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Oklahoma Tornado Raises Asbestos Concerns

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 2:39 pm    

The recent tornado which devastated Moore, Oklahoma, posed serious health and safety concerns for residents for a variety of reasons. While the initial devastation of the tornado was clearly the main source of concern, other consequences of the disaster may continue to be felt for years, or even decades, to come. This is because, as a result of the devastation, many public health experts are worried that residents of the area may be exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in construction until the late 1970s, largely for its ability to provide fire-resistant insulation in homes and other buildings. However, its use was prohibited in most industries because exposure to asbestos has the potential to cause serious health problems. The most worrying of these is the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the inner lining of the body’s internal organs. Sadly, many homes and other buildings devastated by the recent tornado may have asbestos-containing materials in them, exposing clean up crews and even residents to significant health risks. For this reason, it is important that the cleanup in Moore, Okla., be conducted quickly and by experienced professionals, in order to ensure that residents aren’t exposed to further health dangers.


Available Treatments for Mesothelioma

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 10:38 am    

Available Treatments for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma has an extremely poor prognosis due to a variety of factors, not the least of which being that malignant mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive form of cancer. Even more problematic is the extremely long latency period of the disease, as it can take 20 to 50 years for detectable forms of cancer to develop after initial exposure to the carcinogen which caused it, asbestos being the most common cause. Cases of mesothelioma are typically not detected until later the later stages of cancer, and as a result a typical survival rate is only one to two years following diagnosis. Full recovery is still possible when then disease is detected in the early stages however, and aggressive application of cancer treatments can improve the outlook of the victim.

While various treatments exist, only chemotherapy has been objectively shown to improve survival of patients in randomized and controlled trials. Other treatments have seen success, but with less consistency. A 2003 study indicated that chemotherapy improved survival rates from a median of 10 months to 13.3 months, and in other test groups with various combinations of drugs survival rates were improved as much as 46%. Chemotherapy is by far the best treatment option for the many mesothelioma patients who are not candidates for more radical surgical options which can attempt to remove cancerous tissue entirely.

Such surgical treatments are not generally effective as stand-alone solutions to mesothelioma, but instead are used in tandem with radiation and chemotherapy. As mesothelioma occurs within the lining of various organs in the body, most commonly the chest and lungs, the most common surgical treatment is known as a pleurectormy/decortication. In this process, the lining of the chest is removed. In other situations where more specific excision is required, an extrapleural pneumonectormy will be performed wherein the lung, the lining of the inside of the chest, the pericardium, and the hemi-diaphragm are all removed.

Following surgery, radiation therapy is typically applied as a post-operative measure, creating a consolidated treatment process which can more effectively eliminate cancerous cells. Such combined treatments can extend life expectancy of some patients to a more than 5 years, a vast improvement over prognosis without treatment.

Various other less proven techniques have shown promise in the treatment of mesothelioma and other cancers, including immunotherapy, heated intraopertaive intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and multimodality treatment. The unfortunate reality of such treatments is that while many are successful in improving the survival rates of mesothelioma patients, there is no cure for the disease and many treatments are prohibitively expensive for victims who lack sufficient health insurance to cover the costs. In such situations, the best option for the victim and their family may be to seek compensation for the significant costs of treatment and other losses through a lawsuit against the party responsible for the asbestos exposure which lead to the disease in the first place. With the assistance of a mesothelioma lawyer, it can be possible to clearly establish when the exposure took place, and therefor discover if negligence on the part of an external party was the proximate cause of the disease.


Railroad Workers

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:36 am    

Railroad Workers

Throughout most of the 20th century, railroad cars and other equipment were commonly manufactured with significant amounts of asbestos, a mineral fiber that is an effective and affordable insulator. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure is now known to be linked with the development of a number of serious medical conditions, the most worrisome of which is mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer. Due to the circumstances of their employment, railroad workers are at particular risk of suffering from these conditions.

If you or someone you know has developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease as a result of railroad work, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for medical bills and other expenses associated with your illness. Contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart at (888) 380-6376 to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help.

Exposure Risks

There are a number of different ways that railroad workers may have suffered exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos. Some of the most common of these exposure risks include:

  • Locomotive inspections
  • Brake inspection or replacement
  • Coupling and separating cars
  • Repairing signals on tracks or yards

These are just some of the many possible sources of exposure for railroad workers. It is advisable if you performed these duties to seek an evaluation from a physician.

