Can PCBs Cause Cancer?

Apr 23

A study from the United States Environmental Protection Agency has found a link between polychlorinated biphenyls with various health effects, one of which is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Exposure to this substance that can attack lymphocytes – which can be found in the immune system of a person – has been proven through the study of the effect of the chemicals with Rhesus monkeys, a species of monkeys that are 93% genetically compatible with human beings. The study between the monkeys and PCBs concluded with the severely affected thymus gland of the monkey. The thymus gland is responsible for the development and production of necessary hormones for the body and is highly susceptible in childhood (as it is more active in the body in the years before puberty).

There are, however, other such side effects that are attributed to exposure to these hazardous substances such as neurological defects by way of hindering things like visual recognition and learning. Exposure can cause be responsible for the rise in blood pressure or serum cholesterol, among other adverse health-related side effects. The same study regarding PCBs has stated that children born to women who have worked in factories dealing with PCBs had several decreases relating to their weight and gestation.

In 2013, Georgina Gustin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a Missouri jury may be able to decide that it was, in fact, the fault of PCBs manufactured by the Monsanto Company as the reason as to why certain people have acquired a particular kind of cancer. This was all brought to prominence when three different residents of California filed legal action against the Monsanto Company. The rest of the article can be found here: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/pcb-case-against-monsanto-can-move-forward-appeals-court-says/article_157256ca-d886-58a5-baaf-b46029f4201a.html

The effects of PCBs are still felt as the company manufactured things like electrical equipment, food packaging, and paint, among many other things. These were not disposed of properly as a lot of the waste can still be found in large bodies of water, which not only causes severe environmental problems but it also contaminates the supply of food and water for people and animals alike.

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Some Common Questions about Selling Mineral Rights

Feb 13

Selling your mineral rights is a major decision that you should only make if you are in possession of the salient facts. Here are some of the common questions about selling mineral rights that you should ask from the get go.
Why would you want to sell your mineral rights?

The value of your mineral rights only kicks in when you exploit the minerals that may be there. You have no real way of knowing if there is anything worthwhile down there; it will depend on many factors. However, if there is a good chance that there is, such as you are in an area known to have rich deposits of oil, for example, then the only way to get it out is to mine it. Unless you have a mining company or know how to do it, this is usually the purview of development companies. Ergo, if you want to profit from your mineral rights, then you should sell them. An alternative is to lease them out, but that brings up a whole new set of questions.

Do you need someone to sell it for you?

You don’t need to get someone to sell your minerals for you. You can do it on your own by signing the proper documents, just like with any real property. However, there is no listing for the fair market value of mineral rights like surface land or cars, for example. You may have a hard time getting the full value out of your mineral rights when the time comes to sell it, or finding qualified buyers to make it easy for you. Companies like mineral auction houses take care of those problems by listing your mineral rights in their database. This is accessible to many qualified buyers that will then bid on the rights. This way, you are sure that you are getting the best possible price that the market can hold for your mineral rights.

What happens after I sell my mineral rights?

Once you sell your mineral rights, you will immediately get a significant lump of cash to spend as you want. However, you lose all control over how the mineral rights are used. If you own the surface rights, you should know that the mineral rights owner has a right to a reasonable portion of the surface land for their mining and development operations at any time. You will no longer have any profit that arises out of these operations, if any. However, if you sell at the right price, you should feel no regrets over this.

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Need Good Information About Personal Injury Look Here!

Aug 20

There are multiple legal opportunities for a personal injury case. Knowing exactly what these options are, however, is another story entirely. You can learn more about personal injury issues by reading these tips.

When looking for an injury attorney, review online resources. Avoid calling the yelling person you see in the TV ad. Doing your research as to who you would like to represent you will yield you the best possible results.

From what I found on the resourceful website of Pohl & Berk, if you believe you may have grounds for a personal injury case, see a physician immediately. It’s important that your information be documented as soon as possible. It will be used as valuable evidence later, but by the time you have your day in court, the injuries may have healed and you will have no proof of them.

Call the police if it is at all appropriate to do so. Even if there would not be a criminal complaint, it is often a good idea to have a police officer document your complaints. This ensures that there is a solid paper trail to confirm that the event actually did occur.

Never sign something without the advice of your lawyer. When you are dealing with an insurance company the first thing, they will likely do is get you to settle with them on terms that benefit them. To ensure that you do not get ripped off by them, be sure to have your lawyer review everything you are asked to sign.

Consider the need that you are getting the lawyer for. There are many areas of expertise for lawyers, as it is imperative to find one that deals with personal injuries. Hiring a lawyer that is simply average across the board will not give you the best chance to win your case.

You should not decide to avoid legal procedures after sustaining a personal injury. However, you won’t have to now that you know what to do. Think about the tips that apply to you, and start taking the proper steps for just compensation. Getting compensated for an injury is your right.

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Avoiding a Conviction with Diversionary Proceedings

Oct 31

In courtroom dramas on television, all criminals are punished and sent to jail. In real life, however, there are jail alternatives for first-time offenders involving misdemeanors such as traffic offenses and public nuisance. In California, for example, Chapter 2.7 of the Penal Code outlines the pretrial diversion program for people charged with a misdemeanor.

A diversion program is generally run by the court, police department or the district attorney’s office. It is designed to minimize the incarceration of individuals whose offenses are not serious and for whom incarceration may not be the best option. It is typically the lawyer of the defendant to apply for this option on behalf of the client, and convince the judge that it is an appropriate measure for the crime. As pointed out in an article on the website of Horst Law, it gives the defendant a chance to avoid prosecution and the attendant hardships of bring in jail, such as loss of employment and personal freedoms. At the same time, such a program saves the state the costs associated with a trial and subsequent prison time in the event of a conviction.

In California, an individual who qualifies for a pretrial diversion program is not required to admit guilt, but who has to complete the program requirements to the satisfaction of the governing authority. The defendant’s lawyer and district attorney will determine the elements of the program which will still constitute as punishment. Failure to complete the requirements will cause the charges to be in force once again and the individual will go through the regular process of prosecution and risk of doing the original prison time appropriate to the crime.

A diversion program is not a free pass. It counts against the offender if and when the crime is again committed after completion of the program and the charges has been dropped, unless the defendant is a juvenile. A second charge for criminal behavior will disqualify that individual from availing of the diversion program.

A diversion program may include participation in a seminar designed to prevent a repetition of the offense, avoiding circumstances that may lead to the commission of the same offense, restitution to the victim of the crime, and/or community service.

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Suffering from a Long-Term Disability Prior to Retirement

Oct 04

As the US economy is getting back from a recession, lots and lots of people are seeking employment in order to keep ends meet. With so many people vying for limited positions, it may understandable why people who get injured while working in their jobs are easily replaced. This is the reason why it is important for every worker to understand how they can get compensation, and most importantly disability claims, so that they can have some money while recuperating from sickness or injury.

Long-term disability is one of the things that can be one of the most important things that every workers needs to know – particularly since 30 percent of 20 year old workers end up with some form of a disabling injury before their retirement. Long-term disability is an insurance benefit that helps cover a portion of a worker’s salary during long periods of time where they can’t return to work. This benefit usually takes over once the short-term disability benefit runs out.

When you have been denied to claim any benefits by the long-term disability insurance company, they won’t be able to provide you any benefits, not until you have filed for an appeal or a lawsuit. If the disability company seems to be dragging their feet when it comes to paying the worker (90 days without paid disability while claiming to evaluate your claims) would call for a lawyer to help. It is essential to have a lawyer with proper knowledge of the matter to help in dealing with these insurance companies.

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