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The ongoing legal battle against asbestos in Montana

Long-term breathing of the fibers contained in asbestos can cause very serious diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. It also causes cancer of the larynx, pharynx, colorectum, stomach and ovary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, older houses in Montana continue to contain asbestos derived from earlier mining days.

The Montana Standard reports that the Environmental Protection Agency may not be alerting thousands of homeowners potentially at risk of the dangers of asbestos lurking still in their homes as quickly as many would want. It notes that the CDC and the EPA have studies confirming that asbestos had a role in more than 480 deaths in Libby, Montana, and surrounding areas. Moreover, those suffering from asbestos related symptomology exceed 8,000 people. Jean Pfau, an immunologist at MSU in Bozeman, Montana, connects rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other conditions to asbestosis as well.

When miners get injured at work

Mining counts among some of the most dangerous occupations. Federal and state agencies have therefore invested significant effort into planning and implementing safety rules to reduce risks.

Some elements of mining contain inherent risks that cannot be just eliminated. Miners work with heavy equipment and machinery, in areas potentially facing hazards from natural sources such as gas or collapsing rock. When everyone involved, from company owners to workers, follows safety guidelines, these risks can decrease.

Filing a third-party claim for a Montana workplace injury

If you suffer a serious, debilitating injury while on the job in Montana, you may have to modify your entire life. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may end up needing a lifetime of medical care, and this can ruin your finances in addition to the physical pain you already must endure.

Many of Montana’s biggest industries, among them logging, farming and mining, employ professionals like you in positions that are inherently dangerous. This means that many workers ultimately suffer a serious injury at some point during their professional lives. Should you do the same, you may, depending on the specific circumstances of your situation, be able to seek compensation from a third party for your injuries. You may make your living doing something that is known to be risky, but that does not mean others do not have a responsibility to greatly minimize those risks.  

What to know about traumatic brain injuries

When you think of injuries, broken bones and lacerations may first come to mind. However, another common but sometimes less noticeable one is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A TBI is brain damage that occurs due to head trauma from shaking, internal bleeding, skull fractures, sudden jolts, blows or penetration. A common type of TBI is a concussion. If you experience any sort of head trauma, this is what you need to know.

How to file a mesothelioma claim

Montana employees in the construction and mining industries may find that this line of work has caused health complications over the years. People exposed to asbestos at work may have developed mesothelioma or other forms of cancer. While nothing can turn back time, you do have the right to file a claim against the employer who exposed you to harmful materials.

Here is what you should know about filing a claim:

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