Mesothelioma Blog

Were Maritime Workers Exposed to Asbestos?

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Many employees of ports or shipping companies were exposed to asbestos prior to the 1980s, with some of them developing mesothelioma as a result. Often, shipyard workers including electricians, insulators, laborers, laggers, painters, pipefitters, maintenance workers and welders, military personnel, merchant mariners and longshoremen lived in ships that employed the use of asbestos. These victims experienced exposure firsthand while on the job, as asbestos-containing products were used heavily in industrial and construction settings. Unfortunately, mesothelioma victims suffer from breathing difficulty, coughing and pain, and their life expectancy rates are greatly reduced. The 12-month survival rate for mesothelioma suffers is only estimated to be 24 percent. This is unacceptable if a company put you at-risk. Sadly, a man in Louisiana recently filed a lawsuit alleging that he was exposed to asbestos while working at ports in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The man has filed a lawsuit against Buck Kreihs Company…
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How Do Bankruptcy Cases Affect Mesothelioma Lawsuits?

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Last week, we discussed the various ways asbestos manufacturers defend themselves in mesothelioma litigation and one example we brought up was bankruptcy. It should be noted that some companies and/or former manufacturers of asbestos products do file for bankruptcy in an attempt to fight off mesothelioma lawsuits. However, in a majority of these instances, funds are set aside to help cover the costs of potential settlements and verdicts. Last month, in a major case against gasket maker Garlock Sealing Technologies, a federal judge in North Carolina overturned a previous ruling that sealed evidence and testimony regarding liability claims in its bankruptcy proceedings. We have blogged about the Garlock case previously, as it is a legal matter that could have a big impact on the future asbestos litigation. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of the Western District of North Carolina wrote that the “public and press have a…
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How Do Companies Fight Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits?

Posted on August 4, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Are there specific arguments companies make in asbestos exposure lawsuits? Sometimes, defendants involved in asbestos litigation will try to place the blame for a person developing mesothelioma on a number of different factors. In some cases, companies will argue that asbestos exposure occurred because of a third party—for example, if you worked in a shipyard and were exposed to asbestos through a certain part or tool being used, the shipyard might argue that the manufacturer was the entity responsible for your diagnosis. Additionally, some companies have filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to stave off mesothelioma lawsuits. However, in a majority of these instances, funds have been set aside in proceedings to help cover the costs of potential settlements and verdicts. In cases where multiple entities may have been responsible for exposing a plaintiff to asbestos, a court or jury could find an entity at-fault for a particular percentage of…
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