Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tennessee County Settles Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

A Tennessee county recently settled a mesothelioma-asbestos exposure lawsuit with the widow of a former school teacher who allegedly contracted the deadly lung disease while working for the county decades ago. The lawsuit had been slated to go to a trial by jury just a few days before the settlement but the recent discovery of asbestos on school grounds may have prompted county officials to reconsider resolving the issue.


The victim worked for a pair of Knox County schools, South-Doyle High School and Fulton High School, from the 60’s until the late 90’s, before he developed mesothelioma and passed away from his condition in 2011. During his time at the two institutions, the plaintiff recalled seeing what he later knew to be asbestos falling from the ceilings of his classrooms and other buildings.


While the exact number of the settlement is unclear, the compensation is expected to be no more than $300,000, as the state’s government liability to tort claims is limited to this number under the law. The county is expected to spend another $250,000 on asbestos removal to ensure no one at the school is put at risk of developing asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma.


Pipe Insulation Contained Asbestos, Plaintiff Claimed


Knox County recently closed the doors to the library as South-Doyle High School after discovering asbestos in the roof decking of the structure. The county had hired a private engineering firm in 1990 to conduct a survey of its schools to identify any asbestos which may pose a threat to students, faculty, and staff. A spokesperson for the county called the recent discovery an oversight on the engineering firm’s part for not identifying the asbestos earlier.


While at Fulton High School in the 1960’s through the 1980’s, the victim claims he frequently had to sweep up flaky material later identified as friable, meaning crumbling, material which he believed could have been asbestos. During the plaintiff’s time with Fulton High, the school was part of Knoxville city school system. The plaintiff’s already reached a separate settlement with that entity but continued to pursue a claim against Knox County for asbestos exposure at South-Doyle.


Parents were alerted to the presence of asbestos in the roof of South-Doyle, acknowledging the spray-on insulation could pose a danger if the friable material became airborne. Asbestos is also present in the flooring tiles at South-Doyle but the county argued the danger to exposure is minimal since the floor tiles have different structural properties than spray on insulation.


Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers


If you or a loved one contracted mesothelioma, it could be due to asbestos exposure while at work, handling contaminated product, or second-hand exposure. Asbestos manufacturers have known for years of the dangers their products posed to innocent victims but did little to warn others of the dangers.


For more information, contact our office. The mesothelioma lawyers of The Throneberry Law Group understands the difficulty of dealing with asbestos-related diseases and look forward to discussing how we can help.



Tennessee County Settles Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Can I Be Exposed to Asbestos Outside of Work?

Due to its causal link to mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer, industrial use and removal of asbestos is now highly regulated by state and federal organizations to prevent workers from being exposed to the substance. However, there are still many ways for ordinary people to be exposed to asbestos and contract serious health conditions that they might not be aware of.


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is extracted from the earth and processed for use in industrial products. For many decades, asbestos was used in all sorts of industrial applications including automotive parts, insulation in buildings, naval vessels, and other situations requiring the heat resistant qualities of the product.


One of the most common ways for individuals to be exposed to asbestos, and possibly contract mesothelioma, is having a family member working with the product come home wearing clothing covered in the mineral. By nature, asbestos is a fibrous material which makes it prone to becoming airborne and entering the respiratory system of nearby people, unaware they are breathing in a deadly substance.


Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Even if I Did Not Work Directly With Asbestos?


Victims of asbestos exposure have successfully brought lawsuits against defendants alleging they developed mesothelioma due to second hand asbestos exposure by a family member working with or around the product. In 2013, a jury awarded a New Jersey woman $2 million for her claim alleging she developed mesothelioma from breathing asbestos from her father’s work clothes.


Mesothelioma claims often center around the defendant’s knowledge their asbestos contaminated products or work environments could lead to serious health problems but failed to warn those who could be exposed. Other claims allege defective design or manufacture of products which contain asbestos, again because the defendant more likely than not knew of the dangers.


One study by the National Institute of Health concluded there is no safe level of asbestos exposure and even small amounts of the product contained peak-concentrations of asbestos which can lead to serious health problems. It is an unfortunately reality which many asbestos-exposure victims and our society as a whole must grapple with.


While many defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits contend victims could not possibly have developed mesothelioma due to low levels of exposure, scientific studies looking into the query find that not to be the case. As so often happens in mesothelioma lawsuits, defendants will go to great lengths to skirt responsibility for their negligence and careless behavior and deny duly owed compensation to ordinary people harmed by asbestos.


Nationwide Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawyer


If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be possible for you to hold those responsible for your exposure to asbestos accountable. Mesothelioma victims can recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering by filing asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits. For more information, contact our office. The Throneberry Law Group understands the difficulty of dealing with asbestos-related diseases and look forward to discussing how we can help



Can I Be Exposed to Asbestos Outside of Work?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mesothelioma and Superfund Sites

Since the 1970s, the federal government has recognized the dangers asbestos poses to the health and safety of those who come in contact with it. To that end, the government empowered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate asbestos contaminated sites across the country and force responsible parties to take accountability in the clean up effort.


