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Former mayor files suit after devastating mesothelioma diagnosis

There are far too many stories in the news about people who have become victims of exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos. We read about the people who worked in shipyards, on the railroads and in other industries who learn they have mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. Many of these people have long since retired from their jobs and are focused at enjoying retirement. The tragic reality is that asbestos-related cancers can be very aggressive and many people do not receive a diagnosis until it is too late for treatment to be effective.

Over 100 stadium workers file claims of asbestos exposure

One of the devastating realities associated with asbestos exposure is that it very rarely only affects one person. When asbestos is found in a building, which is very common considering the fact that the fiber was widely used in construction materials until the 1980s, many people have likely come into contact with it before anything is done to remedy the situation. Any number of builders, tenants, visitors and workers who have spent a substantial time in a building without proper protection from airborne asbestos can end up developing a devastating disease from this exposure.

Besides asbestos, 2 other fibers linked to mesothelioma

For decades now, the dangers of asbestos exposure have been well known. People who made products containing asbestos and employers who used these materials have known that exposing people to airborne asbestos can make them very sick. In the most severe cases, a person develops mesothelioma, a cancer that is quite aggressive and affects the lining around a person's lungs.

Media outlets struggle to report on asbestos lawsuits

We expect news sources to be objective and include facts about the stories that affect us. However, news is not always black and white, and neither is the coverage. This may be the case as some news outlets struggle to report on the hundreds of thousands of asbestos claims and wrongful death lawsuits that have been filed in recent years.

3 plead guilty to asbestos violations on the job

People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis have been exposed to high or concentrated amounts of asbestos at some point in their lives. Many years ago, asbestos was used widely and an average worker was not aware of how dangerous it could be to come into contact with it. Now, many of these same workers are suffering from work-related illnesses because of the negligence of their employer. The symptoms of these diseases can decades to be identified, so tracking the source of exposure can sometimes present a challenge.

A closer look at asbestos lawsuits and injury claims

Millions of people have been sickened by asbestos for many years now. Because its use was not regulated until the late 1980s, people working around the toxic fiber up until that point were often unprotected and unaware of the risks of exposure. While companies did little to protect workers back then, some are wasting no expense now when it comes to denying the claims from injured workers and challenging the cases against negligent employers.

I found asbestos in my home, now what?

On this blog, we often discuss scenarios in which people are exposed to asbestos on the job. The problem of negligent employers and manufacturers is that there are far too many of them, and people often develop asbestos-related diseases after having been exposed to airborne asbestos at work decades ago. However, the threat of asbestos exposure does not stop once you clock out of work. In fact, many homes that were built up until the mid-1980s were built using asbestos.

Families struggle after tragic loss of mesothelioma victims

People all across the world, working in all industries and living in all types of conditions can be at risk of having been exposed to asbestos. The pain and suffering that the victims go through after being diagnosed with an illness like mesothelioma is similar, as is the devastation that their families go through when a loved one dies as a result of an asbestos-related condition.

Brewery workers develop asbestos-related illnesses

Despite knowing for many years that exposure to asbestos can be deadly, reckless business and property owners do nothing to protect people from breathing in the toxic fibers. They do not have asbestos properly removed, they do not inform their workers or tenants of the asbestos or they neglect to provide them with proper protection from exposure. This negligence has put millions of people at risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis and other related diseases. Unfortunately, many people do not learn that they have been exposed to asbestos until decades later when they start showing symptoms.

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