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Libby asbestos victims to be compensated

MONTANA – Asbestos victims in Libby, Montana are finally getting the justice they deserve. A $19.5 million settlement has been proposed for asbestos victims involved in the W.R. Grace and Co. bankruptcy case.

The settlement will be used to fund the Libby Medical Program, benefitting those who have developed illnesses from exposure to asbestos at the company’s former vermiculite plant.

W.R. Grace created the Libby Medical Program in 2000, following reports that several people became sick or died after being exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was once widely used in construction. Once it was discovered that asbestos contributes to several illnesses, including the deadly mesothelioma cancer, it was banned in the United States.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lungs, heart and chest. It is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take decades to manifest. Symptoms aren’t always alarming and by the time victims seek help, it is usually too late.

Although there are treatments for mesothelioma, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, sadly, there is no cure for the cancer.

According to Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the asbestos victims, the proposed settlement ensures that the company will not be able terminate the medical program, which it was previously able to do at any moment.

In addition, Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive settlements from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust that will be established as part of W.R. Grace’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Victims of asbestos are entitled to seek legal help to ensure their rights are upheld. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, turn to an acclaimed mesothelioma lawyer for help immediately.

Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to secure you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. When you work with an elite team of mesothelioma lawyers, you can rest assured you will receive up to millions of dollars in money damages and medical care.

Contact a mesothelioma attorney near you for help today and fight for your rights.

Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Admits to Ignoring Safety Protocols

The supervisor of a renovation project has admitted to ignoring safety protocols for asbestos abatement.

Kenneth Horan, 38, of Pittsford admitted on Monday that he ignored mandated safety procedures for the removal of asbestos. He pleaded guilty in federal court to a violation of federal Clean Air standards.

Horan was the supervisor at an Irondequoit renovation project. According to court records, Horan hired a man to remove asbestos piping wrap in the basement of the building, but he was not a licensed asbestos remover.

Horan was fully aware that the project required the removal of friable asbestos, and has been charged with violating federal safety standards for proper asbestos removal.

When asbestos is not removed properly, the mineral’s fibers can become airborne and breathed in by unsuspecting victims. This can lead to a number of illnesses, including the fatal mesothelioma cancer.

Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities. Although there are treatments for it, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is no cure for mesothelioma. What is even worse is that hundreds of mesothelioma cases go unreported every year because victims’ symptoms may either be insignificant or by the time victims seek help, it is too late.

However, there is help for all who are suffering with mesothelioma. If you or a loved one are struggling with this asbestos-related disease, turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer for assistance. Mesothelioma attorneys work diligently to fight for your rights as an asbestos victim and will do whatever it takes to secure you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve.

As a mesothelioma victim, you may be entitled to thousands – if not millions – of dollars in money damages and medical care. Your mesothelioma attorney will fight for your rights and ensure that you obtain the maximum possible benefits for your pain and suffering. They will also investigate to find out the source of your asbestos exposure and ensure those who are responsible for exposing you to the hazardous mineral are held accountable for their negligence.

Speak to an acclaimed team of mesothelioma lawyers today to fight for your rights and get started on your case.

Travelers Insurance Reports Greater Mesothelioma Payouts

Hartford, Connecticut-based Travelers Insurance has reported an increase in payouts for asbestos victims who have suffered with diseases like mesothelioma.

The company has explained that they have had to put 25 percent more into their asbestos reserves this year as opposed to last year. They have had to pay a greater number of asbestos victims who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal and rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities.

However, as serious as this is, Travelers is just one of many insurers that have experienced this trend in 2011. Met Life, which is another major insurance company in the U.S., reported that there was an initial drop in asbestos-related claims from 2003 through 2010, but there was a spike of 11 percent in the first half of this year.

In a Reuters article by Ben Berkowitz, he explains that the reason for this rise in coverage may be attributed to the fact that there are now costlier treatments available, which shoot up insurance costs.

Toward the beginning of the millennium, several insurance companies increased their reserves in order to lower their risk, hoping mesothelioma cases would drop by now, but this has not been the case.

“Ratings agency A.M. Best has said it expects the industry to ultimately face $75 billion in exposure to asbestos claims,” Berkowitz wrote, “and it has argued that some companies are still not fully reserved for claims they may experience.”

Asbestos is a mineral that is extremely hazardous when its fibers become loose and airborne. Once the fibers are breathed in, several diseases like mesothelioma can ensue.

Mesothelioma can take 50 years to develop, so most of the time, victims don’t even know they are suffering from the disease until it’s too late. And even worse, sometimes symptoms do not present themselves as alarming, so victims never even get the medical attention they deserve.

