Jun 24, 2013

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Why PCBs are considered Dangerous Substances

While pharmaceutical product lawsuits are on the rise due to the bevy of defective products in the market, certain toxic substances continue to harm innocent people.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are synthetic odorless and tasteless compounds that were widely used in the prior to being banned in 1979. Their commercial applications included many household items and products including kitchen appliances that use transformers and capacitors, fluorescent light ballasts, oil-based paints, motor and hydraulic, adhesives, cements, even carbonless paper. PCBs are considered dangerous substances because they present serious health hazards to humans and they are persistent in nature.

PCBs are extremely stable compounds that have low flammability and high electrical insulation, which make them ideal for industrial and commercial use. However, these same properties that make them desirable also make them extremely difficult to dispose of safely. They do not readily oxidize or decompose in nature, which is why they were used so extensively in the past. PCBs are not easily destroyed even with the use of biochemical, thermal and chemical methods, and even when they are destroyed, they can persist in the air, water, and soil for up to 15 years.

PCBs are considered environmentally toxic and dangerous substances because of the causal link with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in humans after long-term exposure. Other health effects include disfiguring dermatitis, problems with the liver, kidney and central nervous system as well as the immune and reproductive systems. Prolonged exposure can also lead to respiratory problems, nausea, anorexia, gastrointestinal distress and eye irritation. Children exposed to PCBs in utero may also experience developmental problems.

The main reason PCBs are considered dangerous substances is because it is insidious. It is present in drinking water, in the soil and air in populated areas. Fish and plants may also accumulate PCBs, which serves as source of oral PCB when they are eaten by humans.

It is extremely difficult to avoid PCB exposure altogether, but in general the exposure is below toxic levels. If you suddenly begin experiencing symptoms of acute and prolonged PCB exposure, it may be because of illegal dumping or improper destruction of PCB material in your immediate vicinity. These dangerous substances can lead to significant health problems for you and your family, so it would be in your best interest to investigate the source of exposure. If you believe that there is negligence involved, contact a toxic substances lawyer who will know how to set about proving your suspicion.

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Jun 3, 2013

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Road Defects that Cause Motorcycle Accidents

Being in a car accident can lead to serious damages and injuries, so imagine driving a motorcycle, a two-wheeled vehicle, and being injured while riding? With so little protection, you can be sure your injuries can be a lot worse. A motorcycle accident can be devastating to the rider, especially when he is driving safely but still had an accident. Poor road condition is often the main reasons for motorcycle accidents, simply because these factors are out of the rider’s control.

Among the most common causes of a motorcycle accident due to road defects are overbanding, potholes, and sunken drains. These can make the rider lose control of the motorcycle, causing them to skid off the road and hit someone or something on the way. In any of these cases, it should be established that there is fault and negligence in the part of the state or government. Because of the statutory duty of the state to take care of the roads and ensure the welfare of the people, if they have been proven to have failed in upholding this duty in the roads they can be held liable for a lawsuit. In order to win a case against the state, though, you must need to make sure:

  1. It is a public road, used by almost everyone.
  2. The issue or road defect is unjust and triable.
  3. The state is aware of the road defect for some time and has not acted to repair it.

Because of limited body protection, most riders are very careful while they are on their bikes. Driver error is not always the reason for a motorcycle accident. Once the rider has lost control of their vehicle due to road defects, they can get compensation through the help on a reliable personal injury lawyer. Having proper legal help strengthens the chance of winning compensation to cover for the damages and injuries that you have suffered because of the accident.

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