Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Mesothelioma Victim Celebrates Nine-Year Survival Mark

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

A mesothelioma survivor from Minnesota recently celebrated the ninth anniversary of the day she underwent a radical surgery to save her life by throwing a party. According to the Star Tribune, more than 100 guests attended Heather Von St. James’ party. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005, and underwent surgery on February 2, 2006 that removed her left lung, the lining around her heart, half her diaphragm, her sixth rib and a few lymph nodes. After the surgery, she had to endure 12 weeks of chemotherapy. The party was part of her LungLeavin’ Day that she likes to celebrate every year. “I’m very, very blessed,” Von St. James, 46, said, according to the Star Tribune. “Just to have all these people come together and celebrate with us blows my mind.” According to her surgeon, Von St. James has every reason to celebrate the day. She is a rare survivor….
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Has Garlock Revised its Bankruptcy Deal for Asbestos Claims?

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

Sadly, it is not uncommon for companies to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid mesothelioma litigation. However, when this occurs, a victim should still speak to an attorney, as many bankruptcy courts force manufacturers to set aside money for the cost of future settlements and verdicts. Updating a blog post we brought you last fall, EnPro Industries and a bankrupt subsidiary, Garlock Sealing Technologies, has reached a deal to set aside $357.5 million to cover asbestos related claims, according to Reuters. EnPro and Garlock, which filed for bankruptcy in 2010, made asbestos lined auto parts. The agreement could be approved by a court in the next 15 to 24 months, as part of a reorganization plan through the bankruptcy case. Previously, a judge sitting over the bankruptcy case denied a settlement for future claims, as there was debate over how much should be set aside. Some injury attorneys said…
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Have Radiation Improvements Extended the Lives of Mesothelioma Victims?

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

Have improvements in radiation therapy helped extend the lives of mesothelioma victims?  According to one study, this may be the case. Researchers from the MD Anderson and at Princeton Radiation Oncology cancer treatment center in New Jersey have discovered that victims receiving basic radiation therapy following lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication surgery live nearly twice as long as victims undergoing aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy. According to, the findings suggest that this is the reason why there have been trends towards more people undergoing P/D and away from EPP. The website suggested that new radiation techniques including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) are helping people live longer. “This would seem to continue the shift toward the less aggressive surgery,” Daniel Gomez, M.D., assistant professor in the Radiation Oncology Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, said, according to “The goal is to kill the disease and allow patients to still have high-quality lives.” Can I…
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