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Occupations with a High Risk of Mesothelioma

The September 2010 edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine contains the results of a study on specific occupations and their mesothelioma risks. The study, conducted in France, confirms that shipbuilders, construction workers and those involved in asbestos manufacturing and its products have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma. For over 50 years, asbestos was widely used in industries all over the world for its fire resistant capabilities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposed guidelines to protect workers in an attempt to prevent asbestos-related diseases and other industrial cancers. Currently, the EPA limits the amount of time that employees can work in asbestos-containing areas. Jobs With A High Risk of Mesothelioma Researchers conducted the four-year study from 1998 to 2002 and focused on pleuralmesothelioma, which is the most frequently diagnosed form of mesothelioma. Pleuralmesothelioma attacks the lining of the chest cavity around the lungs. Inhaling asbestos fibers causes…
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Tort Reform Stinks

In the 1930’s, information began to surface that asbestos was hazardous. By the 1950’s, the substance was a known carcinogen. Big corporations knew it and continued to use it. As a result, today many people are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer which is only known to be caused by asbestos exposure. Dying from mesothelioma is an extremely painful death, an individual basically drowns in their own lungs; and to add insult to injury, it was 100% preventable. Tort reform has proven to be very detrimental for families whose lives have been dramatically altered simply because of the use of this toxic substance in their loved one’s industrial workplace(s). Based on my own experience, it NOW takes a ridiculous amount of time for a person’s case to go through the legal system, and be presented to a jury, thanks in large part to Texas’ Tort Reform passed in 2005 by HB4. Justice delayed is justice denied….
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Mesothelioma Causes

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the tissues around the rib cage or abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma most typically results from exposure to asbestos. The most common patient of mesothelioma is a construction worker who works closely with asbestos but is not properly guarded against inhaling asbestos fumes. When a worker inhales asbestos particles and the particles enter the lungs, those particles can cause damage to the worker’s lungs, abdominal cavity and the tissues surrounding these organs. That’s when mesothelioma cancer can form. It’s important for the patient to read as much mesothelioma information as possible. Other common mesothelioma patients include family members of those who work with asbestos. When construction workers don’t clean their uniforms properly or don’t take the proper precautionary measures to guard against asbestos poisoning, asbestos particles can remain on the worker’s clothes. When he comes home, the particles can enter into the air,…
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New Claim for Mesothelioma, Cancer, or Death

Even If You’ve Already Had An Asbestos Claim, You Can Pursue A New Claim If You Get Cancer A second lawsuit is now allowed for people who receive asbestos settlements in the past, and then later develop asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, or throat cancer. The law now allows a new claim for cancer even if a person already settled claims for asbestosis or lung plaque in the past. In the Pustejovsky case, Henry Pustejovsky was exposed to asbestos from 1954 to 1979 while employed as a metal pourer with ALCOA Aluminum in Rockdale, Texas. The big question in the Pustejovksy case was whether a person could sue for scarring of the lungs (asbestosis) and then bring another suit later if the person developed a cancer. The defense attorneys argued that the lawsuit for mesothelioma cancer was not allowed because the plaintiff had already sued for scarring of…
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The Risks of Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

A Mesothelioma Attorney Discusses The Effects Asbestos has been regulated in the United States for a few decades – however, the effects of the harmful fibers continue to be one of the most serious health problems in this country and globally. A study from the Institute of Cancer Research estimates that asbestos-related deaths will continue to rise well into the 2050s. Although it is well-known that industrial workers were directly exposed to asbestos over the course of their job duties, there has been a noted increase in the number of mesothelioma cases caused by secondhand exposure. Secondhand exposure refers to people who were not in direct contact with a dangerous working environment, but whose family members unknowingly brought the asbestos fibers into the home. What makes secondhand exposure so dangerous is that people have no idea they were exposed, and would likely not think to tell a doctor of this…
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Resources for Family Members Whose Loved One was Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure affects tens of thousands of families across the United States. Although it has been over 30 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created safety outlines to help limit exposure to workers and individuals using asbestos products, many expect that cases of asbestos illnesses will continue to rise over the next four decades. Any serious medical condition can also have severe repercussions on the life of the patient and their family. If you or a family member is suffering from an illness or injury caused by asbestos, it is important to know that there are organizations you can turn to for help. Resources for Families Affected by Mesothelioma Families affected by mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer and other asbestos illnesses have several resources that will help support their physical, spiritual, emotional and financial needs.  Local cancer centers often have a number of different…
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