Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Illinois Man Accuses Abbott Labs of Causing Mesothelioma

A man from Belleville, Illinois recently filed an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit against Abbott labs, claiming his years of exposure to the toxic insulation was the proximate cause of his life-threatening cancer. The suit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court claims Abbott Laboratories and dozens of other companies were negligent in their failure exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of their workers.

The plaintiff claims he contracted mesothelioma by breathing in asbestos fibers while working at Abbott Laboratories in Northern Illinois. Apart from his former employer, the plaintiff accuses Alcatel Lucent USA Inc. and many others of negligently manufacturing, selling, distributing and installing products containing asbestos fibers.

The asbestos mesothelioma cancer lawsuit asks for $50,000 from each defendant as compensation for his injuries. Additionally, the claims asks to recoup legal fees associated with filing the case and litigating the lawsuit. Depending on how many defendants are held liable for damages, the claim could potentially be worth a substantial amount of compensation.

Illinois Among National Leaders in Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims

Sources investigating cause and effect relationships between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma rank Illinois among national leaders in potential asbestos exposure sites. Illinois has an estimated 400 such known exposure sites, including Abbott Laboratories located in North Chicago.  There are over 150 cities in Illinois may have asbestos exposure sites like Abbott Laboratories.  Still further, there are numerous manufacturers and suppliers who placed their asbestos containing materials in the Illinois stream of commerce that knew or should have known about the risk of asbestos contaminations, but did little or nothing to share that information with the people affected the most.

How Do I Know if My Mesothelioma was Caused by Asbestos Exposure?

While many mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure at industrial job sites like shipyards, construction areas, industrial and manufacturing centers, and textile companies there are numerous other ways victims may come in contact with asbestos. During the mid-20th Century, many products were manufactured with asbestos which placed potentially millions of people at risk for developing life-altering medical conditions.

Because mesothelioma is such a rare cancer with direct causal links to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is referred to as the signature disease of asbestos exposure.  Simply stated, mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Often times, employees worked in environments heavily contaminated with asbestos but were unaware that they were placed at risk.

However, many employers and manufacturers knew or should have known about the risk of asbestos contaminations but did little or nothing to share that information with the people affected the most. In these situations, victims of asbestos exposure may be entitled to substantial compensation if they contracted mesothelioma as a result of another’s negligence or carelessness.

Experienced Mesothelioma Lawsuit Attorneys

If your or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office for a free legal consultation about your case. The experienced mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys of The Throneberry Law Group can help investigate your case and hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligent and careless actions.

Victims of asbestos exposure could be entitled to substantial compensation for their injuries including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Surviving family members may also have legal rights to file claims so please contact our office and find out your legal rights.


Illinois Man Accuses Abbott Labs of Causing Mesothelioma

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Federal Court Sentences Property Developer for Asbestos Violations

A U.S. District Court judge recently sentenced a Rochester, New York property developer to probation, community service, and a fine for violations of the federal Clean Air Act. Additionally, the defendant was ordered to pay restitution to the victims harmed by his reckless disregard for public safety by exposing employees to asbestos.

The industrial property where the asbestos exposure took place was adjacent to a residential neighborhood with a school bus stop. The defendant was sentenced to two-year probation, 150-hours of community service, and a $15,000 fine.

Authorities Raid Asbestos-Contaminated Warehouse

The case began in December 2011 when authorities investigated the property in question on a complaint from someone working at the facility. An inspector from the New York State Department of Labor, Asbestos Control Bureau investigated the property and found a number of individuals, including a minor child, working in and around asbestos without any protection or precautions.

The defendant allegedly told the workers to cease cooperation with the inspectors, leave the property, and lock the gates behind them. However, before the inspectors left they took with them material which later tested positive to be asbestos.

Agents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation later obtained search warrants and secured the property to conduct a full investigation and seize evidence. While on the scene, authorities came across 90 bags of asbestos in a loading dock.

Inside the warehouse, approximately 150,000 square feet was contaminated by the asbestos. High levels of asbestos were found throughout the building as well as evidence connecting the defendant to is presence on the property.

The investigation determined the asbestos was kept on the property illegally and the workers employed at the site were placed at great risk while doing their jobs. The employees revealed they were paid in cash to remove asbestos from a dumpster on the property because local waste management would not handle the product.

Laws Against Asbestos Exposure

According to reports, none of the workers performing the asbestos removal were trained or certified in the procedure. Furthermore, none of them were provided proper breathing masks or other protective gear to mitigate asbestos exposure. Workers used only simple dust masks while removing the dry, flaky asbestos from the dumpster.

Since 1971, asbestos has been designated a harmful air pollutant by the EPA. Asbestos is known to be directly linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly lung cancer brought on by exposure to the dangerous product. The industrial insulation is also known to cause the lung disease asbestosis.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, it may have been directly caused by asbestos exposure. Typical jobs that may result in asbestos exposure include industrial jobs, welding, pipe fitting, and working on ships and shipyards.

For a free consultation about your legal options, speak to one of our mesothelioma lawyers. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Federal Court Sentences Property Developer for Asbestos Violations

Friday, July 15, 2016

Georgia Wife Awarded $2 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A jury in Savannah, Georgia recently awarded $2 million to the wife of a man who died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. The victim spent years working in a pulp paper mill in Alabama, where the plaintiff’s attorney alleged he was exposed to asbestos contaminated asbestos gaskets and packing material manufactured by John Crane.

During trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer explained to jurors that the defendant had been sued multiple times for asbestos-related injuries but never tested its products to determine if they were safe. Instead, the defendant allegedly relied on junk science produced by a consulting firm and paid millions of dollars for the information.

Attorneys for the defense argued the plaintiff had not been exposed to asbestos in any of its products and further argued even if that had been the case the amount of asbestos exposure would have been too small to cause mesothelioma. Only one witness was called by defense during the 10-day trial while the plaintiff called multiple expert witnesses to testify as to the plaintiffs asbestos exposure.

Family of Asbestos Victim Finally Gets Justice

The $2 million award may finally have brought some closure to the legal journey faced by the deceased’s wife. The case originally began back in 2010 when the plaintiff filed suit against 32 defendants believed to have played a hand in the victim’s asbestos-related cancer.

The victim succumbed to his asbestos induced mesothelioma in 2012, leaving his wife and attorney to carry on the struggle for justice. Between the filing of the lawsuit and the first trial, 21 of the original 32 defendants were dismissed from the suit, leaving a handful of defendants to seek damages from.

During a 2013, jurors found John Crane liable for the victim’s asbestos related cancer but declined to award any damages. Two other defendants named in that trial settled the case and one was found not liable for damages.

During the June 2016 trial, jurors found the defendant to be 40.5% at fault for the victim’s injuries and apportioned $2 million of their $5 million total award to the defendant. Seven other defendants were also allowed to be named as parties to the suit and the remaining $3 million will be apportioned equally among them to be paid to the plaintiff’s estate.

Nationwide Asbestos Lawyer

If you worked in an industrial job and were diagnosed with mesothelioma, it could be because you were exposed to asbestos while on the job. Mesothelioma victims may be able to recover necessary compensation for medical bills and other damages by holding their employer or other responsible for their asbestos exposure.

For a free consultation about your case, contact our office. Our mesothelioma attorneys have years of experience recovering compensation and obtaining justice for our clients. Do not be intimidated by powerful asbestos companies and their defense attorneys, our lawyers will fight hard to get your and your family the compensation you deserve.

Georgia Wife Awarded $2 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jury Awards Construction Worker Nearly $9 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

An Oregon jury recently awarded a Beaverton man and his wife $8.75 million dollars in a mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit filed against drywall maker, Kaiser Gypsum. Jurors agreed the plaintiff’s mesothelioma was more likely than not caused by his repeated exposure to the asbestos-laced spackle product at his job and that the defendant knew for a decade about the risks the product could pose.

The award is one of the largest asbestos verdicts in Oregon. The Portland jury awarded the plaintiff $750,000 for medical expenses, $4 million to himself for pain and suffering, and an additional $4 million to his wife. Doctors estimate the plaintiff has less than two years left to live. The judge in the case estimated the plaintiff could have lived for almost two-decades longer under the state’s life table.

The plaintiff is a father of three and grandfather to several grandchildren. He had just retired when doctors diagnosed him with the deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs. The plaintiff claims he contracted mesothelioma due to repeated exposure to asbestos while working as a carpenter in his early 20s. The asbestos flakes were contained inside gypsum board applied by drywall workers who would then sand down the product to create a uniform finish.

The dust particles created contained asbestos, which the plaintiff allegedly breathed in while on the job site. Attorneys for the plaintiff claim Kaiser Gypsum was aware of the risk of asbestos exposure but did nothing to warn the plaintiff and continued to make the asbestos-laced product.

