Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

lung cancer awareness month in November

As we observe Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to understand the various causes of lung cancers and work hard to promote awareness about how and why these types of diseases occur, how to avoid them, and what our treatment options are. Fortunately, support communities across the country are coming together for just this very purpose.

Asbestos exposure can increase your risk for lung cancer.  While not exclusive to the lungs, mesothelioma tumors often affect a thin lining around these organs, known as the mesothelial tissue. When affecting the lining around the lungs, this type of cancer is known as pleural mesothelioma and occurs in about two-thirds of mesothelioma patients.

Lowering Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Various factors can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer and many are avoidable. That being said, all mesothelioma cancer cases occurred due to asbestos exposure many years ago but that should not discourage us from making a difference for the future.

  • Cigarette smoke: Whether first or second hand, exposure to cigarette smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer and has even been known to contribute to mesothelioma

  • Radon: The second leading cause of lung cancer, radon a naturally occurring gas from rocks and dirt and can commonly be found in basements

  • Silica: Like asbestos, silica is an industrial hazard known to cause lung cancer. Silica is a mineral found in rocks, sand, and other minerals

  • Genetics: Sometimes, an individual’s own genetics make developing lung cancer more likely than any other environment factor. If your family has a history of lung cancer, getting tested early and often can help in the event of a diagnosis

What Can I Do to Help Raise Awareness About Lung Cancer

Social media is one of the most powerful tools we have today to get our message out and raise awareness about this important cause. Survivors, families, and activists are encouraged to share photos and videos of their stories on social media sites.

Additionally, there are any number of Lung Cancer Awareness events individuals can volunteer their time or money to help promote a great cause that truly touches the lives of thousands of people. Furthermore, advocates can take their message to the streets by distributing educational materials to the general public.

Fighting lung cancer is a difficult one but it is not something patients have to go through alone as long as there is a community of supporters behind them. Sometimes, having a support base can mean all the difference in the word for lung cancer patients as they go through treatment and recovery.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers

Often times insurance is not enough to cover the staggering costs of medical treatments to fight mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancers caused by exposure to toxic asbestos. Fortunately, the law gives victims the right to file mesothelioma cancer and asbestos related lung cancer lawsuits against asbestos companies to recover for their medical bills, lost wages, and others damages.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced nationwide mesothelioma lawyers about your case.


Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Is Asbestos the Only Cause of Mesothelioma?

iabestosisotherasbestosdisease_27If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you undoubtedly have serious questions about the disease, its causes, and possible medical treatments to help live a longer, happier life. Often times, one of the most pressing questions for mesothelioma victims is, “How did I get mesothelioma?” or “Where did my mesothelioma come from?”

While cancer diagnoses are best made by trained, experienced oncologists and pathologists, the causal link between exposure to asbestos and developing mesothelioma has been known for many decades. Mesothelioma is often referred to the signature disease of asbestos exposure. In other words, mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer and when a diagnosis is made, asbestos exposure is investigated as the cause.

Asbestos is a mineral once popular in many industrial and commercial products, particularly as an insulation due to its heat-resistant properties. Applications of the dangerous mineral included auto parts, flooring, siding, and military settings, which created the possibility that millions of Americans could have been exposed.

Other factors in developing mesothelioma include age and gender. By its very nature, mesothelioma takes decades to develop in people so older people are inherently at higher risk of the disease. Additionally, men are at higher risk of developing mesothelioma since most of the workers exposed to asbestos in industrial settings were male.

Mesothelioma Treatments

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, there are important medical treatments to help fight the disease and improve quality of life. Many mesothelioma victims were hard working people and therefore deserve the best treatments and medicine available to live comfortably.

Unfortunately, insurance and other medical assistance programs do not always cover the full costs of these services, leaving patients and families struggling to find a way to pay for them. The good news is that the law gives mesothelioma victims recourse to hold wrongdoers who caused their condition responsible.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file claims with asbestos trusts set up to compensate victims or file mesothelioma lawsuits against negligent parties.

To speak to an experienced Arizona mesothelioma lawyer, contact our office. The Throneberry Law Group understands the difficulties victims go through in their times of need and work hard to help ensure that they are fairly compensated and find justice. Strict time deadlines often apply to filing these claims so please preserve your legal rights and contact us at your earliest convenience.

Is Asbestos the Only Cause of Mesothelioma?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Class Action Asbestos Case Ends with $80 Million Settlement

img-2The two sides in a class action asbestos exposure lawsuit recently agreed to an $80 million settlement just days before the trial was scheduled to commence. The settlement sets a record for the largest medical monitoring fund ever created in the state of Missouri and could provide services to up to 7,500 individuals who may have been exposed to asbestos.

The case stems from renovations on the Jackson County Courthouse between 1983 and 1985 when potentially thousands of individuals were exposed to asbestos during the project. One of the lead plaintiffs, a Jackson County Courthouse worker, claims the floor she worked on was almost completely covered in asbestos by workers who tracked the deadly mineral around when the failed to follow any sort of safety protocols.

While the defendant U.S. Engineering claims no one was harmed by the renovations almost 30 years ago, at least one death has been linked to asbestos exposure at the site. In 2011, the family of an administrative worker at the courthouse recovered $10.4 million in a settlement with the county and U.S. Engineering after the victim passed away from mesothelioma.

Although regulators claim testing shows the air inside the courthouse to be safe, the settlement none the less will provide thousands of people medical testing to monitor their health. Any individual who can prove he or she was in the building for 80 hours during the renovations will receive annual medical checkups, while those who were in the building for 80 hours from 1986 to 2007 will receive free screenings once every five years.

What is Asbestos?

Commercial asbestos is a white, flaky mineral once commonly used in the construction and manufacturing industry for its malleability and heat resistance. It was often used as an industrial insulation in the homes and workplaces of potentially millions of people.

