Alabama mesothelioma case remanded to lower court

28 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

603px Browns ferry NPP 100x100 Alabama mesothelioma case remanded to lower courtThe U.S. Court of Appeals’ 11th Circuit is remanding a Florence, Alabama, woman’s take-home asbestos exposure case back to district court to settle a dispute over the amount of damages to be awarded, according to AL.com. Read the rest of this entry »


Scotland faces asbestos ‘ticking time bomb’

27 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

1024px Flag of Scotland.svg  100x100 Scotland faces asbestos ticking time bomb Scotland currently has the highest global incidence rate of asbestos-related conditions, according to BBC News. An estimated 175 cases were diagnosed in 2014 in the country. Read the rest of this entry »


Jury awards $81.5 million against Napa asbestos exposure claim

26 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

4178172 4178172 american justice series edited 100x100 Jury awards $81.5 million against Napa asbestos exposure claimJerry “Doy” Coogan spent a lifetime fixing up backhoes, cranes and hot rods, and a Washington state jury recently found that his hobbies lead to his death. The jury awarded $81.5 million after determining his frequent use of Napa-brand auto parts lead to his death from mesothelioma in 2015 at age 67, according to Law 360. Read the rest of this entry »


Widow appeals determination of damages by timing of asbestos exposure

25 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

480px Florida Supreme Court Seal 2014 100x100 Widow appeals determination of damages by timing of asbestos exposureIn February, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states, ruling Janis Kelly could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died in 2015 from mesothelioma because prior cases in the district  had established that claims start for -related disease when symptoms appear.

Specifically, it ruled that she could not bring claims against defendants Georgia-Pacific Union Carbide Corp. because under common law loss of consortium, the parties must be married when the injury occurs to recover damages. Kelly has appealed the ruling to the Florida Supreme Court, according to Law360. Read the rest of this entry »


Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill

24 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

480px Seal of Missouri 100x100 Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill Nearly a quarter of states have claims transparency laws on the books, and Missouri is poised to raise the number to 13, according to the St. Louis Record. Even if the bill making its way through the General Assembly does not pass this session, it is expected to be reintroduced during the next one. Read the rest of this entry »


Maine has highest mesothelioma death rate in country

21 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Map of Maine highlighting Augusta 100x100 Maine has highest mesothelioma death rate in countryWhile the negative health effects of are well documented, workers continue to pay the price for exposure to the known carcinogen. Between 1999 and 2015, 45,221 death certificates list malignant mesothelioma “as the underlying or contributing cause of death” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality report. Maine is reported to be the state with the most -related cancer deaths in the country. Read the rest of this entry »


Dental industry workers at risk of asbestos exposure, study finds

20 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Dental crown 29 PFM on Die1 100x100 Dental industry workers at risk of asbestos exposure, study findsSeveral occupations are known for a high risk of asbestos exposure — pipefitters, mechanics, shipyard works and demolition crews just to name a few. A new study shows the potential risk dental industry workers have for developing malignant mesothelioma, though their profession is not usually associated with . Read the rest of this entry »


Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory

19 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory If you drove by properties surrounding Davidson, North Carolina’s Metrolina Warehouse, once known as the Carolina factory, over the past few weeks, you may have seen workers mowing lawns — in hazmat suits — as part of a cleanup effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read the rest of this entry »


Researchers find new technique for DMM identification

18 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 Researchers find new technique for DMM identification Diagnosing diffuse malignant mesothelioma (DMM) typically relies on tumor characteristics like structure and the presence of certain biomarkers. However, DMM is often hard to distinguish from other cancers of the lung and between its three subtypes: epithelioid, sarcomatoid and biphasic. To help ease the confusion, German researchers have developed a new tissue-sample imaging and collecting technique for DMM, according to Mesothelioma Research News. Read the rest of this entry »


Canadian province is plagued by asbestos-related workplace fatalities

17 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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Canada’s Saskatchewan province has more workplace fatalities due to asbestosis than any other ailment or injury, according to last year’s annual report. Of the 31 total workplace deaths in the province — a slight decrease from 2015 — one was due to heart attack, four were due to motor vehicle injuries, nine were listed traumatic deaths and 14 were related to occupational diseases. Thirteen of the 14 occupational disease deaths were caused by asbestosis. Read the rest of this entry »