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Asbestos Side Effects Could Be Linked To Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Asbestos | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Scarring, Lungs' Vital Capacity Decrease, Shortness of Breath, Fatigue, Chest Pain, Heart Problems, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma

During the twentieth century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the United States. Many asbestos-containing products remain in buildings, ships, industrial facilities and other environments where the fibers can become airborne. It is even possible that you could have been exposed by a family member, because microscopic asbestos fibers on their clothing can come off in your home.

Asbestos exposure is also responsible for several other serious health problems. Pleural Disease, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis are all linked to asbestos contamination.

Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is the most serious asbestos causing disease. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum). For many years asbestos manufacturers have claimed that cigarette smoking caused mesothelioma, however medical research has clearly proven that mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure.

There are currently about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40. It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of mesothelioma before 2020. Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos. That means that if you worked around asbestos 50 years ago, you could be developing mesothelioma now.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a non-cancerous condition caused by exposure to asbestos. It is caused by asbestos fibers that become lodged in the lungs. As the lungs try to protect the body from these foreign bodies, scar tissue develops and diminishes the lung's capacity for oxygen.

Asbestosis is a progressive disease: as the scarring of the lungs gets worse, the lungs' vital capacity continues to decrease. Asbestosis can cause severe shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and lead to heart problems. Asbestosis may also be present in people suffering from asbestos-caused cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

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Asbestos Found in Crayons and Toy Crime Lab Kits

Jul 10, 2015
Environmental Group Discovers Asbestos In Kid's Crime Lab Kits, Crayons The Environmental Working Group Action Fund has found asbestos in children's crayons and toy crime lab kits. Four of 28 boxes of crayons and two of 21 toy crime lab kits tested positive for asbestos, according to a newly released report from the advocacy group, CNN reports. The EWG Action had a private lab test the items. Breathing in microscopic asbestos fibers has been linked to health problems including lung...

New York Jury Returns $7.7 Million Asbestos Verdict Against Bus Manufacturer Navistar

Dec 30, 2014
The Mesothelioma Scare Due To Asbestos A jury in Syracuse, New York, returned a $7.7 million verdict in a wrongful death suit brought against bus manufacturer Navistar International Corp. by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the school district’s garage. The verdict was announced on December 19 and is the largest asbestos award ever in Syracuse, according to attorneys for the widow. The bus driver began working for the...

Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Ex-Navy Worker's Asbestos Lawsuit

Oct 29, 2014
Ex-Navy Service Member Claims Exposure To Asbestos A former U.S. Navy service member can proceed with a lawsuit alleging that he was exposed to asbestos, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled. U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled that the ex-Navy worker can pursue claims against Crane Co. and General Electric Co., but released Ingersoll Rand & Co. The lawsuit alleges that the man was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy from 1969 to 1991. He was also exposed to asbestos during the...

Nanotubes May Be As Dangerous As Asbestos

May 22, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
It seems as if Nanotubes may pose similar health risks as asbestos.  Discovered in 1991, Nanotubes are basically rolled-up carbon sheets—tiny, super-strong carbon fibers—used to produce materials much lighter and stronger than steel.  Nanotubes are found in a variety of common products, such as tennis rackets. Scientists have long wondered whether needle-shaped Nanotubes might cause similar diseases to those caused by needle-shaped asbestos fibers.  Breathing high...

Asbestos Whistleblower Says He Was Demoted by New York City Schools

Jan 8, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
An asbestos whistleblower is claiming that has been demoted for speaking out about asbestos problems at New York City schools. According to a press release from his lawyer, John Kielbasa, a 22-year veteran steamfitter for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) has been reassigned to sweeping warehouse floors.  Nicknamed the “Serpico of the Schools” by co-workers, Kielbasa has been vigilant about reporting loose friable asbestos in a variety of New York City Schools...

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