However, the problem with asbestos is that the material is linked to several serious health conditions, including mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer affecting thin tissue linings, most commonly around the lungs and abdomen.

Often times, decades pass between exposure to asbestos and an individual developing mesothelioma. While there are many different medical treatments for mesothelioma, there is no cure for the disease and patients can expect to battle the cancer for the remainder of their lives.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyer

Asbestos companies knew for decades about the link between the mineral and developing serious health conditions, particularly mesothelioma, yet did nothing to warn potential victims about the risks. Although nothing can take back the harm caused by asbestos exposure, the law does give victims legal remedies to hold negligent parties accountable for their careless actions.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. The Throneberry Law Group can investigate your case and get you and your family the compensation you need for medical treatment and hold wrongdoers accountable for their reckless behavior.

Class Action Asbestos Case Ends with $80 Million Settlement

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jury Awards Talc User $18 Million for Mesothelioma Diagnosis

iabestosisotherasbestosdisease_27A Los Angeles jury recently made headlines after awarding $18 million to a plaintiff claiming asbestos-laced talcum powder was to blame for his mesothelioma. The 68-year-old former Los Angeles political figure claims he developed mesothelioma from coming in contact with talcum powder at his father’s barbershop where he would visit and spent time working as a child, stemming all the way back to the 1940s.

The defendant, Whittaker Clark & Daniels, was just one of many parties the plaintiff intended to hold responsible for his health issues. The plaintiff claims he was exposed to asbestos-laced talc in common hygiene products like Old Spice, Clubman, Kings Men, and Mennen Shave Talc.

The 12-person jury ultimately found Whittaker Clark & Daniels 30% at fault for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.  The verdict is also significant because the jury awarded the victim $3 million more than named in the suit and could have been much more had the trial proceeded to the punitive damages award stage.

Punitive damages are a rare type of award given to punish defendants for behavior a jury finds especially willful and wanton (intentional). In this case, the Los Angeles Superior Court jury determined the defendant acted with malice by producing a harmful products, marketing them as “asbestos free” without conducting any type of testing to verify the claim.

The defendant ultimately chose to settle the case, agreeing to the jury’s award and settling for an undisclosed amount of punitive damages. According to reports, some members of the jury were prepared to award as much as $20 to $25 million in additional compensation to punish the defendant.

The jury also found other defendants partially at fault for their role in the defendant’s terminal cancer. Those included Clubman Talc maker American International Industries: 10% at fault, Colgate-Palmolive as successor to Men Shave Talc: 10% at fault, Cyprus Amax Minerals: 40% at fault, and Old Spice talc maker Shutlon: 10% at fault.

What is Talc?

Talc is the key ingredient in talcum powder, a common mineral used in a variety of cosmetic and hygiene products renowned for its softness and ability to absorb many times its own mass in moisture. Often times, talc is mined from areas that contain asbestos as well.

While talc companies have long manufactured their products without deadly asbestos fibers, many victims have come forward in recent years claiming household products containing asbestos-laced talcum powder caused them to develop serious health conditions. Recently, a St. Louis jury awarded a female plaintiff $70 million for the ovarian cancer she claims was caused by talc in Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to an experienced Nationwide mesothelioma lawyer about your case. The Throneberry Law Group can investigate your case and get you and your family the compensation you need for medical treatment and hold wrongdoers accountable for their reckless behavior.

Jury Awards Talc User $18 Million for Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Asbestos Exposure May Lead to Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases

img-2While the disease is rare, many are familiar with mesothelioma and its causal relationship to exposure to asbestos, a once common additive to many industrial and commercial products during the mid-20th century. However, many do not realize that mesothelioma is not the only debilitating condition associated with exposure to toxic asbestos.

According to research analyzed by reporters, the case study of one small Montana town highlights just how high the risks of asbestos exposure can be, even if it does not result in developing mesothelioma. The study analyzed the health of the 7,300 residents of Libby, Montana in the years following the closure of a nearby vermiculite mine.

The mine operated for decades until its closure in 1990. The vermiculite mined contained asbestos and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared it a an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 2002. It became one of the largest environmental cleanups in U.S. history.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral once widely used for its heat-resistant properties. Use of the mineral goes back thousands of years but gained extreme popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries with the advent of the Industrial Revolution.

Thousands Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Illnesses

Over 2,000 inhabitants were diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions and some 400 have passed away in the last decade. The mine was operated by W.R. Grace & Co. which mined the vermiculite for use infor instillation and various industrial applications

The survey, performed by researchers at Montana State University, found a higher than expected number of individuals suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease which causes painful swelling, bone erosion and joint deformity. Additionally, the survey recorded higher than expected rates of lupus and scleroderma.

Lupus, like rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disease that attacks the tissue and often causes a rash and in serious cases may attack the kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. While symptoms may vary from case to case, the most common signs are chest pain when taking a deep breath, joint pain, oral ulcers, fatigue, and fever with no other cause.

Scleroderma was perhaps the most troubling diagnoses made by scientists studying the effects of asbestos on the local townspeople. Scleroderma is an extremely rare skin condition affecting only 200,000 people worldwide every year. The disease causes a hardening of the skin and internal organs.

Nationwide Mesothelioma Attorneys

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma or another cancer, it could be because of toxic exposure to asbestos. For decades, asbestos companies knew about the toxic effects of asbestos but did nothing to warn victims about the potential risk of exposure.

To discuss your legal options, contact our office to speak to an experienced nationwide mesothelioma attorney about your case. By filing an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit, you may be able to recover the compensation for medical expenses you and your family need to cope with the difficult circumstances you face.

Asbestos Exposure May Lead to Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases