Mesothelioma Blog – Cappolino Dodd Krebs L.L.P. http://www.asbestoslaw.com Sun, 14 May 2017 16:31:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Man Fights Mesothelioma for 20 Years with a Positive Spirit http://www.asbestoslaw.com/man-fights-mesothelioma-20-years-positive-spirit/ Sun, 14 May 2017 16:31:08 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9764 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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We recently stumbled onto an inspiring article on Inquisitr.com detailing a man who was “celebrating” his 20 years of living with mesothelioma. Lung Cancer Due to Asbestos Exposure is On the Rise –Everything You Need to Know

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, given his history, said he went into survivor mode. He told the website that he began exercising regular, became a vegetarian and took in high doses of nutrients and vitamin C.

To view Paul’s tips on surviving mesothelioma, you can click on the source link below. He is truly an inspiration for those fighting a terrible diagnosis and his tips can help those suffering from all forms of cancer.

Mesothelioma is Linked Directly to Asbestos Exposure

For several decades now, health and construction experts have known about the link between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Because of this, since the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has banned the use of asbestos in many consumer products, although it can still be found in many older household and construction products.

Because it is such an aggressive illness, the costs associated with surviving mesothelioma are often astronomical. For victims, it is important that they study their work and living history to see if they were exposed to asbestos at any point—if you were exposed to asbestos, you have a right to hold your employer and/or a manufacturer liable.

Contact us today for a free consultation, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure. We can review your work history and other factors that may have contributed to your diagnosis, to see if you may be entitled to compensation.

Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.

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Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/4127837/worlds-longest-living-mesotheliomia-patient-shares-his-secret-for-surviving-cancer/

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Maintenance Workers Continue to Face Asbestos Exposure http://www.asbestoslaw.com/p9761/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:46:01 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9761 According to a government report that we blogged about earlier this month, maintenance workers have a greater risk of contracting mesothelioma from older asbestos containing products than employees in other professions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that, “current exposures to commercial asbestos in the United States occur predominantly during maintenance operations and remediation of older buildings containing asbestos.” These jobs include activities where workers are around products used as insulators in buildings and roofing products, wallboards, paint and concrete. The CDC report indicates that number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. Of 23 states studied, more than 96 percent of mesothelioma-linked deaths were among workers in industrial occupations such as insulation, pipefitting, steam fitting and plumbing. To view the CDC report, you can click here. Asbestos Exposure Should Be Taken Seriously Asbestos exposure is taken seriously...
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According to a government report that we blogged about earlier this month, maintenance workers have a greater risk of contracting mesothelioma from older asbestos containing products than employees in other professions. Mesothelioma – Your Right to Make a Second Claim

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that, “current exposures to commercial asbestos in the United States occur predominantly during maintenance operations and remediation of older buildings containing asbestos.”

These jobs include activities where workers are around products used as insulators in buildings and roofing products, wallboards, paint and concrete. The CDC report indicates that number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015.

Of 23 states studied, more than 96 percent of mesothelioma-linked deaths were among workers in industrial occupations such as insulation, pipefitting, steam fitting and plumbing. To view the CDC report, you can click here.

Asbestos Exposure Should Be Taken Seriously

Asbestos exposure is taken seriously by researchers, government bodies and employers because it has been linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer.

Because of its dangers, in the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned it in many consumer products, although the it remains in many older items that are abated in buildings such as flooring, spackling compounds, tape joint compounds and others mixtures used by maintenance workers.

This is why employers have a duty to keep workers safe from asbestos exposure. There are methods approved to handle and remove asbestos products from worksites—if an employer fails to adhere to rules in handling, it can face stiff consequences including fines and lawsuits.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure at work. We can investigate your case and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.

Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.

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Mesothelioma Deaths Continue to Rise http://www.asbestoslaw.com/mesothelioma-deaths-continue-rise/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:37:41 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9756 CNN had an alarming report earlier this month indicating that the number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. The data comes from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the news outlet said is still trying to figure out why asbestos-related medical issues are on the rise despite efforts to reduce exposure. CNN reported the largest increase in the number of deaths was in those over the age of 85, but younger populations are also affected. The CDC indicates that during the time period reported, 16,914 of the deaths were among people 75 to 84 years old, while 682 people between the ages of 25 and 44 died of mesothelioma complications. “Although deaths among persons aged less than 35 years are of concern, we do not have information to understand potential causes,” said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, the author of...
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CNN had an alarming report earlier this month indicating that the number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015.

