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Blog Posts in October, 2012

  • Stricter Drunk Driving Laws Reduce Traffic Fatalities

    The Washington Post reports that traffic-related deaths and severe injuries are falling in Virginia. Official data shows that, between 2007 and 2010, the number of traffic fatalities fell from 1,026 to 740, and severe injuries from 19,796 to 11,664. Safety advocates attribute these declines to stricter DUI laws, increased seat belt use and stricter licensing requirements for young drivers. Our ...
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  • Smoking and Asbestos Exposure

    Of more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, over 60 are known to cause cancer in humans. Breathing in these chemicals, either first or second hand, damages every organ in your body. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Exposure to asbestos is most common in work environments related to construction and renovation, automotive repair, ...
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  • Hurricane Asbestos Hazards

    Hurricane Sandy is just one of the recent catastrophes that demolished thousands of homes and neighborhoods across the country and devastated countless homes and families. Aside from the obvious loss of property, power outages, and dangerous conditions, asbestos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn those affected by natural disasters about the possibility of asbestos fibers being released ...
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  • Extra Police Enforcement Should Scare Drunk Halloween Drivers

    Every year, on October 31, the streets are filled with excited trick-or-treaters going house-to-house in search of candy and other Halloween treats. Unfortunately, as night falls, the decorated streets often become dangerous when some drivers take the festive day too far. At least six people died and another 243 were injured last Halloween in an Illinois car crash. One of these crashes involved a ...
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  • How Asbestos Enters and Affects the Body

    Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, hazardous material comprised of six different fibrous minerals. These raw materials are extremely thin (1,200 times smaller than a strand of human hair) and separable, without any odor or taste. Asbestos is popular because of its extreme resistance to fire, heat, and chemical and biological degradation. These factors help explain the widespread mining and ...
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  • NJ Children Unknowingly Used Asbestos Heaps as Biking Play Area

    It is commonly known that asbestos-containing material, if disturbed or damaged, causes the mineral to become airborne, and those who inhale these fibers run the risk of developing serious lung diseases such as mesothelioma. Recently, millions of pounds of damaged asbestos was found roadside in Frankfort, New Jersey. The piles of deadly material were the result of a scheme among officials at two ...
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  • Asbestos in Schools

    The EPA, in conjunction with the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association, is issuing a public warning regarding asbestos-containing materials in elementary and secondary schools. The dangers of asbestos are serious and ongoing. Studies have proven that the younger a person is when first exposed to the harmful mineral, the more likely they are to develop ...
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  • Mississippi Park Closes 30 Acres Due to Asbestos

    A popular recreation destination on Horn Island, Mississippi closed over 30 acres of land because of asbestos contamination. The National Park Service reports that authorities detected the hazardous material on old tiles in a former U.S. Army biological testing site that was active in the 1940s. The contamination was found on the northwestern shore of Horn Island known as “the chimney,” along with ...
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  • Asbestos in the Home

    Finding toxic asbestos in your home can be a terrifying thing, but keep in mind that the danger actually arises when the asbestos-containing materials become damaged. If the asbestos materials are in good condition, the best thing to do is not disturb them. There are nine possible locations for asbestos hazards: steam and hot water pipes in homes built before 1970, vinyl floor tiles, coal and oil ...
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  • Personal Injury Lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Warn of Hurricane Sandy Dangers

    The East Coast is reeling over the incredible strength of Hurricane Sandy. President Barack Obama is even warning that the storm could have deadly consequences, heightening public anxiety. According to The Washington Post , hundreds of thousands of people are moving to higher ground as this category-1 storm threatens the most heavily populated part of the United States. Drivers traveling on the ...
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  • Two Recent Car Crashes Highlight Dangers on the Roadways

    Auto accidents are typically traumatic events for everyone involved. They are dangerous not only for the occupants of the vehicles, but also for pedestrians and others who are not immediately connected to the incident. There is also usually a considerable loss of property involved. A car accident lawsuit can help innocent victims of catastrophic auto accidents get the compensation they are ...
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  • Mesothelioma Attorneys Stress Need for Speedy Settlements

    Sadly, many asbestos manufacturers and sellers have harmed innocent people and put them at risk for serious asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Diseases stemming from asbestos exposure tend to develop slowly, with symptoms frequently mistaken for other health problems. Malignant mesothelioma can even develop 30 years after exposure. By the time workers and other asbestos ...
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  • Anti-Aging Products Can’t Fool the FDA

