Radon exposure at home

Oct 08

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is a by-product of uranium decay. It can be found in rocks, soil, and water, and can penetrate your home through fissures and cracks in the basement walls and crawl spaces. Although radon has been used for different medical and scientific purposes, exposure to it may result in different health complications.

One of the most fatal health effect commonly associated with radon exposure is lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 21,000 die in the country because of radon-induced lung cancer every year. However, these deaths due to radon exposure could have been prevented if occupants have been vigilant enough to test their home for radon exposure. Unfortunately, according to the website of The Mokaram Law Firm (view website), you may notice that there can still be negligent property owners who refuse to have their home tested for radon and repaired to cut cost.

There are many ways on how radon may enter your home, here are some of them:

  • Cracks, gaps, or fissures in basement floors and walls
  • Cracks in crawlspaces
  • Construction joints
  • Water supplies (ex. private wells)

When moving into a new home or renting, it is imperative to get your home tested first for radon exposure, even if the property owner insists that the house has no problem with radon. While radon levels vary from one place to another, it is never safe to assume that this radioactive gas only affects certain areas of the country. The only way to know if your home is safe is by getting it tested.

However, living in a house with radon problems doesn’t mean abandoning your home altogether. Many homeowners have been able to fix their radon problems. You only need to contact qualified and professional radon experts in your locality to know what should be done to decrease the level of radon in your home.

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Examples of Different Dangerous Consumer Products

Jun 03

It seems that you can’t take a couple of steps before you encounter yet another set of dangerous consumer products. Today it is an antipsychotic drug; tomorrow it is the powdered sugar in doughnuts.

Dunkin’ Donuts recently announced that they would be changing the recipe of their products to remove the titanium dioxide they add to the powdered sugar because there is a possibility that it is toxic. Titanium dioxide is a coloring agent usually added to brighten white products. The franchise decided to yield to public pressure before there was any definite proof of a health danger.

However, not all companies are so proactive. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is supposed to police these companies for just such dangerous products. The reality is, the CPSC does not have the resources to do this effectively, and rely on manufacturers and retailers to self-report. These companies should at least warn the public about any risks or dangers of using their products, no matter how unsubstantiated.

Juries are saying just that in the two recent verdicts against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson& Johnson that produces antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Both juries found that Janssen failed to warn the public that long-term use of Risperdal could cause gynecomastia, or the overdevelopment of male breasts in young men. According to the Williams Kherkher website, it is just one of the side effects of Risperdal.

It is important to remember that dangerous products are not just found in commercial food or prescription products. There are many consumer products that have lead, BPA, or other toxic products. The scary thing is many of these products are for or found around children.

If a dangerous consumer product has seriously harmed you because of a company’s negligence, you have the right to compensation. Contact a personal injury or dangerous products lawyer in your area for more information.

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