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January 2018 Archives

Workers' comp available for silica damage despite new regulations

Employees involved in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, bricks, pottery and artificial stone may be exposed to the dangers posed by crystalline silica. In the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, many workers' comp claims are filed by workers who are typically also exposed to these dangerous particles. Without the necessary personal protective equipment, workers can become victims of life-threatening diseases.

Dangerous product: Man alleges asbestos caused his lung cancer

Lung cancer that is caused by asbestos can develop years after the victim worked in circumstances in which he or she was exposed. Asbestos is a dangerous product of which fine particles are inhaled, and they collect in the lining of the lungs and other organs. Victims in North Dakota and other states may be entitled to file products liability lawsuits against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to which they were exposed.

Family claims negligence caused fatal job injury on oil field

The North Dakota workers' compensation program is a no-fault system by which benefits are paid to injured workers regardless of who was at fault. An employee may not sue an employer, except in the case of the job injury following gross negligence by the employer. Such a claim was recently filed against two oil field contractors in another state.

Products liability lawsuit needs careful planning

When a North Dakotan suffers injuries that were caused by a defective product, grounds likely exist for a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer, designer, retailer or other entity in the supply chain of the item. However, navigation of a products liability lawsuit is challenging. Various aspects must be considered, and the skills of experienced legal counsel is typically necessary.


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