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If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of asbestos exposure, we can help you to pursue appropriate financial compensation in this difficult time. Contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart by calling (888) 380-6376 today.


Military Personnel

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:30 am    

Military Personnel

Until its use was discovered to be linked with the development of mesothelioma and other serious diseases, asbestos was commonly used as a building material in a wide variety of different settings throughout most of the 20th century. Unfortunately, many buildings and other structures constructed before this time may still contain unsafe levels of asbestos, placing visitors and others at risk of contracting a dangerous medical condition. This can be particularly true for military personnel.

If you or someone you know has served in the armed forces and developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages. Contact the asbestos attorneys of Williams Hart today at (888) 380-6376 to speak with a qualified legal professional about the details of your case and learn more about your rights and options under the law.

Exposure Risks

The most significant asbestos exposure risk for military personnel involves naval vessels, particularly large warships, which often contained remarkably high levels of asbestos until recently. However, a number of other serious exposure risks include:

  • Boiler rooms
  • Mess halls
  • Sleeping quarters
  • Piping
  • Roofing

These and other potential sources of asbestos exposure can place the health of all military personnel in serious danger.

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If you or someone you know is a current or former member of the military and has developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions as a result, we are prepared to provide you with the legal assistance you need. Contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart by calling (888) 380-6376 to discuss the details of your case and learn more about how we can help you to seek the justice you deserve.


Factory Employees

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:18 am    

Factory Employees

Manufacturing jobs frequently require workers to put in long hours in the enclosed spaces of factories. Before the nationwide ban in 1979, many manufactured goods contained asbestos. Factory employees may have been exposed to asbestos before the ban, but due to the long, slow process by which mesothelioma develops have only recently been diagnosed. Although it may take decades for mesothelioma to develop, it tends to progress swiftly once it reaches a diagnosable stage.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you likely have many questions about your legal options. Those that worked with asbestos at a factory employee may be able to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation to address medical bills and other considerations. Contact the asbestos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at (888) 380-6376 to discuss your potential case.

Who is at Risk?

Although anyone who worked in a factory that produced asbestos-containing products may be in danger, there are some jobs that may have been more dangerous before the asbestos ban. This list includes:

  • Grinding machine operators
  • Drill press operators

Because these individuals may have been required to drill into products that were made from asbestos and utilized machinery that contained this dangerous substance, these employees may experience an elevated mesothelioma risk. These workers and others that worked in factories that made things with asbestos should consider speaking to a medical professional about their health concerns.

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To speak to a knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyer from Williams Hart about the potential merits of legal action in your case, contact us at (888) 380-6376. It may be in your best interest to file suit in this matter, and we can help you to make that determination by providing you with information about your legal rights and options.


Contract Workers

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am    

Contract Workers and Asbestos Exposure

Contract workers may move around from job to job more than the average person. Because of the many different work environments and requested projects, contract workers could be at risk of exposure to many different toxic substances. In some situations, contractors may come into contact with asbestos, a fibrous material that can lead to the development of mesothelioma.

If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos at work and has now developed mesothelioma, it may be possible to take legal action against the responsible party. Contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart at (888) 380-6376 to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team.

Dangerous Jobs

Asbestos use was banned in 1979 in the United States although buildings built before this time may still contain this type of fibrous insulation. Jobs that may expose a worker to asbestos include:

  • Flooring
  • Replacing dry wall
  • Working on pipes
  • Roofing
  • Remodeling
  • Demolition

These are not the only tasks that may put a person in contact with asbestos, but they represent a few situations in which such exposure may have been more frequent. Workers should have been informed of the presence of asbestos and given the equipment necessary to prevent dangerous exposure. The failure of an employer to do so constitutes inexcusable negligence.

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The mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart are experienced with asbestos litigation and related cases. Contact our team at (888) 380-6376 to discuss the details of your case with a lawyer that understands the importance of filing for compensation and representing the rights of victims.


Construction Workers

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 10:06 am    

Construction Workers

Before its ban in 1979, asbestos was used in many industries including construction. Construction workers were frequently required to work in close proximity to asbestos if not to be involved in its direct handling. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a number of severe health concerns, including the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Many construction workers have developed and continue to develop mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure in the workplace.

At Williams Hart, our dedicated team of mesothelioma attorneys is prepared to help you and your loved ones take action against the party that put you at risk of asbestos exposure. Contact us at (888) 380-6376 to discuss your rights and options under the law with a skilled and experienced legal representative.

