At a recent hearing involving a mesothelioma victim, a New York Asbestos Litigation Court judge denied asbestos manufacturer Kohler Co.’s motion for summary judgment, allowing chimney cleaner Robert Goodheart to continue pursuing justice on his own behalf and to proceed with a jury trial. Kohler’s attorney had argued against Goodheart’s claim that asbestos in Kohler’s boiler products and parts had been responsible for his illness, and had gone so far as to stop Goodheart from testifying about the presence of asbestos in the products during a deposition by redirecting his answer. read more
Month: April 2019
Imagine volunteering to work on a good work — helping to build a public housing project for those less fortunate than yourself — only to find out months later that in the process you were exposed to asbestos, and that now you’re at risk for malignant mesothelioma or some other asbestos-related disease. Imagine how helpless, frustrated and angry you would be. According to a local news report out of the state of Georgia, that is exactly what happened to both volunteers and workers several months ago. And what makes the story worse is the fact that the East Georgia Housing Authority was aware of the presence of asbestos and did nothing about it. read more
The head of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, an asbestos advocacy group that she founded after her husband died of mesothelioma, has called the Environmental Protection Agency’s new asbestos rules “toothless,” and that Americans deserve more protection from their government. Other public health advocates are calling the increased regulations “a partial step, a good first step.” The newly announced laws go farther than what the agency first proposed, but fall short of the commitment that EPA head Andrew Wheeler promised Congress.
Despite the fact that asbestos has long been known as a dangerous carcinogenic material responsible for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, the publicly owned company Metro de Madrid has been slow to take any type of action. The material was banned in Spain in 2001 and the transit authority officially knew that its trains and subway system were contaminated in 2003, when it was the subject of a health and safety report. Despite this, they failed to take action to remove the dangerous material: now the organization is being sued by the families of workers who’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases who are accusing them of negligence. In the first of these cases to be heard in the country, the worker’s family is seeking the equivalent of $450,000 in damages.
One of the first questions that a person diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma asks is, “How did I get this disease?” When the disease is explained to them and they learn that it is related to exposure to asbestos, they then have to trace back to determine when and where they were around the carcinogenic material. For some the answer is straightforward: they are aware that they worked with or near the material at some point in their life. Though years ago people did not know that asbestos was dangerous, today everybody does, and that is why there is so much concern about work being done at a former General Motors plant located in Newport, Delaware. A labor leader there is leading neighbors and workers in expressing outrage at a lack of proper asbestos remediation procedures by contractors working for the plant’s new owners. read more
In a groundbreaking victory for those at risk of mesothelioma due to their employers’ negligence, French workers have been given the right to seek compensation for the anxiety that they experience: the right exists even if they have not been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, or exhibited any symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 100,000 people die each year, around the globe, of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Twelve to fifteen thousand of those deaths occur in the United States, and as a result, significant economic consequences have been brought to bear on asbestos companies and the use of the material in the United States has been severely curtailed. Despite this, asbestos production in Russia has continued, and in light of President Donald Trump’s stated doubts about whether asbestos is actually as dangerous as scientists and physicians have indicated, company executives of a Russian producer of asbestos are expressing optimism that the substance will see more American use in the future. read more
Malignant mesothelioma is a cruel disease. This asbestos-related form of cancer can affect different people in different ways: for some the illness lands in their chest cavity and for others in their abdomen; some succumb quickly, in a matter of months, while others find that treatment can prolong their lives for a period of years. One way or another, the illness is always considered terminal, and as a result there are numerous important conversations that need to take place. Some of these involve medical treatment, while others involve making decisions about legal action and making financial arrangements.
We think of firefighters as being our first line of defense against many disasters, and now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are viewing them as first responders against mesothelioma and other cancers too. The agency’s occupational branch, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is asking the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters to sign up for a voluntary registry that is specifically meant to help track and understand how cancer impacts their population: the effort is being undertaken in an effort to better protect firefighters and others whose work puts them in direct contact with asbestos and other carcinogenic materials. read more