THE SORDID HISTORY OF ASBESTOS AND MESOTHELIOMA
And How to Hold Manufacturers Responsible
Looking back on old asbestos ads is a jaw-dropping experience. We now know just how dangerous asbestos is, but during the early 20th century, it was still being marketed as a “miracle fiber” in everything from kitchen tiles and insulation to oven mitts and irons. While the first studies into the toxic properties of asbestos were conducted all the way back in 1897, commercial production in the United States didn’t tail off until after 1973. The decline in production coincides with the discovery that asbestos causes mesothelioma, which is a terminal variety of lung cancer.
Despite untold hours of scientific research, it’s hard to pinpoint the precise cause of most types of cancer. We know that certain behaviors, like smoking, increase your risk greatly, but the cause and effect is not one-to-one. This is not the case with mesothelioma. The disease can only occur after exposure to asbestos. That makes it a unique type of case when it comes to assessing fault and getting those suffering from the disease the compensation they deserve. For years, careless manufacturers, employers, and landlords ignored the dangers, and, in some cases, they even actively covered up the risks. Their failure to protect the public in order to boost their own bottom line led to the suffering and death of those with mesothelioma. Holding these manufacturers accountable requires investigating someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma’s work history to identify possible sources of exposure. As our previous clients can attest, our legal team at Shannon Law Group, P.C., understands the impact this type of case can have on your family, and we pride ourselves on getting the job done for our clients. Unfortunately, Illinois is ranked seventh in the nation for the number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our goal is to put together the best team to protect and defend their legal rights so that they can take care of what really matters.
NOVEMBER 2018 DATES OF CONSEQUENCE
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All Saint’s Day Daylight Saving Time ends Winter Sports begin at St. Francis High School Nebraska football at Univ. of Illinois Feast of St. Francis Cabrini, Patron Saint of Immigrants (1st U.S. citizen to be canonized) Marquette basketball at Indiana Notre Dame football at USC Tim Timmons concert at St. Joan of Arc Church in Lisle Feast of St. Andrew
SPICY, CREAMY SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.
Ingredients • 5 pounds sweet potatoes • 1 cup canned coconut milk • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.
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Every Saturday morning throughout the year, St. Joan of Arc Men’s group meets from 7–8 a.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Parish Center. Please join us.
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