Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Asbestos Exposure: Oregon Couple Wins $5.4 Million Verdict

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

A jury in Oregon awarded a couple $5.4 million after a man was exposed to asbestos at work for decades and now suffers from mesothelioma.  According to Oregonlive.com, the verdict may be reduced due to state laws regarding punitive damages and the fact that one of the man’s employers, the U.S. Navy may be immune from certain responsibility. The man, now 75, was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy for four years during the 1960s. He worked with gaskets that contained the material during his service, manufactured by John Crane Inc. Additionally, during his employment as a pipefitter following his military service, he was also exposed to asbestos. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015. Oregonlive reports that jurors determined that John Crane Inc. must pay $3 million in punitive damages relating to his diagnosis and health problems. Attorneys were able to argue that the company knew about…
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When School’s Out, Asbestos Removal Increases

Posted on July 30, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

As we discussed in a blog post last year, asbestos exposure still remains a hazard at many school district campuses across the country.  Many campuses feature asbestos-containing molding, tiling and insulation despite decades of regulations in place for removal. To read a detailed report about asbestos in schools, you can click the source link below, which will redirect you to an Environmental Working Group website. Sadly, although laws like the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, or AHERA, exist to regulate asbestos in public spaces like schools, agencies like the EPA are hamstrung to enforce laws due to budgeting and loopholes, allowing state agencies to apply for waivers when it comes to asbestos abatement. This can lead to contractors or school maintenance workers unknowingly being exposed to asbestos during abatement work. If you are working on demolition or cleanup projects for a school district this summer, it may be in your…
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Man Fights Mesothelioma for 20 Years with a Positive Spirit

Posted on May 14, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

We recently stumbled onto an inspiring article on Inquisitr.com detailing a man who was “celebrating” his 20 years of living with mesothelioma.  For most Americans with mesothelioma, the life expectancy after diagnosis is between 12 months and 2 years. Most victims are unaware that they have the fatal form of cancer, as symptoms can take decades to show up. However, Australian Paul Kraus has been living with malignant mesothelioma for two decades. According to Insquisitr, Kraus’ previous history may have helped prepare him for bouts of anxiety and pain that he has dealt with since his diagnosis. Kraus was born in a Nazi forced labor camp and survived a trek through Austria earlier in his life before moving to Australia on a refugee ship. “When I was diagnosed, there was no conventional treatment considered curative…I was told to get my affairs in order,” said Paul, according to the website. Paul,…
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