Mesothelioma, Time Matters

Treatment Options The treatment program for mesothelioma depends on many factors, including: the stage of the cancer, where the cancer is, how far the cancer has spread, how the cancer cells look under the microscope and the patient’s age and desires. Time Matters People diagnosed with this disease are often told the expected survival rate is only eight to twelve months. However, specialists in treating malignant mesothelioma at the leading cancer centers often have better statistics.

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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Mesothelioma Continues to Appear Years After Asbestos Exposure

As many of our readers know, mesothelioma is a rare lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos use in the United States peaked in the mid to late 1960s. Given that mesothelioma usually occurs two or three decades after exposure to asbestos, it is no surprise that mesothelioma rates in the U.S. rose through the early 1990s. Today, there is controversy over whether mesothelioma rates will increase in the future. Some authorities think the rates will continue to climb, while others think new cases are declining. There is no doubt that many industries used asbestos heavily before OSHA regulations limiting asbestos use went into effect in 1972. Many people are unaware that thousands of companies continued to use asbestos in large quantities after the 1972 OSHA regulations. Using legal loopholes and sometimes just ignoring the law, these companies placed their workers in danger despite the OSHA regulations. Prior…
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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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Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk?

It is an unfortunate fact that many people who historically worked around asbestos also smoked cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes was the norm throughout the second half of the twentieth century, and it was not until relatively recently that the public became aware of the extreme health risks of cigarettes. According to a recent study by the Cancer Center of Amsterdam, smoking increases the risk of developing mesothelioma or other lung cancers for individuals who were subjected to asbestos exposure. “The risk of development of lung cancer was higher for anyone with increased years of exposure to asbestos fiber combined with a smoking habit,” said one of the lead researchers. While smoking tends to cause different forms of lung cancers than asbestos exposure, research indicates that the dual presence of tobacco-related carcinogens and asbestos has a multiplicative effect. How Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk? Mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos…
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Justice in California

Due to tort reform in Texas, many law firms have moved to California. The following case is not a CDK case, however it is interesting to note. In Texas, this case would have to overcome a Borg-Warner Motion for Summary Judgment. In Ivance v. Rich-Tex., Inc., Cal., San Francisco Co. Super., Cause No. 419435, March 14, 2007, Plaintiffs brought a cause of action on behalf of their father who had been a drywall taper during a portion of his working career from 1963 to 1977. Plaintiffs case is a joint compound, unreasonably dangerous product as well as a wrongful death cause of action. The Plaintiff, Mr. Ivance, died from respiratory failure at 74 years of age, and a pathology report revealed the presence of severe asbestos-related pleural disease and emphysema. The California jury found for the Plaintiffs and awarded damages. IF YOU OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU WORKED WITH OR…
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