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October 2013 Archives

Dealing with issues from asbestos in cigarettes 60 years later

You’d be hard pressed to find a person who does not know about the dangers of asbestos. It seems the warnings about its harmful effects are everywhere and yet this didn’t used to be the case 60 years ago. Looking back, even with the asbestos risk having been well documented, society’s trust in science and technology then has proven fatal now.

Mesothelioma claims life of veteran actor Ed Lauter

Like many character actors, you probably would recognize Ed Lauter's face almost immediately. Movie fans would likely recognize him from his recent appearance in "Trouble with the Curve." Science Fiction fans would likely recognize Lauter from a guest appearance on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Commonly, people will remember him for his recurring role on "ER" as a fire department captain. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com), Lauter appeared in more than 200 different roles in a career that spanned more than 40 years. He would have turned 75 today.

Lorillard Tobacco cited in numerous mesothelioma lawsuits

For decades, companies put asbestos in products and claimed that these products were safe. Everything from household appliances to shipbuilding materials commonly contained asbestos. It was touted as a safe and cheap material, even after it was discovered that inhaling or ingesting asbestos could, in fact, cause cancer.

Claim: Children made 'snowballs' out of asbestos at plant

When we read about the victims of asbestos exposure, we may notice that many of them are older, retired and perhaps enjoying time with their grandchildren or even great grandchildren. This is because people who developed asbestos-related illnesses often did so after working at companies for many years where asbestos was present, and it can take decades for people to be diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. By the time a person learns that he or she has developed a terminal illness, it may be 50 years after they were exposed.

Woman dies of mesothelioma after husband exposed to asbestos

Illnesses that are linked to asbestos exposure are not developed overnight. Often times, victims of mesothelioma, asbestosis and other lung cancers have been exposed to asbestos for many years, at different locations and because of the negligence of multiple parties. And even after toxic exposure levels have been reached, a person may not know they have developed these illnesses until decades later.

Construction waste removal puts people at risk for mesothelioma

When asbestos has been identified in certain materials, it is imperative that these materials be disposed of properly and safely. They cannot simply be tossed in the garbage with other refuse. This is because asbestos is toxic and presents a serious risk to people's health if they are exposed to airborne asbestos fibers or dust. 

The business of asbestos lawsuits

Victims of an asbestos-related disease no doubt experience some very difficult and trying emotions from the moment they are diagnoses. They are often angry, confused, sad, frightened and often determined to hold the party responsible for their illness accountable.

What products commonly contain asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos has long been known to cause various types of cancer, specifically mesothelioma. People who breathe in the airborne fibers can develop serious illnesses that are ultimately fatal. Mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer can be devastating for victims to cope with, and one of the first questions people may have is how and when they were exposed to such a deadly substance without knowing it.

Workers exposed to asbestos during renovation project

Workers in any industry have the right to expect that they will be working in safe conditions and given access to protective equipment when appropriate. Job sites should not be places where a person's life is needlessly in danger. But too many employees work on job sites where asbestos is present and this could be a very real threat to their health.

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