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How to identify asbestos in the workplace

Asbestos is a problem that can lead to health issues that can put you out of work. It's a good idea to learn how to identify asbestos in your place of employment, especially if you work in the construction industry, where this is still very dominant in older buildings. Here are some tips for identifying asbestos in the workplace.

Do your best to find out when the building was constructed. This can be a huge help in figuring out if there is asbestos present. Asbestos was used in the construction of homes and commercial buildings alike throughout the mid 1900s. Even though it was eventually banned, it is still present in buildings across the country.

Report says all types of asbestos are deadly

A new report released in September of 2017 says that all types of asbestos have the ability to be deadly. The study was performed by researchers from Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. The results of the study confirm what scientists have believed for years, and that is there is no safe form of asbestos and that all forms can eventually lead to malignant mesothelioma.

The types of asbestos still around today include the following:

  • "White" asbestos (found in ceiling tiles, roof tiles, walls and floors)
  • Actinolite
  • Amosite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite

What are treatment options for mesothelioma?

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is common among people who worked in various industries such as shipbuilding, construction and more. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a disease that takes its toll on the body, even when treatments are put to use. So, what are the treatment options for mesothelioma?

One of the first treatment options that a doctor will likely present to you if diagnosed with mesothelioma is that of surgery. Surgery can be used for curative purposes and to help manage pain caused by the disease. You will face weeks of recovery if you go the surgical route.

Coping with the long-term effects of lung cancer

Patients diagnosed with lung cancer will face a long road no matter the stage assigned to the disease by doctors. Between a weakened immune system, treatments and the overall effects of the disease, patients will need to learn how to cope. Lung cancer can be caused by smoking, working in certain industries, being near asbestos and more.

The most important part of coping with the long-term effects of lung cancer is to understand the diagnosis issued and the treatment plan created by your doctors. Ask as many questions as possible. You should never think any question is a stupid question, especially when it comes to your health.

The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a disease that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used in various industries for quite a while across the country and the state of Louisiana was no exception. Asbestos was used in construction, shipbuilding and many other industries. It is still being removed from older homes and businesses throughout the state. Here are the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma occurs in different areas of the body, which leads to different signs and symptoms of the disease. The two types of mesothelioma are known as peritoneal and pleural.

What is the duty to warn in Louisiana product liability law?

Last time, we began looking at Johnson & Johnson’s recent loss in a talcum powder lawsuit in California. As we noted, this is the latest in a series of losses for the company in lawsuits involving allegations that that the company failed to warn consumers of the potential dangers of its talc-containing products.

The duty to warn is an important issue in product liability litigation, as it is one of the legal claims injured consumers can make against companies who fail to give consumers adequate notice of the risks inherent in a product. Product liability is an important potential avenue of recovery for those who have been exposed to asbestos by manufacturers. 

Johnson & Johnson loses yet another talcum powder case

One of the legal issues we track on this blog is talcum powder litigation. We’ve previously discussed the challenges plaintiffs face in presenting strong evidence of causation in these cases. As we’ve noted, though, strong circumstantial evidence of the connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, and a sympathetic jury, can make all the difference for plaintiffs.

This certainly seems to have been the case in a California talcum powder case decided earlier this week. The 63-year-old woman who brought the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson was reportedly awarded $417 million for her ovarian cancer diagnosis. 

Who is most vulnerable to asbestos exposure?

Louisiana workers know that exposure to asbestos is a serious threat to their health and future, but many employees in various fields are largely unaware of their potential risk for exposure. While this dangerous and toxic substance is in many common objects, those at the highest risk of exposure and illness are individuals employed in certain industries. 

If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another serious medical condition as a result of asbestos exposure, your family has rights. You may have a rightful claim to financial compensation, and there is no time to lose to learn about the legal options available to you and to take the first steps.

Seeking compensation for asbestos exposure important for every mesothelioma victim

Statistics on life expectancy can be a source of complacency for some, and a source of anxiety for others. Life expectancy in the general population is 78 years, though this number can be affected by various factors, including sex and overall health. Among cancer patients, life expectancy depends on both the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the particulars of treatment. In some cases, cancer patients have a strong chance of survival, while others do not.

Among mesothelioma patients, life expectancy is an average of 61, significantly less than the general population. Like any form of cancer, prognosis for mesothelimoa depends on how early the condition is caught, where the cancer is located, and the type of treatment pursued. 

Work with experienced legal counsel in cases involving asbestos contaminated consumer products

Previously, we looked at a recent report that a cosmetic product sold by a tween fashion retail chain was contaminated with asbestos. Although the company denied the accusation of contamination after conducting its own investigation, this doesn’t necessarily mean that asbestos contamination of the tested line of products is not at all a concern.

Asbestos contamination of consumer products does remain a risk, even though federal regulations on this point are strong. Companies are still able to introduce contaminated products into the stream of commerce. Contamination doesn’t necessarily come to the attention of regulators until a product is already out on the market and harming consumers.