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What items might you find that have asbestos?

Despite the common knowledge that asbestos is harmful and can lead to mesothelioma, it's still found in many products that are used in this country. It's imperative that everyone knows what products might contain it to stay safe. Ideally, individuals will completely avoid any products with this material.

If you must come into contact with any products that contain asbestos, you should do your best to avoid inhaling it. This means that you may have to wear a respirator while using the product, as well as until you're able to change your clothes and take a shower. Being extra cautious is a good idea since the consequences of asbestos exposure are so severe.

Our Win for Asbestos Victims Can Make a Difference

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that dates back to 4000 B.C. During the Industrial Revolution, use grew in a variety of products, spurring on mining and manufacturing. Today, asbestos is responsible for serious illnesses, specifically mesothelioma. While consumers were told that the pluses of use were numerous, the companies touting the fibers were aware of its deadly dangers.

Our firm recently accomplished a massive legal win for asbestos victims around the nation, awarding the widow of a mesothelioma sufferer $32.7 million in compensatory damages. The case was brought all the way to the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and it may support a lower burden of proof for victims of dangerous asbestos in the future.

How does mesothelioma impact your mental health?

Even though the use of asbestos has declined in the United States and businesses that still deal with it have put strict safety guidelines into place, there's still a chance that people who currently or formerly worked around it will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. A mesothelioma diagnosis opens up a plethora of life changes that can be difficult to deal with.

While most people will focus on the effects of mesothelioma on the respiratory system, there are other ways that it can impact you. This is a rare cancer that spreads quickly, and it requires swift and aggressive treatment to try to slow it down. This, coupled with the knowledge that it is a fatal form of cancer with no known cure, can have a huge toll on the victim's mental health.

New treatment may be helpful for lung cancer patients

You went to your doctor after feeling unwell, you were sent to get multiple tests. You worried that you may have pneumonia or bronchitis, but you were in for a surprise. When you got the phone call that you needed to come in, you knew that something was wrong.

Not long after that, you were told that you had Stage 3 pleural mesothelioma, likely from your years of service in the military, and you would need to start treatment to help make you more comfortable. At this stage, there are some treatments you can try, but the likelihood of remission is low.

Signs that your loved one has mesothelioma

It's natural to worry about the health of your loved ones, especially if they have been exhibiting concerning symptoms lately. If you are worried about the health of your loved one, it's always a good idea to consider the risk factors they have when it comes to certain health conditions.

For example, if your loved one is overweight, they have a statistically greater chance of suffering from type 2 diabetes. If they have worked in an environment where toxic exposure to certain chemicals is likely, they will have a much higher chance of an occupational disease.

Supporting your loved one after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Learning that your loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma is disheartening and scary. One of the first things you're going to have to take care of is figuring out what your new role is going to be. More than likely, you're going to be thrust into becoming a caregiver.

Helping to care for someone who has a terminal diagnosis isn't easy. You're going to need to take things slowly while still ensuring that your loved one gets what they need. Remembering a few basic points might help you through this.

Lawsuit filed over nursing home death after COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the United States has hit nursing homes hard. By mid-April, nearly 100 residents of the Citadel in Salisbury were ill with coronavirus. One of those was Marjorie Fuller Garvin, 96, who passed away on April 27 after falling gravely ill. She had moved to the Citadel only a couple of months prior and was “lucid and vibrant,” her family says.

Wallace & Graham, has now filed a lawsuit against Accordius Health, which operates the Citadel, and Portopiccolo Group, a private equity firm, because of Garvin’s improper care.

The main treatment options for mesothelioma

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it's likely you are aware of its strong link with asbestos exposure. Most people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma have worked in environments where they have been exposed to asbestos over a long period of time, for example, those who have worked in factories or on construction sites. The loved ones of those who have been exposed to asbestos may also have a higher likelihood of developing mesothelioma due to secondary exposure.

While mesothelioma is a rare and serious type of cancer, there are treatment options available. As with almost all types of cancer, research and development is rapid, meaning that survival rates and life expectancy rates are always improving. Patients diagnosed in the early stages have the best treatment options. The following is an overview of the main treatment options for mesothelioma patients.

Wallace & Graham initiates giving program during COVID-19 crisis

When Gov. Roy Cooper first announced North Carolina's stay-at-home order in late March to limit the spread of coronavirus, homeless residents faced a problem. Where would they stay during the order? How would they get food? With everyone forced to stay off the streets, shelters likely wouldn't have enough space for everyone.

Starting a community relief effort

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