Asbestos fibres enter the lungs and do not leave
Many Canadians are still regularly exposed to asbestos where they work, visit, go to school or live. Asbestos exposure can cause deadly lung cancer and diseases such as mesothelioma when the asbestos fibres are inhaled. The indestructible fibres cause respiratory difficulty, but over time can lead to deadly diseases such as Mesothelioma. Severe illness can develop many years after asbestos exposure. Claims are made and compensation is mainly paid by asbestos trusts to people whose asbestos exposure was over 30 years ago when there were less safeguards in the use and removal of asbestos. Compensation for those who suffer and the families of those who have died from mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious asbestos related diseases is available to Canadians, not just Americans. If you are in Canada, you do not need to hire a US lawyer to make a claim. You can be better served by a lawyer in Canada who can better understand your situation, Canadian Workers Compensation laws, Canadian workplace and other sources of asbestos exposure and our very different health care system. Miskin Law Offices is one of very few Canadian law firms that is registered with the US asbestos trusts and directly handles asbestos compensation claims. We have been working in asbestos claims for almost a decade. We look at a person’s entire work history for clues about the source of asbestos exposure. When exposure is not from work we consider alternative ways that a person may have been exposed to asbestos. For the Miskin Law firm asbestos injury claims from across Canada are our main area of law practice.
Miskin Law Offices are based in Ontario, but we represent clients from all across Canada, in all Provinces and Territories, in making claims to American asbestos trusts. This is not a lawsuit and you do not go to court to get compensation. They are essentially applications for asbestos compensation to funds set up when almost makers of asbestos products were put into bankruptcy by the many claims made against them based on harm caused by their products. Applications for our clients are made to many asbestos trusts and our clients get compensation from multiple sources. The asbestos trusts are based in the United States and we work as needed with American lawyers to advance our cases with a contingency fee split between our firm and the US law firm so our clients pay no more for having both Canadian and American representation. We are working with UK lawyers to get compensation from insurers and others where exposure was in the UK. The American asbestos trusts do not pay people whose only exposure was in the UK or countries other than the USA or Canada. Our clients do not pay more to have Canadian representation and applicable GST/HST is included in the contingency fee. Many people exposed to asbestos in their workplace are eligible for Workers Compensation benefits and often have a CHOICE on whether to claim Workers Compensation or apply to the asbestos trusts. It is important to get specific legal advice BEFORE applying for Workers Compensation. Which Workers Compensation Board a person applies to is based on the Province where work with asbestos was done which is not necessarily the Province where a person lives. Alberta workers are required to apply for Alberta Workers Compensation benefits and if found eligible may not apply to the asbestos trusts. Eligibility for Workers Compensation by province is based on where you worked not where you now live. Sometimes more than one Province is involved. In some cases, particularly with younger victims it may be preferable to apply for Workers Compensation and with victims past retirement age, it is generally better to apply to the asbestos trusts. Individual advice should still be sought in all cases.
It has been known for many years that asbestos exposure is dangerous to health of people especially when fibres are inhaled and get into the lungs. Asbestos can stay in the lungs for many years without a person knowing it is there. There are serious long term consequences of asbestos exposure. The asbestos diseases include asbestosis, certain forms of lung cancer and the condition of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining (known as the mesothelium) of the lungs or another organ. It is generally considered a form of lung cancer but it is not always associated with the lungs. Mesothelioma can develop 20-50 years after even just a little exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma was thought to be a very rare condition but it is appearing more commonly because it takes a long time to develop and it was not always diagnosed properly in the past. Mesothelioma can only be caused by asbestos and maximum asbestos compensation is available for this horrific and generally fatal disease. For more information on Asbestos visit our website: asbestosfacts.ca
The very serious diseases from asbestos affect people who have worked with asbestos, had loose fibres in their workplace (sometimes from or after asbestos removal) and people who have been exposed by their family members who may have come home from a hard day of work with asbestos on their bodies or their clothes.
If a loved one has developed one of these conditions in Canada, the UK or the USA and is seriously ill or has died due to asbestos exposure it can be proven with medical records and compensation will follow. Doctors can confirm causation by asbestos when the diagnosis is made. A biopsy for lung cancer victims is most effective. Asbestos compensation is available for Canadians from a number of U.S. trusts set up for that purpose. To maximize compensation Miskin law offices needs to know the source of exposure to asbestos for us to determine which manufacturers were involved and where claims may be placed. If a person has died from asbestos illness a number of years ago the available claims are limited by the delay in proceeding. Some of the asbestos trusts have longer time limits so it is worth checking if there is a positive diagnosis even if the death was long ago. We will investigate possible claims for no cost or obligation and if at the end of our investigation we can not help you there is no charge.
Our law offices do not handle claims related to removal of asbestos from homes or other properties nor do we sue employers for asbestos exposure or illness. We also do not take on cases involving fear of possible asbestos illness. Miskin law offices only handles cases involving people who have serious asbestos illness.
Posted in Asbestos, Mesothelioma
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Where is auto insurance going?
