In the United States, mesothelioma is very strongly associated with asbestos, and rightly so: asbestos exposure has long been proven to be one of the leading causes of the deadly disease. And because asbestos products were so widely used for so long in so many industries, millions of people in Illinois and throughout the country continue to suffer as a result of their unknowing exposure to asbestos.
An appellate court in New Jersey has ordered the dismissal of an asbestos lawsuit against a major oil and gasoline company. The court made the ruling after finding that the plaintiff sought to add the company to the lawsuit after the statute of limitations for civil suits had passed.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it can be difficult to figure out when and where you were exposed to the asbestos that would ultimately cause your disease. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that it usually takes at least 30 years after that exposure to asbestos for mesothelioma to develop.
The family of late football and television star Merlin Olsen has reportedly reached a settlement in their asbestos lawsuit against several companies that are believed to have caused the actor's mesothelioma diagnosis and eventual death.
About two years ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke new ground when it declared its first-ever public health state of emergency for two neighboring Montana towns. The declaration was made in response to the town residents' mass exposure to asbestos, which has been attributed to a long-running vermiculite mine and the negligence of its owners.
An 18-year Navy veteran who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on Navy vessels has received a substantial jury verdict in his lawsuit against two industrial manufacturing companies that provided asbestos-laden valves, gaskets and boiler assemblies for the ships he served on. The New York jury awarded the vet $16 million in compensation for past pain and suffering and an additional $16 million for future pain and suffering.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., there is much reflection taking place throughout the country on the day, the attacks, and their aftermath. According to a recently released study, researchers have uncovered yet another unfortunate result of the 9/11 attacks: an increase in mesothelioma cancers and similar diseases in those who performed rescue and recovery in the minutes and months following the attack.
The family of a deceased man has filed a lawsuit against Texaco, Inc., accusing the oil company of exposing him to asbestos and thereby causing him to develop the mesothelioma that ultimately caused his death. The man worked for several years at Texaco's Port Arthur, Texas, refinery. He later developed mesothelioma and succumbed to the disease in June of this year.
According to an Australian newspaper, mesothelioma is on the rise among Australian women. Although the exact cause for the increase is unknown, officials with Australia's Asbestos Diseases Foundation believe that the growing popularity of do-it-yourself home renovation projects. Foundation officials are so concerned about this apparent mesothelioma epidemic that they have asked the Australian government to require home improvement television shows to provide disclaimers warning viewers of the dangers of asbestos exposure before every program.
Although medical researchers made the connection between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma many years ago, there is still relatively little that is known about the deadly disease. This is why, although mesothelioma generally takes several decades to develop following asbestos exposure, about half of those who are diagnosed with the disease pass away less after battling the painful disease for less than one year.