Mesothelioma Asbestos News

January 21, 2009 - Asbestos Mine Causes Anxiety for Nearby Residents

A recent report released by the Vermont Department of Health has caused uproar amongst residents who live near the closed down Vermont Asbestos Group mine.

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December 19, 2008 - California Asbestos Lawsuit Settled for $7.5 Million

A man from California who was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, recently received an out-of-court settlement for $7.5 million from the companies responsible for his exposure to the harmful mineral.

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August 6, 2003 - FAIR Act being decided on
For years, workers have been trying to recover damages for asbestos related illnesses. Linked to deadly and rare cancers, including mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has harmed a high number of people that have been unable to be compensated for their illnesses. Asbestos victims have been met with court delays and many people have died before ever receiving any compensation.

Companies declaring bankruptcy did not help the asbestos exposed victims either, and now lawmakers are trying to find a conclusion to the controversial matter. A proposal for the FAIR Act, or the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act would create a trust fund that is worth over $100 billion financed by companies and insurance companies.

While the FAIR Act would allow asbestos victims to avoid long delays in the court system, however many critics worry that in severe asbestos related illnesses there will not be adequate compensation available. In addition, the number of people though to be affected by asbestos is estimated to be at a very large number, and many fear they will receive nothing before the fund is depleted. Some illnesses have a long latency period before symptoms appear, so the fund could be depleted far before victims realize they have developed diseases.

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June 30, 2003 - Asbestos victims continue to be victimized
Thousands of South African people that have fallen terminally ill to asbestos exposure conditions endured a four-year asbestos lawsuit and was promised multi millions of dollars but was just informed they will receive less than half of the amount promised. The company failed to honor the December 21, 2001 asbestos settlement involving 7,500 asbestos claimants. The entire asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits took so long to finalize that 10% of the claimants have already died, approximately 776 people. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure caused asbestosis as well as other serious illnesses. Contact us to confer with an asbestos- mesothelioma lawyer.


June 27, 2003 - Senate agreeing to asbestos trust increase
The Senate panel has agreed to increase the size of the asbestos trust to an amount as high as $153 billion to end all asbestos lawsuits. The main disagreement regarding the asbestos fund would be what types of payments will be made to asbestos exposed people that are now suffering deadly diseases as a result. If the trust passes, the asbestos settlement will be the second largest of all time following the tobacco settlement in 1998.

By increasing the amount of the asbestos trust, many people in supports of it passing are hoping it will allow the trust to have adequate funds for all the people suffering asbestos related diseases to recover money, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. The fund proposes that up to $750,000 will be paid to asbestos victims, with the largest sums of compensation going to mesothelioma sufferers. Individual mesothelioma lawsuits have awarded asbestos exposed victims up to $250 million. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer linked only to asbestos exposure.
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April 24, 2003 - Mesothelioma Cancer Widow Awarded $2.6 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit
A jury awarded a woman $4.2 million for the death of her husband who died after developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure in 1956. The mesothelioma sufferer had been an electrician for just 33 days at a shipyard and was heavily exposed to Kaylo, an asbestos covering once used to insulate steam pipes. The mesothelioma attorney noted that the company had known about the dangers of their asbestos-ridden products as far back as 1944. The company is appealing the asbestos lawsuit award.

All forms of asbestos have been shown to cause cancer. If exposed, those individuals risk asbestos-illnesses, including a rare, inoperable cancer called mesothelioma. For more information contact us to confer with an asbestos attorney.

April 24, 2003 - Asbestos Trust in Midst of Approval
Asbestos lawsuits have continued to be filed all over the country by survivors of asbestos exposed victims or by people now suffering from asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma. Now, there are talks that an asbestos trust is near that, if approved by Congress and President Bush, will pay over $100 billion to hundreds of thousands of asbestos victims in the next 30 years. In the past, any effort to attempt to reduce the high number of asbestos lawsuits has not been close.

Some asbestos experts do not think that the trust has a chance of becoming a law, but negotiators for all sides do not agree with that. If passed, the asbestos trust would be the second largest lawsuit settlement ever. There are still a lot of issues that must be considered, like how much of the asbestos payment would go to the victims and what will occur if the trust runs out of money for the high number of asbestos exposed sufferers that exist.

