Monday, May 23, 2016

Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability Law

Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability:  A reason you may be entitled to financial compensation for becoming ill with mesothelioma or asbestos-related, lung cancer is products liability law. This vast area of law encompasses strict liability, breach of warranty, and negligence. When bringing a products liability lawsuit, your mesothelioma attorney will argue that the manufacturer, distributer, and/or retailer of the asbestos you were exposed to should be held liable for your illness and the pain and suffering it has caused you.


Establishing a timeline is a key component in bringing a products liability-based mesothelioma case. One reason for this is because the construction, automotive, and other industries stopped widely utilizing asbestos in the early 1980s. At this time, scientific evidence of the health risks of asbestos exposure was strong. These health risks were determined to outweigh the cheap, durable, flexible, and heat-resistant properties offered by the group of mineral fibers that comprise asbestos. Because the 1970s brought widespread knowledge of the dangers posed by asbestos, they also bear heavily on responsibility for the effects of exposure. For many years since, agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have imposed standards on employers in the construction, automotive, and shipbuilding industries to protect workers from asbestos exposure in the workplace. So, depending on when and in what industry you were exposed to asbestos, your employer and property owners where you worked, in addition to parties in the retail chain of asbestos, may be liable for your mesothelioma.


Mesothelioma Cases are Often “Fast-Tracked” by Courts


In its malignant cancerous form, mesothelioma is almost always fatal. Before the cancer takes its final toll, the pain and suffering can be immense. Recognizing the decreased lifespan of mesothelioma sufferers, courts frequently “fast-track” asbestos-related lawsuits so that a resolution may be reached in an expeditious fashion. Besides the limited lifespan issue, the compensation was already a long time coming. This is because of the latency between exposure and symptoms. It can take 20 to 50 years for a worker exposed to asbestos to become ill with mesothelioma. Tragically, as a result of work-related asbestos exposure, you may have had a compromised lung, abdominal or heart lining or pleura for many years before being diagnosed.


In other cases, mesothelioma plaintiffs are able to settle with defendants outside of the courtroom. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney today to discuss your legal and medical options. In addition, if you have already tragically lost a loved one to either of these asbestos-related cancers, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Time is of the essence in filing a claim after you have been diagnosed, so do not delay in contacting a skilled attorney.



Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability Law

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations:  Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and is almost always fatal but takes years – even decades – to emerge. Even after the illness has been contracted and produces symptoms, it may take a long time for it to be accurately diagnosed. The reason for this is the close similarity of the symptoms of mesothelioma to those of lung cancer and asbestosis.


Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations


Once mesothelioma has taken effect and been accurately diagnosed, time takes on two new meanings. On the one hand, it is imperative that mesothelioma sufferers receive the medical treatment and therapy they need to increase both the quantity and quality of life. On the other hand, it is important that mesothelioma sufferers take legal action quickly to fight for any compensation they are entitled to for the cost of medical treatment, as well as pain and suffering, and other losses. This legal aspect of time speaks to what is known as the “statute of limitations.” Because mesothelioma can take 20 to 50 years to occur after exposure to asbestos, every state in the U.S. has extended the window of time in which individuals suffering from mesothelioma as a result of work-related exposure to asbestos may file a lawsuit to seek financial damages from the parties responsible.


This window of time does not remain open forever. The time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit or mesothelioma asbestos trust claim varies from state to state. As you already know because of the cost of medical bills related to diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma, time is also of the essence because of your very real need to pay for the healthcare you so dearly need. To learn the precise statute of limitation on filing a claim for financial compensation in your state, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney will explain your legal rights, facilitate accurate diagnosis by a physician specializing in respiratory illnesses, and fight for any compensation you are entitled to for the cost of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and other losses.


Mesothelioma Is Often Caused by Workplace Asbestos Exposure


Mesothelioma can result from exposure to asbestos in the workplace. The primary symptoms of the illness are intense pain are shortness of breath. The reason for these symptoms is cancer of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart. A thin layer of cells there known as the mesothelium becomes compromised – the result of having been exposed years earlier, whether by inhalation or swallowing, to asbestos.  If you or a loved one worked in any of these industries and are now suffering from the effects of mesothelioma, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.



Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms

Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms:  If you were exposed to asbestos and are now sick with aching chest pain, a persistent cough, fever and other pneumonia or flu-like symptoms, consult with a medical expert as soon as possible. Because of the similarity of the symptoms to lung cancer, and the delayed onset of the illnesses with regard to asbestos exposure, diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult. Consultation with a medical expert is a must. In addition, a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney will fight to obtain any compensation you are entitled to for your medical treatment, pain and suffering, and other losses.


Asbestosis Involves Scarring in the Tissues of the Lung


Asbestosis is a scar formation the lung tissue that results from the exposure to and presence of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a group of mineral fibers. These fibers, until the 1980s, were commonly used in a variety of industries because of its durability, flexibility, and resistance to heat. The ways that these fibers enter the lungs are through inhalation or swallowing. Because the body is unable to expel the tiny fibers from the lungs, the fibers remain there. Scarring occurs, and this interferes with lung function by blocking the uptake of oxygen from the air in the lungs into the bloodstream. This reduces that amount of oxygenated blood that returns to the heart and other tissues in the body. In addition, the presence of scar tissue in the lung causes stiffening of the lung – a condition that makes it difficult for the lung to expand with a deep breath. Unfortunately, asbestos scarring in the lung is irreversible, and as a general rule, the more exposure, the more scarring.


Mesothelioma is a Cancer of the Lining of the Lung


Mesothelioma often result from work-related asbestos exposure. Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the pleura – the layer of tissue that lines the lung. Alternately, mesothelioma may take effect in the peritoneum – the lining of the of abdomen and pericardial – the lining of the heart.  Like asbestosis, mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. In other words, both illnesses typically occur many years after the exposure to asbestos. Ultimately, the evidence that serves as proof of work-related asbestos exposure is scarring of the lung. This scarring is revealed via x-rays or CT scans. In addition to scarring, symptoms also point to the existence of asbestosis and mesothelioma. The symptoms, most notably shortness of breath, become pronounced during common types of physical exertion, such as climbing stairs or carrying groceries. Importantly, when discussing symptoms with both your physician and experienced attorney, carefully detail your asbestos exposure history.


What to Do if You Have Mesothelioma


If you have mesothelioma or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with mesothelioma, seek medical treatment immediately and, thereafter, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma and asbestosis attorney. An experienced attorney will work to ensure that you are accurately diagnosed, and fight for any compensation you are entitled to for your medical treatment and pain and suffering.



Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms

Monday, May 2, 2016

Asbestos in the Construction Industry

Asbestos in the Construction Industry


The construction industry was among those that turned to asbestos for fireproofing and insulating in the manufacturing process of a wide array of parts, products, and materials. The material – fibrous mineral – was cheap and heat resistant, and was used widely as early as the 19th century. While asbestos offered utility and cost-savings, however, it has since been linked to serious health problems in the workers that built the industries that so often implemented the mineral’s thin fibers.


The problem: when asbestos is not completely contained, its fine fibers can be inhaled or swallowed. When this happens, the fibers become embedded in a layer of tissue in the chest and abdominal regions known as the mesothelium. Unable to expel the tiny asbestos fibers from the body, the mesothelium becomes compromised. The resulting illnesses, mesothelioma and or asbestosis, take a truly terrible toll on the body. The symptoms are like those of lung cancer, intense pain and difficult breathing, and typically surface between 20 and 50 years after exposure to asbestos.


The purpose of this article is to explain the types of processes in the construction industry that featured asbestos. If you were exposed to asbestos while working in the industry and are now experiencing symptoms consistent with mesothelioma or asbestosis, contact a skilled and dedicated mesothelioma attorney. An experienced attorney will fight for the compensation you are entitled to for you medical needs and pain and suffering.


