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Lawsuit claims Paterson schools negligently handled asbestos

A former Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Paterson has filed a lawsuit against her former employer due to concerns that asbestos was wrongfully handled in schools with nearly 30,000 students and staffs, an article of nj.com reported on December 7.

Brenda Zemo was relieved from her post after filing a complaint against her employer. In her lawsuit, Zemo claimed her superior, Executive Director Steve Morlino, was negligent and did not enlist qualified personnel when removing asbestos in school facilities. Zemo’s lawsuit then claimed that Morlino’s negligence resulted in several environmental violations, such as hiring unlicensed individuals to remove asbestos-laden debris.

Many families are left struggling when companies become negligent in handling asbestos removal in construction or renovation projects. Asbestos has been known to cause mesothelioma cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, find out what to do by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Arizona shuns second-hand asbestos claims

The state of Arizona, on September 20, ruled out that people who have developed respiratory illnesses as a result of indirect asbestos exposure could not file a claim, a report of Arizona Capitol Times stated.

A first of its kind, judges at the Arizona Court of Appeals concluded that Reynolds Metal Co. is not “legally responsible” for the mesothelioma disease that killed Ernest Quiroz in 2014. In the lawsuit filed by his relatives, it claimed that Ernest unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers from his father’s clothing and vehicle. Ernest’s father contacted asbestos while working at Reynolds Metal. In Arizona law, employers or property owners can no longer be held responsible to invitees or employees who are no longer present in their properties. Judges made the ruling due to concerns that they cannot control a surge of asbestos exposure claims as people might be exposed to the hazardous dust in many ways.

Mesothelioma is a rare kind of respiratory cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos dust is tiny and it could be passed indirectly by individuals to their loved ones. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and how a lawyer may possibly get you treatment funds, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Trash bags filled with asbestos illegally left near children’s park

A community in Lancaster Way in the U.K. faced a potential threat after someone illegally dumped trash bags containing cancer-causing asbestos particles near a children’s park. Authorities began investigating the mess after a concerned citizen took photos of the area and posted them on Facebook, an August 22 article of Birmingham Mail reported.

Reports said 30-year-old Aaron Bradley was heading to work when he noticed the rubble and trash bags illegally scattered on the roadside. Bradley, who suspected the bags may contain asbestos, reportedly took pictures of the area and uploaded them on Facebook to warn residents. Bradley’s post alerted the Solihull Council, prompting them to deploy crews to investigate the area. In one of the photos posted, the clear trash bags together with other rubble were seen a few meters away from a residential area. In a second photo, white particles were seen from a punctured trash bag.

According to Bradley, a child exposed to asbestos may be diagnosed with lung cancer after 15 years due to someone else’s negligence. In the U.S. alone, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos dust. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how a legal counsel may be able to work for you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Illinois company investigated for asbestos charges

Federal authorities are investigating an Albers-based construction company due to a suspicion that their business practices constituted “criminal activity,” an August 14 article of fox2now.com reported.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, federal prosecutors are investigating Kehrer Brothers Construction and Joseph Kehrer. The construction firm was accused of importing workers from Mexico to extract asbestos-laden materials from an old school in Okawville. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered the company to pay a $1.8 million fine last year after discovering that their workers did not wear protective equipment while handling asbestos. Legal counsel for Kehrer confirmed that the company is being investigated, but the firm denies criminal activity.

Workers are likely to suffer from a rare cancer called mesothelioma when asbestos particles permeate their lungs. Though the illness has no definite cure, there are various medications available for workers who are afflicted with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about the health hazards of asbestos and how an attorney may help you receive compensation, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

450 workers in Australia claim asbestos exposure

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union in Australia estimated that 450 workers signed an asbestos register due to concerns that they came into contact with asbestos while working at Perth Children’s Hospital, WA News reported.

Roof drillers feared that they exposed workers to asbestos dust while drilling roof panels on July 11 after a “white substance” enveloped them at work. The premises was still accessible the following day as authorities tried to determine whether the white substance was asbestos. The government of Barnett had a contract with John Holland for the construction of the hospital facility. John Holland obtained their roof panels from the Chinese company Yuanda. Australian authorities are seeking an explanation from Yuanda as to why the white dust came from the panels. John Holland said they will individually meet with potentially exposed workers to obtain more information about the incident.