Asbestos Contamination Known as Far Back as 1970s

Kaiser Gypsum only stopped making its products with asbestos in 1975, around the same time federal regulators finally began to issue health and safety warnings for the deadly material. Even today, people may be exposed to asbestos when renovating older homes or doing demolition on structures constructed before the asbestos ban of the 1970s.

Every year an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. The disease is a rare, aggressive form of lung cancer linked directly to asbestos exposure. Doctors identify the disease by evaluating fluid buildups in the lining of the lungs.

Mesothelioma victims usually contract the disease by contact with asbestos through their work, often in occupations like construction, pipe working, ship building, and industrial jobs. Children and spouses have also been known to contract the disease due to coming in contact with their family member’s asbestos-contaminated clothing.

Construction Job Mesothelioma Lawsuits

If you worked in the construction industry or any other industrial job and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it could be because you were exposed to asbestos while on the job. Mesothelioma victims may be able to recover necessary compensation for medical bills and other damages by holding their employer or others responsible for their asbestos exposure.

For a free consultation about your case, contact our office. Our mesothelioma attorneys have years of experience recovering compensation and obtaining justice for our clients.

Jury Awards Construction Worker Nearly $9 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Does Talcum Powder Contain Asbestos?

Missouri jurors in two talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits recently handed down a pair of monumental awards for plaintiffs totaling $137 million between the two. This could spell bad news for the defendant, Johnson & Johnson, as there are an additional 1,200 more talcum powder lawsuits working their way through the courts.

While attorneys for the plaintiffs successfully demonstrated to the jurors the J&J talcum powder products were more than likely responsible for their plaintiff’s ovarian cancer, questions still remain as to what exactly the relationship is between use of talc and developing cancer. To help answer that, one has to examine where talcum powder comes from and whether it may contain any known carcinogens like asbestos.

What is Talcum Powder?

Used to absorb moisture and reduce skin irritation, talcum powder contains the mineral talc, which in its natural state is made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Additionally, some pre-processed talc may contain asbestos which is a known cancer-causing agent associated with the debilitating lung disease mesothelioma.

Since the 1970s, consumer talcum products have been asbestos free, so it is unlikely plaintiffs in these talcum powder cases contracted their aggressive cancers due to asbestos exposure. However, talc miners extracting talc may be placed at increased risk of developing cancers and lung diseases due to their proximity to the substance.

Could My Cancer be Caused by Asbestos Exposure from Talcum Powder?

Numerous multi-million dollar awards have been handed down to cancer victims to either used asbestos-contaminated talc products or were husbands, wives, and daughters of men who worked at talc processing plants. Even more lawsuits are pending across the country, giving victims hope they may receive justice for the negligence of pharmaceutical giants and other massive corporations.

In May 2015, a California woman won a $13 million lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive for her cancer caused by asbestos-contaminated talcum powder. The plaintiff in that case used talcum products for 15 years during the time before the federal government mandated asbestos be removed from consumer talcum products.

In 2013, a New Jersey woman won a $2 million award for her mesothelioma caused by breathing in asbestos dust brought into her home from her father’s work clothes. Despite these and other huge verdicts, talc processing companies and Johnson & Johnson still refuse to accept responsibility for their carelessness of withholding important safety information from the public about the dangers their products could pose.

Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Lawsuits

If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, it could be because of exposure to asbestos-contaminated talcum powder. By filing a mesothelioma talcum powder lawsuit, you and your family may be able to get the financial compensation and medical care necessary to treat the disease and live a life of dignity and respect.

Contact our office for a free legal consultation about your case. The experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys of the Throneberry Law Group are fully prepared to help you and your family get the justice you deserve and hold these wrongdoers accountable so that others may be spared from this debilitating disease.

Does Talcum Powder Contain Asbestos?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Study Suggests Surgery Provides Mesothelioma Patients Better Quality of Life

Pleurectomy and Decortication Surgery may provide mesothelioma patients with a better quality of life.  Aggressive cancers brought on by asbestos exposure like mesothelioma can be debilitating in more ways than one. Often times, patients may forgo surgery with the belief their quality of life may suffer after going under the knife. However, a recent study by Loyola University Health System revealed that some patients can benefit greatly from undergoing specialized surgery.

