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You must fight for your rights to an asbestos settlement

Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma from on-the-job exposure to asbestos as many as five decades ago face uncertain futures. Following your oncologist's advice and treatment plan can help you maximize time spent with family and friends.

But if you are concerned about the financial instability your wife and children may face once you are no longer there for them as a husband, father and breadwinner, you must pursue justice.

Mesothelioma: What you should know

Imagine working for years in the same refinery until you were ready to retire. You were spending your weekends on the golf course or taking the occasional fishing trip with your friends. However, after several years, you start noticing significant changes in your health. You visit your doctor and find out that you have been experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma. Now you are facing high medical bills that will eat into your and your wife's retirement savings. Since your disease was caused by continuous exposure to dangerous toxins in the workplace, you might be entitled to compensation.

If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma due to exposure in a work environment, you should immediately seek legal counsel. An attorney in the Seattle area can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation for your illness. Read further to learn more about the causes and symptoms of mesothelioma.

Attorney Ben Couture's testimony helps Mesothelioma victims in Idaho

Weinstein Couture PLLC partner Benjamin Couture recently achieved a resounding victory in Idaho. On March 7, 2017, Mr. Couture testified before the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee at the State Capitol in Boise in opposition to proposed bill HB 221, which would have created significant hurdles and delays for terminally ill Mesothelioma victims trying to get their day in court.

The proposed legislation, titled HB 221, was backed by powerful local and national business and insurance interests and would have required Mesothelioma claimants to engage in a complex and arduous pretrial disclosure procedure before being allowed to get a trial date in court.

Is asbestos in your home?

Do you have asbestos in your house? Unfortunately the answer may be yes, depending on when your home was built and the materials used. Asbestos is a highly-effective fire-retardant material that was used as an insulator in many homes and commercial buildings until the 1970s. Homes built between the 1940s and 1970s used asbestos as a thermal and acoustic insulator.

Asbestos is known to cause serious health complications, including lung disease and Mesothelioma. This is because asbestos is made up of tiny particles, described as abrasive fibers, which can lead to lung disease and other ailments when it is inhaled.

What types of previous work can cause mesothelioma?

Your father says, "It's just a bad cough," but it seems like he's had it for a long time, without much improvement. He's never smoked, but his health has been steadily declining. He spent most of his work years in the shipbuilding industry. Maybe you're wondering: could he have been exposed to asbestos? Is that why his lungs aren't functioning well?

We know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) now have extremely strict standards for protecting workers and the public from exposure to asbestos. But what about your father, mother or grandparents? What about other baby boomers and "the greatest generation"? Often their hard work was done in the era before the dangers were known, when asbestos was used in many materials. Any symptoms they're having now may be related to their previous line of work, even if it's been years since they retired.

The dangers of IVC filters: What you need to know

Patients with a high risk for blood clots often take prescribed drugs, like Warfarin, Pradaza or Xarelto, to thin their blood and prevent blood clots. This often include patients who have a history or are at risk for developing blood clots due to having deep vein thrombosis, after a traumatic incident, after recent surgery or giving birth or immobility.

Patients who cannot or do not benefit from taking anticoagulants, or blood thinners, have had an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter implanted to prevent a blood clot from traveling to their lungs, known as a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters were touted as life-saving for many patients. Unfortunately, these devices are now linked to serious and even fatal complications for patients in Washington and throughout the United States and Canada.

What to know about Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that develops in the tissue covering the internal organs. This disease is often deadly, but treatments are available. There are several different types of mesothelioma. The condition is rare for most, but becomes much more common for those who have been exposed to asbestos.

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