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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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Mesothelioma Prognosis

Mesothelioma is a painful, depressing disease that afflicts only a small portion of the population. Mesothelioma diagnoses account for only about 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses, but it has no cure. A mesothelioma lawyer can provide you and your family with information about this pernicious cancer and your options for dealing with the medical expenses and grief associated with mesothelioma. What Causes Mesothelioma? Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a fibrous material composed of six different silicate minerals. Asbestos fibers affect the pleural lining of the lungs and cause mesothelioma. While cases have occurred in which the patient had no asbestos exposure, such cases are rare. What Are The Types of Mesothelioma?? There are five types of mesothelioma: Benign Mesothelioma. Benign mesothelioma tumors are contained, and the cancer does not spread to other parts of the body. Doctors can easily treat benign mesothelioma, although it…
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Asbestos Found in Old Airport Terminal

In January, plans to demolish the old terminal at Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod had to be put on hold after the crew found what they suspected was an asbestos contamination during demolition preparation. Asbestos had previously been discovered in the 50-year-old air traffic control tower back in November, prompting airport officials to ask the town council for $365,000 from the airport’s reserves for asbestos abatement services. This latest discovery could add another $200,000 to the airport’s total asbestos removal tab. According to Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault, the funds “should be 100 percent reimbursable through a grant from the FAA.” A 2005 inspection apparently missed the asbestos contamination in the older buildings. Town Manager Tom Lynch said the city was “aggressively searching all records to find the answer as to why these additional suspect materials were not originally identified and subsequently included in the construction cost.” In both…
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Asbestos Exposure Can Happen in Strange Places

Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Explain Unexpected Sources of Exposure Even small amounts of asbestos can cause mesothelioma. While many victims of mesothelioma endured prolonged exposure to asbestos, even short-term exposure can lead to serious health risks. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Many victims of mesothelioma are exposed to asbestos in uncommon ways. These victims are often people who do not work in areas known for asbestos contamination but somehow contract the disease. If you are concerned about your risk of mesothelioma, you should know about some of the often-overlooked ways that victims contract the disease. Sources of Asbestos that May Surprise You Asbestos once had a variety of different uses, and much of it still contaminates our surroundings today. Some lesser-known sources of asbestos exposure include: Jewelry-Making Equipment – Until recently, jewelry makers used heat molds insulated with asbestos. Some equipment used…
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Florida Court Confirms That Mesothelioma Attorneys Cannot Apply Asbestos Act Retroactively

Mesothelioma cancer attorneys cannot apply the Florida Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act retroactively according to a decision made by Florida State’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. The appeals court decided that the Compensation Fairness Act cannot be applied to cases which are already in the process of litigation. According to the Florida Asbestos Silica Compensation Fairness Act, plaintiffs in a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit are now required to prove that their diagnosis of mesothelioma was caused as a result of asbestos exposure. They are also required to prove that the disease is malignant. If an asbestos related lawsuit is filed by an asbestos attorney on behalf of a plaintiff that is diagnosed with asbestosis, the asbestos attorney must prove that the disease causes a significant impairment to the quality of life of the plaintiff. Asbestosis is a disease caused from asbestosis exposure that limits the patient’s ability to breathe normally….
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What Asbestos Is Banned in the U.S.

Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals historically used in products such as roofing materials, cements, floor tiles, patching and spackling compounds, brake pads and lining, toasters and other heat-related household products, and furnaces and furnace doors. A common misconception persists that all asbestos use is banned in the United States; however, someasbestos-containing products are still allowed. An asbestos lawyer helps people harmed by asbestos seek the compensation they deserve. Why Is Asbestos Dangerous? Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of several different types of cancer, includingmesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, most instances of mesothelioma involve asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure has also been directly linked to lung cancer and throat cancer, and it is thought to increase one’s risk for gastrointestinal, colorectal, kidney, bladder and brain cancer. Severaloccupations involve high risk of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related…
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