The data comes from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the news outlet said is still trying to figure out why asbestos-related medical issues are on the rise despite efforts to reduce exposure.

CNN reported the largest increase in the number of deaths was in those over the age of 85, but younger populations are also affected. The CDC indicates that during the time period reported, 16,914 of the deaths were among people 75 to 84 years old, while 682 people between the ages of 25 and 44 died of mesothelioma complications.

“Although deaths among persons aged less than 35 years are of concern, we do not have information to understand potential causes,” said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, the author of the CDC report, according to CNN.

Experts told the news outlet that most people are or were exposed to asbestos at occupational sites. “This disease remains relevant,” said Dr. Hedy Kindler, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, according to CNN, “and it remains a killer of people who, of no fault of their own other than doing their job, are exposed to something that was preventable.”

The doctor noted that it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for someone to develop mesothelioma after asbestos exposure.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

This is unfortunate news for our country. Aside from mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer. All of these illnesses are linked to death and financial suffering among victims.

Many asbestos exposure victims are unaware of their legal options, especially if they were exposed to particles at some point during employment.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure. We can investigate your case and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment. Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.

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Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/health/asbestos-mesothelioma-death-rates-study/

 

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Companies Can Be Sued When Workers Bring Asbestos Home http://www.asbestoslaw.com/p9748/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:47:47 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9748 In late 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that companies can be held liable if cancerous asbestos from job sites makes someone at a worker’s home sick. The ruling let lawsuits proceed in the state on the behalf of family members and roommates of employees who may have brought home asbestos on their personal clothing or artifacts. According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling was a result of two lawsuits. One lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man, age 53, who was diagnosed with perotineal mesothelioma in 2011, who died three years later. His uncle reportedly worked at a brake manufacturing plant in Virginia around asbestos-containing products, and he spent several nights per week at his home. The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a predecessor of BNSF Railway Co., according to the newspaper. The...
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In late 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that companies can be held liable if cancerous asbestos from job sites makes someone at a worker’s home sick. Asbestos worker

The ruling let lawsuits proceed in the state on the behalf of family members and roommates of employees who may have brought home asbestos on their personal clothing or artifacts.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling was a result of two lawsuits.

One lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man, age 53, who was diagnosed with perotineal mesothelioma in 2011, who died three years later. His uncle reportedly worked at a brake manufacturing plant in Virginia around asbestos-containing products, and he spent several nights per week at his home.

The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a predecessor of BNSF Railway Co., according to the newspaper.

The woman died in 2009 after complications from mesothelioma. Her children claim that her husband worked around asbestos in the form of pipe insulation and their mother was exposed to harmful materials as a result.

Why is Asbestos Exposure Dangerous?

Most of people diagnosed with mesothelioma experienced some form of asbestos exposure during their lives. Asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer.

Many asbestos exposure victims are unaware of their legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure.

In addition, if you have had a family member die and you believe it is linked to exposure to harmful materials at work, speak to our attorneys. We can investigate his or her career.

Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form. We may be able determine if you can hold a former employer liable.

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Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-court-asbestos-20161201-story.html

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Is Surgery Beneficial for Mesothelioma Patients? http://www.asbestoslaw.com/surgery-beneficial-mesothelioma-patients/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:17:57 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9735 WebMD.com recently reported that mesothelioma victims, who have surgery that preserves the lung when combined with other forms of therapy, may extend their lives. The report stated that a study of 73 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, affecting the lungs’ lining in the chest cavity, lived an average of three years longer if they were treated with lung-sparing surgery and other therapies. The website reported that patients who have the typical standard of care, chemotherapy alone, live an average of 12 to 18 months. However, those who had chemotherapy, along with lung-sparing surgeries and another treatment called photodynamic therapy, lived longer. Those who were tracked that had the surgery between 2005 and 2013 had an average survival time of 35 months.  To read the report, you can click here. Suffering from Mesothelioma Due to Asbestos Exposure? It is a good sign that researchers are attempting to find ways to extend...
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WebMD.com recently reported that mesothelioma victims, who have surgery that preserves the lung when combined with other forms of therapy, may extend their lives. Photo of lung scan

The report stated that a study of 73 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, affecting the lungs’ lining in the chest cavity, lived an average of three years longer if they were treated with lung-sparing surgery and other therapies.

The website reported that patients who have the typical standard of care, chemotherapy alone, live an average of 12 to 18 months. However, those who had chemotherapy, along with lung-sparing surgeries and another treatment called photodynamic therapy, lived longer.

