The owners and executives of a New Jersey salvage company are facing heavy fines and potential jail time for their roles in a project involving asbestos. The salvage company agreed to purchase the Liberty Fibers plant. The facility contained salvageable metals, but it also contained asbestos. The site fell under the government's Superfund program because it contained deadly materials. The salvage company improperly disposed of the asbestos on site and knowingly exposed workers to the deadly asbestos fibers.
The judge in a federal bankruptcy court has reaffirmed the decision to keep the record closed regarding the gasket maker Garlock. Garlock is one of countless companies that declared bankruptcy after exposing countless victims to asbestos in its products. Garlock has been accused of withholding evidence in cases involving asbestos exposure and mesothelioma tied to its products. The federal judge closed the record in a January decision and reaffirmed that decision this week.
Talc is a mineral used in a wide range of health and beauty products. It is used in baby powders, first aid products, food powders, antiperspirants and many cosmetics. Talc is a natural product and is mined throughout the world, including in the United States. Unfortunately, asbestos is also a naturally occurring substance and talc mines have the potential to also contain asbestos minerals. The first studies linking talc to asbestos were published in the 1960s.
As Roxanne Nelson reports for Medscape, scientific research presented at the 2014 Congress in Madrid, sponsored by the European Society for Medical Oncology, or ESMO, indicates that high-dose radiotherapy does not appear to benefit patients suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma (in patients who have also undergone chemotherapy and radical surgery).
Many people wonder how much asbestos exposure is dangerous. The answer is any more exposure than none. A single exposure can cause a person to develop mesothelioma. The odds of getting this rare form of cancer go up with each moment spent in the presence of asbestos, of course, but if you have ever been exposed, you are in danger.
As some here in Illinois may already know, the link between cancer and asbestos is well documented. According to the American Cancer Society, it is believed that asbestos causes cancer when asbestos fibers are either breathed in or swallowed and get stuck in the small airways of the lungs. Constant irritation from these fibers can eventually cause mesothelioma or other types of lung cancer.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma then you know how aggressive this form of cancer can be. According to WebMD, mesothelioma, if left untreated, a person can succumb to death within four months to a year after diagnosis. Unfortunately, because of its rarity and similar symptoms to other conditions and illnesses, many doctors often misdiagnose patients who have mesothelioma.
Mayo Clinic researchers are conducting a study with the measles virus that has already yielded some positive results with regard to cancer. Last year, the researchers used an extraordinarily large dosage of the measles vaccine, equal to about 10 million individual doses, in an attempt to destroy cancer cells. It was recently reported that the treatments were effective in wiping out cancer cells.
Illinois residents should keep an eye on a fellow Midwest state, which has recently signed into law a bill to place obstacles in the path of asbestos litigation. In what is a disturbing result for victims of mesothelioma, the state will now place extra burdens on those who pursue asbestos litigation.
We often write about asbestos-related lawsuits and settlements. In this blog post, we'll aim to provide readers with basic information related to asbestos including why it's dangerous, where it's typically found and steps employers should take to protect workers from being exposed to asbestos.