Monday, August 29, 2016

How Long Can it Take to Notice the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Individuals who were exposed to asbestos either at work or by second-hand exposure often have many questions about whether they may be at risk for developing mesothelioma, a deadly and incurable lung disease linked to asbestos. While the dangers of asbestos have been known for many decades, the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma can take an equally long time to manifest themselves, which can make the disease difficult to understand.


Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that affects a thin line of tissue surrounding the body’s internal organs, most often the lungs and abdomen. Although the overwhelming majority of people exposed to asbestos will not develop mesothelioma, about 2,000 to 3,000 are diagnosed every year with the aggressive cancer.


While each case is different, most individuals exposed to asbestos that eventually develop mesothelioma will not do so for anywhere from 20 to 50 years. During that time, other health conditions with similar symptoms can mask the signs of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos and delay diagnosis and treatment.


What are the Signs of Mesothelioma?


There are four types of mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma and testicular mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms vary depending on the form of the disease but lumps in the affected areas are a shared symptom.


  • Pleural mesothelioma – This type affects a thin lining of tissue around the lungs. Symptoms often include shortness of breath, painful coughing, chest pains, and weight loss.

  • Peritoneal mesothelioma – Tissues lining the abdominal wall are affected by this type of mesothelioma. The signs of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain, swelling of the abdomen, and weight loss.

  • Pericardial mesothelioma – This type affects the thin lining around the heart known as the pericardium. Pericardial mesothelioma often does not have any symptoms in the initial stages of the cancer. Symptoms of this rare cancer include chest pains, murmurs, heart palpitations, difficulty and shortness of breath, painful coughing and night sweats.

Doctors will use a variety of different methods to diagnose whether or not someone has developed mesothelioma. Often times, it begins with an x-ray or CT scan to look for signs of fluid buildup around the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testicles (in cases involving men). If a doctor suspects a patient may have mesothelioma, a biopsy is usually ordered to extract tissue and conduct further tests.


How Long Do I Have to File a Mesothelioma Claim?


Fortunately for victims of asbestos exposure who developed mesothelioma, the law gives them and their families legal recourse to hold wrongdoers accountable and seek compensation for the harm they have suffered. It is extremely important to note there are time deadlines to filing these types of claims and if they are not met, victims may be barred from filing mesothelioma asbestos lawsuits.


The amount of time to file a claim varies by state and starts when the victims discovers he or she has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Victims of asbestos exposure should contact an experienced nationwide mesothelioma attorney to find out exactly what their legal options are.


Nationwide Asbestos Lawyers


For more information about your legal rights, contact our office. The nationwide asbestos lawyers of the Throneberry Law Group understand the difficulty of dealing with asbestos-related diseases and look forward to discussing how we can help. Strict time deadlines apply so please contact us at your earliest convenience.


 


 



How Long Can it Take to Notice the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

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?