LegalView Mesothelioma Blog Reports that Asbestos Exposure Slows Hurricane Katrina Cleanup in New Orleans Parish

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Cleanup from Hurricane Katrina continues to be slow because of possible asbestos exposure. In a New Orleans parish, officials have determined to use a controlled burn rather than to demolish and move debris to a landfill, which could increase the potential for asbestos contamination.

LegalView recently reported that because of the large number of asbestos-contaminated buildings and debris still sitting in a New Orleans parish from Hurricane Katrina, a controlled cleanup burn will occur. Three years after the hurricane hit New Orleans, officials are unable to demolish several buildings for fear that asbestos dust will contaminate surrounding areas. Instead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a controlled burn of the wreckage in a specially designed incinerator, which will occur while air quality is monitored.

Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that was used in the construction of homes, schools, universities, government buildings and office buildings. The mineral was used because of its resistance to heat and fire damage as well as its strength, however, it was discovered that the inhalation of asbestos fibers and dust was highly toxic to individuals and can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer. It can take years and even decades for those affected by mesothelioma to know they have been afflicted with the incurable illness. Mesothelioma is not only often misdiagnosed but when it is not caught early enough, there is no possibility to postpone or cure the disease. Those who suspect they have been exposed to asbestos should contact a mesothelioma doctor to learn about treatments. Additionally, it is advisable to consult a mesothelioma attorney for information on how to file mesothelioma litigation.

In the New Orleans parish, officials have determined to burn three asbestos contaminated buildings by using an incinerator known as an "air curtain destructor." In addition to this the EPA will be monitoring the air quality of the burn to ensure that there is no toxic. For those who have been afflicted with mesothelioma, it is advisable to contact an experienced mesothelioma law firm, which can offer a mesothelioma attorney consultation on a potential mesothelioma lawsuit.

Similar to mesothelioma is a disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which is a rare skin disorder associated with patients of kidney disease who are receiving gadolinium dye during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) tests. NSF causes a victim's skin to swell, thicken and eventually harden. The skin also forms swollen red scabs, which can be painful. Also, because of the skins hardening, specifically around the limb's joints, it may become difficult for a victim to function on their own. To learn more about this disease, victims should use LegalView's NSF information portal, where they can find the latest on NSF jury verdicts and NSF lawsuits.

LegalView also offers information portals on the most important issues affecting Americans such as the two controversial prescription drugs Chantix and Avandia. Chantix is a smoking cessation drug that has reportedly been linked to 40 suicides among users who experience abnormal behavior allegedly caused from the drug. Chantix side effects can include suicidal thoughts and behaviors, depression and psychosis. While litigation has not yet occurred against makers of Chantix, it is probable that a Chantix lawsuit will unfold. To learn more about this use the Chantix practice area found at http://chantix.legalview.com/.

Avandia is a type 2 diabetes drug that has had continually increased warnings updated on its packaging by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Avandia has been linked to an increase in heart disease among patients and is currently under fire for the potential that it accelerates osteoporosis in those taking the medication. If you or anyone you know is taking Avandia, contact an Avandia attorney for potential compensation for the damage that may have occurred.

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