What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You? Tell That to Drilling Mud Victims
The old adage of “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” does not apply to asbestos and the drilling mud that at one time housed it. Many a drilling mud lawsuit alleges that oil rig workers charged with the task of mixing powder with water and/or other chemicals to produce the drilling mud integral to the drilling industry had no clue as to the risk.
Asbestos Litigation in the News, but Not Always for the Right Reasons
Asbestos lawsuits have been in the news lately, casting a negative shadow on people who file asbestos claims alleging serious health problems linked to their exposure to the carcinogen. Plaintiffs allege they or their family members were exposed to asbestos, putting them at risk of cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Asbestosis and Asbestos
When it comes to asbestos exposure lawsuits, health problems such as mesothelioma and lung cancer tend to get most of the attention, but asbestosis is also a serious condition linked to asbestos exposure. Similar to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos disease affects the patient’s lungs, severely restricting the patient’s ability to breathe.
Used Drilling Mud Dumped in California’s Central Valley
Toxic drilling mud has the potential to harm more people than the mud engineer who comes into direct contact with the substance. And while the drilling rig employee carries the most risk of inhaling floating asbestos fibers when drilling mud is mixed from its original powdered form, it’s what happens after the drilling mud is spent that has many residents of the Central Valley area of California concerned.
Asbestos Cancer and Lung Cancer Connected for Former Kent Smokers
Columnist Joe Nocera writing in the New York Times December 3 came down hard on lung cancer lawsuits that claim exposure to asbestos, spinning lung cancer into asbestos cancer. His position is that with the dangers of smoking well-known, successfully litigating lung cancer cases is a tough go, so lawyers have attempted to find a connection between lung cancer and asbestos claims.
UK Steel Plant Workers Alleged to Have Had “Snowball Fights” with Asbestos
Sadly, it appears to be an old story but one that still has a few chapters yet to be written. To that end, experts conversant with asbestosis disease in the UK say that asbestos cases from exposure dating back decades are not expected to peak before 2016.
Asbestos Drilling Mud Claims: When an Asbestos Lawsuit Is Not a Typical Lawsuit
Asbestos drilling mud lawsuits are similar to other asbestos claims because they all tend to allege that employees were exposed to asbestos without being properly warned of the risks and without being given adequate safety gear. Asbestos drilling mud lawsuits and other asbestos lawsuits also tend to involve claims about serious health problems linked to the asbestos exposure - health problems such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. But as court documents from a lawsuit in 2003 show, asbestos drilling mud lawsuits are distinct from other asbestos claims.
Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $8 Million
It’s been some time since we’ve heard about an Asbestos lawsuit from smoking. Nonetheless, a recent jury award to a plaintiff who claims to have smoked a particular brand of cigarettes from 1952 to 1956 burdened the Lorillard Tobacco Company with a major portion of fault.
Cigarettes Lead to Asbestos Claims
It is hard to think of anything that could make cigarettes more dangerous, but back in the 1950s, certain cigarettes actually contained asbestos in their filters. Those asbestos-containing cigarettes have led to lawsuits alleging mesothelioma and asbestosis disease, either on the part of people who smoked the cigarettes or those who worked in the factory that supplied the filters. Other lawsuits alleging exposure to asbestos fibers resulting in asbestosis lung disease are still pending.
Asbestos Exposure Leads to Lawsuit
An asbestos lawsuit has been filed against an electric company in Missouri, alleging employees were exposed to a risk of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries during their employment. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed September 13.
Offshore Drilling Giant Says “Not Guilty” in Drilling Mud Lawsuit
A leading force in the drilling industry and operator of both fixed drilling rigs and drilling ships is currently defending itself against a drilling mud lawsuit, according to its annual filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June. Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (Diamond Offshore) maintains that much of the litigation centers on entities that may have employed drilling mud before Diamond offshore purchased the platforms.
The Litigation and Liability Strategies Behind Asbestosis Lawsuits
Critics of big business and manufacturing accused of turning a blind eye toward the risks associated with working with asbestos, only to turn to bankruptcy to avoid paying the full freight of asbestosis compensation, maintain they have only themselves to blame. An ongoing court case earlier this summer aptly demonstrates the complexities and frustration that can lie on the other side of asbestosis disease.
Asbestos Drilling Mud and Effect on Public
Concerns about asbestos drilling mud and the effect it had on engineers and the people working with it are well-documented. Up until the late 1980s, drilling mud contained asbestos, which is a known carcinogen and can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer decades after exposure. Drilling mud itself is used to cool drill bits and flush debris during drilling, and asbestos was added to drilling mud because it was heat resistant.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Plaintiff Awarded Nearly $6 Million
About 10 days after a jury in an Asbestos lawsuit awarded the plaintiff nearly six million dollars, one of two defendants remaining in the case at the time of the verdict announced they will appeal the ruling.
Article Shows Staggering Number of Years Lost to Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
A new report on asbestosis and mesothelioma suggests that a staggering number of years of life are lost to asbestosis lung disease and mesothelioma. The study, using information from the World Health Organization, was undertaken to estimate the global burden of mesothelioma and asbestosis disease.
Asbestos Mud Drilling Exposes Workers to Serious Health Problems
Imagine working with a material you were told was safe only to be told later it contained a carcinogen that could cause serious health problems. That is the issue facing many a mud engineer, people who worked with drilling mud, which often has asbestos mixed in. Despite working with a carcinogen, many of the people who worked with drilling mud did so without any protective gear, greatly increasing the chance of their developing asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Thousands of Americans Dying from Asbestos Disease Each Year
Each year, an estimated 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related disease: 3,000 from mesothelioma, 5,000 from lung cancer, and 2,000 from other cancers or respiratory diseases. Between 2000 and 2010, 43,464 Americans died from mesothelioma and asbestosis--- just two of the leading asbestos-caused diseases.
Asbestosis Plaintiff Seeks $1.75 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit
Not that anyone is keeping score, but sometimes with an asbestos lawsuit, the more, the merrier. In this case, no fewer than 23 potential defendants in a lawsuit that seeks $1.75 million in damages. That’s the degree of injustice a plaintiff who claims he was exposed to asbestos over a 32-year period feels is involved in the case.
Asbestos Lawsuit Results in $1.4 Million Award
An asbestos lawsuit has resulted in a $1.4 million award to the family of a man who developed lung cancer after asbestos exposure. Although the man did not survive his asbestos cancer, his family continued with the lawsuit and a jury sided with the family in its asbestos claims.
The Tragedy and Complexity of Asbestos Drilling Mud: A Deferred Death Sentence
In today’s modern society, it is generally held that the host, sponsor or employer is at least equally accountable, and in some cases, solely accountable for the safety of guests or employees on premises. If you throw a party, the hosts are responsible for making sure attendees make their way home and don’t wind up behind the wheel, drunk. In similar fashion the employer is responsible for a safe work environment. In the case of drilling enterprises that utilize drilling mud, the workplace remains unsafe without protective equipment.
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