If you have been injured in an accident and are considering a claim against the person or organization responsible, it is probably a new experience for you. If you are like many of our clients, your main concern is recovering from your injuries, but medical bills and other expenses from your accident are beginning to pile up.
At the Becker Law Office, we work with clients like you who have been unjustly injured or lost a loved one in an accident someone else has caused. Our aim is to protect your rights to compensation for your losses, which usually comes from one or more insurance companies. We want you to obtain the money you need to recover from the harm done to you and move forward with your life.
Below are some frequently asked questions about how the Becker Law Office assists residents of. Each case is unique, so you may have additional questions. We’d be happy to help you further if you’ll contact us to set up a free initial consultation.
The short answer to that question is “money.” For machinery, equipment, building structures, etc., already in place, it is much more cost effective to leave asbestos-containing products in place than it is to remove and replace it. And, asbestos that is not disturbed is not a problem. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water and soil, and are not harmful, the National Cancer Institute says. The people who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.
Asbestos is actually a group of natural minerals that occur as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads and then woven. It is resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, and does not conduct electricity. This makes asbestos incredibly useful as an ingredient in insulation, cement, ceiling and roofing vinyl, automotive brake materials, paints, coatings, adhesives, plastics and other products where protection from heat is important. Asbestos has been mined and used commercially in North America since the late 1800s, but it has been known to be toxic since about the 1920s. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma, as well as a variety of other diseases In the late 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in wallboard patching compounds and gas fireplaces. In addition, manufacturers of electric hairdryers voluntarily stopped using asbestos in their products in 1979. In 1989, the EPA banned all new uses of asbestos; however, uses developed before 1989 are still allowed.
Swimming pools and the areas around them can be dangerous. Owners are expected to make reasonable efforts to keep guests and others safe. When a pool and the surrounding areas are not fenced off, or maintained in a secure condition, it can lead to injury and drowning.
Property owners must keep their buildings up to code and keep the building safe for guests. Wiring problems, gas leaks, and other unchecked hazards can easily lead to disaster. When a fire occurs and guests are injured, the owner of the property may be liable.
A dog’s owner is obligated to keep others safe from the animal. If another person’s dog bites you or your child, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury, depending on the specific laws pertaining to dog owners’ obligations in your locality. Homeowner’s insurance and other insurance policies will often cover the claim.
Business owners and others are expected to keep adequate lighting, security procedures, and staff in place for the safety of customers. When customers are assaulted by criminals on the property, it may be because the business owner has failed to take the steps necessary to secure the property and keep guests safe. A property owner may be liable for negligent security after a criminal assault.
Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries including broken hips, head injuries and back injuries. Business owners and others have a duty to keep their premises safe for customers. Walking surfaces must be kept free of hazards. If a dangerous condition develops, they must take steps to warn customers and correct the problem. When property owners let dangerous conditions develop, or linger and fail to provide adequate warning, they may be held liable for your injuries.
ICDs monitor a patient’s heart and provide electrical charges to keep the heart operating correctly. If this device or their batteries fail, it can lead to serious problems and even death.
Heart stents keep arteries open and flowing. Too often though, they can lead to clots and other complications that can threaten a patient’s life.
Drug pumps regulate the amount of medicine that is given to patients. When these pumps malfunction, they can deliver too much medicine or not enough.
IVC filters are supposed to help prevent dangerous blood clots. However, they have problems of their own. The devices may fracture or migrate in the body causing serious injury to organs. Some IVC filters are only intended for temporary use.
This permanently implanted birth control product can cause pain, bleeding, headaches, and many other complications. If you suspect you’re suffering injuries from using an Essure contraception device, contact an attorney today.
Metal hip replacements can cause problems for patients including allergic reactions, numbness, swelling, and difficulty walking. Hip replacements also may cause more severe problems such as neurological impairments, thyroid problems, and kidney impairment.
This type of surgical mesh is used to repair problems with pelvic organs. Transvaginal mesh can migrate in the body, break apart, and easily pierce surrounding tissues resulting in severe pain, bleeding, infection and other complications.
Hernia mesh is used to repair hernias but can cause many problems. Mesh can cause infections. In some cases, it may move inside the body and perforate surrounding tissue and organs. This can cause severe pain, nerve damage, and other serious complications, requiring additional surgery.
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