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Although its use has sharply declined over the years, asbestos continues to claim lives today for a number of reasons. For one, some residential and commercial buildings still contain the known toxin. Also, the cancer caused by asbestos exposure has a latency period that can last up to 50 years - so someone who worked in a building containing the material in 1954, for example, might only now be showing symptoms of mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one has suffered lung cancer or larynx cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, you may want to contact an asbestos attorney or contact a mesothelioma attorney for a free evaluation of your case.
The Institute of Medicine also has announced that asbestos appears to also cause cancer of the larynx. The finding was contained in a June 2006 IOM report analyzing laryngeal cancer and its potential relation to inhaled asbestos fibers. The report estimated that there would be 9,510 new cases of cancer of the larynx in 2006, with 3,740 resulting in death. (Read the report.)
Make no mistake, asbestos-related cancer is deadly. In lung cancer cases, for instance, the average survival time from the date of diagnosis is one year. Symptoms generally begin with constant chest pain, with victims later experiencing difficulty breathing, weight loss and fever.
Asbestos is a flaky mineral substance widely used in the 1950s and 1960s in building materials, particularly insulation, wallboard, textile products and fireproofing materials. Microscopic-size particles of asbestos have a tendency to break up and become airborne. The particles are easily inhaled.
At greatest risk are people, generally older men, who worked in factories, steel mills, shipyards and other plants - especially those with old buildings - where they may have been exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. Also potentially at risk are people who worked with products made with asbestos, such as brake linings, floor tiles or fireproof mitts or aprons.
Kline & Specter P.C., a Philadelphia-based law firm with some 30 attorneys, several of whom are also highly skilled doctors, has had success litigating asbestos lawsuits. Contact an asbestos lawyer today.
Kline & Specter handles cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and Nationwide, working with local attorneys in states outside PA, NJ and NY.
In Pennsylvania, Kline & Specter handles cases in and around: Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Chester, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Easton, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Johnstown, Lancaster, Levittown, McCandless, McKeesport, Monroeville, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Radnor, Reading, Scranton, State College, West Chester, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York.
In New Jersey, the firm handles cases in and around: Atlantic City, Bayonne, Brick Township, Camden, Cherry Hill, Clifton, Edison, Elizabeth, Fort Lee, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Pennsauken, Plainfield, Toms River, Trenton, Union, Vineland, Voorhees and Willingboro.
Mesothelioma & Asbestos News
- A laboratory chemist has won a $2.5 million asbestos verdict. The man worked with a machine manufactured by Ford Motor Co. that required him to file and grind experimental asbestos-containing friction products ultimately used as brakes on automobiles. Other defendants in the case settled before trial. (Full story)
- A former Buffalo police officer suffering from a rare type of mesothelioma will get $1.7 million from the city under a settlement. The man developed the cancer by inhaling asbestos fibers while working in one or more city-owned buildings that contained asbestos. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer strongly associated with exposure to airborne asbestos particles. Only about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. (Full story)
- A Missouri jury awards a $4.5 million settlement to the family of a man whose died from asbestos exposure. The man had installed asbestos-contaminated materials before OSHA regulated construction sites for asbestos. More than 30 years after working with the products the man died from mesothelioma. (Full story)
- A former Virginia shipyard worker suffering from cancer wins a $4.39 million jury verdict from a company that made asbestos parts. The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma and had worked with asbestos-related parts and packing material for about four years while repairing ships at the Norfolk dockyard. Since being diagnosed, he has had a lung removed, and suffers severe fatigue. Although his cancer is in remission, doctors say he is likely to die a painful death from the disease. (Full Story)
- California appeals court upholds a more than $11 million award to a couple for an incurable lung disease the husband suffered after being exposed to asbestos in Navy shipyards in the 1940s and 1950s. The jury assigned 75 percent of the responsibility for his illness to Asbestos Corp., which made the sealant used by the Navy.(Full story)
- Jury returns $2.6 million verdict in favor of the family of a man who died of an asbestos-related illness.(Full story)
- New York City wants to cut a billion-dollar deal with 9,000 Ground Zero workers who blame their lingering illnesses on toxins, such as asbestos, inhaled at The Pile.(Full story)
- Man sues 51 companies, for conspiring to mine, process, sell and distribute asbestos products, suppressing the information pertaining to the fiber's hazardous influence on human health and purposely inflicting him with an asbestos disease.(Full story)
- Asbestos disease patients are almost 20 years younger than asbestos patients 20 years ago, according to new study.(Full story)
- Jury awards $5.55 million to widow of a former shipyard worker diagnosed with mesothelioma. (Full story)