The plaintiffs, Ernest V. and Mary Quiroz, allege Ernest’s father was exposed to asbestos at work and brought asbestos fibers home on his clothing, which exposed his family to the carcinogen as well. Health risks occur when asbestos fibers become airborne and are either inhaled or ingested. Ernest contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and died in 2014. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘California’
The California Department of Water Resources said Thursday that authorities found the asbestos in what it said were limited areas of the site, according to the Associated Press. Crews are currently working to remove what remains of the more than 1.7 million cubic-yards of debris that accumulated at the bottom of the spillway last month after a large part of it failed.
After four days of deliberation, Sonoma County, California, jurors found in favor of a Sonoma State University employee who maintained he was fired from his position after raising concerns about the school’s handling of environmental hazards like lead and asbestos, according to The Press Democrat. (more…)
Jurors began weeding through more than two months’ worth of evidence and testimony today in an effort to determine the outcome of a contentious whistleblower trial over environmental issues on Sonoma State University’s campus.
Former employee Thomas R. Sargent, 48, claims he lost his position at the California university after raising concerns about how the college handled environmental hazards, including lead and asbestos. He filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages alleging retaliation ended his 24-year career at the school, MyMeso previously reported. (more…)
Thomas R. Sargent, 48, filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages “alleging that retaliation from top-ranking officials ended his 24-year career at the Rohnert Park institution,” according to the Argus Courier. (more…)
Subzero temperatures aren’t what many would call beneficial to human health, especially during chilly winter months, but a recent study has found extreme cold can be beneficial in treating mesothelioma tumors, according to Surviving Mesothelioma.
Specifically, the University of California, Los Angeles study, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, finds cryoablation or cryosurgery has beneficial results for patients with pleural mesothelioma cancer, a type of mesothelioma normally caused by the inhalation of asbestos particles and affecting the lining of the lungs. (more…)
In the state of California, family members can now more easily sue loved ones’ employers for their own, secondhand asbestos exposure leading to the development of mesothelioma. Last week the California Supreme Court ruled to allow lawsuits against employers filed on behalf of family members who have contracted an asbestos-related disease secondhand from a relative.
A California trucking company has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle an environmental lawsuit alleging it improperly removed, transported, and attempted to dump asbestos insulation, potentially exposing workers and the public to lethal asbestos fibers. (more…)
Between the 1940s and 1970s, asbestos was regularly used in building materials like floor tiles, as well as shingles and ceiling plaster for fire protection, and in insulation, up until the 1970s. While stable, undisturbed asbestos does not necessarily pose a health risk, if deteriorated or tampered with, such in a renovation, asbestos become airborne and can be inhaled or ingested. This type of exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)
After exposing dozens of young victims to asbestos while on the job, nonprofit Firm Build’s three former executives must pay approximately $1.8 million in damages, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner’s office. (more…)