Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

$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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Lung Cancer Due to Asbestos Exposure is On the Rise –Everything You Need to Know

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

Everyone has seen a TV ad for mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure.  These ads, often from firms that don’t even do asbestos litigation, have made mesothelioma the most well-known form of asbestos disease.  However, many people are unaware that a variety of other lung cancers are caused by asbestos. Lung Cancer Facts and Figures Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer around, with five-year survival rates ranging from 49% to 1% depending on the form and stage of the cancer. (1) It is also the leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women, with one quarter of cancer deaths caused by lung cancer. (2) As the second most common cancer affecting both men and women, lung cancer represents one of the most widespread forms of the disease, making up 14% of annual cancer diagnoses in the United States. Estimations for 2016 predicted around…
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