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Marine veteran dies from mesothelioma before making it to court

A Marine veteran, John Johnson, who developed malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job, filed a lawsuit against multiple companies, but passed away before he was ever able to make it to court.

Johnson’s family is now claiming that the defense attorneys stalled so that Johnson would die before he could ever receive any money for his pain. InĀ  California, asbestos defendants can have up to 20 hours of plaintiff depositions and even though Johnson’s doctors stated that 12 hours of deposition time would be more than Johnson could handle, he had to give a total of 25 hours total from the companies he sued.

His family stated that he put off going to court in order to make all of the deposition hearings. This included the last deposition, on Jan. 23 when he answered questions from dozens of attorneys. Forty minutes after this deposition, Johnson collapsed and he was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital, where he died the next day.

Cases like this one have some concerned that legal technicalities are preventing asbestos victims from getting the compensation they deserve. Asbestos law is not a factor of determining whether or not asbestos causes mesothelioma, but more then letting the defendant blame someone else for these claims. Officials are now hoping for a better solution to help asbestos victims.

For more information on this case, please visit the LA Times online today.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result, contact us today.

Asbestos removal to occur at the Northampton County library

Asbestos removal is set to begin at the Northampton County Courthouse after the county found asbestos at this location and 11 other areas throughout the county.

The Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the asbestos at the Northampton County Courthouse law library and the removal process began this week.

Officials have stated that workers will be removing asbestos and that this will take between four and six weeks because it will have to be removed from all of the material inside of the library.

This has been the second time that asbestos has been removed from this area of the courthouse, but allegedly courthouse officials do not know how the carcinogenic ended up back in the library. Other buildings in the county have already undergone asbestos removal and are reopening at this time.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about the dangers associated with the toxic material, contact us or visit our website today www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

St. Louis street closed after pipeline rupture released asbestos into the air

A street in downtown St. Louis will be closed all week after a pipe burst last week and the rupture blew a hole in the asphalt that released asbestos insulation fibers into the air.

One area of 11th Street has already opened and after test results on contamination levels are returned, Lucas Avenue will be reopened after that. Officials with the company who manages the pipe have stated that fixing it may take anywhere from a week to 10 days.

Cleaning the area has not been an easy process. Tests that were done on Monday still showed signs of asbestos contamination. The Easter holiday also slowed down the process as crews now work to clean streets, balconies, buildings, and roofs. It is still unknown at this time what caused the pipe to rupture.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about this known carcinogen, contact us or visit our website today at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Asbestos may be linked to heart disease and stroke

New research now shows that asbestos exposure may be linked to the development of heart disease and stroke.

It has been known for some time that asbestos exposure, mainly at the workplace, is tied to the development of lung disease and cancers such as mesothelioma, but heart disease is a new addition to the dangers of the toxic material.

In the latest study, scientists looked into the cause of death of 100,000 workers that were exposed to asbestos and it was found that the a significantly higher number of them died of a cardiovascular disease. It was also found that this may affect woman more than men.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can cause serious health problems. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you need representation on your side at this time. Contact us for any questions that you may have or visit out website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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