Known as pleurectomy and decortication (PD), the surgery helped increase the quality of life score for mesothelioma patients across the health spectrum. Utilizing the EORTC QLQ-C30 (performance status score) questionnaire, physicians graded the health of the 114 patients prior to undergoing treatment for mesothelioma.

31% of patients were classified as fully functional (score 0), 65% were in good enough health to perform light housework or office duties (score 1), and 4% were able to take care of themselves but could not work at all (score 2). The average age of the patient involved in the study was 70-years old but ranged in age from 50 to 88-years old.

The surgery involved removing the pleura (a thin layer of tissue around the lungs where tumors associated with mesothelioma grow). The surgery does not treat mesothelioma but rather the debilitating symptoms associated with it like shortness of breath, fluid build up, and pain. Following the surgery, patients were evaluated and assigned a quality of life score.

The quality of life score used in the study included physical, emotional, and cognitive function, general symptoms of the disease, individuals symptoms of the patients, and the overall health of the participant. Following the surgery, patients were evaluated after 1 month, 4 to 5 months, 7 to 8 months, and 10 to 11 months.

Physicians conducting the study found that patients in all classification groups experienced an improved quality of life score in the first month following surgery and maintained this higher rating in follow up evaluations. Furthermore, none of the patients with a performance status score of 1 or 2 had their quality of life score adversely affected.

Filing an Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Can Help You Get the Treatment You Need

Mesothelioma is a rare type of malignant cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Often times, victims diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed while working industrial and construction jobs like ship building, automotive maintenance, and manufacturing.

For decades, employers and asbestos manufacturers knew or should have known about the dangers associated with the material but did nothing to warn or protect their employees. For those reasons, individuals who developed mesothelioma because they worked in areas where they may have been exposed to asbestos may have certain legal options to get medical treatment and financial compensation for their injuries.

For a free and confidential consultation about your legal rights, contact our office and speak to an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Our practice has years of experience helping victims in their times of need and work tirelessly to help them and their families get the compensation they deserve.

Study Suggests Surgery Provides Mesothelioma Patients Better Quality of Life

Friday, June 17, 2016

Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma

Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma:  Work-related exposure to asbestos has been linked to the rare cancer mesothelioma as well to lung cancer, colorectal, esophageal, pharyngeal and stomach cancer. Despite its toxicity, the history of the use of asbestos is a long one. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer or other cancer as a result of your exposure to asbestos, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Asbestos is group of fibrous minerals possessing properties of heat resistance, durability, and flexibility. In times of increasing industrialization, asbestos began to be used widely in the shipbuilding, construction, and automobile industries. While mesothelioma can tragically result from exposure to asbestos, the mineral itself is anything but rare. On the contrary, it occurs naturally all over the world. Surprisingly, there is evidence dating back all the way to Greek and Roman empires that links exposure to the minerals to respiratory illnesses.

So, why then, did asbestos continue to be used into the Industrial Age and beyond? In addition to the above-detailed desirable properties, asbestos is very cheap. With increasing industrialization, the minerals began to be more extensively mined – and in myriad locations. In every time and place from Greek and Roman days to the Middle Ages to nineteenth century mines around the globe, asbestos was linked to severe health ailments, yet its use and popularity persisted.

Over time, the evidence of crippling effects of asbestos inhalation and/or swallowing in industrial settings grew stronger. It was not until the early 1980s, however, that use of the toxic minerals began to cease in the U.S. and elsewhere. At that time, public sentiment began to mirror that of the scientific evidence that spoke the intensely harmful effects of asbestos exposure. This sentiment, along with lawsuits and regulation efforts by agencies like led to a precipitous decline in the industrial use of asbestos. Unfortunately, untold numbers of workers had been exposed to the toxic substance by this point, and it remained in the endless number of products it had been manufactured in. To this day, if you repair a classic car, you may find asbestos – and the attendant health risks – in it.

What to Do if You are Suffering From Mesothelioma

Now that you know the history of asbestos, you have a better idea of how may have been exposed to the minerals that comprise it and to their toxic effects. If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma or asbestosis due to work-related exposure to asbestos, contact a experienced mesothelioma attorney. Attorney Michael Throneberry lost his own father-in-law to mesothelioma, and witnessing the crippling effects of the cancer has motivated him to advocate on behalf of other sufferers and to fight for the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Time is of the essence in filing a legal claim upon diagnosis, so do not delay in contacting a skilled attorney.


Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma