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Senator Hatch’s $108 Billion trust fund won’t meet future claims. What do victims do when the trust fund runs out of money? Likely future claims range from 1.9 million to 2.4 million. A trust fund designed to pay these claims could range as high as $245 billion (adjusted for inflation). Workers today are still being exposed. Estimates don’t include current exposures. The U. S. Geological Survey estimates that more than 29 million pounds of asbestos were used in product manufacturing in 2001. 

 This rule implements select provisions of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 ("EEOICPA" or "Act"). The Act requires the promulgation of methods, in the form of regulations, for estimating the dose levels of ionizing radiation incurred by workers in the performance of duty for nuclear weapons production programs of the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. These "dose reconstruction" methods will be applied by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is responsible for producing the radiation dose estimates that the U.S. Department of Labor will use in adjudicating certain cancer claims under the Act.

Woman Looks Back At Her Toxic N.J. Youth

Her body's betrayals, in her 45 years, range from asthma to infertility, from miscarried quadruplets to malformed organs. She wears a scar across her throat like a necklace that binds her to others who have had thyroid tumors removed.  

Amputations: A continuing workplace hazard
 During the period 1992-99, there were on average more than 21 fatal and more than 11,000 nonfatal workplace amputations annually. Fifty-three pe...
The Threat of Latex Sensitivity to Children

IgE-mediated allergy to natural rubber latex is a new health hazard about which information has been evolving for the past decade.

Passaic sues paint companies over lead
 By JENNIFER V. HUGHES Staff Writer / The Record Joining the ranks of cities like Newark and the state of Rhode Island, Passaic and Mayor Samm...
Workers’ Compensation News - December 1, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 35
 ASBESTOS CONGRESS POSTPONES ACTION ON ASBETSOS COMPENSATION BILL FOR AT LEAST 4 MONTHS As the Senate rushed toward its holiday adjournment, ...
Social Security Seeks To End The Workers' Compensation Subsidy

The Social Security/Medicare program had its genesis in President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" policies. During the succeeding Democratic administrations of Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, it was developed into the "Great Society" approach, providing a social insurance program intended to operate not as welfare but as earned benefits. With the increasing focus on promptly providing necessary medical treatment to citizens, the Federal government's role of providing conditional payments has expanded, at tremendous cost.

Our Heroes Deserve More Than a Broken Promise

If we are bringing justice to the terrorists of Afghanistan, why can't we bring justice to our heroes, the victims and their families of the September 11th tragedy? Why didn't our heroes receive adequate workers' compensation benefits in the first place?

Remicade (Infliximab) Warning Letter from Centocor to Health Care Frofesssionals 10/18/2001
 Centocor October 18, 2001 IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING Dear Healthcare Professional: Centocor, Inc. would like to inform you of important new safety...

 The Federal Government continues to struggle with the need to share data from workers' compensation (WC) programs an effort to reduce payment errors. While both systems provide benefits to injured workers, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) reported, in a May 2001 study, that the lack of a uniform and consistent method to collect data on a national level has led to irregularities in the delivery of Federal benefits. 

Beryllium: Where was it used (Covered Facilities)

A list of all jurisdictions and facilities. 

 First-Time Information About Exposure Levels for the U.S. Population 

 How the Civil Justice System Uncovered the Truth for Consumers  Before journalists wrote about it, before NHTSA investigated it, before ...

Opponents Seek Repeal of OSHA Ergonomics Standard. After ten long years of struggle, workers in this country finally won protections to prevent crippling repetitive strain injuries, the nation's biggest job safety problem. OSHA's new ergonomics standard was issued in November 2000 and went into effect on January 16, 2001. But with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, this new worker protection measure is in danger, as opponents aim to repeal this important standard. 

Nurse Declared Totally Disabled Psychiatrically Due to Latex Allergy

A Nebraska workers' compensation judge awarded total disability benefits to a registered nurse as a result of her latex sensitivity. In determining the injured worker's disability, the Court evaluated not only her physical symptoms, but also took into consideration her psychological stress factors and declared her totally disabled from a psychiatric standpoint.

 “The Cold War Compensation Act” is the first federal workers’ compensation program to be implemented in the last twenty years. The benefit program that will be offered to beryllium workers amounts to a federal bailout of a monopolistic private industry that has hidden behind the cloak of national security and has endangered the lives of workers, their household contacts and innocent bystanders.

What is the Cold War Compensation Act

 "The Cold War Compensation Act" is the first federal workers' compensation program to be implemented in the last twenty years. The benefit program that will be offered to beryllium workers amounts to a federal bailout of a monopolistic private industry that has hidden behind the cloak of national security and has endangered the lives of workers, their household contacts and innocent bystanders. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Litigation

For over 3 decades, Jon Gelman has represented thousands of individuals who have become ill as a result of exposure to asbestos fiber. He is the author of a nationally recognized treatise, now in its 3rd edition, on the subject. He has lectured extensively on asbestos litigation. On behalf of his clients he has successfully brought claims against the suppliers, manufacturers and health research groups of asbestos fiber and products. These types of claims are usually referred to as product liability cases.

History of Asbestos and the Law

Asbestos-related disease was reported in industry more than 70 years ago. Dr. H. Montague Murray in 1906 at the Charing Cross Hospital in London testified before a governmental commission inquiry about occupational disability that he had seen a man in 1898 who was very short of breath and who had worked in an asbestos factory. The man's lungs at autopsy were badly scarred. It was Dr. Murray's prediction that since the hazards of this exposure were now known, very few similar cases would occur in the future, and there was no need to provide compensation benefits.

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