-reach areas such as under the house or in the walls. If you see water spots or notice water in areas where there shouldn’t be, call a plumber to look for it and fix it.

Mineral Buildup in Pipes

Unless your house is new or the pipes have just been replaced, chances are your pipes have mineral buildup, especially if you live in an area where the water is “hard” such as Texas. As pointed out on the American Water website, mineral deposits can lead to funny tasting water, yellowish clothing, and clogged pipes. A plumber will know what to do, but you may want to consider filtering the water that comes into your whole house to prevent the same problem in the future.

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Failure to Enforce Workers’ Comp Laws Hurt Injured Workers in North Carolina

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Most states in the U.S. require non-exempt employers to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all their employees. This is to protect workers from the financial losses from a work-related injury and the employers from personal injury liability. It is a good system that works most of the time. That is, unless employers think they can get away with.

North Carolina Industrial Commission has been repeatedly criticized for their lackluster efforts at enforcement of workers’ comp laws and collection of penalties for noncompliant employers. The Commission does not appear to have adequate monitoring procedures for the businesses in their jurisdiction and only finds about an employer’s noncompliance when a worker is injured and makes a claim. This is tantamount to saying it is okay not to pay for workers’ comp insurance as long as workplace accidents don’t happen. This defeats the whole purpose of the state workers’ comp laws.

According to the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, the incidence of workplace accidents has steadily decreased in Raleigh and the rest of North Carolina, and that is good news. However, that is hardly going to cheer up a seriously injured worker who is not eligible for financial assistance from their workers’ comp insurance because there is no workers’ comp insurance. The only recourse open to workers in such cases is to file a civil lawsuit against the employer for medical expenses, loss of wages, and other related damages of a workplace injury.

North Carolina is not among the best places to live or work in the US, but neither is it the worst. However, if you are injured on the job in North Carolina and thought you had insurance coverage, you’d better find a really good workers’ compensation lawyer in the state to fight for your rights, because you won’t get it from your non-existent insurance carrier.

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