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The most common motor vehicle accident cases

No two motor vehicle accident cases are the same. Nevertheless, there are some cases that lawyers continue to see again and again. Let's take a look at some of the most common types of car accident cases we see at the Damico Law Offices LLC:

Drunk driver accidents

Study finds benzene in e-cigarettes

If you quit smoking as one of your New Year resolutions, you may already be struggling in these first few weeks. There is no denying the health benefits you will gain by giving up cigarettes, especially if you have heart disease or cancer in your family health history.

One way in which many begin their journey to a smoke-free life is by switching to e-cigarettes, or vaping. Manufacturers market e-cigs as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, having fewer of the harmful chemicals typical in most cigarettes. However, a recent university study says vaping may not be as safe as you think.

Woman contracts mesothelioma after washing husband's work clothes

An English woman suspects that she contracted cancer as a result of washing her husband's work overalls. The 72-year-old woman contracted mesothelioma of the lungs, which is a cancer that results from exposure to asbestos fibers in the air. She herself never worked in an asbestos-contaminated environment, but her husband did.

The woman's husband worked for a marine shotblasting company, and wore a blue boiler suit to work every day. When he came home, she would hug him every day and also would wash his clothes. According to the woman's story, her husband wore an unwashed suit for several days in a row until it became so dirty that it needed washing. She believes that this exposure was enough to result in her cancer.

Keep your kids safe: Know the risks and dangers of airsoft guns

Airsoft guns use compressed gas, springs or electrical firing systems to shoot pellets. Usually, these pellets are filled with paint and may be used in paintball games, firearms practice and even in the movie industry. These guns are supposed to simulate combat situations and the use of them is growing in popularity among children and adults alike.

Don't let the use of the word "soft" in the name of these guns fool you. There are many safety concerns related to airsoft guns -- not the least of which relates to the fact that these guns often resemble real guns. This has resulted in horrible instances of people being shot and killed by police after officers thought they had real guns.

Do this if your car starts to slide on an icy road

During the winter months, an icy road can spell disaster for motorists and their passengers -- especially if you don't know how to safely control your car in icy conditions. Unfortunately, most drivers just don't have enough icy driving experience -- and they haven't been in enough dangerous ice scenarios -- to know how their vehicles will respond to such conditions.

This article aims to correct your lack of icy driving skills. By following these three tips when your car starts to slide on ice, you and your passengers will have a better chance of surviving the ordeal:

  • The first thing to remember is to refrain from using your brakes. Slamming on your brakes will only cause your wheels to freeze, which will make the slide even more out of control. Your wheels need to keep turning freely if you're going to get out of this dangerous situation.
  • Next, you want to turn your wheels in the same direction that the back of your car is sliding. If your back is sliding right, turn your steering wheel right. If the back of your car is sliding left, turn your steering wheel left. Keep your eyes directed toward the direction you hope to go.
  • Don't overcorrect. Only turn your steering wheel for as long as it takes for your car to start snapping back in the other direction. You may need to again turn your steering wheel to correct back into the other direction. Do this gently, don't panic and don't overcorrect, as it could make the slide worse and even more out of control.

The dangers of talcum powder: Ovarian cancer

Talcum powder, also known as baby powder, is produced from a substance called 'talc.' This substance occurs naturally in nature and contains silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and magnesium. It has been a common product in cosmetics and hygiene products for over 100 years. However, it can also be dangerous.

Men and women alike have used talc to care for their bodies. Talc is widely used in products ranging from baby powders to cosmetics and facial powders. It naturally absorbs moisture and helps keep skin dry. Many female consumers use this product on their genital area for these purposes. However, its safety has been questioned in recent years.

Do you have reason to file a wrongful death claim?

The sudden loss of a loved one can leave many Pennsylvania residents reeling. Though the death may have come about due to an accident, if someone else's negligence contributed to that accident, you may feel a myriad of emotions knowing that the incident could potentially have been prevented. Unfortunately, these emotions and this knowledge cannot bring your loved one back.

You may still have options for seeking justice if you feel the need. Wrongful death claims could help individuals such as yourself pursue compensation from individuals considered at fault or liable for the fatal injuries that caused your family member's death. Of course, in order for this type of claim to apply, the presence of certain elements must exist.

Phthalates: A health risk in numerous products

Phthalates are a classification of chemical that you can find in a wide variety of products. The "ph" is silent and, in many respects, the potentially deadly effects of these chemicals are also silent and invisible.

Surprising jobs that endanger your lung health

What jobs do we think of when we worry about the health of our lungs? Immediately, most people think of construction workers, miners and automotive brake mechanics. However, there are other jobs you should consider when it comes to lung safety, and some of these are surprising.

Let's take a look at the most unexpected jobs that can be dangerous for your lungs:

What's the history of asbestos?

Believe it or not asbestos has been used for thousands of years. The Greeks were the first to use the substance for the wicks of their "eternal flames." By adding asbestos to the wicks, it would allow them to endure the challenge of being lit for extended periods of time in their temples without the need to switch them out.

Egyptians also used asbestos in their embalming practices. They would embalm their holy kings in asbestos-infused garments, which would -- the like the sacred wicks of the Greeks -- endure the test of time. The Romans took the use of asbestos even further, in extremely dangerous ways. They wove asbestos into their tablecloths and napkins so that they could clean them by throwing them into the fire. The napkins and tablecloths would come out of the fire brighter and whiter than ever before -- like magic! Going back even further, we can find asbestos in pottery from the Stone Ages.

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