As a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, you know how important it is to be able to move forward with claims quickly so that you can get the treatment and resources you need. So imagine how frustrating it has been for residents of Libby, Montana, who have waited more than 15 years to be able to pursue their legal claims. Libby is considered Ground Zero for one of the worst cases of corporate negligence involving asbestos, but because the company responsible filed for bankruptcy, cases filed in the Montana state courts have been forced to wait until the federal proceedings were completed. Now that they can move forward there is a backlog of over 2,000 cases waiting to be heard. In response, the Montana Supreme Court has assigned six additional judges so that the hearing of the cases can be expedited. Continue reading
Advocates for veterans and others diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or any asbestos-related disease have several long-term goals: they want to find a cure for the rare and fatal form of cancer; they want justice for those who have been affected by asbestos; and they want to ban the use of asbestos both here in the United States and around the world. This last goal seemed well on its way to fruition until the Trump administration came into power and upended anticipated actions under the newly passed Toxic Substances Control Act. Though it had been thought that the act would lead to a thorough investigation of asbestos leading to a national ban, the EPA elected not to pursue the investigation, and in response citizens’s groups including the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) requested an amendment to the EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting rule, requesting greater disclosure of data and reporting on asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Now that the EPA has denied this request, it is anticipated that the ADAO will be filing a lawsuit around whether citizens are able to force the EPA to act to protect the public.
To veterans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, there are certain corporate names that represent death and misery — the names of the companies that provided asbestos-contaminated materials to the Armed Forces with the knowledge that they could cause illness and death. Now one of the world’s most recognizable and trusted name brands – Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder – may join the ranks of those defense contractors: the company faces accusations of causing both malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer in those who have used it over the years, and legal experts say that the lawsuits that have already been filed seeking compensation could lead to $20 billion in settlements, and even more claims being filed.
Veterans are all too aware that exposure to asbestos-contaminated products can cause malignant mesothelioma and other diseases: veterans make up roughly one third of all mesothelioma victims following the Armed Forces’ specific request that asbestos be incorporated into as many of the military’s materials as possible. That request was delivered in hopes that it would protect the service men and women from heat and flame. While it did that, it also exposed them to asbestos-related diseases, and many outside of the military would also face that risk as a result of occupational exposure. Once such person was Charley Edenfield, who died of mesothelioma in 2011. This week, a mesothelioma lawsuit against asbestos company Union Carbide was filed by Charley’s widow. Charley worked for an adhesive company to which Union Carbide delivered over 47,000 pounds of asbestos over a 15-year period.
Though it is still true that veterans of America’s military represent the majority of those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the statistical representation is expected to shift over the coming years. This is a result of the fact that the Armed Forces has made a substantial investment in removing asbestos from the applications where service men and women were once exposed, as well as the fact that asbestos in other, non-military settings is becoming an increasing problem. One that is getting a lot of attention in the last few days is asbestos that is hidden in some of the most trusted consumer products, including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.
If you or someone you love is a veteran who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are an incredible number of decisions that need to be made. In the face of the shock of the disease and relentless fear about the future, the question of whether or not to have a potentially expensive genetic test done may seem like nothing but an additional and unnecessary needle stick. The truth is that the test can have real value, and can help your physician guide you to the most effective treatment option specifically tailored to your condition and disease. Continue reading
Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have had to face the shocking revelation that the environments in which they worked while fighting fo their country were contaminated with the carcinogenic material asbestos. It happened long before the material’s deadly nature was widely known, though the companies that supplied the material were aware of its dangers. There is a heartbreaking irony to the fact that those men and women were sickened while trying to help advance a noble cause, and now that same dynamic is at play again in the United Kingdom, where it has been discovered that hospital workers and teachers are also at significant risk for asbestos-related diseases because their workplaces are similarly contaminated. Continue reading
Among the ranks of Americans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there is one group that represents the lion’s share of victims. That group is America’s veterans, which represent roughly one third of all mesothelioma patients, a statistic that traces back to decisions made long before it was known that asbestos is a carcinogen. From the years prior to World War II through the time that the Environmental Protection Agency revealed the dangers of asbestos, the military specifically ordered that the material be incorporated into as many of the materials that it ordered as possible, thinking that its resistance to heat, fire, electrical and chemical damage made it a superior protective agent for the men and women who were working in service to the country. The damage that asbestos causes has been understood for decades, but the clean-up efforts still continue today.
Writing of one such effort, James C. Hamilton III, director of public works at USAG Yongsan in South Korea recently described the efforts to prevent future cases of mesothelioma that are ongoing at that faraway base.He indicates that the use of asbestos was so ubiquitous at the time that the base was first built that it is still being found whenever a new maintenance, renovation or demolition project arises at Yongsan. The material has been found in flooring, roofing, pipe insulation and more, and when it is identified a local force of seven individuals who are South Korean nationals is immediately called in. Though the work had previously been done by a local contractor at significant cost, the public works asbestos removal team now works as an in-house unit whose members have full time jobs, but who volunteer their extra time to quickly, safely and effectively provide asbestos abatement services that protect those who are serving at the base today. The group is made of up a variety of professionals who have used their occupational training in carpentry, plumbing, electrical contracting, engineering and environmental sciences to provide coordinated asbestos removal services that is safe and effective, ensuring that those who serve are in an environment that is free of carcinogenic microscopic asbestos particles.
If you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos during your service and who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we can help you access the resources to which you are entitled. Call us today at 1-800-726-7245.
A Navy veteran currently living in the state of Arizona has filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against several manufacturing companies, including CBS corporation. The lawsuit accuses them of having negligently exposed him to asbestos, a known carcinogen that contaminated their products. He is asking a New York court to hold the companies financially responsible for their failure to provide warnings about the dangers that working with their products posed to him and to others. Continue reading