When you think of mesothelioma victims, you rarely imagine them in a tropical paradise setting, but that is exactly the case for hundreds of former employees of the Hess Oil refinery in St. Croix, as well as their spouses and residents who lived in the refinery’s vicinity. According to a report published in the St. Croix Source,there are more than 600 long-standing asbestos cases waiting to be heard in the St. Croix courts, and the victims may finally be getting closer to having their claims resolved.read more
Current Mesothelioma News
More than 40 years ago, researchers in New Jersey published one of the first studies linking exposure to asbestos to malignant mesothelioma, and many Americans believe that since that time use of the material has been entirely banned in the United States. Unfortunately, this is not correct: the powerful chemical industry lobby has worked against a ban for decades, with its most recent victory coming last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule that it claims limits the use of the carcinogenic material, but which health advocates say fall far short of an actual ban. In response, the state of New Jersey has issued its own state-wide ban of asbestos, and one of its representatives to Congress is moving to do the same nationally.read more
We all know that asbestos has been tied to malignant mesothelioma and other serious and deadly illnesses, so avoiding exposure to the carcinogenic material is something that just makes good sense. With that in mind, consider the quandary faced by those living in the immediate vicinity of the April 10thexplosion in Durham, North Carolina. Where city officials are giving every indication that there is no cause for concern and no risk of asbestos exposure, a former EPA employee who helped advise cleanup crews at the World Trade Center after 9/11 is urging caution, and said that she herself would not venture near the area out of fear of exposure.read more
People diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma require immediate, expert medical attention from physicians who have experience in treating this rare and fatal form of cancer. Where cancer treatments have traditionally focused on battling the disease itself, an increasing number of cancer treatment centers are also offering their patients additional services designed to provide much-needed emotional support and pain relief, and this additional approach is making a very big difference for patient quality of life.read more
An expert who has dedicated his professional life to investigating the presence of asbestos in a variety of materials gave testimony in a mesothelioma lawsuit this week indicating that he had identified the carcinogenic material in both Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet facial powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Microscope researcher Dr. William Longo of Georgia was testifying in California on behalf of Patricia Schmitz, a woman who claims that her 40-year use of both products is what led to her being diagnosed with the rare and fatal form of cancer.read more
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
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