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The Fight to End Cancer

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 9:34 am by Williams Hart   

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and we at Williams Hart would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to our clients who have entrusted us to fight for them as they and their loved ones face the daunting challenge of cancer. We honor the memory of those who have lost their battle by carrying on their strength and legacy in continuing to represent individuals whose diagnoses were directly linked to corporate negligence.

The attorneys and staff at Williams Hart are dedicated to educating and empowering our clients to take a stand against those whose recklessness and greed have robbed them of their health and livelihood. Our team is passionate about holding these corporations accountable.

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Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. ​There are over 100 types of cancer and any part of the body can be affected. It is the second most common cause of death in the U.S and accounts for nearly 1 in 4 deaths. In 2012 there were approximately 13.7 million Americans living with a history of cancer. While anyone can develop cancer, the risk of developing it increases with age. About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55-years or older.

According to data provided by the American Cancer Society in their annual Cancer Facts & Figures report, there will be an estimated 1.8million new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,520 cancer-related deaths in the United States in 2020.

Cancer Risk Factors

Research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chances of developing cancer, including age, lifestyle, genetics, and exposure to radiation, UV rays, or toxic chemicals. Certain behaviors such as tobacco use, poor diet, and alcohol consumption can significantly contribute to the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. However, other factors like age and family history cannot be prevented. 

While you can take all the right precautions to reduce your chances of developing cancer, you could still be put at risk by the negligence of others. Countless individuals across the country are facing cancer diagnoses after having been unknowingly exposed to cancer-causing substances, such as asbestos and glyphosate–the active ingredient in RoundUp. Fortunately, thousands of those victims have taken a stand to demand accountability from those responsible for their diagnoses.

RoundUp

RoundUp is one of the most commonly used weed killers among farmers, foresters, gardeners, and biologists trying to control weeds. Its widespread use has led to understandable concern following increased awareness about the link between Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer and glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp. The failure to warn consumers of the risk involved with RoundUp has continued in spite of the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) listing glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen as early as 2015.

In a 2016 landmark lawsuit against Monsanto, a jury found that a California man’s exposure to the herbicide Roundup while he worked as a groundskeeper caused him to develop Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL). This was a first of its kind case which led to a unanimous verdict that Roundup’s glyphosate-based weedkiller was responsible for his cancer diagnosis.

Since then, more than 50,000 people have filed lawsuits across the country against Monsanto and are expected to go to trial in the coming years.

To learn more about how you can take action against Monsanto, visit cancerbyroundup.com

Asbestos

Asbestos is an extremely strong, fire-resistant material that was commonly used in construction work–particularly in plumbing and flooring materials–prior to the 1980s, when it was banned by the U.S. government. Decades of research has confirmed that asbestos exposure is a direct cause of mesothelioma, a rare cancer affecting the lining of the body’s internal organs that can cause difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest pain, and nerve pain.

Asbestos was used in a significant variety of consumer products and industrial applications. Some of the most common occupations that dealt with asbestos on a regular basis, before its official ban in the U.S., include: military jobs, ship-building, plumbing, dry walling, tile installation, and mining. Asbestos has also been found in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.

People who were wrongfully exposed to asbestos and are facing a loss of income, mounting medical costs, and travel expenses related to their exposure might qualify for compensation through a lawsuit.  In fact, there are approximately 60 active asbestos trust funds with an estimated $30 billion available for claimants. If you or someone you know received a cancer diagnosis after exposure to asbestos, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Holding Accountability

Holding those responsible for causing cancer accountable discourages harmful practices that continue to hurt others while also giving the families who have been affected the ability to recover. Financial compensation can give those who have been hurt the necessary funds to pay for treatment and often times the long term medical care they now require. It can also help families whose income is permanently lost due to an individual losing the ability to work.

The law can be complex, and the process can be overwhelming when a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis. It’s critical to hire a lawyer with the knowledge and resources to help you through this process. Our team has prevailed in legal action against massive corporations who have put profits over the health and safety of consumers, and we can do the same for you. We have the resources, skills, and experience necessary to take on these corporate interests and their aggressive defense teams. 

Join the Fight to End Cancer

Financial donations can be made in a number of ways, including monthly giving, IRA charitable rollovers, and honor and memorial giving. The following are just some of the organizations you can go through to support the cause:

 

Visit bestcharities.org to see a complete list of specific charities.

While financial donations are essential to cancer organizations and the people and programs they support, there are a number of ways to contribute: volunteering and participating in fundraising events, such as galas, golf tournaments, walks/runs, cycling, or any other way that suits you best.

To find out more about how you can contribute to the fight to end cancer, visit cancer.org.

 

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Oklahoma Tornado Raises Asbestos Concerns

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

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.


New Technology May Help with Mesothelioma Identification

Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm by Williams Hart   

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on a new form of technology which could help identify certain cancers earlier and may mean a major breakthrough for cancer research and treatment.

This technology, which is in the beginning stages of development, is based on nanoparticles, which work to amplify or augment certain proteins found within cancer cells, allowing doctors and medical professionals to more easily detect mesothelioma and other types of cancer through simple urine tests. As mesothelioma is well known for being extremely difficult to detect, especially early on, this new system of biomarker detection could be a major medical development.

As of yet, there are no reliable ways to easily identify mesothelioma early on. In most cases, when the disease is finally diagnosed, it has progressed to the point that it is no longer treatable. If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma as a result of negligent exposure to asbestos, you should call a mesothelioma attorney of Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 to discuss your legal options.

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