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Three Workers Killed in Indiana Mine Accident

Workers at a coal mine in Princeton, Indiana were mounting an air shaft in a transport when three were killed Friday morning. Although the details are still very sketchy, the transport appeared to have fallen in the shaft, and the men were killed as a result of the fall.The coroner, the only official charged with releasing any information on the scene, was not commenting on any details…

Ricky Bagolie

Job Caused Cancers on the Rise

According to the International Metalworkers Federation,A new cancer prevention guide, reveals that over 600,000 deaths a year – one death every 52 seconds – are caused by occupational cancer, making up almost one-third of all work-related deaths. Workers are exposed to many types of potential cancer causing agents. Very often the cancer may develop after the worker retires from the job. Any…

Ricky Bagolie

Firefighters Heart Risk Covered By Workers' Compensation

According to the Houston Chronice, a recent Harvard Study finds that firefighters run a 100 times greater risk of a heart reated death whie putting out a fire than when they are not fighting fires. Thirty two percent of the heart related deaths occurred this way. Heart disease, caused by exposures to diesel fumes and carbon monoxide and heart attacks caused by the stress of fighting fires…

Ricky Bagolie

New Jersey Comp Benefits May Extend to Same Sex Couples

Same sex couples may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as New Jersey has enacted a wide-ranging law recognizing same-sex civil unions. The measure puts civil unions on the same legal footing as marriages, and grants couples in civil unions the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as those in traditional marriages, but stops short of declaring the unions to be “marriages.” The…

Ricky Bagolie

Australia's Securities Regulator Sues James Hardie Over Asbestos Liability

According to Bloomberg News, out of Sydney, Australia’s securities regulator sued James Hardie Industries, the biggest seller of home sidings in the United States, claiming the company misled investors over the cost of compensating people sickened by asbestos.The chairman, Meredith Hellicar, the former chief executive officer, Peter MacDonald, and eight other officials face bans from running a…

Ricky Bagolie

Asbestos Banned Nearly Everywhere But in the US

Often referred to as one of the largest killers known to man, asbestos is reasonsible for thousands of deaths every year yet incredibily it has not been banned in the US.Around the world, when public health workers call for national bans on asbestos, one of the things they hear from the local asbestos industry is that the U.S. has not banned asbestos. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

Ricky Bagolie

Lung Disease Covered by Workers' Comp

Anytime a worker is exposed to chemical fumes, dust, asbestos or other deleterious substance, there is a chance that they may develop some type of lung disease even years after leaving the job. If this occurs, it may be covered by workers compensation.The latest problem is with the makers of Artifical Butter Flavor. Their has been an outbreak of severe lung disease caused by exposure to…

Ricky Bagolie

Unsecured Power Line Causes Electricution Death

Firefighter Dennis Chaines of the San Enrique Fire Department was killed when he was electrocuted by an unsecured power line. According to The News Today, officer Chaines appeared to have accidentally touched a clothesline that was attached to a live wire of the main power line. A sudden spark was seen by witnesses as the fallen fire officer got thrown off to the ground.Workplace deaths and…

Ricky Bagolie

Bagolie & Friedman Lecture to Lawyers on Workers' Compensation Practice

New Jersey – December 2006 – Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers Ricky Bagolie and Alan Friedman were invited to speak to a group of lawyers interested in advanced workers’ comp trial tips. The unique program took place on December 2 at Pines Manor in Edison and was sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ). It featured a panel of some of the most…

Ricky Bagolie

Death Toll From Sago Mine Disaster Rises as 2 Workers Shoot Themselves

Deaths raise fears about emotional toll from disaster as workers forced to lie to investigators regarding their safety training. their testimony produced a broader probe of the Sago Mine management training pracitces according to The Charleston GazetteMcAteer said Sago would not be the first time that survivors of major mining accidents claimed their own lives. Most recently, a Pennsylvania…