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What are the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that results from asbestos exposure. Although there is not yet a cure for this disease, early diagnosis and treatment options can increase the odds of survival. The U.S. sees about 3,000 mesothelioma diagnoses every year.

If exposed to asbestos, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of mesothelioma. The disease has a latency period of 10-50 years between the time of asbestos exposure and when symptoms appear. There are different types of mesothelioma – pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular.

Is there a time limit for construction defect cases?

Like any type of defect claim, time is of the essence. Contractors, designers and architects typically bear the brunt of construction defect claims, and are oftentimes responsible for preparing a solution. These types of claims can potentially lead to costly lawsuits down the road. But how far down the road?

New pipelines coming to Louisiana

The thirst for oil is not slowing anytime soon. In the past, an increasing demand for oil in the US usually meant more tankers in the Gulf. Not today. Oil production is booming in the Permian and growing even faster than other fields in the nation such as the Bakken.

In order to get this oil to the refineries in Louisiana, more pipelines are going to have to be built. Capacity is expanding rapidly, but the pace of pipeline construction will only increase in the near future. This rapid build-up will define the next few years of the oil and gas industries in the area.

LLC: right for the oil & gas industry

When forming a new business, the oil and gas industries have a strong preference for partnerships. These are easy to form, without a lot of cost or formality. The ease of creation and filing fits with the flexibility needed to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

More and more, however, the industries are not as fast and loose as they used to be. Liability is a growing concern. That’s why the limited liability corporation (LLC) is growing in popularity. It’s also a structure which is not as complicated as many fear, especially in the hands of an attorney who understands the needs of the industries.

Why The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Is Necessary

Generally, vaccines are intended to be an important preventative measure that protect against various serious illnesses. Administration typically begins in infancy, and lasts throughout a person's adult life. In most cases, side effects are minor, and the person moves forward with their life with the peace of mind that those illnesses will likely not affect them. But there are no true guarantees. Sometimes the effects of vaccines are long lasting, and occasionally they may even turn fatal. Because of this, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, was introduced in 1986.

Victim Of Shoulder Injury Due To Vaccine Administration?

Almost everyone has had some sort of vaccination at one point in their lives. In fact, many people get the flu shot each year to protect themselves from getting the potentially deadly virus.  Typically, we experience tenderness in the shot area of the shoulder, which usually goes away in a couple of days. Sometimes, though, while not too common, the pain can last for an extended period of time which can lead to a limited range of motion in the shoulder, intense pain, and other shoulder issues. This occurrence is referred to as Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, also known as SIRVA.

Balancing Environmental Obligations in the Oil Industry

The oil and gas industries are central to the American economy, and are essential fuel sources for millions. It is largely up to American oil and gas businesses to assure that these resources are made available. In order to accomplish this, there are many things that these businesses need to do to meet necessary licensing and operating requirements that go beyond those of many other types of businesses, largely due to environmental concerns. 

Sinkholes in the Permian: liability in the making

Scientists at Southern Methodist University have been studying the sinkholes near Wink, Texas lately. The startling conclusion that they came to was that the entire Permian Basin area should get ready for more of the same. Decades of pumping oil from the ground followed by more recent fracking of the rock have created instabilities.

To date there have been no significant lawsuits over these sinkholes. But if the recent decision on the Bayou Corne sinkhole here in Louisiana is a good guide we can expect liability over a wide range of companies should more sinkholes develop over populated areas.

Resolving disputes between business partners

Partnerships are a common way to join forces to create a business, especially in the oil and gas industry. There is no formal paperwork to be filed as there is a limited liability corporation (LLC). This makes them very attractive in the fast-moving field of drilling and field development.

Whether you have a general, limited, or joint venture partnership there is always the possibility of a dispute arising. The lack of formality, often the main draw of this kind of business, can suddenly become a problem. Here is a quick guide to resolving disputes among partners.

New oil surge needs infrastructure

It's long been a worry of the oil industry that there simply are not enough pipelines to handle the demand in much of North America. Canada has proven very slow to build up the capacity necessary to handle the demand for their oil from Alberta, in particular. But pipelines across North Dakota have also been built far behind the curve for the Bakken field.

It may come as a surprise, then, that there is demand for new oil infrastructure in Texas. But it is driven by the increasing demand for oil and the inability of these other fields to bring it to the refineries, primarily in Louisiana, at reasonable cost.

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