Posts Tagged ‘mesothelioma attorney’

Seeking Legal Help, Part 2 of 2

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

On our blog last week, we looked at why mesothelioma victims sometimes turn to the legal system for help. But many mesothelioma victims are hesitant to take action, because they are unfamiliar with the legal process, and the prospect of dealing with a legal battle may seem insurmountable given their physical condition. In truth, the process is more simple than you may imagine.

First, it is critical to select a lawyer carefully. Be sure that you understand who will actually be handling your case. Sometimes people hire a lawyer, not realizing that their case will be handed off to someone else. Finding this out after the contract is signed can be an unwelcome surprise at a difficult time.

Be sure to inquire into the case history and success record in handling mesothelioma cases. While a great track record does not guarantee success in your case, it does speak to the lawyer’s level of expertise and point to how they have handled similar cases. To better understand the magnitude of some asbestos cases, visit the asbestos lawsuit article.

You’ll also want to consider where your case will be tried. The scope of victims rights to compensation vary from state to state. While some states significantly restrict an injured person’s rights to these claims, other states, such as Texas, are known for speedy and fair trials. Speedy trials are especially important to victims who may have only a few months to live.

Finally, arm yourself with knowledge and support. Provided your health allows, do all the research you can about the causes of mesothelioma, mesotheioma victim’s rights and industries affected by mesothelioma. Research other cases like yours and the results of those trials. Rally your family and friends around you for support. Ask for the help you need (both logistically and emotionally) to take the next step. With the support of family and friends and an excellent lawyer, the resolution of your case may well bring some relief in a very difficult and challenging time. If you want more information about a possible suit or settlement, please fill out our online form.

 

Mesothelioma Treatment: Nutrition

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

When undergoing treatment for mesothelioma, nutrition can play a vital role in the outcome of and the quality of life during treatment. Eating foods high in protein, along with fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help prepare the body for the stress of treatments. Unfortunately, mesothelioma patients commonly experience a loss of appetite during mesothelioma treatment due to effects of chemotherapy or the disease itself.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), certain practices can aid in this process. Because tastebuds often change during chemotherapy, foods may lose their former appeal or even become unpleasant. To avoid a loss of nutrients, the ACS suggests trying alternative foods such as plant-based foods like peas and beans that may be more palatable. Limiting certain foods and beverages, such as alcohol and pickled and cured foods, can help as well. The ACS also recommends eating five colorful servings of fruits and vegetables each day, including dark green and deep yellow vegetables, as these contain phytochemicals that are very beneficial nutrients. In addition, maintaining as much physical acidity as possible will aid in overall health and well-being. Finally, cooking large meals and storing plenty of food in the pantry and freezer will help reduce overall work and stress sometimes involved in meal preparation.

Seeking support can also make a big difference. Among the various mesothelioma and asbestos resources, nutritionists can be very helpful for patients who are going through mesothelioma therapy. Nutritionists can help design a specific plan to help prevent malnutrition and muscle and bone wasting. A good nutrition plan may also help patients handle aggressive treatments, fight infection, and maintain the strength and energy needed for a better quality of life during and after treatment. Finally, a support structure of friends and neighbors can be vital to implementing a nutrition plan. If you or someone you love has mesothelioma, don’t be afraid to ask for support for assistance with tasks like shopping and meal preparation. This can provide a way for people who care to offer much needed support.

 

New Chemotherapy Combination

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

In recent years, several clinical trials have shown promising results for the detection and prevention of mesothelioma. Here we will review these treatments and their potential effectiveness.

Chemotherapy is one form of mesothelioma treatment. To date, only one chemotherapy treatment (the combination of Alimta and Cislatin), has gained FDA approval. But new medications on the horizon may bring some good news to mesothelioma patients. A new drug, Onconase, may be one of the very first stem cell medications to make it all the way through clinical trails. This drug has a low toxicity, and is designed to shrink and then eliminate mesothelioma tumors. The FDA has placed Onconase on a fast track for approval because of its potential for helping mesothelioma patients. Yet another promising drug currently in clinical trails is Veglin. Veglin works by stabilizing and shrinking tumors. This drug is currently being tested on patients at the Keck School of Medicine at The University of California.

In addition to chemotherapies, other therapies are showing promise as well. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is now being used across the country. This type of radiation is more precise in its delivery, making the treatment potentially more effective. There are also gene therapies under trial that reportedly use genetically modified viruses to stimulate the immune system to kill cancer cells. And photodynamic therapy uses light to kill cancer cells.

When it comes to mesothelioma prevention and early detection, breakthroughs are happening in that area as well. The Fujirebo Diagnostics test, still under research, is the first biomarker test to use a simple blood screen to detect the presence of biomarkers for mesothelioma. Early diagnosis of mesothelioma is important for providing effective treatment, yet it is also a rare occurrence, as most mesothelioma patients do not notice their symptoms until it is too late.

While these research trials show great promise, it may be years before the treatments become available to the public. This is because the approval process is designed to ensure that patients are kept safe from dangerous side effects and that the effectiveness of the drug is proven.