Workers are at a high risk of contracting a rare but fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma if they accidentally inhale asbestos dust in the workplace. Though the illness has no cure, seeking help from an attorney can be beneficial for patients who need medication funds to prolong their lives. Find out how an attorney could work for you by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Ways to prevent mesothelioma at home

Families are often devastated upon learning that their loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma disease. As it has been proven that mesothelioma can be developed as a result of asbestos exposure, families at home may want to implement the following safety procedures to protect themselves from this fatal disease.

If renting an apartment unit, try to find out when the building was constructed. Buildings and homes that were made several decades ago likely have been built using asbestos-laden materials due to its fireproof properties. Families who suspect that their home contains asbestos materials should prevent the material from getting damaged to avoid dusts from the asbestos contaminating the air. Old floor tiles that contain asbestos, for example, should not be scratched by frequently moving furniture inside the house. For those who are unsure if their home contains asbestos, there are professionals who are trained to detect asbestos. Individuals who have loved ones whose workplaces are confirmed to have asbestos should clean themselves first and change clothes before going home to prevent bringing home asbestos.

For families who want to know more about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure at home, simply fill out the contact form at the top of this page to get in touch with a legal counsel.

Indirect exposure to asbestos materials

In some situations, family members are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer when highly dangerous asbestos dust is indirectly passed to them. Families should know that people can be indirectly exposed to asbestos in the following situations:

  • Asbestos dusts sticks to the clothes or shoes of family members and is transferred to others by touching or close contact
  • Old buildings that are being demolished by unqualified contractors nearby
  • Asbestos dusts that gets lodged in the fur of household pets

Mesothelioma is a fatal illness that is frequently caused by indirect exposure to asbestos dusts. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, working with a lawyer can be an essential aspect of a successful claim to compensation you may be able to make on negligent parties in order to hold them liable for your suffering. To learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced mesothelioma attorney, fill out the contact form at the top of this page today.

Students and school staff likely exposed to asbestos in Cedar Rapids

Reports coming from Iowa State authorities say that Washington High School students and employees were possibly exposed to harmful asbestos during a renovation project in 2014. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Cedar Rapids Community School District and an asbestos removal company failed to safely remove and treat asbestos-laden materials before conducting renovations.

A legal action is being planned by the DNR after discovering that students and school employees were placed at risk of exposure as many as three times during the renovation project. The school district claimed they never compromised the safety of their students and employees during the project, and officials have stated that there have been no reports of those involved testing positive for asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is an incredibly dangerous and pervasive chemical that can cause serious illnesses in those exposed to its dust. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatments and suffering. Find out how a lawyer may be able to help you today by filling out the contact form at the top of this page.

UC Davis students possibly exposed to asbestos

Students in the University of California Davis may have been exposed to asbestos dust while workers bore holes in asbestos-laden walls in two old buildings.

Two workers for the university recently revealed the presence of asbestos in parts of Olson Hall and Wellman Hall. Students inside classrooms were possibly exposed to asbestos as workers drilled holes in the walls while ventilation and air conditioning systems were functioning. Workers claimed that they were not warned of the presence of asbestos while working in the two old buildings. The university claimed that buildings had been certified as safe from asbestos, however, there were documents that showed that some materials used in the facilities contained asbestos.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral that is used in wall insulations in old buildings. People are at risk of developing mesothelioma if asbestos is released into the air and is inhaled. If you want more information about asbestos and its harmful effects, get in touch with a lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Ohio school found with asbestos

The debris from a demolished building at an elementary school in Conneaut reportedly contained asbestos according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Star Beacon reported on September 11.

Linda Oros of the EPA stated that they found asbestos from the debris while the building at Amboy Elementary School was being demolished last August. The EPA was unable to measure the amount of asbestos from the building because they were not informed before the demolition was started. The EPA is requiring the demolition contractor to remove the debris and special actions will be done to avoid asbestos from contaminating the air. A charge of first-degree misdemeanor was filed against property owner Rudy Pryately Sr. after he neglected an order from a fire official. The EPA initially suspected the presence of asbestos in the school that was constructed several decades ago.

People unfortunately suffer from a rare and often fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the air. However, if you think this happens to you or to a loved one, financial assistance may possibly be given to you if negligent companies are liable. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos or how a lawyer may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

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