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Do asbestos abatement workers have enough protection on the job?

Asbestos removal is generally not a DIY project. Typically, property owners who are concerned about asbestos are advised to call in the professionals. This is because asbestos abatement professionals should be formally trained and certified in the best techniques for minimizing health risks while removing asbestos-containing products.

Asbestos abatement workers wear three layers of porous polypropylene suits and a respiratory mask. However, this may not be enough to completely protect them from exposure to asbestos.

What is it like to live with mesothelioma?

The truth is that a mesothelioma diagnosis is a tough thing. It’s hard on anyone diagnosed with cancer, and it’s hard on friends and family members.

Because there’s no reliable cure, the diagnosis often leads to a lot of uncertainty. What are the treatment options? What are the odds? How long do I have? How will I feel? How will I pay for everything? The questions pile up fast, so it can be important to step back, take a breath and seek greater clarity.

Can mesothelioma spread in the body?

Cancer can develop in almost any part of the body. Skin cancer starts in the skin, lung cancer starts in the lungs, and bone cancer starts in the bones.

If you have a loved one who was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may know that it is also a type of cancer. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that starts in the mesothelium, a membrane that lines the inside of the body’s cavities.

Collectors beware: asbestos lurks in numerous artifacts

Asbestos is a very unusual substance. It is a nearly indestructible fiber that comes from a rock instead of a plant or animal. With qualities like these, there is no need to wonder why people have been drawn to it throughout history.

To ancient people, especially, asbestos must have seemed like magic. They could weave asbestos fibers into blankets, tablecloths, clothes and other textiles. When these fabrics became dirty, someone could throw them into the fire where they would be cleaned but not destroyed.

What is an asbestos bankruptcy trust?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a variety of industrial products. However, it is toxic to inhale or ingest. Once in the body, it can cause health problems, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Many companies put employees and consumers at risk by continuing to use asbestos in their products, even after company leaders understood its toxicity. As a result, many people who became sick because of this exposure chose to file lawsuits against the companies. To limit their losses, many of these companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

How many older buildings are haunted by asbestos?

A recent story from New York City illustrates the dangers that many people face simply by living or working in the nation’s older buildings. It also shows how often people are unaware of the dangers. And it points out how building owners and managers often try to shortcut proper safety measures.

According to the New York Daily News, roughly 1,000 people may have been breathing carcinogenic asbestos fibers while working at a Brooklyn transit depot. That’s bad enough, but the report also suggested maintenance teams were aware of the asbestos and failed to treat it properly.

How competing scientific theories may impact your recovery

When you were in school, did you ever write a report in a certain way because you knew that was the way your teacher liked it? Most of us have. We do this because we want a good outcome.

What does this have to do with recovering from mesothelioma? The answer is, "More than you might hope." Because the truth is that you want the courts and the law to address your disease and recovery based on sound science, but there are plenty of people who interpret science in different ways, depending on whom they perceive as their audience.

Can you hold sellers liable for failing to disclose asbestos?

When you decide to buy a new house, it’s all about your future. Maybe it’s about planting your roots and settling into place. Perhaps you’re looking for the home to house your growing family. Maybe, to you, the move to a new home carries a different meaning. But the odds are that it’s a meaning and a change to which you look forward.

Sadly, asbestos in the home can taint your dreams. As the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes, many of the homes built between 1930 and 1950 frequently used asbestos insulation. Homebuilders also used many other products that contained the deadly carcinogen. So, what can you if you realize a seller failed to warn you that your dream house came loaded with the threat of cancer?

How might the EPA change its asbestos regulations?

Most people understand that exposure to asbestos involves certain health risks. Because of these risks, the use of asbestos is regulated.

Several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), set these regulations. These regulations also help make it clear when a company is responsible for the health consequences that can be caused by failing to abide by regulations. However, these regulations can change over time, which can affect safety and litigation.

Major chemical company agrees to settle talc lawsuit

BASF SE and its attorneys recently settled a class action fraud lawsuit involving allegedly contaminated talc. BASF SE is a large chemical company based out of Germany that produces and markets chemicals around the world.

The lawsuit claims that the company knowingly sold talc contaminated with asbestos, which caused people to develop cancer. It also alleges that the company tried to cover up evidence of the contamination.

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