Archive for January, 2010

Texas Woman Sues: Asbestos Exposure Death

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

A recent article in the Southeast Texas Record talks about a woman from Henderson County in Texas who has filed a lawsuit over her deceased husband’s asbestos exposure. She claims that her husband’s lung cancer was wrongfully caused. From 1963 to 1998, the man worked for Union Oil Company, where he was exposed to asbestos — his wife alleges that his disease was caused from this, and that he “did not know of the hazards of asbestos exposure,” according to the article.

Diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2008, the man died of it on April 27, 2008. His wife noted that he had experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish. Additionally, they had incurred medical costs. She is seeking “general, special, punitive and exemplary damages, plus costs, interests and other relief to which she may be entitled,” according to the article.

There are eight defendant corporations involved in the suit: Westinghouse Electric Co., Ametek, Able Supply, Guardline, Jett Weld Inc., Union Oil Company of California and Champlain Cable Corp. The woman states that these corporations did not adequately warn her husband of the health hazards of asbestos exposure, and they failed to provide him working apparel that was safe and adequate, take “reasonable precaution to enforce a safety plan,” eliminate asbestos exposure in the workplace by developing a substitute material, and market safe-to-use asbestos products.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure in the workplace is very dangerous and can lead to mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that has no cure. Victims of mesothelioma often do not realize that asbestos exposure they suffered in the workplace is the cause of their illness, as it sometimes takes decades to show up. But after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, victims often do not have much time left.

If you or a loved one have mesothelioma as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to find out what to do next. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and medical costs. To speak to a resource person, just call 1-888-370-0121.

What is Mesothelioma?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is often called “asbestos cancer” because the overwhelming cause of it is asbestos expsoure. It affects the pleura membrane surrounding the lungs or the lining of the abdomen, attacking the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart. There is currently no cure for it, though there are treatments available.

People who worked in an industry, like the ship building or construction industries, where they were exposed to asbestos probably had no idea of the danger they were in. Worse, their families may have been affected when they went home after work wearing clothes and shoes that contained asbestos fibers. When asbestos is disturbed, it is very dangerous. The tiny asbestos fibers become airborne, where they can be inhaled into the lungs. There, the body is unable to break the mineral down.

The more exposure to friable asbestos, the greater the chance of developing one of the three serious medical conditions associated with asbestos. Those three are: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. All of these conditions can take decades after asbestos exposure to manifest. People who smoke cigarettes are at a higher risk for developing mesothelioma than non-smokers.

If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, get help. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to find out the next time. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

If you would like more information about mesothelioma, feel free to browse this site or call 1-888-370-0121 to speak with a mesothelioma resource professional.

Should I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

A frequently asked question we see is, Why should I file a mesothelioma lawsuit? Many victims of mesothelioma don’t realize that their illness is likely due to the negligence of others. For that reason, victims would deserve to be compensated. An experienced, qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you decide the best course of action.

Companies that made and sold asbestos products knew of the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1890s, yet they continued to place a higher value on profits than human life. Asbestos companies knew that asbestos was a deadly poison, but because so many workers were exposed to it, these workers may have developed — or will develop — mesothelioma. There is no cure for mesothelioma.

One reason people don’t file a mesothelioma lawsuit is that they don’t think they’d be able to afford an attorney. This is not necessarily true. Most mesothelioma lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that any money they receive has to come from the mesothelioma settlement or verdict obtained in the case. So the person who files a mesothelioma lawsuit does not ever have to actually pay for the legal bills with their own funds. Typically, the standard fee for mesothelioma cases is about 40 percent of the total amount recovered. While it’s possible to find an attorney who charges less, remember that the saying: “You get what you pay for.”

Another reason that keeps a lot of mesothelioma victims from filing lawsuits is that they assume they’ll have to be in court all the time. Luckily, this isn’t true — most matters today can be handled over the phone and through the mail. A good mesothelioma attorney will make the process as painless as possible and will do his best not to intrude on victims’ lives unless it is absolutely necessary. This way, mesothelioma victims can focus on their family and health.

If you have questions about why you should file a mesothelioma lawsuit, don’t hesitate to contact a resource person at 1-888-370-0121 for more information.