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Asbestos – A Delayed Threat

Many people ask why asbestos claims are continuing to be filed by sick and injured workers when they were exposed to asbestos decades ago. The reason is that unlike exposure to certain toxic chemicals which can kill or injure immediately upon exposure, the effects of asbestos can take 30 or more years to appear. Often

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Every year around the holidays, those of us at Sammons & Berry, P.C., pause to offer thanks to you – the Client – without whom our business could not exist. We fully recognize that we are working for you and appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in our firm by allowing us to

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – According to documents produced by BNSF Railway Company, many Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) were installed on locomotives and railcars. The materials identified include: fabric wrap on water and steam lines; fabric wrap on compressor and governor lines; gaskets; and brake and clutch linings. Likewise, Asbestos-Containing Materials were also present in various building

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Other Cancers Related to Asbestos

STUDIES SHOW COLON CANCER AND THROAT CANCER ARE RELATED TO ASBESTOS Most people know lung cancer is related to asbestos. But did you know that colon cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal and laryngeal cancer have been linked to asbestos exposure in scientific studies? Most asbestos trusts compensate victims of colon cancer and throat cancer if it

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The Supreme Court of the United States recently struck a blow against railroad workers in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrell, 581 U.S. ______ (2017), which reversed and rendered an opinion by the Supreme Court of Montana that allowed railroad workers who had been injured in other states to file suit in Montana State Courts in

Image of an old, rusted railcar still on the railroad tracks. Railroad workers exposed to asbestos dust may be entitled to compensation.

Every railroader who worked between 1950 and 1980 has worked around a lot of dust. What is less known is that some of that dust contained asbestos dust fibers that can cause various forms of cancer and lung problems. Asbestos products were used throughout the railroad industry – asbestos pipe insulation, asbestos brake shoes and

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Each year, as many as 440,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S.. Despite this, H.R. 1215 is currently scheduled to be debated on the House floor next week. As it currently stands, this bill caps non-economic damages at $250,000, eliminates joint liability for economic

(Editor’s note: The following reposted from Buried in your credit card agreement, your employment contract, or in the click through agreement in your online purchase, is almost certainly a forced arbitration clause designed to trick you out of your constitutional rights. Forced arbitration requires Americans to “agree” to surrender fundamental constitutional rights without ever

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Dear friends, The Republican-led U.S. Congress has recently introduced a bill designed to drastically limit the legal rights of all Americans.  The restrictions that Congress is intending to implement will strip away the rights of Americans like you and your family to pursue legal actions against large corporations for claims involving discrimination, pharmaceutical and medical

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by Nicole Cobler, The Texas Tribune Sept. 20, 2016 In the wake of an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision striking down part of that state’s workers’ compensation law, Texas is now the only state that lets private companies opt out of a state-run system and draw up their own plans to compensate injured workers. Before the ruling, Oklahoma had been the only