Those who were tracked that had the surgery between 2005 and 2013 had an average survival time of 35 months.  To read the report, you can click here.

Suffering from Mesothelioma Due to Asbestos Exposure?

It is a good sign that researchers are attempting to find ways to extend the lives of people with mesothelioma. Unfortunately, each year, an estimated 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S. Most people diagnosed experienced some form of asbestos exposure.

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer.

Many mesothelioma victims have legal options that can help pay for therapies and medical bills. Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. You could be entitled to compensation to help you pay for healthcare costs.

Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form. We may be able to help determine if you can hold a former employer or entity liable that contributed to your condition. Additionally, we may be able to investigate to see if you were exposed to asbestos-containing products over the course of your career.

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Source: http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20161223/lung-sparing-surgery-may-boost-mesothelioma-survival#1

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Are Devine, Texas Residents Being Exposed to Asbestos in Their Water? http://www.asbestoslaw.com/devine-texas-residents-exposed-asbestos-water/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:26:49 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9731 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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A letter sent out to residents of Devine, Texas recently indicated that high levels of asbestos may be present in its water. Picture of asbestos warning

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 to the news outlet.

Some residents are still alarmed by the notice. “I don’t want my one-year-old daughter, and I’m pregnant, I don’t want to be drinking water with asbestos level that’s not healthy, you know. That’s not safe,” said Michelle Cashion, according to FoxSanAntonio.com

What are the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure?

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer. It’s disheartening to hear that residents may be being exposed to dangerous asbestos through the water. We can understand why they would be upset.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another respiratory ailment that may be linked to asbestos exposure. You could be entitled to compensation to help you pay for healthcare costs. You should not have to suffer because you were exposed to harmful products or fibers.

Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Mesothelioma Attorneys

Source: http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/south-texas-city-warns-residents-of-high-levels-of-asbestos-in-the-drinking-water

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$80 Million Settlement Reached in Kansas Courthouse Asbestos Case http://www.asbestoslaw.com/80-million-settlement-reached-in-kansas-courthouse-asbestos-case/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:39:47 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9728 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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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. Lung Cancer Due to Asbestos Exposure

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 health screenings every five years. In addition to those who were present while the work was taking place, people who were in the courthouse for at least 80 hours per year after the work was done (1986 to 2007), will get free screening every five years.

The news comes after a woman died in 2010 from complications after inhaling asbestos fibers at the courthouse where she was employed while the renovations were taking place. Keep in mind, asbestos exposure is directly linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer.

Exposed to Asbestos at Work?

If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos at work and now suffer from respiratory problems, as this case shows, you should contact an asbestos attorney.

We may be able to investigate your case and determine if an entity can be held liable for your injuries, including an asbestos manufacturer and/or your former employer. A list of manufacturers who made asbestos-containing products and when those products were used is available here. We also offer pages of known asbestos sites categorized by state by clicking on the above web links in the bar.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another respiratory ailment. You could be entitled to compensation to help you pay for healthcare costs.

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Source: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article110543787.html

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First Responders, Investigators Often Exposed to Asbestos http://www.asbestoslaw.com/first-responders-investigators-often-exposed-asbestos/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:32:04 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9725 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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Did you know that firefighters and other first responders are often exposed to asbestos during emergency situations? Photo of lung scan

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 this type of harmful exposure occurred during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. During the event, and during rescue and recovery efforts, and clean up, thousands of workers were exposed to harmful toxins from the buildings and debris. Since the attacks, countless people have died and/or suffered tremendous respiratory injuries.

Keep in mind, asbestos exposure is directly linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer.

Asbestos Slows Down Deadly Hoboken Train Crash Investigation

We bring this subject up because recently news broke that harmful asbestos materials were slowing down the investigation into the deadly Hoboken train crash that occurred in New Jersey at the end of September 2016.

According to NBC News, as of October 1, investigators could not gain access to the front part of the train where an event recorder and camera are located, because the station where the disaster occurred suffered heavy structural damage and asbestos levels were high.

“Extensive debris removal must be completed before investigators can access the train and then have the train removed,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement. The station is more than a century old, media outlets reported.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos at work and now suffer from respiratory problems, you should contact our mesothelioma attorneys, regardless of whether you were or are employed in the public sector.

We may be able to investigate your case and determine if someone can be held liable for your injuries, including an asbestos manufacturer. A list of manufacturers who made asbestos-containing products and when those products were used is available here.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another respiratory ailment. You could be entitled to damages.

Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Mesothelioma Attorneys

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hoboken-crash-feds-can-t-reach-black-box-camera-because-n657941

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Lung Cancer Due to Asbestos Exposure is On the Rise –Everything You Need to Know http://www.asbestoslaw.com/lung-cancer-due-asbestos-exposure-rise-everything-need-know/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:08:17 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9717 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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Lung Cancer Due to Asbestos Exposure is On the Rise –Everything You Need to KnowEveryone 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 224,000 new cases of the disease and more than 158,000 deaths. (3)

Common Causes of Lung Cancer

As many people know, smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, resulting in a whopping 80% of all lung cancer cases (4). Smoking tobacco is without a doubt the biggest risk towards developing a form of lung cancer, although there are many cases of non-smokers developing lung cancer also.

Non-smoking causes of lung cancer vary, but can include: second hand smoke, air pollution, and asbestos exposure.

Asbestos and Lung Cancer

Much like smoking causes the lungs to be exposed to dangerous substances that can cause cell damage and lead to the growth of cancerous cells, inhaling asbestos fibers can have a similar effect, causing damage to the tissue of our lungs.

The main source of asbestos exposure is through working in various trades, such as construction, industrial jobs, refineries, aluminum smelters, etc.

When disturbed, microscopic fibers released from asbestos are unknowingly inhaled and attach to the lungs, where they damage the lungs and begin to accumulate with both scarring and inflammation leading to the development of cancerous cells.

The latency period between exposure and development of lung cancer can often be decades. This is why we see many cases of workers who have since retired or have not worked with asbestos in decades who have gone on to develop lung cancer due to asbestos exposure.

Smoking and Asbestos – A Lethal Combination

Not only do smokers who are exposed to asbestos face a much shorter time frame from exposure to the development of cancer, but they are massively increasing the risk of developing the disease in the first place.

This can be linked to the similar damage that both substances can cause to the lungs, as lung function can be greatly impaired by smoking and asbestos. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures that we produce in our lungs to help keep them clean and in good working condition.  These tiny hairs are often damages beyond repair by the combination of cigarette smoke and asbestos fibers.

As smoking and asbestos destroy the cilia, they can greatly increase the damage done to the lungs and eventually cause the development of lung cancer. Those who are exposed and regularly smoke will have more fibers in their lungs, causing more long-term damage and creating a larger risk for the development of cancer cells in the lungs.

This means that smokers who have been exposed to asbestos can be 50-84 times more likely to develop lung cancer, as both the asbestos and tobacco smoke are causing a multiplicative, or synergistic, effect that greatly increases the risk. (5)

 

Sources

(2 + 3) – http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-key-statistics

(4) – http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-what-causes

(5) – http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/site-kit/docs/cigarettesasbestos2.pdf

 

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Do American Schools Contain Harmful Asbestos Materials? http://www.asbestoslaw.com/american-schools-contain-harmful-asbestos-materials/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:57:28 +0000 http://www.asbestoslaw.com/?p=9712 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 Mesothelioma.com 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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As your children return to school this fall, it may be scary to think that some campuses still have issues with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma – Your Right to Make a Second Claim

Recently, there was an alarming story on Mesothelioma.com 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 asbestos. A 2016 EWG report in Chicago found that students and staff were exposed to asbestos fibers with the potential for damage at 184 public elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city.

If you have concerns about your child’s campus when it comes to asbestos, experts say that you should ask for records from the district including inspection results.

Can I Sue a School for Exposing Me to Asbestos?

Asbestos exposure can lead to a long list of illnesses including mesothelioma. Many school district employees, including teachers and administrators, have been exposed to asbestos over the last 40 years.

Recently, a Knox County, Tennessee widow reached a settlement with a school district after her husband, a teacher, died from mesothelioma. During court depositions before his death, the teacher described how he would regularly see particles failing from old pipes in the ceiling while he was working.

The man said he kept rags on his desk for kids to wipe off their desks from the dust. “I didn’t realize later — until later that maybe that might have been asbestos,” the man said in his deposition, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I didn’t know that.”

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancerthroat cancer and kidney cancer.

Nobody should have to lose their life due to the negligence of an employer. The dangers of asbestos exposure have been known for decades now, and school districts have a duty to keep teachers and students safe.

Our lawyers have the ability to investigate a mesothelioma victim’s employment history and determine if he or she was exposed to asbestos-containing products. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Mesothelioma Attorneys

Source: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/crime-courts/knox-county-settles-asbestos-lawsuit-with-widow-of-late-teacher-304b101c-842b-4754-e053-0100007f5612-375400091.html

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