Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Are Devine, Texas Residents Being Exposed to Asbestos in Their Water?

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

A letter sent out to residents of Devine, Texas recently indicated that high levels of asbestos may be present in its water. The letter was issued by the city on November 28, indicating that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found “the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for asbestos.” The town sits about 40 miles southwest of San Antonio.  According to reports, water samples take in January and July showed high levels of fibers per liter (MFL). One sample reportedly read 44.3 MFL, when the permitted amount allowed by the agency is 7 MFL. The letter notes that residents do not have to use a different water source. According to FoxSanAntonio.com, Mayor Bill Herring was told by the TCEQ not to shut off the water. “We hope it’s just a sampling problem, not that the contaminants were there,” Herring said, according…
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$80 Million Settlement Reached in Kansas Courthouse Asbestos Case

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to the Associated Press, an $80 million settlement was reached at the end of October regarding long-term asbestos exposure that occurred in a Kansas courthouse 30 years ago. The source reported that the settlement was reached in the class action lawsuit involving the Jackson County Courthouse shortly before it was supposed to go to trial. The county allegedly reached the agreement with Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering, which removed the asbestos from the courthouse from 1983 to 1985. The settlement money will be used to pay for diagnostic tests for people exposed to the asbestos during their time at the courthouse. Those exposed and eligible for testing include county employees, jurors, jail inmates and attorneys. It is estimated that this could include as many as 7,500 people. According to the AP, people who spent 80 hours in any one year at the courthouse while renovations were occurring will get free…
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First Responders, Investigators Often Exposed to Asbestos

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

Did you know that firefighters and other first responders are often exposed to asbestos during emergency situations? Sadly, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health reported in 2014 that firefighters in particular have higher rates of cancer than other public sector workers, due to the harmful exposure to chemicals and toxic materials they encounter. The agency reported that in addition to flame-retardant chemicals, some firefighters are exposed to asbestos as they enter buildings during emergencies. While asbestos materials are mostly outlawed in modern building design and coding, it was very commonly used in structures built before the 1980s—so when rescue workers enter older buildings, they may be putting themselves at risk. In addition to firefighters, other employees who may be exposed to asbestos during emergency situations include police officers, EMS workers, structural and design experts, as well as crime scene investigators and construction workers. Perhaps the starkest example of…
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