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If you are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there is a very high likelihood you were exposed to deadly asbestos fibers during your time in service. This is not only true for Boston veterans with mesothelioma, but for veterans all over the country who have been diagnosed with this deadly form of cancer.

VA Mesothelioma Claims BostonThe reason these cases are different than a Boston mesothelioma lawsuit that doesn’t involve a military veteran, is that veterans must first file a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  While we will discuss the specifics of filing a claim with the VA later in this posting, it is important to understand why there are some many military veteran mesothelioma cases in our area. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news article from WWLP News, homeowners in Western Massachusetts received a delivery of 2000 cubic yards of soil that contained deadly asbestos fibers. Authorities have found that much of this asbestos soil ended in homeowners’ lawns in Hampden County, located in Western Massachusetts.

Boston Mesothelioma Lawyer The soil was originally located at a hospital lot that was also located in Western Massachusetts. A construction company excavated the soil as part of a job being performed at the old hospital and was taken away by two business that sell soil on a commercial basis.  These companies have a business of hauling away soil from a job site and then selling it to other businesses and residential customers. Continue reading →

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Getting a mesothelioma diagnosis essentially amounts to a death sentence. Most patients who receive such a diagnosis have stage 4 malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), and are told they have only a year or so left to live.  There are various treatments, but they are often very painful, invasive, and far from a cure. Even in the best of cases, they typically only extend a patient’s life a matter of months and at the cost of their quality of life.

Boston Mesothelioma However, according to a recent news article from EHS Today, one woman was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma just three months after her daughter was born.  She was initially told she had no more than 18 months left to live due to the advanced stage of the cancer and aggressive nature of the disease. She chose to fight and has been doing so for the past 11 years. This is far from common, and she has chosen to dedicate her life to asbestos and mesothelioma awareness. Continue reading →

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Asbestos was once largely regarded as the miracle mineral. Today this may come as a surprise to many.  The first thing not everyone is aware of is that asbestos is in fact a naturally occurring mineral.  While it can be easily refined and used in any number of manufactured goods, asbestos itself is not man made.  It is a naturally occurring mineral that is comprised of six silica elements.

Boston Mesothelioma LawyerIt has the remarkable ability to resist heat, fire, electricity, caustic chemicals, and it even works as a soundproofing agent.  This is the good thing about asbestos and why it was called the miracle mineral. The problem, as we all know today, is that it can cause cancer.  It can cause the type of lung cancer we typically associate with smoking. It can also cause the very aggressive form of cancer known as malignant mesothelioma, and it can cause asbestosis and other serious respiratory illnesses, as discussed in a recent news article from Daily Commercial News. Continue reading →

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The Boston Globe recently examined a park that has evolved into a haven for biking – despite once serving as a munitions storage facility for the U.S. Navy in WWII. During the 1930s and 1940s, the site was heavily contaminated asbestos.  It has not been an easy transition from weapons depot to bike haven.

Boston Mesothelioma LawyersThe most affected portion of this park is situated in the middle of what is now part of the bike trials.  This area was known as the annex area by the Navy and was surrounded by a fence after the munitions depot closed. After it was sold to the state, it remained closed for safety reasons. Continue reading →

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Improper disposal of asbestos waste can endanger the health of anyone who comes in contact with it.

According to a recent news article from Detroit Free Press, authorities located several bags of construction debris that contained deadly asbestos fibers.  This construction project involved some major demolition work before any new work was to take place.

Boston mesothelioma When the bags were first discovered, some individuals were concerned that they contained asbestos waste and called the police.  Police officers arrived on the scene and called in personnel from the state environmental protection agency to determine what was in the bag. Specially trained personnel took samples from the bags and sent them to a materials testing lab for microscopic evaluation. Continue reading →

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Improper asbestos abatement is where we are increasingly seeing more dangerous exposure to asbestos in Boston and beyond.

According to a recent news article from The Buffalo News, Sean P. Doctor pleaded to guilty to criminal charges in connection with his asbestos abatement business.  Doctor was a star player at Marshall University, where he played as a running back in the late 1980s.  He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in round six of the 1989 NFL draft.  He was eventually released by the team.

asbestos lawsuits Boston Following his release from the Buffalo Bills organization, Doctor stayed in the area and joined the Buffalo Fire Department.  He worked as a firefighter for 20 years before he retired.  He also started a provisional asbestos abatement company with knowledge he acquired while with the fire department.  Things did not go so well for Doctor after this point, according to prosecutors. Continue reading →

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Establishing liability for asbestos-related lung cancer can be challenging for aBoston Mesothelioma Lawyer number of reasons – not the least of which being that lung cancer has numerous known causes. Mesothelioma, on the other hand, is only known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Proving lung cancer was caused by negligent asbestos exposure – and not something else – can be a challenge for your personal injury attorneys. You need to be sure they are up to it.

A recent court opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit involved a man who worked at a major regional power and energy company for more than two decades and was later diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. He died in 1997. Four years later, his wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Her ensuing injury lawsuit alleged she was exposed to “take-home” asbestos, via her husband’s work clothing.

Many people think of lung cancer solely as a smoker’s disease. That’s not always the case, and asbestos has been definitively shown to cause lung cancer. Still, smokers could be at higher risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. They are no less entitled to damages, but proving causation with thorough evidence and expert witness testimony is key.  Continue reading →

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Although one can’t control the weather, property owners should brace themselves for the fact that major storms could result in destruction that could heighten the risk of asbestos exposure.

This was illustrated in the Denver area recently, when the city was hit with a major hailstorm.  There were dramatic images captured at the Colorado Rockies’ Mile High stadium, with Coors Field being slammed with hail the size of golf balls.

Boston Asbestos Exposure While people are normally concerned about hail doing damage to cars or possibly causing personal injury if the pieces are large enough, they are not normally associated with an asbestos exposure scare.  However, this was exactly what happened in the case of one elementary school that is now closed, according to a recent report from The Denver Post. Continue reading →

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Asbestos issues plague Boston, particularly anytime a property owner delves into a renovation. The fact is, Boston is an older city and many construction materials from the last century utilized this toxic substance. Anytime those fibers are disturbed, the risk of dangerous exposure exists .

According to a recent news report form Fox 25 Boston, tenants in a Boston area apartment complex were shocked to learn that a supposedly routine bathroom renovation has created a serious asbestos exposure scare.  At this point, the Commonwealth is involved in the case, and the asbestos abatement project is suspended as an investigation is conducted.

Boston Mesothelioma The trouble started when the landlord allegedly sent a letter to residents on April 5, 2017 informing them that renovations are being performed to make the place better, and this includes newly renovated bathrooms.  Everyone was seemingly on board with this announcement, because who wouldn’t want a newly remodeled bathroom? Continue reading →