This review of impending Ontario auto insurance legislation changes was written by Murray Miskin, an Ontario lawyer, with over 30 years experience in motor vehicle litigation practice who now privately mediates auto accident injury claims in addition to offering courses in arbitration.
Since 1990 auto insurance personal injury claims have been governed in Ontario by a no-fault system. By that it is meant that most compensation for injury in accidents comes from benefits paid under a government regulated standard Ontario auto policy. Before then, there were limited no fault benefits available for medical expenses and loss of income from a person’s own insurer, but most compensation came from liability claims where a lawsuit was brought against the at-fault driver and vehicle owner where liability insurance covered drivers for such claims and paid out any victim who made a claim who was not the at-fault driver.
With the no-fault based system there are still liability claims but they are restricted, and in most cases are not allowed. To be able to make a successful injury liability claim now, a person must have very serious and permanent injury or death. If you believe this may apply to your situation get advice right away from a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable about personal injury claims. For any injury from a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, a no-fault benefits claim may be made. If you have your own auto insurance policy it gives coverage to you and your household members even if your automobile is not involved in the accident. If there is no auto insurance policy for anyone in your home you can be covered under the policy of the car you may be in at the time or another car involved in the accident. For example, if you are a bicyclist or pedestrian without your own insurance, who is hit by a car, the insurance for the car that hit you will pay no fault benefits. If you are insured by your own policy, ask your broker or insurance company about optional coverage that provides more no-fault benefits with a higher level of coverage at a fairly low additional cost.
Since 1990, there have been many changes in the Ontario no-fault system. More changes are coming with the dispute resolution system for such claims. When you claim no-fault benefits the insurer has a right to dispute your claim and refuse to pay some things. To be payable, a medical treatment must be considered both “reasonable and necessary due to the accident”. Insurers may have their own medical advisors who disagree with recommended treatment. There also are disputes over loss of income claims where the insurance pays income replacement benefits to a person who is off work because of accident injuries. Where there is a dispute, a person must request Mediation where an independent government employed mediator tries to help the person settle with the insurer on some compromise basis. If mediation fails to get an agreement, the person may request Arbitration or sue in court. The arbitrator or the court after hearing evidence can impose a ruling on the parties to the dispute.
A judge recently reviewed the auto insurance accident benefits system for the government and made recommendations for streamlining the dispute resolution process. The Ontario Government is going ahead with changes through Bill 15 that was introduced in the Ontario Legislature on July 15. It is likely that those changes will become the law in 2015. Under the new system there will be no more actual Mediation and no option to go to court if mediation fails to resolve a dispute. There will be an Arbitration process using members of an independent panel of decision-makers who are paid by the Government for each day they work. It will be part of the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) which currently handles decisions and appeals of a variety of Ontario Government regulated disputes. We can expect new postings for LAT panelists once the changes are given final approval by the Ontario Legislature. Persons who dispute an insurers decision will then have a right to file for arbitration with LAT. There will be a settlement meeting during the process instead of a mediation to encourage parties to a dispute to settle. This will be part of the arbitration process and, in fact, it already is done as part of arbitration in the current system. With the initial mediation process removed, the system will do less to encourage settlement.
Is this new system a better way? I believe it is not, but it is intended to speed up the process by taking out steps and save a lot of money which should help the Government in its goal of reducing auto insurance premiums.
Posted in Motor Vehicle Accident Injury, Personal Injury
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Canada Yaz and Yasmin Claims
Many individual law suits in the USA, and Canadian Class Action lawsuits are in progress over the side effects of the two similar birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. In Canada there are class action proceedings with the main one in Ontario now certified and allowed by the court to proceed. The certification order was made in April of 2013 with appeals dismissed in September 2013 but still not formalized as of the end of June 2014. Behind the scenes there may or may not be secret discussions moving the case towards settlement. There is little doubt that eventually those who suffered harm from these drugs will get compensation.
Miskin Law Office is making claims for individual Canadians who are now in the class action. If you have a claim you do not need to be specifically listed anywhere and can bring forward your claim when there is a settlement. You may also once certification is formalized proceed to make your own claim outside of the class action. We expect that claimants will have a choice to make soon on whether to be part of the class action and bound by ANY settlement of it or to proceed with an individual claim. We will be advising our clients of their rights and considerations for that decision once the certification order is out giving the opportunity for people to opt out of the class action if they choose. Here is some information on the nature of the claim against Bayer:
Serious side effects of Yaz and Yasmin include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and very commonly loss of the gallbladder. Those cases were being fought by the manufacturer Bayer in different US districts where they are co-ordinated in Multi District Litigation (MDLs). The courts in Illinois and Pennsylvania ordered mediation to take place before cases were to go to trial in early 2012. In the mediation process Bayer agreed in early March 2012 to a settlement in 70 lawsuits. This has progressed so that most cases are now settled. There are now about 7,000 settlements of the most serious cases involving deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in the USA in the range of $200,000 each for a total of about $1.5 Billion. In the US there are still over 5,000 addition claims involving venous or arterial thromboembolism injury. Gallbladder cases have settled for much less. Gallbladder cases in the US are settled at $2,000 dollars for gall bladder injury and $3,000 where the gall bladder is removed. In Canada there is no settlement for any claims yet but settlements when they happen are generally much lower than they are in the US and so expectations on all cases should be lower. As the US gall bladder cases are settling for small amounts we are more likely to see similar level settlements in Canada if payment is made on gall bladder cases. Larger claims involving more serious harm are the ones which may be better served by leaving the class action where more extreme compromise may occur in a settlement.
