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Canadian government urging total asbestos ban

Government officials in Canada recently announced they will take action to prevent asbestos from entering the country because the mineral has been linked to fatalities in the workplace, a report of CBC News stated on December 7.

Reports revealed that since 2011 Canada no longer exported asbestos and shut down asbestos mining the following year. However, the country went from importing $4.7 million worth of asbestos in 2011 to importing $8.2 million worth of asbestos four years later. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff reported the government is now fully aware of asbestos hazards, so they are acting to totally eradicate asbestos.

Asbestos is known to be a popular mineral due to its fire retardant properties and durability. However, it can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if its fibers go airborne and enter the lungs. If you want to learn more about the dangers of asbestos, speak with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

City of Orlando avoided fines after asbestos exposure issue

A recent court hearing concluded that the Orlando Fire Department and the city will no longer need to settle fines in connection to an asbestos violation that resulted in the exposure of their crews, a September 13 article of WFTV9 reported.

According to reports, the fire department and the city of Orlando were asked to settle $25,000 for every asbestos violation after crews were exposed to asbestos in February at a training facility on Mercy Drive. Deputy Chief Gerald Lane said the recent hearing compelled the fire department to organize a training program to help improve their communication. Lane noted the fire department does not have any immunity from the affected fire crew members who wish to file damage claims, but he feels the case’s verdict was beneficial for everyone.

Asbestos is a fire-retardant mineral that has been banned due to its carcinogenic nature. People often suffer from a serious respiratory illness called mesothelioma after accidentally inhaling asbestos. However, if you believe unlawful asbestos exposure happened to you, seeking a lawyer’s help can also be a beneficial way to help you obtain compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on 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 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.

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.

Man with lung cancer gives warning on risks of asbestos exposure

A man suffering from mesothelioma after inhaling asbestos fibers is creating awareness on the early signs of being exposed to the hazardous material, The News reported on August 25.

Cancer patient Brian Cleal, 67, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008. Cleal’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease was linked to asbestos exposure and was confirmed by a CT scan. Brian is now suffering from mesothelioma, and narrated that during his younger years, his father came home every day from work as a dockyard driller fully covered with dust. His father was also diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Brian, working with several attorneys, is also part of Breathe Easy, and is promoting awareness on the health risks of asbestos exposure.

People who suffer health conditions linked to asbestos exposure also suffer from great financial loss due to the extensive medication and treatments they need to prolong their lives. If you believe that negligent companies are liable for your asbestos-related illness, a lawyer may be able to fight for you. Learn more of the risks of asbestos exposure and how you may seek help today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

New Orleans wife files asbestos lawsuit

New Orleans-based Carol Phillips filed a case against her husband’s former employers in St. John the Baptist District Court for his asbestos-related death. The case was then transferred to a federal court in New Orleans on April 2.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim was exposed to asbestos on a variety of occasions, which led him to develop mesothelioma, eventually leading to his death.

ABB Combustion Engineering Inc., Centerpoint Energy, Inc., Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Nebraska Public Power District, and the City of Grand Island were accused of negligence and premises liability for not being able to provide an adequate working environment, not assessing the kind of work Phillips and his co-workers did and not determining whether this was detrimental to their employees’ health or not, and failing to give warnings, proper ventilation, and safety equipment to ensure that asbestos exposure would not be a threat to the workers.

Sadly, asbestos exposure can lead to the deadly disease mesothelioma. To understand more about this and related topics, feel free to get in touch with a representative today.

Civil lawsuit filed against company for improperly handling asbestos

A Philadelphia contractor has now been sued by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection after they illegally removed asbestos from a building and violated guidelines put in place by the department to remove the known carcinogen safely.

According to the civil lawsuit, Lovett Contracting removed 3,000 feet of asbestos insulation from piping that was above the grounds of a building that was to be demolished in early 2007. The contractor did not tell the EPA of this removal process.

The company broke the law by failing to wet the asbestos insulation and put it into containers that would not leak. This is done in order to stop as much air pollution as possible. The company did not even have the building inspected for asbestos. The company faces six asbestos-related charges.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about the possible risk factors, contact us or visit our web site at in order to have all of your questions answered.

New York man rewarded $32 million in asbestos lawsuit

A man was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos during his time spent as a U.S. Navy boiler tender between 1960 and 1977. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and chest cavity.

The man filed a complaint against multiple companies who had supplied parts containing asbestos to the ships he was working on. During his seventeen years with the Navy, the man worked in the boiler room or fire room on seven different ships. The asbestos he was exposed to was found in the lagging pads, baskets and packing from the valves that he was repairing.

The New York County Supreme Court handled the case. As a result of the lawsuit, the man was awarded $32 million in damages for his pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to working conditions which caused you to be exposed to asbestos, contact us or visit our web site at for more information.

Former shipyard worker awarded $25 million in asbestos verdict

A former shipyard worker was awarded nearly $25 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit in Virginia.

According to the lawsuit, the man worked as a repair supervisor and as a ship fitter at Newport News Shipbuilding. The lawsuit is filed against Exxon Mobile because the man worked on 17 oil tankers and this is where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos which caused him to later develop mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that is primarily caused by inhaling asbestos particles. After the man was diagnosed, he was told that he only had two years to live. The jury awarded the man $12.4 million in compensatory damages and $12.5 million in punitive damages.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos particles and would like more information on the topic, contact us or visit our web site at today.

Virus Therapy Proves Hopeful

A new type of virus therapy is being explored which could help cancer patients who would otherwise be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In this new form of virus therapy, a virus would be used to strategically attack only cancerous cells, leaving the healthy cells untouched. This is in stark contrast to chemotherapy treatment, in which healthy and cancerous cells are attacked indiscriminately.

This treatment would be even more effective if the virus could be harnessed to express the anti-viral protein interferon-beta.

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