Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Is Surgery Beneficial for Mesothelioma Patients?

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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Are Devine, Texas Residents Being Exposed to Asbestos in Their Water?

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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$80 Million Settlement Reached in Kansas Courthouse Asbestos Case

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

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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