Main Menu
Pourciau Law Firm
Toll Free 800-903-6720
Local 504-305-2375
Practice Areas

New Orleans Asbestos Blog

Small group of mesothelioma patients show promise in therapy

Asbestos used to be widely employed in construction, shipbuilding and the manufacturing of goods like appliances and vehicles. It was once prized without reservation for its ability to withstand flame and insulate rooms. But long-term exposure has been studied and may be very hazardous to the people who worked with it.

One of the best known potential ill effects of exposure to asbestos dust is mesothelioma, a specific type of cancer that affects the lining of thoracic organs and traced specifically to the substance. The two best known forms are pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach or digestive tract.

Asbestos poses health risks but has still not been banned

There are few substances that have caused more damage to health and public trust in the United States than asbestos. Louisiana has taken the brunt of asbestos' effects, with shipyard workers and industrial insulators often developing mesothelioma or other grave illnesses after prolonged exposure to the dust that the brittle solid creates.

Legal experts believe that claims for financial damages regarding asbestos exposure have amounted to the largest and most expensive series of civil lawsuits in U.S. history. Although the claims may have peaked because there are fewer industrial users of asbestos, the substance has still not been banned in the nation.

Cancer Alley may not be regulated well enough

No matter what one's political views are about the government, its job is to protect its citizens. Most people in Louisiana can agree with that because, in some ways, residents of the Bayou State need extra protection when it comes to matters of public health.

But a recent report suggests that government regulations are failing people who live in one of the most dangerous areas of the country when it comes to lung cancer. Some of the final bends of the Mississippi River are home to chemical refineries that have given the region the unfortunate nickname "Cancer Alley."

Would a newly approved treatment for MPM help you?

If your doctor recently diagnosed you with malignant pleural mesothelioma, one of the first things your doctor may have done is to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery. If you do not fall into the 10% to 20% of certain individuals diagnosed with MPM, then surgery is not an option.

Sadly, under these circumstances, your doctor probably told you that the prognosis not good. Ordinarily, you would receive palliative care, but in May 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for MPM that could extend your life.

Government agency may have downplayed talcum powder risks

It's been a long journey for people who used talcum powder as a hygiene aid. After decades of targeted marketing, the substance spent years in American homes before something appeared not quite right. Many users developed rare types of cancer or suffered other health problems.

Now, it seems most talcum powder on the market was contaminated with asbestos, which is believed to be dangerous to human health. Lawsuits to take the main distributor of talcum powder to task have had mixed results so far. Some plaintiffs have won multimillion-dollar lawsuits to help with medical care and to penalize the manufacturer for fraudulent practices.

Can you get mesothelioma from an exposed family member?

This question has been the source of controversy and debate for many decades. Some will say that developing mesothelioma through secondary asbestos contact is not possible. Many others feel strongly that becoming ill through secondary exposure to asbestos happens more than any Louisiana resident might believe.

While a definitive answer remains somewhat unclear, mesothelioma attorneys try to stay focused on helping the victims of this disease no matter how the illness occurred. Those who need authoritative answers about developing mesothelioma from second-hand asbestos exposure might be interested in what the government has to say about this phenomenon.

Many American occupations expose workers to asbestos

Awareness can go a very long way in protecting Americans from life-threatening diseases and illnesses. Despite this, there are many occupations in our nation that expose workers to illness-causing materials or substances such as asbestos.

While it could be argued that these occupations are vital to the growth and prosperity of our country, it is every citizen's right to know the risks that typically go hand-in-hand with asbestos exposure. Only by knowing the health risks can Americans make the best decision about whether or not to accept a potentially dangerous occupation.

Asbestos is just one of many dangerous occupational substances

As you may already know, asbestos is a highly dangerous material that often leads to lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. Contrary to popular belief, many products and industries still use asbestos. For example, brake pads used in the automotive industry may contain at least some of the material.

As if this is not bad enough, there are other substances workers in Louisiana may encounter that could also result in lung cancer. Learning about these can help you avoid this life-threatening medical condition. Such knowledge may also aid you in your efforts to seek a legal solution for your suffering. Below, you will find several examples of occupational conditions that come with a risk of developing lung cancer.

  • Exposure to solvents such as toluene or benzene
  • Exposure to metallic elements like beryllium, aluminum or cadmium
  • Exposure to arsenic, which appears in textile, fireworks and glass production industries
  • Exposure to reactive chemicals such as vinyl chloride, ether or mustard gas
  • Exposure to fumes or gases

Louisiana buildings need asbestos maintenance

It is more likely for a resident of Louisiana to be diagnosed with lung cancer than people in nearly every other state in the country. The last few decades have yielded a lot of claims into the causes, such as the chemical plants that steam along the lower Mississippi River Valley and the shipbreaking yards along the Gulf Coast.

One factor that has often been blamed for specific types of cancer is asbestos. The solid white substance has been a good insulator against flame for centuries, but the powder that comes off its surfaces has been correlated with an otherwise rare cancer called mesothelioma. This cancer occurs in the lining around the lungs, stomach or other thoracic organs.

Nonsmokers at greater risk of lung cancer

Perhaps few types of cancer carry as much stigma as lung cancer. If doctors have diagnosed you with lung cancer, chances are you have heard comments from ill-informed people implying that you got what you deserved for smoking cigarettes. While you may not have been looking for sympathy, you certainly did not expect accusations, especially if you never smoked.

The sad fact is that more and more nonsmokers are facing the devastating diagnosis of lung cancer. In fact, about 15% of those who will receive a lung cancer diagnosis this year have never smoked cigarettes. It seems that the risk factors are growing, including exposure to certain materials on the job.