Mesothelioma from Asbestos: The Cost in Human Terms
Les Skramstad. Jack Davis. Bob Wheelis. Three names that have, or may soon, become statistics at the behest of asbestos. [Skramstad], as you may have read, lost his battle with asbestosis. Jack and Bob are sick with mesothelioma, and there are thousands like them. But more than simply names on a ledger, these names represent real people, with families and friends and responsibilities.
Asbestos Exposure only Known Link to Pleural Mesothelioma
Even though asbestos has been a dirty word for decades, and its use and prevalence has dramatically declined, the toxic substance is still making its presence felt, and is still at the root cause of serious health problems including pleural mesothelioma. In many cases it is claiming lives.
Recently Resolved Mesothelioma Cases
A 56-year-old retired union insulator was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in July 2006. He had been exposed to asbestos during his working career in shipyards, industrial plants, factories and paper mills in Washington State. His mesothelioma lawsuit was filed September 2006 and resolved in June 2007. The settlements exceeded $4.6 million.
Diseases Associated with Asbestos
Although it was once commonly used for insulating buildings and machinery, the use of asbestos has declined sharply over the last several decades as people became more aware of the serious health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.
Malignant Mesothelioma: Asbestos Exposure the only Known Cause to Deadly Disease
Exposure to asbestos and, specifically, the onset of exposure-related diseases such as malignant mesothelioma will likely result in asbestos remaining in the courts for a very long time.
People Exposed to Asbestos at Risk for Mesothelioma
Seattle, WA: Although many people may believe that asbestos was banned a long time ago, individuals are exposed to the toxic fibers because they are still used in industrial settings. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is working to see a bill passed that would ban asbestos, but her success is not guaranteed.
New Congressional Hearings on "Deadly, Devastating" Effects of Asbestos
Senator Patricia Murray (D-WA) testified Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, arguing for the ban the importation and use of asbestos in the US.
Remembering a Hero: Asbestos Activist Les Skramstad
When Lester Lewis "Les" Skramstad died at age 70 several months ago, he left a legacy of community advocacy on behalf of asbestos victims.
Asbestos Video highlights plight of U.S. Capitol Tunnel Workers
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has launched a powerful online video with detailed footage of asbestos dust and environmental hazards within the Capitol Hill tunnels where government crews are working.
Asbestos Found in 21 University Buildings at Cal State
Faculty and staff at California State University were shocked when an article in the university newspaper revealed that asbestos has been detected in 21 of the campus's buildings.
Asbestos Lawsuits keep Rolling On
Ready for some more bad news about asbestos? Apparently, asbestos poisoning is starting to strike people down at an earlier age. Why this is happening is unclear.
Asbestos: It may be Lurking inside of You
Watch what happens whenever asbestos is discovered inside a building: people scatter, the building is closed down, and workers swarm over the site in full masks and heavy clothing to deal with the evil stuff.
Asbestos-related Illness Ignored by School District
More than 25 years ago, Mark Hudson (not his real name) was exposed to asbestos.
More Asbestos Workers with Lung Cancer
Barry Parr (not his real name) didn't know the dangers of asbestos when he started working with it. In fact, for a long time most people didn't know that asbestos could lead to cancer. Unfortunately, a lot of products in the past century were made or packaged with asbestos. Barry worked with some of those products and now he has lung cancer.
Asbestos Poisoning: why weren't they told?
"I feel like I have been shafted. Nobody, not even our government, told us the dangers of asbestos and now my life is on the line. I don't have workers compensation because I am an independent contractor. I don't know who else to go after, or what to do."
Asbestos: the Silent Killer
Nathan Starling, from Orlando, Florida has never smoked a day in his life." What got me thinking about the asbestos was when the doctors saw me after my triple by-pass surgery and told the wife that I should quit smoking." For Nathan, there is no such thing as the golden years. "I think I've got copper instead."
Our Home an Asbestos Hazard Site
Angelica Frances and her family moved to Sedalia, Missouri and bought a home. Little did they know that soon after moving in, they would be forced to leave. The entire house was contaminated with asbestos.
Asbestos: No early Warning Signs
James Casto, from Clendenin, West Virginia developed a spot on his lung two years ago. A biopsy determined that it was carcinogenic: traces of asbestos were found.
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