On December 11, 1980, Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), informally known as Superfund. The law works by putting a tax on chemical and gas companies as well as giving the EPA the authority to respond to environmental disasters.


To keep track of contaminated sites, the EPA created a National Priorities List (NPL) which includes areas like mines, factories, shipyards, and other industrial sites where asbestos has been detected. Over the years, the EPA has initiated numerous asbestos clean up efforts, putting the financial burden on the shoulders of the asbestos producers and product users.


Do EPA Superfunds Compensate Mesothelioma Victims?


The mission of the EPA Superfunds is to identify areas contaminated by asbestos and other dangerous chemicals and collect funds from polluters to pay for the clean up. Unfortunately, this does not include any types of civil action to provide invaluable compensation to ordinary people hurt by coming into contact with asbestos from these sites.


In order for mesothelioma victims to recover for damages, they must file an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit against parties believed to be responsible for the exposure. Having the EPA designate a workplace where the alleged asbestos exposure took place a Superfund site can be a tremendous help to proving asbestos was the proximate cause of developing the deadly lung disease.


What Can I Recover in an Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit?


Mesothelioma asbestos lawsuits allege that manufacturers knew their products contained the deadly industrial material but did nothing to warn those coming in contact with it of the dangers posed. Furthermore, employers and other entities may be held responsible if it can be demonstrated they were aware the products employed in the business’s operations were contaminated with asbestos.


Depending on the circumstances of the case, mesothelioma victims may be able to recover for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Surviving family members of asbestos cancer victims may also hold the right to file wrongful death and survival action claims against responsible parties.


Speaking to an experienced nationwide mesothelioma lawyer can help victims understand their legal options and investigate the situation. All too often, wrongdoers responsible for mesothelioma from asbestos exposure fail to take responsibility for their careless actions and force the hand of those who deserve compensation for their injuries.


Nationwide Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawyer


If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be possible for you to hold those responsible for your exposure to asbestos accountable. For more information, contact our office. The Throneberry Law Group understands the difficulty of dealing with asbestos-related diseases and look forward to discussing how we can help.



Mesothelioma and Superfund Sites

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why is it Important to Hire an Asbestos Attorney?

By now most of us are familiar with the lawsuits and settlements associated with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. As victims of asbestos exposure finally get the justice and compensation they deserve, even more are left out to fight on their own as the defendants in these cases continue to deny liability for their dangerous products.


Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that an individual exposed to asbestos in his or her everyday life developed the rare, deadly lung disease mesothelioma, manufacturers of the products in question refuse to compensate victims appropriately. More often than not, plaintiffs turn to experienced mesothelioma attorneys to aid them in their time of need.


What Can a Mesothelioma Lawyer Do for Me?


While the causal relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma is well established, these cases remain complex. By its very nature, mesothelioma often develops decades after exposure to asbestos. In that time, asbestos manufacturers often close up shop, change hands, or sell off their assets to holding companies, making it difficult to serve complaints on proper defendants.


Furthermore, multiple entities may be at fault for an individual developing mesothelioma and therefore subject to an asbestos lawsuit. Having an experienced and dedicated asbestos cancer lawyer is vitally important to tracking down and holding all wrongdoers responsible for their careless behavior and failure to warn ordinary people about the dangers asbestos poses.


Why Do Mesothelioma Claims Get Denied?


Defense attorneys and the asbestos manufacturers often utilize unscrupulous tactics to deny claims and confuse courts about the science behind an individual’s disease. One of the most common tactics is to claim the victim held a pre-existing condition that caused the extremely rare and deadly lung cancer.


Other times, asbestos manufacturers will altogether deny their contaminated products ever came anywhere near the victim, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Unless strong, solid cases are built, victims may be unable to collect the vital compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages necessary to fight the disease and live a more comfortable life.


How Can My Lawyer Find Out if My Mesothelioma was Caused by Asbestos?


A qualified mesothelioma attorney often begins by investigating the employment history of the victim to see if he or she could have been exposed to asbestos in an industrial setting. Common occupations associated with asbestos exposure include:


  • Construction, demolition, roofing, or insulation

  • Military settings such as shipyards or serving aboard naval vessels

  • Factories and textile mills

  • Pipe fitting, welding, and machine operating jobs

  • Firefighters

Decades ago, asbestos was common in these and other occupations. Despite knowing for decades about the risk of asbestos, many hard-working people were never told about the risks associate with their jobs until they contracted mesothelioma.


Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers


If you or a loved one contracted 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.


 



Why is it Important to Hire an Asbestos Attorney?

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