Archive for June, 2009

Getting Help for Mesothelioma

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If you or a loved one have Mesothelioma, it’s important to get help. Getting help from a doctor as well as a lawyer is essential.

There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma, which is often also called “Asbestos cancer.” Mesothelioma causes pain and suffering, and those who suffer from it may be entitled to compensation. On top of the physical effects of Mesothelioma, victims must also deal with the economic hardship that comes along with it — and, in many cases, their families must also deal with this. The staggering medical bills are yet another thing to worry about, and some victims may not ever have health insurance. In order to pay for medical expenses and ensure their families are taken care of, many Mesothelioma victims must turn to the court system.

For Mesothelioma victims who have no experience being involved in a lawsuit, the whole process can feel overwhelming. But know that selecting a lawyer to handle your case is extremely important, and it is a necessary step to take in order to seek the compensation you deserve for your suffering and pain. When getting help from a Mesothelioma lawyer, seek a lawyer who has experience handling similar cases. Before you make your final decision on a lawyer, be sure to find out who exactly will be handling your case, as all too often, the lawyer you initially talk to about your case may not wind up being the person who represents you — another lawyer in the office might handle it instead.

You definitely want to ask these important questions when you’re looking to hire a Mesothelioma lawyer. Also, you want to ask what their record is when it comes to trying and settling asbestos cases. Even though past case results don’t guarantee how your case will turn out, this information can still be valuable. Another thing to consider is the location, as many states have laws that can be extremely restrictive of an injured person’s right to compensation. Texas is a state that’s known for its fairness when it comes to asbestos victims.

If you have questions about Mesothelioma and getting help for it, don’t hesitate to call 1-888-370-0121 for more information.

EPA Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana from Asbestos

Friday, June 19th, 2009

After residents in Libby, Montana were exposed to asbestos from a nearby mine, the Environmental Protection Agency declared a public health emergency this week. Employees working in the mine unknowingly tracked asbestos from the mine to their homes because they were wearing contaminated clothing and shoes.

The EPA’s declaration calls for a clean-up of the town, and it’s estimated it will cost at least $125 million over the next five years to do so. Additionally, federal grant money in the amount of $6 million will be used toward paying for medical care for the estimated 500 people in Libby as well as Troy, Montana who are suffering asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma. The mine is now closed, but over 200 people have died because of asbestos poisoning.

According to a story from the Associated Press, the mine and its processing plants “spewed asbestos” over Libby, Montana for 70 years, “coating homes, schools and ball fields.” The story mentions how many residents now suffer the “coughing, hacking and wheezing of asbestos-related diseases, which have been blamed in more than 200 deaths since the late 1990s.”

The town of Libby, Montana has 2,600 residents, and the Associated Press noted that the town suffers 40 to 80 times the national average in its rate of death from asbestosis.

Asbestos Exposure: A Serious Issue

Asbestos exposure is an extremely serious issue. When disturbed, asbestos’ small fiber particles can become airborne. When this happens, people can inhale the particles into the lungs or stomach, and the body is not able to break them down.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and suffer from Mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation to get the compensation  you deserve for your pain and suffering. To find out more information, call 1-888-370-0121.

Are You at Risk for Mesothelioma?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

It can be an important question to ask: Are you at risk for Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is typically associated with asbestos exposure, a naturally occurring but dangerous material that was very popular in construction projects (typically used as a fire retardant or as insulation) up until 1972. Asbestos isn’t a threat if it’s undisturbed. But if it has been disturbed, its small fiber particles can become airborne, and people can inhale them into the lungs or stomach, where the body is unable to break them down.

Mesothelioma a rare form of cancer that currently does not have a proven cure, though there is treatment. It’s associated with asbestos exposure due to the fact that over 90% of Mesothelioma cases are linked to exposure to asbestos. The pleura membrane surrounding the lungs or the lining of the abdomen is affected by Mesothelioma.

Those at risk for Mesothelioma may have worked in conditions that exposed them to asbestos. Those who worked in the construction industry, shipping industry and general industry may be at risk for Mesothelioma. Manufacturing asbestos-related products is the most common situation. It should be noted that even though restrictions and bands on the vast majority of asbestos products and uses had restrictions and bans put on them by the government, white asbestos, or chrysotile asbestos, is still used. White asbestos are used in ceiling tiles, as an ingredient in asbestos-cement compound, and in roofing tiles. Additionally, workers who repair automobiles, especially workers who do mostly clutch and brake repairs, could sometimes be at risk.

Today, too, construction workers can be exposed to asbestos when they work on buildings that contain insulation installed prior to 1972. In this case, workers’ employers must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards and guidelines to monitor the potential for exposure to mesothelioma-linked hazards.

These are examples of situations that could cause you to be at risk for Mesothelioma. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos or if you think you’re at risk for Mesothelioma, get help. You can also get more information by calling 1-888-370-0121.

Asbestos Insulation and Materials

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Mesothelioma can be linked to several building materials, as asbestos was commonly used in office, school and home construction from the early 1900s until 1978. Asbestos was used for insulation purposes mostly, but it had other construction uses as well such as in roofing and siding, floors, walls, ceilings, pipes and boilers.

Commonly called “asbestos cancer” due to the fact that asbestos exposure is the leading cause of it, Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. There is no cure for Mesothelioma. It attacks the lining of various body areas and organs such as the abdomen, heart and lungs.

Roofing and siding materials — roofing tiles, siding shingles, clapboards and shingles — are linked to Mesothelioma because, typically, roofing tiles and shingles were made using “white asbestos,” or chrysotile, which is about 25% asbestos. In ceiling and wall construction, asbestos was used as a sprayed on or troweled coating until 1978. Considered very hazardous, this form of asbestos is actually classified by the Occupational Safety and Health Association as a Class I or Class II work hazard. As for pipes and boilers, the use of asbestos was for preventing heat diffusion and improving energy efficiency.

There are other building materials linked to Mesothelioma as well, like cloth and blankets for welding and pipe insulation. Asbestos was also used in ship building and in cars as a lining for clutches and brakes.

There are many materials linked to Mesothelioma. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and are suffering Mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to seek legal help to get the compensation you deserve for your suffering. To find out more information, call 1-888-370-0121.