Archive for October, 2009

19 Jackson Area Schools with Asbestos

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

According to a recent story in Tennessee publication The Jackson Sun, records kept by the school system show that there are 19 Jackson-Madison county schools that contain asbestos or material that contains asbestos. Every six months, a certified maintenance staff inspects the affected buildings, and every three years there is a formal inspection that is sent to the state of Tennessee.

The story mentions how at a school board meeting earlier this month, a Memphis attorney brought up the issue of asbestos and warned the school board that he would file a lawsuit against the school system if they did not “seek out a national firm to inspect the schools for safety and fix any problems.” The school system’s director of operations, Buddy White, said that the schools are safe — all inspections have been performed timely and the school system has maintained its records.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, metamorphic mineral that, when disturbed, releases tiny fibers that travel deep into the lungs and cause scarring (asbestosis) when they’re inhaled. Many of these tiny fibers are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Asbestos was used for many years in thousands of products like appliances, floor tiles and industrial insulation. Asbestos can be found all over the world, and the first asbestos mines were outside of Quebec, Canada.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can result in mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that currently has no cure, along with cancer of the lungs, colon and larynx. Since the damage caused by asbestos dust happens over many years and can result in the progressive diseases of asbestosis and mesothelioma, many people who endure asbestos exposure might not see symptoms for 20-40 years. To speak with a resource professional and find out more about mesothelioma, call 1-888-370-0121.

$2.25 Million Pay Out for Asbestos Death

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

A story out today in The Buffalo News talks about a recent trial involving asbestos exposure. The trial lasted six weeks, and the jury ordered Fisher Controls, an industrial company based in St. Louis, to pay $2.25 million to the estate of a man who died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.

The man, Ronald Drabczyk, worked on valves manufactured by Fisher Controls from 1970 through 1988. These valves contained asbestos gaskets and packing, exposing Drabczyk to asbestos for many years. Nine years after retiring from the Niagara Falls plant at which he worked, Drabczyk died of mesothelioma. He was 70 years old.

According to the Buffalo News article, the jury found that Fisher Controls had “acted with reckless disregard for Drabczyk’s workplace safety.” For that reason, they were “100 perfect financially responsible for his painful death under New York law.” The jury’s verdict includes a $750,000 punitive damages award, and anticipate that Fisher Controls will appeal to reduce the total.

Jordan Fox, trial attorney, remarked that they hoped the verdict of this case will “send a message that these actions will not be tolerated.”

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of various organs in the body. Although there is treatment available, there is no cure. Mesothelioma is often called “asbestos cancer” due to so many people getting it from asbestos exposure.

Since asbestos is a mineral that was used for years in products like houshold appliances and floor tiles, there are several industries affected by it — and the workers in these industries may have been exposed to asbestos. This undoubtedly puts them at risk for mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to call us for more information. You could be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Call 1-888-370-0121 for more information.

Asbestos Exposure: Man Dies at 72

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

A recent article in the UK’s HemelToday talks about a builder who had worked with asbestos for at least 10 years. The man passed away in June at the age of 72. His job involved cutting up asbestos — asbestolux and corrugated sheets, specifically — in the 1960s. They note that the man’s job lead to “fairly substantial” asbestos exposure, as he would regularly come in contact with the material.

Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer with no cure. Mesothelioma attacks the lining of various body organs like the lungs. Often, mesothelioma victims experience tremendous grief, pain and suffering — and sometimes very high medical bills. It’s a lot for victims, along with their loved ones, to deal with.

The builder’s asbestos exposure wasn’t limited to that one job, though. In the 1970s, he worked for a timber works that also put him in a setting where he was exposed to asbestos. And it didn’t stop until people started to realize its dangers.

The coroner, Edward Thomas, was quoted in the article to say that because the man had “a number of medical problems,” he is “satisfied the cause of death was mesothelioma.”

Getting Help for Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, know your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. To find out more information, don’t hesitate to call 1-888-370-0121.