The asbestos trust would settle all new and existing asbestos claims that would not allow people to opt out. Companies liable for asbestos health effects are rooting for the trust to pass in hopes that it will limit the asbestos lawsuits. Within the last two years especially, companies have had to pay out large sums of money for asbestos lawsuits. The trust would be beneficial so some asbestos-exposed sufferers. There are some asbestos-exposed victims that have received very little money despite the fact that they are dying or extremely sick because the companies are in bankruptcy.

The $100 billion under the trust is half as much as analysts have forecasted that companies and insurers would eventually spend to resolve asbestos claims currently, however the trust's principal would accumulate interest. Please contact us for more information on asbestos lawsuits for asbestos health effects like mesothelioma.


April 23, 2003 - Mesothelioma Death Shocks Wife
A retired carpenter died from mesothelioma, a respiratory illness that has only been associated to asbestos exposure. The man never realized he had come in contact with asbestos. The mesothelioma death was recorded as an industrial disease and the assistant deputy coroner was worried about how the man came into contact with the asbestos since mesothelioma is an asbestos-related illness.

The mesothelioma victim's surviving wife said it took five doctors and two x-rays before a doctor was able to inform them of what it was. At this time the man was in so much pain from the advancement of the mesothelioma. This is an especially dangerous aspect of mesothelioma and asbestos-exposure. Symptoms of mesothelioma are often confused with other more common illnesses, and mesothelioma is such a rare form of cancer with often very fatal results.

April 15, 2003 - Asbestosis Victim's Survivors Seek Justice
An English man that died almost three years ago from asbestosis, an asbestos-exposure disease, was ruled an industrial disease death by the coroner. Now, the family of the asbestos-exposed man is asking former colleagues of his to help them with a court action. The family has been having problems with their asbestos claim because they have been unable to find former colleagues due to either death or they have not wanted to get involved in the asbestos claim.

April 9, 2003 - Former Railroad Workers File Asbestos Lawsuits
Nine asbestos lawsuits were filed alleging Union Pacific Railroad Company is to blame for the five men who died of asbestos cancer and the four survivors that are now suffering. The workers involved in the asbestos lawsuits were affected by instances of asbestosis or mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer associated to asbestos exposure. A Rand Institute for Civil Justice 2002 report showed that 600,000 Americans had filed claims for asbestos-related injuries.

All forms of asbestos have been shown to cause cancer. If exposed, those individuals risk asbestos-illnesses, including a rare, inoperable cancer called mesothelioma. For more information contact us to confer with an asbestos attorney.

April 5, 2003 - New York Man Dying of Mesothelioma Awarded $47 Million
A Manhattan jury awarded $47 million to a man dying of mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in the workplace. The jury found Con Edison, the man's former place of employment, to be reckless for not providing a safe working environment. The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2001. The company plans on appealing the asbestos lawsuit.

April 2, 2003 - Asbestos Lawsuits Move Into Wider Area
Congress is now debating limiting asbestos lawsuits, but juries in New York and Illinois reached two of the largest asbestos lawsuits. The asbestos lawsuits were part of the newest type of asbestos lawsuits that have been filed against companies that never made asbestos but used asbestos in their products. The companies have been accused of knowing the dangers of asbestos but failing to warn the workers.

An Illinois ordered United States Steel Corp. to pay $250 million to a former employee who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The company decided to settle for $50 million. In New York, a jury awarded $47 million to a former utility worker that had developed mesothelioma after working in plants owned by Con Ed and Long Island Lighting.

April 1, 2003 - Minneapolis Residents Warned of Asbestos Dangers
Letters were sent to hundreds of current and former Minneapolis residents from health official warning that they may have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos years ago. Due to the latency period between asbestos exposure and the onset of asbestos-related diseases, the letter warned the asbestos- dangers could still appear if not already. The asbestos accumulation could occur in instances of cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other lung abnormalities. The asbestos exposure could have occurred from the former W.R. Grace & Co. plant.

All forms of asbestos have been shown to cause cancer. If exposed, those individuals risk asbestos-illnesses, including a rare, inoperable cancer called mesothelioma. For more information contact us to confer with an asbestos attorney.

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