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Widows awarded millions for their husbands’ suffering

The widows of two workers who died of asbestos-related cancer will both get millions worth of remunerations for all the suffering their husbands experienced, the New York Daily News reported on July 7.

In the ruling by an appellate court, the widows of Ronald Dummit and Dave Konstantin were granted $8 million each. Both of their husbands died of mesothelioma cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The contractor firm that they worked for was found to be aware of asbestos hazards without alerting workers who may be exposed. Dummit reportedly inhaled asbestos fibers while working on old ship boilers, while Konstantin assisted in the construction of the Olympic Tower when he was exposed to the harmful mineral fibers.

Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos are at risk of dying from mesothelioma cancer or other asbestos-related diseases. When negligent firms fail to protect employees from exposure, they can be held liable for any suffering or costs incurred. If this has happened to you or a loved one, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get more information on how asbestos can affect you and how a lawyer may legally assist you.

Bill requiring asbestos plaintiffs to disclose trusts receives approval at Wisconsin Assembly

Wisconsin lawmakers approved a bill that will require asbestos plaintiffs to make their current asbestos claim or their intention to file a personal injury lawsuit regarding asbestos public knowledge .

The Wisconsin Assembly, in a vote of 58-39, passed Assembly Bill 19, which will force asbestos plaintiffs to disclose claims filed with asbestos bankruptcy trusts before taking action on the same claim and getting started with initial court proceedings with a solvent business. The measure is now pending approval in the state Senate.

Representative Andre Jacque (Republican of De Pere), author of the bill, said the intent of the measure is to practice transparency by making information regarding a plaintiff’s litigation plans concerning companies he is accusing of committing asbestos-related negligence readily available.

Asbestos is a substance that is known to cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the healthy operation of internal organs, including the lungs and the heart. For more information on the illness, recommended treatments, and litigation advice, feel free to contact our offices.

Two indicted after Riverside asbestos removal

Two men were recently indicted on charges of improperly removing asbestos from a former hospital in Riverside.

According to court officials, the two men, ages 53 and 59, were charged with illegally removing asbestos without a license, using workers that were not qualified to do so, and failing to use the correct equipment when removing the carcinogenic.

The former hospital is a four story building that was used as a hospital between the years 1935 and 1995 and then a nursing home until 2005. The building was then vacant until its demolition in 2010. The contractors allegedly used inmates and day laborers to do the job and failed to follow state and federal laws that are put in place in order to remove the products safely.


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. In  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.

Man pleads guilty in federal court for violating asbestos removal laws

A man from Harper has recently plead guilty in a federal court for violating the environmental laws put in place when removing asbestos from a building. Asbestos is known carcinogen when it becomes disturbed and is the primary cause of the lung cancer, mesothelioma.

According to sources close to the case, the man’s charges stem from a building that he was in charge of demolishing nearly three years ago. The 55-year-old man has admitted that he was guilty for not filing a demolition notification with the Environmental Protection Agency before beginning to tear down the building.

After an inspection was done by health officials it was determined that the debris from the building contained asbestos that was in floor tiles. The man’s sentencing will be in April and he is facing a maximum fine of $250,000 and a maximum prison sentence of two years.

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Husband files mesothelioma suit after wife's death

A husband has filed a wrongful death mesothelioma lawsuit on behalf of his wife alleging that she died due to asbestos exposure.

The suit was filed in Meigs County Common Plea Court and is the first of its kind to be filed there. The lawsuit named 26 companies as defendants in the case. The man’s wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer in June 2009 and it proved fatal only two months later.

The lawsuit claims that the woman was exposed to asbestos when she worked at three different hospitals in the Columbus area. The suit claims that the defendants are liable for the illness, death, breach of warranty, product liability, conspiracy, concealment and willful misconduct.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and have questions and concerns about the health side effects that are associated with it, contact us or visit of web site for more information

147 companies sued in asbestos suit

Eighteen people in West Virgina are suing 147 different companies claiming that they are responsible for their asbestos-related health problems.

The eighteen plaintiffs are claiming that the defendants failed to warn them of the asbestos-laden products when they should have known the health issues associated with the material and that they should have probably warned the plaintiffs.

A few of the defendants include: 20th Century Glove Corporation of Texas, Bayer Corporation, General Electric Corporation, the Goodyear tire and rubber company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and many more.

If you or a loved one has been in contact with asbestos and would like to learn more about the dangers associated with the material, contact us or visit us at our site

Widow files asbestos lawsuit over death of husband

A widow has named 98 defendants in an asbestos lawsuit after the death of her husband. The suit was filed on June 4, and is the fifteenth asbestos suit that has been filed in the St. Clair County Court this year.

The woman claims that all 98 defendants were contributed to her husband’s death for failing to provide reasonable care for husband. Her husband worked as a boilermaker from 1963 to 2001 and was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause lung cancers, mesothelioma, and asbestosis which can all be fatal.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of asbestos, contact us with any questions that you have or visit our site for more information.

Asbestos claims lead to bankruptcy filing

EnPro Industries, a diesel and dual-fuel engine maker, said one of subsidiaries has filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in North Carolina court.

The bankruptcy filing was made so that the subsidary, Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, could deal with asbestos-related personal injury claims. Garlock is seeking to implement a plan that will permanently resolve all asbestos-related claims.

So far, Garlock has processed more that 900,000 asbestos claims and along with their insurers has paid nearly $1.4 billion in settlements. Garlock was founded in 1887 and produces and sells high-performance fluid-sealing products.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn  more about the dangers of health hazards associated with it, contact us or visit us at our site

Painter awarded sum in asbestos suit

A Texas painter has won a lawsuit against Union Carbide  Corporation and other product manufacturers for mining asbestos and manufacturing products that caused him to develop and asbestos-related disease.

The man worked as a painter in Dallas and painted everything from single-family homes to strip malls and skyscrapers. The man has developed mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer that is primarily caused from asbestos exposure.

The man was exposed to asbestos during his career when he came in contact with drywall compounds, block filters and texturing paints.

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