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The Difference Between Social Security Disability Insurance and Workers’ Compensation

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If you aren’t sure about the differences between Social Security and workers’ comp, you’re by no means alone. A lot of people have a hard time. It can also, in many instances, be hard to determine how regular Social Security and Social Security disability insurance differs. A New Orleans Social Security lawyer with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins can help clear up these complexities. In fact, Social Security disability insurance in New Orleans is one of our specialties. Here’s so... Read more
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Mesothelioma Trust Funds in New Orleans

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. For many years, the dangers of asbestos were known to companies who continued to use this material in construction, manufacturing, transportation and other industries. While there is a clear link between mesothelioma and asbestos and clear evidence of negligence, there are several factors in these cases which make it challenging for mesothelioma patients to get the compensation they rightfully deserve. The latency period for mesothelioma is twenty to fifty years, meaning it may not be diagnosed for decades after exposure. The long period means many types of evidence may have been destroyed, and it can be more challenging to establish exactly when and how a person was exposed to asbestos. In addition, mesothelioma h... Read more
Asbestos Exposure in New Orleans Shipyards

Asbestos Exposure in New Orleans Shipyards

For years, asbestos was used widely in the shipyards and shipbuilding industries of New Orleans and the United States. Asbestos can handle high temperatures and is resistant to fire. Since a fire at sea is a disaster, asbestos was widely used on ships to keep vessels safe. In addition, asbestos naturally resists corrosion and was used for critical ship systems, including insulation. In fact, workers in shipyards and the shipbuilding industry who worked in the time between World War II and the Korean War were very likely to be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure in New Orleans shipyards is rampant. The material was used to insulate pipes, boilers, incinerators and other areas. In many cases, these areas were not ventilated very well, meaning asbestos dust was trapped in the ship an... Read more

What is Worker’s Comp?

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Workers’ comp in Louisiana may seem straightforward, but it can be extremely complex if you haven’t had to deal with a claim before. A workers’ comp attorney in New Orleans with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins can help you navigate these complexities and make sure your rights are protected at all times. Here’s some information on how the program works and how a lawyer can help if you have any issues.

How the System Works

If you suffer a workplace in... Read more
Stages of Mesothelioma

Stages of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. When you're diagnosed with mesothelioma, doctors classify the disease by stages. There are four stages of mesothelioma, each with different treatment options, prognosis and effects on the body.

Stage One Mesothelioma

At this stage, the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Stage one patients may have more options for treatment. Since the cancer has not spread, they may be candidates for surgery, often combined with radiation and chemotherapy. If surgery is not possible because of the patient’s health or because... Read more