Scientists are having difficulty finding volunteers to test a mineral that is linked to cancer and has many of the same qualities as asbestos, a material known to cause personal injury and even wrongful death.
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in San Diego have reviewed cases like this in the past where a personal injury occurred because of exposure to asbestos and substances like it. Often those cases would involve emo and occasionally, wrongful death. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you get the money that you need to make up for lost wages and pay your medical bills.
A call for 50 test subjects was put out by the State health officials and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hoping citizens looking to prevent personal injuries in their community would get chest X-rays and CT scans to later be researched at the University of Cincinnati.
Erionite, the mineral in question, can collect in the lungs of people who breathe it. North Dakota’s number one geologist and the state’s chief fossil expert have signed up to find out if they have acquired a personal injury due to long exposure to the substance.
With the going rate being $100 per volunteer, only ten other people have signed up for the study. Obviously any amount of money is not worth the pain and suffering that potentially comes with the test.
Three years ago, a State geologist informed the EPA of the region’s high concentration of erionite after it was linked to mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer that often leads to fatal accidents, in Turkey. The European version of erionite differs only in that is more sodium based and has already been labeled as a carcinogen.
While the North Dakota erionite is calcium-based, it still has the potential to cause personal injury or wrongful deaths in human beings. This risk is increased because the mineral is found all over the state’s landscape.
Our San Diego personal injury attorneys believe that anyone should be careful when it comes to testing dangerous materials that could result in a personal injury and may even require the hurt person to seek out medical treatment. A little bit of money to increase the likelihood of a fatality is not worth the price of admission.
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