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Madison County in Illinois leads mesothelioma lawsuits

On July 9, an article of the Alton Daily News reported that some counties in Illinois had the highest number of mesothelioma claims in the United States in 2015.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer in the lungs that occurs as a result of asbestos inhalation. Approximately 50 percent of the nation’s mesothelioma cases came out of Madison County; 1,012 lawsuits dealt with mesothelioma in Madison County last year. As advertisements for asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers continue to air on television, more and more people are filing for compensation. Travis Akin, executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, told reports that the trend is now a concern and that Illinois should do something to address the situation.

Mesothelioma is fatal, but when individuals decide to file a claim it is possible for them to afford expensive medications to help prolong their lives. Learn more about the hazards of asbestos and how an attorney can work for you by filling out the contact form on this page.

Retired worker died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure

A Coroner’s Court recently confirmed that a Berkeley man formerly employed in a shipyard facility died of an industrial disease as a result of asbestos exposure, a July 2 article of Gazette reported.

The Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court confirmed on June 30 that retired shipyard worker Wynston Armstrong, 86, died of mesothelioma cancer on January 26 as a result of asbestos exposure in his workplace. The Hill Crest resident, who worked for John Harker Ltd. from 1946 to 1986, described how he was exposed to asbestos dust to the court. Based on imaging results from a hospital facility where Armstrong was confined, he had a tumor in his lungs and experienced breathing difficulties after detecting his mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare but fatal cancer linked to asbestos exposure in many workplaces, including shipyards. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos, get in touch with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

$650K asbestos settlement reached after death of plaintiff

A settlement of $650,000 was recently awarded to the estate of a former Montana worker months after he died of mesothelioma cancer due to prolonged asbestos exposure.

According to reports, the victim, Lauren DuPuis, was a janitor at the Yellowstone County courthouse since the 1980s. It was there that he was exposed to asbestos and later became “permanently disabled” after developing mesothelioma. DuPuis died in July after filing a civil complain against the County in April.

DuPuis’ civil complaint reached a decision in November, months after he passed away. His lawyers acknowledged the settlement on their client’s behalf, and the money will go to the deceased’s estate. 

Mesothelioma is a rare fatal cancer, the only known cause of which is the inhalation of asbestos dust. Even family member of individuals exposed to this harmful chemical may contract mesothelioma through contact with dust on clothes. If your family has been impacted by asbestos exposure or mesothelioma, get in touch with our attorneys by filling out our contact form and a representative will reach out to you with more information on how we can help. 

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.

Citations issued to San Antonio employers for asbestos violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued citations to three renovation contractors in San Antonio for exposing their employees to asbestos in the workplace. According to reports, Roscoe Properties Inc. and FBZ Broadway LP were both cited by OSHA for violations of deliberate negligence in detecting the amount of asbestos in a workplace. OSHA also cited One Eighty Construction for insufficiently training their workers in proper asbestos removal techniques. Employees of all three commercial real estate renovation firms were believed to have been exposed to asbestos while working on an apartment complex.

OSHA director for the San Antonio area, Alejandro Porter, had harsh words for the contracting firms, saying “There is simply no excuse for continuing to expose workers to this danger.” Porter also said that employers are responsible for ensuring that their workers are protected from such hazards.

Sadly, an unfortunately high rate of construction and renovation workers are exposed to asbestos, and many contract mesothelioma as a result. If you are suffering from this devastating respiratory illness, contact our legal team today by filling out the information form so that we can get in touch with you to discuss your situation.

Treatment of mesothelioma

People who have been diagnosed with any asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma will likely need to undergo some combination of the various treatments available to help improve their condition. Unfortunately, these treatments can be very expensive and involved, making the need for financial compensation imperative for families of loved ones whose conditions are caused by negligent exposure to this dangerous building material.

Because mesothelioma is a very serious diagnosis, patients should look for a highly-skilled doctor when seeking treatment for the cancer. Traditionally, mesothelioma patients are treated with some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment in an effort to remove, eradicate, or suppress the tumors in the lungs. These treatments are invasive and can take a heavy toll on patients, both physically and financially. Additionally, expensive medications are often prescribed in order to treat side effects of the condition. Even with these advanced treatments and excellent hospital care, many patients do not survive mesothelioma, and their families are left to deal with overwhelming medical, hospice, and funeral payments.

When negligent employers allow their employees to be exposed to asbestos in the air or workplace, they should be held financially accountable for all of the costs associated with the condition. To learn how our attorneys can help you pursue this type of claim, fill out the contact form and a representative will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Asbestos may be present in day care centers

Because children undergo extended critical developmental periods, they are at a high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer from exposure to asbestos. When new businesses, such as day care centers, take over old buildings with asbestos and fail to make the necessary renovations, people can unknowingly inhale the dangerous material or carry it home with them in the fabric of their clothes.

While the use of asbestos materials in buildings has been prohibited since the 1980’s, many old infrastructures have undergone minimal renovations that did not address the asbestos before being turned into modern businesses, such as day care centers. Even in buildings where asbestos has been removed from walls and floors, the material may linger in other areas, such as drain pipes. Children who attend these facilities on a regular basis are in danger of coming into direct of indirect contact with asbestos and suffering the consequences.

If you are interested in learning more about asbestos or mesothelioma, fill out the contact for at the top of this page. An attorney will reach out to discuss your situation and explore any possible legal options available to you.

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.

Workers in Illinois exposed to asbestos

At least eight workers renovating an elementary school in Okawville, Illinois were exposed to asbestos. The companies responsible are facing stiff penalties from federal authorities, an article from the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

According to investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), companies Kehrer Brothers Construction and D7 Roofing committed numerous OSHA violations for exposing their workers to asbestos. The companies reportedly did not provide trainings and information to their workers regarding the dangers of asbestos. The two companies may face fines of $1,792,000 if they fail to contest the multiple citations given to them by OSHA.

Asbestos dust can become airborne and lodge into the lungs of those working around the material are left unprotected. When asbestos is inhaled, people are at high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and what you need to do if you are exposed to the mineral, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

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