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Asbestos Exposure and Smoking May Lead to Lung Cancer

Did you know that exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer? Some people think that smoking tobacco is the only cause of the disease, but many of those who do not smoke and have encountered asbestos at work or at home have been diagnosed with lung cancer.


Emergency Asbestos Removal Can Cost Much More than Early Abatement

An unknown number of buildings in the United States still contain asbestos. In many cases, the asbestos is left in place because it is in a form that cannot easily become airborne or has been encapsulated rather than removed.

That being said, it's important to note that the dangerous material will eventually need to be removed from all structures. Buildings don't last forever, so removing asbestos is a question of "when" rather than a question of "if." Waiting to remove asbestos also has its costs. In many cases, building owners find themselves having to deal with asbestos issues at inconvenient times. When problems are discovered, they are also forced to wonder whether any of the building's occupants may have been exposed.

Brayton Purcell LLP Partner Featured in Plaintiff Magazine

It is no secret that the attorneys here at Brayton Purcell LLP are passionate about the work that they do. Our trial partner, James Nevin, is no exception. Recently, his history and dedication for fighting for the rights of asbestos victims was featured in Plaintiff Magazine.


UC Davis Workers Admit They Exposed Students to Asbestos

As you prepare your son or daughter for another year at university, you might want to consider the potential danger of asbestos exposure they may face. Recently, workers at the University of California, Davis admitted that they have knowingly exposed students to asbestos fibers for years.


What Is Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos? Were You Exposed?

In the fights against big tobacco and for public health, medical professionals warned the public that cigarette smokers weren't just hurting themselves when they lit up. Their children and others in their home were exposed to secondhand smoke, which is also associated with negative health consequences.

While it is far less common than cigarette smoking, exposure to asbestos can occur in a similar way. Many cases of mesothelioma occur because a person was previously exposed to asbestos on the job. But if asbestos fibers clung to their clothes, the family members of these workers may have been exposed to asbestos when the worker returned home.

3 Mesothelioma Treatment Options

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might be wondering what treatment options are available. There are several factors that determine what treatment is best for you, including the type of mesothelioma you have been diagnosed with, the size of the tumor, your age, and other factors, like your overall physical health.

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Is an Effective Mesothelioma Treatment Drug On Its Way?

Data show that use of asbestos in products reached a peak in the mid 1970s. Use declined as Americans became aware of the dangers of asbestos, and it was finally banned in the United States in the late 1980s. In spite of this, about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma - a disease most closely tied to asbestos exposure - are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Rates of diagnosis do not seem to be declining.

Mesothelioma is most often fatal - particularly because patients are usually diagnosed only when the disease has reached its late stages. There have been some major breakthroughs in certain types of cancer research in recent years, but not so with mesothelioma. Why is this? Unfortunately, the disease is rare enough that pharmaceutical companies see little opportunity for profit. Therefore, they don’t want to invest in the research needed to develop targeted drugs.

Caregiving for a Loved One with Mesothelioma

After a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, it is not uncommon for a family member or friend to assume the roll of their caregiver. Caregivers are needed when a loved one requires constant supervision, including assistance with everyday activities. Given that the survival rate of most patients after diagnosis is one to two years, a caregiver might be required sooner than later.


Illinois Construction Companies Exposed Workers to Asbestos

Over $2 Million in fines are being issued after workers were knowingly exposed to asbestos during the renovation of a former Illinois elementary school. At least eight non-English speaking workers were exposed to asbestos from floor tiles, insulation, and other materials.

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Should I Hire an Asbestos Attorney?

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and want to pursue a claim or lawsuit against those responsible for your condition, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced asbestos attorney immediately.