Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

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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Do American Schools Contain Harmful Asbestos Materials?

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

As your children return to school this fall, it may be scary to think that some campuses still have issues with asbestos exposure. Recently, there was an alarming story on based on expert interviews, indicating that asbestos products continue to hinder American campuses, placing students and employees at risk. “It’s a significant problem,” said Alex Formuzis, of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), according to website. “Any school built before 1981 is presumed to contain asbestos materials.” Experts note that although schools may contain asbestos materials, parents should not panic, as the products do not pose an immediate danger to people unless they are disturbed through repair work or movement.  To avoid issues with this, many districts schedule construction projects including abatement for summer months, and have protections in place for workers who may be present while asbestos-containing products could be disturbed. However, some schools still have issues with friable…
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