Altough there are treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma. Those who are suffering with mesothelioma were most likely exposed to asbestos without even being aware of it. Most victims were exposed at work and did not have the proper safety equipment on or were not told by employers that asbestos was present in the work site. However, there is help available to all the victims of mesothelioma. Victims should speak with a mesothelioma lawyer right away to protect their rights.

All mesothelioma victims may be entitled to thousands or even millions of dollars in benefits and medical care for their disease. Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to ensure that you and your loved ones obtain the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. Mesothelioma lawyers will investigate to find the source of your asbestos exposure and anyone found responsible will be held accountable for your disease.

Time is of the essence when battling mesothelioma so call today to set up a meeting with a mesothelioma attorney near you to fight for your rights.

Mesothelioma victim awarded $2.5 million in asbestos litigation case

NEW YORK – A New York jury has sided with an asbestos victim, awarding him $2.5 million in damages.

 

The asbestos victim was James Ginter, a former chemist. Ginter filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against Ford Motor Company, accusing the company of creating a machine that exposed several lab workers to asbestos.

 

Asbestos is a mineral found in nature. Although currently banned in the United States, it was once used across the world for its insulating and thermal properties, durability and strength. Once the harmful effects of asbestos exposure were discovered, it was banned by several countries around the world.

 

Among the many health problems that asbestos exposure can lead to is mesothelioma cancer, which is what Ginter is currently suffering from. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities and there is currently no cure for it, although if caught in time, victims may enter remission thorough the help of chemotherapy, radiation and, or surgery.

Ginter used a Friction Assessment Screening Test (FAST) Machine manufactured by Ford during the time he worked at Durez Plastics in the 1980s. According to lawsuit, the machine exposed Ginter to asbestos fibers, which led him to develop mesothelioma.

Ginter used the FAST Machine to grind down friction materials in order to see if they would make good materials for brakes. Several of the substances contained asbestos. The machine did not have any warning labels and did not say that it was leading to asbestos exposure, even though Ford had already had several fatalities among its own workers due to asbestos exposure.

A New York Supreme Court jury in Erie County awarded Ginter with $2.5 million in damages and determined that Ford was 15 percent responsible for his exposure to asbestos. The rest of the damages were attributed to other companies, which mostly settled before the case went to court.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance raises funds for research through Twitter

Syracuse, New York – The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has launched an international campaign to raise funding for mesothelioma research and the support of organizations through Twitter.

Under the Twitter name @CancerAlliance, the organization has pledged to donate $1 for every new Twitter follower they gain between now and September 2nd, 2011 up to $50,000.

The Alliance is also encouraging their followers to vote on which cancer research or support group will receive the funds. New followers can either choose from one of several national organizations or nominate one.

“It’s our way of letting members of our Twitter community have a voice in who receives the funding,” said Jack Bleeker, spokesman for the fundraising effort.

Through the use of social media, the organization hopes to encourage the support of those in the community and increase awareness of mesothelioma.

“Some of these organizations aren’t as well known as LIVESTRONG or other nationally recognized members of the cancer community, but they all deserve their chance at the funding. We’re trying to mobilize lesser-known organizations and their constituencies to get the word out,” added Bleeker.

@CancerAlliance is one of the leading internet-based social media cancer communities. The organization offers a safe haven for those afflicted with the disease as well as loved ones and other supporters to share their stories and offer each other encouragement.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer related to the exposure of asbestos. It is a very rare but very deadly disease that takes decades to fully develop. By the time victims are sick, it may be too late to seek treatment. Patients only have about two years following the development of the cancer to seek treatment but even then, only a very few number of mesothelioma patients survive.

 

There is currently no cure for mesothelioma, although researchers are trying to discover new ways to detect the cancer in its early stages to prevent it from evolving. The worst part about mesothelioma is that it is usually the result of someone’s negligence – most of the time, of an employer.

 

Although asbestos is now illegal in the U.S., it was vastly used because of its insulating properties and durability. Employers at construction companies would expose (and continue to expose) workers to the mineral without protective gear and sometimes without telling them of the presence of asbestos at the job site.

If you are a victim of mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos at work, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away to fight for your rights.

 

Mesothelioma attorneys do everything possible to get their clients the money damages and medical care they deserve. With the help of a top mesothelioma lawyer, you and your loved ones may receive up to millions of dollars in benefits for the disease.

 

Contact the law office of a leading mesothelioma attorney today to get started on your case.