Asbestos Commonly Used in Construction Industry for Many Years


From the nineteenth century to the early 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in building materials and other products in the construction industry. Pipe and boiler insulation, fireproofing on support beams and ceilings, tiles, and acoustical plaster were all commonly made with asbestos. Again, the reason for this was the durable, flexible, and heat-resistant nature of the group of mineral fibers that comprise asbestos. Because buildings last for a long time, the fact that the use of asbestos was discontinued in the wake of scientific evidence regarding its adverse health effects does not mean that you were not exposed to asbestos if you worked in the construction industry after the 1980s. This is because you may have come into contact with a building or materials that were made prior to the industry’s move away from asbestos use. The types of workers that may have been exposed to asbestos are many and include insulators, plumbers, electricians, pipe fitters, carpenters, sheet metal workers, building maintenance workers, telephone installers, demolition crews, and more. The commonality between these professions and health conditions like asbestosis and mesothelioma is the inhalation or swallowing of dust containing asbestos fibers.


Even if you retired from the industry many years ago, the aching chest pain, cough, and other symptoms you are now experiencing may stem from work-related exposure to asbestos. To discuss your legal and medical options, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma and asbestosis attorney.


 



Asbestos in the Construction Industry

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mesothelioma and the Automotive Industry

Mesothelioma and the Automotive Industry:  Asbestos-related illness, including mesothelioma and asbestosis, have caused serious health problems for individuals who worked in the automotive industry in the 20th century. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness or are experiencing symptoms and work or worked in the auto industry, contact an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos attorney. The suffering you and your loved ones are being forced to endure may be connected to your work in the automotive industry.


Asbestos Once Commonly Used in Automobile Parts


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos or are experiencing symptoms consistent with those illnesses and worked in the auto industry, you have surely asked three questions:


  • What is asbestos?

  • How was exposed to asbestos?

  • Why does asbestos cause health problems?

With regard to the first question, asbestos is mineral comprised of many fine fibers. Because asbestos possesses certain beneficial properties, such as heat resistance and the capacity to insulate, it was used widely in a number of commercial and industrial products. The automotive industry, especially prior to the late-1970’s, was one the industries to utilize asbestos – especially in the manufacturing of brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets, internal combustion parts, clutches, heat seals, hood lines, insulation and an array of other components. Asbestos was mixed into paint, threaded into fiberglass, and used in other applications.


Tragically, while asbestos may be beneficial to machines, it poses very serious health risks to human beings when its thin fibers are inhaled or swallowed during the process of manufacturing process. The reason for this is that when asbestos is inhaled, the human body is unable to expel it from the inner tissues of the chest and abdominal cavities. These inner tissues comprise the thin layer of cells known as the mesothelium. This layer of cells is also where the name for the illness “mesothelioma” comes from because it is these tissues that are gravely harmed by asbestos exposure.


Both mesothelioma and asbestosis cause immense pain, feature symptoms like those of lung cancer, and are fatal in their malignant cancerous forms. Unfortunately, because of the similarity of the symptoms of asbestos-related illness to those of lung cancer, the illness is difficult to diagnose until it has become cancerous and metastasized. Finally, both asbestosis and mesothelioma typically do not manifest until between 20 and 50 years after the initial exposure period


What to Do if You Have Mesothelioma or Asbestosis


Mesothelioma and the Automotive Industry:  Did you work in the automotive industry either before the late 1970’s or on cars and trucks that were originally manufactured before this time period? Did you work on brakes and/or clutches while in the industry? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your health problems may be linked to exposure to asbestos in the auto industry. To discuss your legal and medical options, contact a compassionate and experienced mesothelioma and asbestos attorney today.


 


 



Mesothelioma and the Automotive Industry

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure:  Mesothelioma is a somewhat rare type of cancer that is difficult to diagnose, shares symptoms with lung cancer and asbestosis, and inflicts terrible pain on those afflicted by it. The purpose of this article is to explain what mesothelioma is, how it is linked to asbestos exposure, and what the medical and legal options are for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you or a loved one are suffering with mesothelioma or asbestosis, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney today.


