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