Current Mesothelioma News
Your home is supposed to be your safe harbor, and should be the last place you might think of as a source of asbestos exposure leading to malignant mesothelioma. But as thousands of Australians sickened by loose asbestos-contaminated insulation can tell you, your home has the potential of hiding secrets that could cost you your life. Asbestos was a popular building component prior to the Environmental Protection Agency’s revealing it as a carcinogen, and though its use was largely stopped, most houses built prior to the 1980s used it in one way or another. So how can you tell whether your home’s environment is safe?
The first thing you need to do is educate yourself about both mesothelioma and asbestos. The rare and fatal form of cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, and in the United States most often that exposure comes from occupational settings rather than from the home. The insulation that was blown into attics in Australia was a loose fill, which was able to seep through homes’ cracks and crevices, contaminating all surfaces and impacting air quality. The asbestos that was used in American homes was largely in ceiling and floor tile, in the glues and compounds that were used, and though these posed a risk to installers who were cutting and working with the products on a regular basis, for homeowners it would only pose a risk if they were planning a renovation or demolition project that would disturb the material.
If you are planning on having any work done in your home and it was built prior to 1985, it is a good idea to bring in a licensed asbestos inspector who can tell you whether there is any mesothelioma risk from hidden asbestos. Though the Clean Air Act of 1978 largely prohibited the use of asbestos materials, it did allow contractors to use their remaining inventories in order to avoid causing financial harm.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you need assistance in determining how they were exposed to asbestos, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.
Those who pass through the Toledo neighborhood that was once the site of the Champion Spark Plug factory have long been concerned about mesothelioma, the rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Their fears are well founded: the company has repeatedly been named in lawsuits regarding asbestos exposure, and even with the factory having been razed several years ago, the grounds have been known to be contaminated, and nothing has been done to clean it up. But now, a statement released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that a two-month, $1.8 million clean-up effort is about to begin following a concerted effort by the city’s mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz.
A quick bit of research into which occupations remain at risk for malignant mesothelioma reveals that some of our most trusted public servants rank high on the list: teachers, firefighters and first responders are frequently subjected to exposure to asbestos in their work environments, either through the pre-1980s buildings in which they work or as a result of rushing into buildings that were built using the carcinogenic materials. These and other professionals are supposed to be protected by safety regulations that limit their exposure and provide them with protective gear, but those safeguards are only effective when they are adhered to, and that is unfortunately not always the case. A recent example of this was found in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where regulations were ignored and firefighters were ordered to participate in a training session that involved a building that was contaminated with asbestos.
Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was widely used in the United States following the Industrial Revolution, right up until the time that its dangers were made public. Asbestos was used in factories, in construction, in textiles and more, and one of the areas where it was found in the greatest concentration was in military settings. As a result, roughly one third of America’s mesothelioma victims are veterans of the Armed Forces. Though nothing can be done to change asbestos’ grim effects, the federal government has taken steps to ensure that veterans receive the care and compensation that they need to face the realities of asbestos-related diseases. read more
A California jury that had already found Johnson & Johnson guilty of negligence and awarded $21.7 million in compensatory damages has followed their decision by awarding a baby powder mesothelioma victim an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The jury found that the company had acted with malice, oppression or fraud in hiding the dangers of its product from the public. read more
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting a probe of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after employees expressed concerns over their risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The cancer fears have been raised after the agency’s management allegedly failed to provide sufficient notice to its employees about asbestos and lead abatement in the building, which they say is being performed without proper protections. They worry that they are being exposed to carcinogenic particles that could lead to illness in the future. read more
Philadelphia is one of the country’s leading cities, but right now it is grappling with how to address the very real risk of malignant mesothelioma for many of its public school teachers and students. According to a shocking report published in the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, several of the city’s public school buildings are so heavily contaminated by asbestos that dust wipe samples collected by volunteers revealed amounts up to 50 times higher than the highest result found near Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. read more
Yvonne Stanley began working in the Miami-Dade courthouse back in 1994, and at that time the secretary had no way of knowing that the building was contaminated with asbestos and would lead to her Stage II lung cancer. But according to records, the building, which was built in 1928 when asbestos was a common component in construction materials, has long been known to be a “hazardous” work environment. The long-time employee has filed a lawsuit against the county, saying that her illness was a direct result of exposure to asbestos in the workplace. read more