Archive for March, 2010

Mesothelioma Claims Merlin Olsen

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

NFL star, actor and sports broadcaster Merlin Olsen died of mesothelioma at the age of 69 last week in Duarte, California. A rare form of cancer, mesothelioma is overwhelmingly caused by asbestos exposure — in fact, it’s often called “asbestos cancer.” When a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, they typically don’t have much time left. And there is currently no cure for it. Since asbestos was commonly used in various industries like construction and shipbuilding, many workers may have been unknowingly exposed to the dangerous material for years. It can take decades after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma to manifest.

Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. He filed a lawsuit against several corporations, including NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox, last December for negligently exposing him to asbestos.

Merlin Olsen played 15 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, only missing two games ever. In 1962, he was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year. After retiring from the NFL, Olsen went on to be a sports broadcaster on NBC and eventually CBS. As an actor, he appeared on Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy.

Olsen is survived by three of his brothers, five sisters, his wife, three children and four grandchildren.

About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma attacks the pleura membrane that surrounds the lungs, heart and lining of the abdomen. Asbestos is very dangerous when it’s disturbed, as the tiny asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs where the body is unable to break the mineral down. There is treatment available, but there is no cure. Victims must deal with pain, suffering and expensive medical bills.

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

Mesothelioma? Contact an Attorney

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

If you or a loved one have mesothelioma, it’s important to contact an attorney. Often called “asbestos cancer” because it is overwhelmingly caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. There is currently no cure, and a victim typically has a short amount of time left once they are diagnosed. People who worked in various industries that used asbestos — such as the construction and shipbuilding industries — may have been unknowingly exposed to the dangerous material for years. And because mesothelioma can take decades to manifest, many people fail to realize the cause of their illness.

The full danger of asbestos exposure didn’t become common public knowledge until the early 1970s, even though the detrimental health effects associated with asbestos exposure had been suspected for years. Asbestos was widely used in construction and shipbuilding between WWII and the 1970s, so the occurrence of mesothelioma in the population at large has grown from 1 per 1,000,000 people to anywhere between 7 and 40 per 1,000,000 people. The most common mesothelioma victims are men over 65 years of age, though there are many cases of women with mesothelioma. Women may have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos via their husbands’ clothing, according to experts.

Mesothelioma: Getting Help

If you have mesothelioma, contact an attorney to find out what your next steps should be. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering and pain, and a good mesothelioma attorney will work hard to fight for the compensation you deserve. While many people assume an attorney is too expensive for them to even consider, the fact is that many mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. So any money they receive comes from mesothelioma settlements or the verdict obtained in the case.

If you would like more information, call 1-888-370-0121 to speak with a resource person about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.