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Global Trends in the Use of Asbestos

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The history of asbestos regulation and enforcement varies around the world. In many places, dramatic and permanent changes have occurred. Elsewhere, asbestos is still mined and used without regulation. Still other places have adequate regulations but a lack of enforcement to ensure that regulations are followed.

Since the late 1960’s and 70’s, the United States government has created valuable regulations and enforcement policies. Sadly, for many naval ship workers, miners and factory workers, these changes came too late. To date, an estimated 100,000 people have either died or will die from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.

Trade of asbestos from South Africa ended in 2003, through the result of international negotiations. This has had an impact on use in other countries, as South Africa was a significant exporter up to that point.

Most European countries have taken a proactive approach, banning asbestos. Still, the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive, who is responsible for tracking issues related to asbestos, says that construction workers in business prior to 2000 should be aware of the possibility of having been exposed to asbestos.

While regulated, asbestos is not banned in Canada. In fact, Canada is home to the infamous Jeffrey Mine, formerly the largest mine in the world, located in a town named, aptly, Asbestos. The mine is the subject of great controversy. Although the government has spent millions of dollars on asbestos abatement and monitoring industries affected by mesothelioma, some are pushing to reopen the mine and export the Chrysotile to places like Pakistan and India, where there are no such regulations.

Certain researchers predict that in the coming decades, Latin America will experience a rise in mesothelioma, since many Latin American countries have not put adequate enforcement in place. Due to a lack of accurate data, the impact of this trend is unknown. In the meantime, many workers are reportedly still exposed on a regular basis to harmful levels of asbestos.

Spencer Johnson said, “Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.” Sadly, Australia’s mesothelioma prevention measures represent that kind of change. In 2003, Australia banned the use of asbestos as a result of the tragic exposure of its workers and citizens to the Wittenoom blue asbestos mine. The mine stayed in operation for years after the Western Australia Health Department issued warnings about the risk of exposure. Although the mine was closed in 1966, it was too late for many workers, visitors and nearby residents who were exposed to extremely high levels of the potentially lethal material. Currently, Western Australia has the highest death rate from mesothelioma in the world.

Some of the most significant producers of asbestos and asbestos products are Asian or Pacific Island countries. China consumes approximately 600,000 tons in any given year. Although some Asian countries have bans and regulations in place, the large majority of Asian countries do not restrict the uses of asbestos.

International agreement is lacking about how to handle asbestos mining and exporting/importing. Because some industries currently depend on this material, it may be a slow and complicated process. Hopefully in the coming years, progress will be made toward global safety regulations and enforcement policies that protect everyone.

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.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

You don’t typically hear about mesothelioma without hearing something about asbestos or asbestos exposure. The reason for that is because mesothelioma is overwhelmingly caused by asbestos exposure. A rare form of cancer often called “asbestos cancer,” mesothelioma does not have a cure. Once diagnosed, victims usually do not have much time left. Medical bills can pile up, and families can be left devastated.

Mesothelioma affects the pleura membrane surrounding the lungs or the lining of the abdomen, attacking the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. People who worked at jobs where they were exposed to asbestos likely had no idea of the danger they were in at the time. Some industries affected include the construction and ship building industries. Additionally, the family members of workers may have been put at risk for mesothelioma. Workers exposed to asbestos could have tracked the fibers into their homes with their shoes and clothing.

Three seriously medical conditions associated with asbestos include: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Many mesothelioma victims fail to realize that their former occupation explains their illness because it can take years or even decades after asbestos exposure for the condition to manifest. Victims must fight for their rights. If you or a loved one have mesothelioma, contact an attorney to find out what steps to take next. A good mesothelioma attorney will fight for the compensation you deserve.

To speak with someone further about mesothelioma, call 1-888-370-0121.

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.

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.

City Founder Dies from Asbestos

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

John McTaggart, the founder of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, passed away on November 4 from mesothelioma. He was 79 years old. First diagnosed with mesothelioma in April of 2007, McTaggart was told he had just 30 months to live. According to an article in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News, McTaggart’s family members said that he had undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments “with an upbeat attitude” and functioned so well with it that they thought, “He’s just going to live on forever.” Sadly, his health began to decline, and his wife remarked that she thought he had decided “enough is enough.”

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure. There is no cure for it, only treatment. Victims of mesothelioma must deal with quite a bit of pain and suffering — and so do their loved ones. The cancer develops very quickly and attacks the lining of various organs of the body, including the lungs. Though mesothelioma develops quickly, it can take decades after asbestos exposure for symptoms to become noticeable. So all too often, people do not realize the cause of their illness.

Mr. McTaggart was a notable man who accomplished so much in his life and is remembered fondly by his family, friends and all who knew him. He was a city councilman for 20 years and served as mayor four times. A resident of Rancho Palos Verdes since 1962, he is credited as being instrumental in the city’s founding and never stopped being devoted to the community. He will certainly be missed.

Mesothelioma Victim’s Rights

If you or a loved one have mesothelioma, know your rights. Having it can result in tremendous medical bills as well as undue stress, pain and suffering for not just the victim, but the victim’s loved ones. To speak with a resource person further about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, feel free to call 1-888-370-0121.