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Why is Surgery Not Available for Certain Mesothelioma Patients?

Asbestos Lawyers Discuss a Shocking Study A study involving more than 1,500 peritoneal mesothelioma patients was recently made public by Surviving Mesothelioma, and revealed the shocking fact that nearly 62 percent of its participants failed to receive surgical treatment when they need it. This means these patients unnecessarily lost out on years of survival. For far too many mesothelioma patients, surgical treatment options exist—but are not being made readily available. While the advantages are obvious, surgery is often simply not being offered. “You can see the missed opportunity here,” said one doctor. “Surgery is a really good option. But I think too often, it’s not being…recommended.” Pulling from almost forty years’ worth of data, surgical oncologists at the Medical College of Wisconsin examined survival statistics for peritoneal mesothelioma patients diagnosed between 1973 and 2010. According to their findings, those patients who received surgery as a treatment lived an average of…
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Protecting Children from Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals historically used in products such as roofing materials, cements, floor tiles, patching and spackling compounds, and furnaces and furnace doors, can lead to serious health problems. Children risk coming into contact with airborne asbestos in older homes and school buildings. To protect our children from harmful asbestos exposure, the substance should be removed from older buildings or appropriately contained to ensure no child encounters it. If a child inhales harmful asbestos particles, he or she becomes at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one developed an asbestos-related illness after being exposed to asbestos as a child, discuss your case with an experienced asbestos attorney today. EPA Regulations for Schools The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires schools to protect children from asbestos exposure, as mandated by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). According to the EPA…
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Choosing the Right Jurisdiction for a Mesothelioma Case

Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Know how to get Compensation for Victims of Asbestos Exposure Filing a mesothelioma case is about ensuring that you and your family are financially secure. Your attorney needs to do whatever is necessary to secure compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. This may mean taking extra measures to increase your chances of a successful resolution to your case. One of the ways an attorney can go the extra mile is to file a mesothelioma case in a state that is more likely to produce a favorable outcome. Depending on where you faced exposure to asbestos, you may be able to file a lawsuit in a state that will give you the best opportunity to provide for your family while you deal with your condition. A mesothelioma attorney can choose the right jurisdiction for your mesothelioma case. Am I Eligible to File a…
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Now That You Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma

It is important to act quickly following a mesothelioma diagnosis to protect your legal rights. The leading cause of mesothelioma is asbestos, and the exposure to asbestos may have occurred decades earlier, making it difficult to prove your case and receive compensation for your medical bills. Companies may have destroyed records, statutes of limitations may be drawing near and your co-workers may have passed away earlier due to mesothelioma resulting from their asbestos exposure. Regardless of the decades that may have occurred between asbestos exposure and the rapid onset of mesothelioma, the burden is on you to prove the where, how and when details of the exposure. An asbestos lawyer can provide you with guidance following your mesothelioma diagnosis. Confirming the Mesothelioma Diagnosis Often mesothelioma is difficult to detect because its symptoms resemble those of other diseases such as lung cancer. If a doctor diagnoses you as having mesothelioma, follow…
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When Contractors Fail to Protect Their Workers from Asbestos

Our Mesothelioma Attorneys Fight for Justice The citizens of a town in northern Wisconsin recently expressed concerns about the effects a newly proposed mine will have on the health of their community. Recent ore samples taken from the site were tested and shown to contain a substance called Grunerite, which is similar to the hazardous material asbestos. Without this test, it was likely that employees of the mining company would have begun work on the site, potentially exposing themselves to the harmful substance and serious health risks. Companies have a responsibility to extensively survey an area before constructing anything on a site. Unfortunately, they often spend much of their time ensuring that the project will be profitable, and may fail to determine if the area will be safe for their workers. In particular, many companies fail to make sure that their workers will not suffer from the effects of serious…
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Railroad Workers and Asbestos Exposure: Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Discuss the Risks

Resistant to both heat and fire, asbestos was once widely used in the railroad industry. Train manufacturers relied on asbestos for insulation and used it in brakes, clutches, pipe fittings, boilers, and steam plants. Current and former railroad workers may have been exposed to asbestos if they worked with train parts manufactured before the 1980s. Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to the development of mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer and other serious health problems decades after exposure. In June 2012, five former railroad workers sued BNSF Railway Company over allegations that occupational asbestos exposure caused their lung diseases. The former workers claim that BNSF managers knew about the dangers of prolonged asbestos exposure and failed to warn employees. Some of the plaintiffs dedicated more than 30 years to the railroad. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “the plaintiffs said they worked in and around engines, boilers, railroad tracks and other…
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