    Avon Products, Inc. is under investigation for deceptive marketing tactics involving the cosmetic company’s anti-aging skin care products. According to the Wall Street Journal , the FDA recently sent a letter to the company’s CEO warning that the claims made on Avon’s website misled readers to believe that the company’s products can actually improve the cellular structure of the skin. This is ...
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  • Family of Drowning Victim Agrees to $2 Million Settlement

    The loss of a child is a cause of great sorrow for the child’s bereaved parents. There are many cases of children drowning in the U.S, and a large majority of them involve a lack of care by adults who are supposed to look after them. A wrongful death lawsuit filed by a drowning victim at a Washington high school swimming pool recently settled for $2 million. The drowning occurred late last year. ...
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  • SUV Drivers Face High Rollover Risk

    SUVs are extremely popular among U.S. consumers, but they are far more dangerous than many consumers realize. SUV rollover lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm caution SUV drivers to be aware of a high rollover risk associated with their vehicles. In Utah, at least three people were recently hospitalized following an SUV car crash . The SUV was traveling on the freeway when it slammed into four ...
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  • Death Toll Associated with Meningitis Outbreak Climbs to 23

    Rare fungal meningitis lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are alarmed by the national meningitis outbreak that is reaching shocking proportions. Known cases of the deadly disease more than doubled over the weekend, and continue to climb. The death toll now stands at 24, affecting people in 18 different states. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just increased the ...
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  • Are You at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

    It used to be that asbestos contact was related to those working directly with the raw substance in the handling, mining, construction, or manufacturing of products. The inactive period between initial exposure and a subsequent infection or illness is between 10 to 40 years. Because the height of asbestos exposure occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, many of those infected by the material are only now ...
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  • Drunk Drivers Responsible for Serious Injuries and Deaths Nationwide

    Drunk driving is a serious, yet common offense. Every day, drunk drivers put innocent pedestrians and drivers at risk of severe and even fatal injuries. Experienced DUI lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have helped countless drunk driving victims and their families whose lives have been forever changed by an alcohol-related crash. Even city officials responsible for protecting the public have ...
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  • Parts of Camp Hale Close Due to Asbestos Concerns

    The U.S. Forest Service closed certain parts of Camp Hale in Colorado after finding asbestos in some areas of the former military training camp. Our mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn the public that asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing various lung diseases, including asbestosis and an incurable cancer called mesothelioma. Officials say that asbestos was left ...
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  • Disturbing Medical Malpractice Trends on the Rise

    Medical malpractice can lead to serious or irreparable injuries and even death. The increasing practice of medical negligence in hospitals around the country is of grave concern to medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. One recent report of medical negligence happened in Virginia, where a $1 million civil lawsuit was filed against an orthopedic surgeon who left his patient with ...
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  • Toyota Yaris Drivers Face Higher Injury Risk

    Our Chicago auto accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are alarmed by the reported high injury rate per crash of the Toyota Yaris. The latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety status report states that the Toyota Yaris is associated with the highest rate of personal injury protection claims. The report reveals that the small and subcompact car’s claim rate was 28.5 for every 1000 ...
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  • Cyclists Using Helmet Cams to Stay Safe

    Cyclists are using their heads to catch hit-and-run drivers. The New York Times is reporting on a new high-tech tool catching on with cyclists: helmet cameras. The benefits of this innovative device can be seen through the recent story of a Washington bicyclist who was struck by a car while commuting to work. The driver tried to get away, but the cyclist was able to give police all the evidence ...
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  • Toddlers Lose Their Lives in Swimming Pool Drownings

    Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm advise parents to take necessary safety precautions to protect their children from deadly pool drownings. Pools can be a dangerous place, particularly when children are not properly supervised or pool owners fail to equip the pool with adequate safety equipment. In Florida, 14-month-old twin toddlers were only out of their parents’ sight for ...
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  • Recent Study Reveals that Misdiagnosis Is Frequent in the ICU

    A recent study by a U.S. medical center reveals that more than 40,000 seriously ill patients die from unidentified medical conditions each year. Misdiagnosis is disturbingly frequent in the acute care setting. This is of deep concern to Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, who regularly handle cases involving serious medical negligence. To identify the scope of the ...
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  • The Rampant Evils of Drunk Driving

    Drinking alcohol can negatively impact your body, leading to certain cancers and heart problems. This is true even when alcohol is consumed in moderation. However, the real dangers arise when people under the influence of alcohol decide to get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers not only endanger their own lives, they put everyone else on the road at serious risk of harm too. Countless drunk driving ...
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