Identifying the Risk

Not all construction workers are at risk of developing mesothelioma, but there are some situations in which this is more likely and it is advisable to see a doctor. You may be in danger if you:

  • Were involved with construction projects before 1979
  • Have worked on buildings built before 1979
  • Participated in refurbishing projects in buildings that may contain asbestos
  • Installed new ceramic tiles, drywall, or piping into a building that contained asbestos
  • Were asked to remove asbestos from a building that contained the substance

Although it has been banned from future use, buildings that were built before 1980 may still contain asbestos and put construction workers at risk.

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For more information about asbestos risks for construction workers and your rights as one who has developed mesothelioma, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart by calling (888) 380-6376.


Asbestosis

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am    

Asbestosis

When a person works closely with asbestos, they may inhale loose fibers which can travel through the body to the lining of the lungs. When these tiny, sharp pieces of asbestos lodge themselves in the body scar tissue begins to build up around the irritation. This can lead to serious problems for the victim including the development of asbestosis, a severe breathing disorder.

At Williams Hart, our team of asbestosis lawyers is ready to help you and your loved ones fight for compensation if you have developed asbestosis as you were likely exposed due to the negligence of another party. Contact our offices at (888) 380-6376 for more information about your rights as a victim.

How Asbestosis May Affect You

As the lungs harden it may become more difficult for an individual to breathe deeply, and this can cause a variety of negative health effects. This is a sign that an individual may have developed asbestosis or a related disease because of asbestos exposure. Other symptoms frequently include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Club fingers

Treatment for asbestosis is limited at this point and is primarily aimed at treating symptoms rather than curing the disorder. It is important to discuss your concerns with an experienced medical professional in order to determine whether or not you are suffering from asbestosis.

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If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis as a result of your contact with asbestos in the workplace, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation. Contact the asbestosis attorneys of Williams Hart at (888) 380-6376 to speak to a knowledgeable legal representative about your potential case today.


Lung Cancer

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 9:12 am    

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is an extremely aggressive form of cancer that can be difficult to identify until it has progressed considerably. For this reason, among many others, lung cancer leads to more deaths than colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers combined. There are many factors that can contribute to an individual’s risk of developing lung cancer, although one of the most devastating causes is exposure to asbestos.

When an individual is put in contact with asbestos, they may not know that they have lung cancer for years while the cancer spreads throughout the lining of their lungs and to other organs. People that were required to work with asbestos in their job may be able to sue for financial compensation if they later develop this deadly cancer. Contact the lung cancer lawyers of Williams Hart at (888) 380-6376 for more information about your legal rights and options.

Identifying Lung Cancer

Lung cancer symptoms can be difficult to identify because as an individual ailment, they are not necessarily a cause for concern. However, if you have ever worked with asbestos, you should consider talking to a doctor if you begin to experience any of the following side effects:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Loss of appetite

These and other symptoms may be a sign that you are suffering from lung cancer. Call a doctor immediately to discuss your options and begin treatment.

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If you or someone you love has developed lung cancer and is now suffering from related complications, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the costs of treatment and other considerations. Contact the lung cancer attorneys of Williams Hart by calling (888) 380-6376 today.


Lung Scarring

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 6:14 pm    

Lung Scarring

The lungs are delicate organs that can be easily distressed by foreign objects or illnesses. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, these sharp pieces of mineral may lodge in the lining of the lungs and irritate them to the point that small scars develop. Although these tiny scars are not necessarily dangerous on their own, they can be dangerous when they begin to buildup and harden the lungs.

At Williams Hart, we understand that you may be in need of unique medical attention when you are being treated for lung scarring. Our team of lung scarring attorneys is prepared to help you fight for the financial compensation you need. Contact our offices at (888) 380-6376 for more information.

Signs of Lung Scarring

Lung scarring occurs on a completely internal level. It may not be immediately obvious that a person has developed lung scars until they begin to suffer from some fairly noteworthy side effects. These may include:

  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Persistent coughing
  • Blood in the spit
  • Tightness of the chest

When lung scarring begins to affect your well-being, it may be time to begin discussing your potential legal options with an attorney that is prepared to fight for your rights.

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The knowledgeable and experienced lung scarring attorneys of Williams Hart can help you take action against the party that exposed you to the asbestos which caused your lung scarring. Contact us by calling (888) 380-6376 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney.

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