We are hopeful that some progress will be made towards resolving claims in Canada following the decision giving certification to the Canadian Yaz and Yasmin Class Action lawsuit. We are hoping they will settle gallbladder cases as well as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism cases as part of the likely future class action settlement. The greatest number of claims relate to gallbladder where nominal settlements if any should be expected in Canada. The pills continue to be sold and to be very profitable for Bayer. A recommendation to recall the drug was narrowly defeated by an advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bayer has changed its advertisements and product warnings since then so that it would be difficult to make a claim in a new case. This year in the UK and other countries stronger warnings are now given out with the product. Once the product warning is sufficient there is less basis to make a claim if there is a negative result of using the product. The Canadian class action is focussed on those who had adverse effects before there was a warning of the danger. THE CANADIAN CLASS ACTION BASED IN ONTARIO HAS BEEN LIMITED TO CLAIMS FOR INCIDENTS UP TO NOVEMBER 30, 2011 SO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM THAT CAME UP AFTER THAT DATE IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE CLASS ACTION AND IT WOULD BE GOOD TO CONTACT A LAWYER IN YOUR OWN PROVINCE IMMEDIATELY TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS BY ISSUING A CLAIM. PERSONS COVERED BY THE CLASS ACTION MAY DO NOTHING AND REMAIN IN IT OR WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY CHOOSE TO OPT OUT AND PURSUE AN INDIVIDUAL CLAIM.
Yaz or Yasmin can cause dehydration which causes an increase in the potassium levels (hyperkalemia) and a decrease in the sodium levels (hyponatremia) in the body. As potassium acts as a key control in cardiac rhythm, this imbalance can cause hyperkalemia arrhythmias, which, in turn can cause blood clots and thrombotic events such as stroke or deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or heart attack. Dehydration is also a risk factor for kidney stones and gallbladder disease. While other birth control pills can also cause deep vein thrombosis and other thrombotic events, the cause of those effects are from the estrogen side of the equation. The thrombotic effects of Yaz and Yasmin are from the progesterin side. While it has long been accepted that high estrogen levels can cause these adverse events, the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have been marketed as having low estrogen levels, thereby having a lower risk for thrombotic events. There have been several studies that have called this into question.
The Miskin Law firm is making claims related to these birth control drugs and working with the class action court proceedings that have been started in Ontario Canada. These proceedings take a long time to advance and they stop individual law suits from proceeding for now. An application for certification of the class action was heard in the Ontario court in late January 2013 before Justice D.S. Crane. A decision was made on April 15, 2013 to certify the class action. The judge released reasons for decision where he rejected arguments against certifying the class action. He expressed concern over the proposed timetable for proceedings and there have been further discussions before a formal certification order is actually given. The decision was delayed in implementation as it was appealed by Bayer who on September 5, 2013 lost in court in its attempt for leave to appeal. We are told that the details are almost complete for the certification terms to be issued in an order soon. Steps in the class action now can not proceed until a formal court order of certification of the class action issues with more details. Until then we are working to document our clients’ claims and we are being retained by new clients. We are not the class action lawyers. We represent individual people to get them compensation both individually and through the class action process. Once there is certification by the court of the class action people will have a choice of claiming through it or trying to get more with special circumstances in an individual claim and we have written to our clients to explain the option to each of our clients. If you do not yet have a lawyer, contact us if you believe you have been harmed by Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills. Most importantly keep all evidence of prescriptions including receipts, pill bottles and summaries that your pharmacist can provide. If you think you have a claim email Murray Miskin directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Class Action, Personal Injury, Yaz Yasmin
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Lipitor, Crestor and other cholesterol reducing drugs can cause diabetes
Research has shown an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes among women using the very effective cholesterol reducing statin drugs. The risk appears to be particularly high with post menopausal women who are of Asian or Caucasian ethnicity. The statin drugs sold in Canada include Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Mevacor, Prevachol, Lescol and their generic equivalents. People who take a statin and who experience symptoms associated with increased blood sugar – severe frequent urination, thirst or hunger – should contact their doctor.
In February 2012 the US Food and Drug Administration required warnings of this risk and similar warnings have been required in Canada since January 2013. In the US there are a number of individual law suits now being co-ordinated in Multi District Litigation (MDL). In Canada there is one class action started in Quebec specific to Lipitor and there are expected to be others in other provinces soon.
Miskin Law Office has been studying this issue and we are now accepting clients from all over Canada who may have developed diabetes after starting the use of a statin drug whether it is Lipitor or one of the others. Miskin Law represents clients on claims on a contingency fee basis so there is no cost or risk to you. If you believe this may apply to you please email: email@example.com or call our office (Toll Free 1-877-428-8000).
Posted in Class Action, Lipitor, Personal Injury, Statins
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