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Justice Department scrutinizing asbestos trusts for mismanagement

When companies expose workers or customers to asbestos and people develop asbestos-related diseases, those companies can be held legally responsible. Asbestos has been used in various applications due to its heat- and fire-resistance. Unfortunately, it causes the deadly cancer mesothelioma and other serious illnesses.

Avoiding a Thanksgiving DUI

Thanksgiving brings families together for celebrations that involve intense eating of food and drink. It is what makes the holiday so beloved for so many. As the holiday approaches, celebrants who are driving to a party should be cautious not to imbibe too much alcohol with their meals, as it can be dangerous for everyone on the road.

Police often set up sobriety checkpoints over holidays when drinking is typically involved in the celebration. The Tennessee Highway Patrol already has a sobriety checkpoint set up in Sevier County on Thanksgiving Day, and it would not be out of the ordinary for them to schedule more.

Man alleges asbestos led to lung cancer

In a recent lawsuit, a 68-year-old man alleges that asbestos on work sites led to his lung cancer.

The man is a former laborer who contends he developed asbestos-induced lung cancer after inhaling asbestos on several job sites in North Carolina dating back to the 1960s.

Because the latency period can be decades before an asbestos-related disease develops, the man's lung cancer was not diagnosed until 2016.

Fall prevention for the elderly: 3 safety tips

The statistics on falls among the elderly are startling. Every second of every day, somewhere in America, it happens. An older person falls down and often gets hurt.

For many who fall, the injuries start a downward spiral that becomes difficult or even impossible to reverse.

What can you do to protect against this happening to you or someone close to you? Here are three helpful fall-prevention tips.

What you need to know about TN vehicular assault charges

In prior posts, we've discussed the strict penalties for even a first-time DUI conviction in Tennessee. The penalties for second, third and subsequent DUI convictions increase correspondingly, with the most serious consequences for repeat offenders.

What happens, however, when a DUI also involves serious injury? In this post, we'll discuss the definition of vehicular assault and the serious consequences that come as result.

Do seasonal time changes make roads more dangerous?

Shifting into or away from Daylight Savings Time is an adjustment, regardless of whether the hour is falling back or springing forward. It's natural to be a little tired with any change. Unfortunately, too many drivers get behind the wheel when fatigued and the results are often fatal.

Research has indicated the time shifts (forward in the spring; backward in the fall) lead to a significant increase in wrecks on the Monday immediately after the change.

Testing finds toxic cadmium in adult jewelry at some chain stores

After a 2010 scandal involving cadmium in some children's jewelry of Chinese manufacture, several states outlawed the metal in kids' products -- but not for adults. By 2012, it seemed the metal was no longer being used in children's jewelry. However, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health recently tested adult jewelry from three national manufacturers and found at least 40 percent -- and the majority over 90 percent -- cadmium.

Utah's 0.05 blood alcohol standard could spread to other states

On Dec. 30, a new Utah law will go into effect, lowering the blood alcohol level for per se DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. Utah will have the strictest blood alcohol level in the nation, although 0.05 is already the limit for ordinary drivers in most of Europe.

4 FAQs about ongoing talcum powder litigation

The moment when you get the diagnosis of mesothelioma can be a difficult one. Although it is a rare cancer, it is aggressive and there is no cure.

The diagnosis may seem out of the blue, but there is a common link for people with mesothelioma: exposure to asbestos. After decades of research and litigation, many courts have found companies liable for allowing people to be exposed to this toxic substance through their products. One such company getting increasing attention is Johnson & Johnson.

Halloween safety tips for tots, parents and the community

With Halloween and trick-or-treating coming up soon, it's important to remember that a moment of inattention by an adult could turn a traditional day of fun into a tragedy. According to the National Safety Council, kids are more than two times as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day.

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