New York Contractor Convicted in Asbestos Case
A federal jury recently convicted an upstate New York contractor and his company for allegedly exposing workers and the public to asbestos during a demolition project at Genesee Hospital, the Associated Press reports.
Asbestos Lawsuits Result in Compensation for Plaintiffs
A man has been awarded $3.72 million in his asbestos exposure lawsuit. The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of working with asbestos. Meanwhile, a different plaintiff in New Jersey will also receive more than $3 million in asbestos compensation after he filed an asbestos lawsuit.
Asbestos Mesothelioma from One Who Knows
Asbestos mesothelioma may be rare, but it affects more than 3,000 Americans every year; and Dr. Raja Flores knows a great deal about it. The professor and chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York sees more than 50 cases annually. And while it may be rare, it has been reported that the incidence of mesothelioma is on the rise—increasing over the past 20 years. "Asbestos exposure is the number-one risk factor," says Flores. "That refers to naturally-occurring minerals present in many industrial products, like cement, textiles and insulation."
UK Man Files Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against British Government
A former coal worker in the UK has filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against the government, claiming he contracted the deadly cancer as a result of his work for the National Coal Board.
The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children
Attorney Michael Angelides believes that there is no foreseeable end to the number of victims of mesothelioma, a rare but always fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos that fills the lungs with tumors and essentially suffocates its victims.
Another Innocent Asbestos Victim Dies
In yet another heartbreaking example of peripheral damage from asbestos, the wife of a UK man who claims four years' worth of exposure to asbestos—but whose wife was never exposed through her own employment—has lost her battle with asbestos mesothelioma after ingesting asbestos fibers from her husband's work clothes.
Oil Companies Face Asbestos Claims
Texaco, Chevron USA and BP all face asbestos claims from employees or their family members who allege asbestos injury. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. All three conditions are potentially fatal and have led to asbestos lawsuits.
Mesothelioma Victim Believes Asbestos on Father's Clothes Caused Illness
Mesothelioma is a disease typically associated with older people who worked industrial jobs that involved asbestos. So how does one account for a 39-year-old battling the rare and deadly cancer?
High School Lesson: Asbestos 101
Debbie was recently told by a maintenance worker where she teaches high school that she should stay away from her classroom wall because there's asbestos behind it. Understandably concerned, she approached the principal. "Don't worry about it, as long as you don't tack anything on the wall," he said. Debbie and her students have been tacking decorations and art on the walls for the past five years, and in so doing may have caused asbestos to become airborne.
Asbestos Mesothelioma: "It's a Steady Stream of Death"
The individual tasked with a multi-year study on the affects of asbestos mesothelioma knows all too well the dangers of asbestos, even with minimal exposure. Larry Stoffman, who chaired an asbestos study on behalf of Health Canada for eight years, told the Vancouver Province on September 5, "There are cases where people have only been exposed for one day and they ended up with mesothelioma 30 years later."
Asbestos Abatement Project Causes Concern Among NY Residents
Some residents who live close to an asbestos abatement project in Staten Island, New York, say they are worried some of the deadly mineral may escape the work site, reports silive.com.
Asbestos Victim Awarded Millions in Mesothelioma Decision
A woman who was diagnosed with asbestos mesothelioma after years of washing her husband's asbestos-laden work clothes will likely receive $7 million in asbestos compensation. Her husband is owed $500,000 with interest still accruing.
"No One Told Us Asbestos was Dangerous"
"The doctors told me I will die a slow death at an early age," says Kenneth, who worked with asbestos for many years. "I should have taken better care of myself when I was younger, but I didn't know how and no one told me the job was hazardous."
UK Coroner: Asbestos Exposure Caused Builder's Mesothelioma Death
The mesothelioma that resulted in the death of a man who worked as a builder was recently determined to have been caused by asbestos exposure he suffered on the job, a UK coroner said.
Questions over Asbestos Oversight in New York City
The management and public oversight of asbestos, the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma and asbestos cancer, took a major hit recently when the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) admitted that a safety inspector under its supervision falsified hundreds of reports and safety inspections with respect to buildings he had inspected in New York.
Boston Steam Pipe Burst—No Such Thing as "Safe" Asbestos Level
On Wednesday night a steam pipe burst on Harrison Avenue in Boston, spewing asbestos into the air and covering roads and parked cars. According to news reports, no one was hurt, which is not surprising. Asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by breathing airborne asbestos fibers typically take many years to develop.
Congressmen Push EPA to Clean up Town Plagued by Asbestosis
Three congressmen from Montana are pushing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to commit to completing the asbestos cleanup in Libby, Montana, a former mining town that has been ravaged by asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Illinois Court Sees Record Number of Asbestos Lawsuits
The Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois has seen 421 asbestos lawsuits filed as of June 30, marking a 29-case increase from the same date last year, according to the Madison Record.
Canada Set to Vote on Asbestos Mining
"Quebec breathing new life into one of Canada's last remaining asbestos mines", states the headline of a 6/14/10 article in the Winnipeg Free Press, in what seems to be a cruel play on words. While a few hundred jobs are at stake for miners in the town called Asbestos (the provincial government is close to backing a loan of $58 million to reopen the mine), Canada allows exports of asbestos mainly to countries that do not require a license to import the material—causing thousands of people to breathe their last breath due to asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Asbestos Found in Dead Man's Office
The clean-up effort in the office of a deceased lawmaker from Louisville, Kentucky revealed the presence of asbestos, a deadly mineral that causes mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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