Mesothelioma is a condition that has an extremely long latency period. As a result, it is impossible for a person who has been exposed to asbestos to know whether or not they will eventually be diagnosed with the disease, or when. It is on this premise that the New York Court of Appeals ruled against a motion filed by Chevron Corporation. The company had argued that a seaman diagnosed with the disease should not be able to seek compensation for his damages because of a release he had signed years earlier, following a different asbestos exposure case. The court disagreed. read more
Current Mesothelioma News
Demolition of a building that’s no longer needed should be a relatively simple project, but when that building is contaminated with asbestos, fear of mesothelioma raises the stakes – and the price tag. In Otsego, Michigan, the situation surrounding the former Rock Teen Paper Mill became so complex that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had to be called in. After assessing the situation, the agency has indicated that the structure is too unstable for normal remediation and removal, and as a result of the special approach that will be needed, the project is going to cost about $1 million. This is twice what it would have cost normally, but still well worth it to protect both workers and those who may come in close proximity to the building.
Advocates working to prevent future cases of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases took aggressive legal action this week, filing a federal lawsuit challenging a recent decision made by the Environmental Protection Agency. The decision involves the agency’s decision to permit companies using asbestos in their products to evade reporting requirements based on a loophole. The group is also taking issue with the EPA’s assertion that it knows all that it needs to about asbestos usage. read more
In the face of skyrocketing rates of malignant mesothelioma in the Quebec regions were asbestos mining once dominated the economy, you would think that residents would be grateful that the material was banned. Instead, politicians and business owners are searching for new ways to monetize the carcinogenic material, relying on the government exemption of existing asbestos residue from the ban, and paying little heed to the warnings being expressed by safety and health experts. read more
Firefighters are among the professionals who are most at risk for malignant mesothelioma, so it would be reasonable to expect their management to take extra precautions when it comes to safety and protecting them from asbestos. Unfortunately, recent news investigations have revealed that the exact opposite has been true of the San Diego Fire Department for at least the last 15 years: NBC7 in San Diego recently uncovered documentation showing that despite the department having long been aware that its training facility was contaminated with asbestos, it continued to use it, continually subjecting first responders to dangerous levels of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is the mineral that causes malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and many other serious and fatal illnesses: the material has caused heartache all over the world. As lawmakers ban and restrict the material and create regulations for how it is to be handled or disposed of, a group of researchers from New Zealand are working towards an innovative method of eliminating asbestos that is already in place, relying on the plant world to assist in the process. read more
With every day bringing a report about a food or product causing cancer, it’s no surprise that people barely listen anymore, but word that baby powder and other talc products may cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer has caught everybody’s attention. As lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s and other big-name consumer brands make their way through the court system, and more and more people are coming forward to claim that they’ve been sickened by one of America’s most trusted products, many people are starting to wonder about their own risk. read more
Malignant mesothelioma is a condition that has been directly linked to exposure to asbestos, but despite the fact that this is now widely understood, the risk of exposure continues. Yesterday’s high risk environments, including military installations and factories, have been largely cleaned up, leaving behind settings where asbestos was put in place years ago and has never been cleaned up. These environments include wide swaths of America’s infrastructure, and in particular America’s school buildings. A recent incident involving the Philadelphia School District brings the situation’s dangers into sharp focus.
One of the most unfortunate statistics around the rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma is the high number of U.S. Navy veterans that make up the disease’s victims. It has been estimated that one third of those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma are veterans, with the vast majority of them having served onboard Navy ships or in Navy shipyards. The reason for this is clear: the equipment and insulation used to construct the vessels and keep them operating was heavily fabricated using asbestos, the carcinogenic material that has been directly named as mesothelioma’s cause. A widow seeking compensation for the suffering that her Navy veteran husband endured following his diagnosis and subsequent death recently faced the company responsible for her husband’s exposure, and upon telling her story the judge moved that her case deserved a hearing by a jury, despite the company’s objections and arguments that there was insufficient proof of their role in his death.