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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Big Picture in Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma Lawsuit and the Big Picture:  The prospect of filing and preparing for a mesothelioma lawsuit can seem daunting, especially given the fact that you or the loved one you represent are in poor health. There is the gathering of health records and other evidence, determining the whereabouts and status of former employers, and proceedings in and out of court. Fortunately, you are not alone. A skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney can handle every legal detail, fight for the compensation you are entitled to, and make sure you get the medical treatment and therapies you need for your health.

Your Mesothelioma Was Likely Caused By Work-Related Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos, a group of mineral fibers with properties of heat-resistance, durability, and flexibility, were used widely in the construction, automotive, shipbuilding, and other industries from the 1800s to the 1980s. In fact, the array of products and processes asbestos were utilized in is staggering. In the late 1970s, scientific evidence linked asbestos to severe respiratory problems, including mesothelioma. The symptoms of these illnesses, fatal in their malignant cancerous forms, are intense pain and shortness of breath. If you worked in one of the industries in which asbestos was widely-utilized, you may have inhaled or swallowed “friable” asbestos – fibers that were present in dust or other substances instead of being solidly mixed into or fixed into another substance. Because the lung cannot expel asbestos from the body, the fibers linger there, and sometimes in the abdomen.

The effects of this asbestos exposure do not surface quickly. On the contrary, it can take 20 to 50 years from the initial period of exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma to manifest. This substantial latency is one reason why your dedicated attorney will work hard to thoroughly review your medical and employment history while preparing your mesothelioma suit for trial and financial compensation. Determining the time, place, and reason for your exposure to the toxic substance bears heavily on securing the financial compensation you are entitled to you for medical needs and pain and suffering.

Products Liability is a Basis for Recovery in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Products liability law, which encompasses strict liability, breach of warranty, and negligence, is a basis on which you may recover financial damages for the losses you have suffered as a result of your exposure to asbestos. Your skilled attorney will know precisely which area of products liability law to invoke after learning where you were exposed to asbestos, why, on how many occasions, and also if your employer failed to comply with additional regulations. Financial recoveries range from thousands of dollars to tens of millions. The extent to which you have suffered factors heavily with regard to damage awards. To discuss your legal and medical options, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney.

The Big Picture in Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mesothelioma Compensation

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. The range of compensation is wide, from thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars. There is no one set amount and mesothelioma compensation will be dependent on each unique set of facts.

Still, certain factors are considered in every case. First and foremost is the seriousness of the injury you have suffered. This factor is actually highly complex because of the symptoms and characteristics of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma will arise and conclude within a relatively fixed, identifiable period of time. The window of time in which you might be exposed to asbestos and then become ill with mesothelioma can span from 20 to 50 years. The reason for this is the latency time between asbestos exposure and the presence of cancer in the body. If you are now in your later years, for example, you may have been exposed to asbestos from the 1940s to 1980s, but not become ill until recently. During the time between your exposure and succumbing to illness, you may have been in good health.

Alternatively, you may have experienced respiratory problems from the point of exposure. If your mesothelioma is present in malignant cancerous form, the illness will almost always prove fatal. As hard as this is to contemplate, it bears heavily on the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. How much you are suffering, how long you have and will suffer, the cost of your medical treatment, and impact on your loved ones – all these considerations are relevant to the issue of mesothelioma compensation.

Another important factor that must be considered in mesothelioma compensation includes the defendant’s ability to pay. Because of the potentially significant latency between asbestos exposure in the workplace and the onset of mesothelioma, it is possible that the company or companies you worked for at the time of your exposure are either no longer operating or in possession of only limited funds. On the positive side, the company may have established a compensation fund precisely for victims like you.

Lastly, the longer it has taken to resolve your claim, with you and your family suffering all the while, the stronger the basis for a more substantial financial recovery. To discuss the legal and medical specifics regarding your unique claim for financial compensation, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.

Mesothelioma Compensation