Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Maintenance Workers Continue to Face Asbestos Exposure

Posted on April 3, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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Mesothelioma Deaths Continue to Rise

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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Companies Can Be Sued When Workers Bring Asbestos Home

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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