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March 2012 Archives

The third wave of asbestos victims include 'bystanders'

Reported cases of mesothelioma and other lung diseases associated with asbestos exposure continue to climb. One reason for this might be the fact that there can be a 40 year gap between exposure and visible symptoms. Because asbestos was commonly used until about 20 years ago, many people are now beginning to be diagnosed with fatal diseases. Some of these victims may have been kids at the time of exposure and may be considered part of the "third wave" of sufferers.

Sports arena being investigated for asbestos

For about 40 years, the Nassau Coliseum has been a popular entertainment venue. Hosting everything from the Ringling Brothers circus to New York Islander hockey games, the coliseum has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors. However, with recent claims that asbestos is covering the arena, the future of the site is unknown. Property owners have not responded.

Man survives climb to top of Mount Everest dies of mesothelioma

Imagine you make the climb all the way to the summit of Mount Everest and become deathly ill from oxygen deprivation and are left for dead, only to be rescued a day later and you survive the ordeal. An Australian mountaineer survived that very harrowing experience in 2006 only to die of mesothelioma several years later at the young age of 56. He had been diagnosed with the devastating disease only one year prior to his death.

Who needs to clean up the asbestos?

Residents of a New Jersey township are gridlocked with local officials about the cleanup of a demolished hospital that reportedly poses an asbestos hazard. The site contains piles of construction debris, some of which contain asbestos according to EPA reports. The owner of the facility may face premises liability claims if nearby residents become sickened or injured. Asbestos is known to cause a deadly form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.

New cause of mesothelioma may be right outside your front door

We have long discussed the dangers that asbestos exposure presents. For several years, it has been known that mesothelioma is caused by contact with and prolonged exposure to the toxic substance, but there may be additional causes. Recent studies have shown that another fibrous material may lead to the lung disease as well.

Iron Range workers at increased risk of mesothelioma

The Iron Range is an area in northeast Minnesota where there are high numbers of iron ore bands. Over the years, several Iron Range workers have died from mesothelioma, which is a deadly disease caused by asbestos exposure.

School takes proper precautions for asbestos

More often than not, an organization who improperly deals with asbestos makes the news. Typically, they have failed to notify residents or workers of the toxic substance or they did not remove the asbestos safely. In some cases, though, it is the efficiency and accuracy of a response that makes the news. In many situations, organizations want to prevent personal injury resulting from exposure to asbestos.

Wife dies from mesothelioma, never visited worksite

A wrongful death suit is now pending in British courts after a 56-year-old British woman died from continuous exposure to asbestos on her husband's clothing. Her husband was a construction worker whose jobs involved sweeping the asbestos yard and moving large sheets of the substance.


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