Mesothelioma is the Signature Disease of Asbestos Exposure


Mesothelioma is the signature disease of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a collection of minerals possessing fine microscopic fibers. These fibers are unique because they are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals, and do not conduct electric current. Because of these unique, flame-resistant characteristics, asbestos has been mined and used extensively in the construction, automotive, shipyards and ship building, steel mills, chemical plants, oil refineries, HVAC, and other industries. While these special fibers possess a certain utility in these industries, they pose serious risks to the workers and other individuals who come into contact with them. Specifically, if asbestos fibers are released into the air that workers breath during the manufacturing or construction processes, they can be breathed in or swallowed by the workers.


The inhalation or swallowing of asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis or mesothelioma, both dire health problems. Science shows us that the relationship between workplace exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma and asbestosis is strong. Specifically, as many as 75% of mesothelioma cases can be linked to asbestos exposure at work. In addition, because the thin asbestos fibers can cling to the hair or clothes of workers, family members may also be exposed to asbestos when workers return home. This is often referred to as secondhand asbestos exposure.  The effects of asbestos exposure are far different than something like catching the common cold at work. On the contrary, mesothelioma symptoms commonly do not manifest until 20 to 50 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. When symptoms do appear, they affect the lungs and commonly include shortness of breath and chest pain. The pain, unfortunately, can be immense.


In its malignant cancerous form, mesothelioma may metastasize in the tissues and internal organs. While mesothelioma, in its cancerous form, is always fatal, proper diagnosis, treatment, and therapy can prolong both the quality and quantity of life.


What to Do if You are Exposed to Asbestos in the Workplace or by Secondhand Exposure


If you worked in an industry utilizing asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or are experiencing mesothelioma-like symptoms, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney. An experienced attorney will work to help you obtain the medical care you need for your condition, and financial care you deserve for both the cost of treatment and pain and suffering you are experiencing. For your health and legal rights, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney today.



Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

Monday, April 25, 2016

An Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help

Asbestos-related illnesses, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, cause immense suffering on both the afflicted and their loved ones. When one of these illnesses has been contracted through no fault of your own contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to help answer two questions that commonly arise:


  • What are the treatment options, and

  • How can I hold the individual, business, or institution responsible accountable for my suffering?

The answer to the first question is medical in nature. The answer to the second question is legal in nature. The purpose of this article is to explain the basics of both. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to discuss your legal options.


Mesothelioma is an Asbestos-Related Type of Cancer


Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. In its malignant form, it encases the tissues of the lungs, heart, and other internal organs. These symptoms are similar to those of lung cancer and asbestosis. In addition, the cancer itself is somewhat rare, with only roughly 3,000 people newly diagnosed each year. The cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose because of the similarity the symptoms it produces to those of lung cancer and asbestosis. This difficulty in diagnosis can itself cause difficulties in treatment if the underlying cause of the symptoms is not accurately identified at the outset. Such a delay in diagnosis can prove tragic, allowing the cancer to metastasize other tissues and organs more quickly in the absence of proper treatment.


Even if mesothelioma is diagnosed early, mesothelioma, nevertheless, is almost always fatal. Still, early diagnosis and proper treatment can lengthen the quality and quantity of life by months and in some cases even years. Moreover, medical experts work to utilize existing therapies, as well as to develop new ones to ameliorate the intense pain experienced by mesothelioma sufferers. The right and ability to receive the best therapies and medical care for mesothelioma is often bound up in the legal side of mesothelioma. This is where the skill of an experienced mesothelioma attorney comes into the picture. On the medical side, an experienced mesothelioma attorney can assist you in confirming a diagnosis with a mesothelioma specialist, and from there obtaining the best treatment and palliative care options available. On the legal side, a skilled attorney will fight for your rightful compensation for the financial burden that mesothelioma imposes.


Contacting an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney


Wouldn’t you like to be represented by an experienced mesothelioma attorney who knows firsthand the devastating effects of the illness? Attorney Michael Throneberry of the Throneberry Law Group lost his own father-in-law to mesothelioma. It was the witnessing of terrible toll taken on his father by mesothelioma that fuels his passion to fight for the rights of his mesothelioma clients. The types of compensation available to victims are many, and can make an immense difference. To discuss your legal and medical options, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney today.



An Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help