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While  this far from a problem that only affects the greater Boston area, many college campuses have buildings that were constructed at a time when asbestos was used heavily in the construction process. This not only includes classroom buildings and research laboratories, but also dorm rooms.

school asbestos lawsuit Generally speaking, if there is a asbestos in floor or ceiling tiles, which is very common for buildings constructed during the last half of the 20th century, it does not pose much of a risk to students because the deadly asbestos fibers are sealed into tiles. Continue reading →

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This year millions of  people have displaced from their homes due to hurricanes, forest fires and other natural disasters. While many think of the obvious problems such as loss of life, property, and personal injury, there is another danger in the form of asbestos exposure. This is not only true in the South and Southwestern United States, but also in areas such as Boston with many older buildings that were constructed at a time when asbestos was used in just about every aspect of construction.

Boston Mesothelioma Asbestos was use heavily from the 1800s through the early 1980s. It is actually a naturally occurring mineral made up of six silica elements, and has been used by humans for thousands of years, but it was not until the Industrial Revolution that it was used so heavily.  The reason it was used so heavily at first, was because it has the somewhat remarkable ability to resist heat, fire, caustic chemicals, and electricity.  It was then discovered the inert nature of asbestos could also make it seemingly perfect to use a bonding agent in glues and other construction adhesives and joining compounds. It is seemingly perfect and not actually perfect because the fibers are deadly if inhaled or ingested. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news article from The New York Times, a jury has just awarded $417 million to plaintiff after she became stricken with ovarian cancer linked to talc in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.  In this case, the jury found a link between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer.

asbestos dust BostonJohnson & Johnson presented evidence that there is no such link between talc and cancer, but a great deal of scientific and empirical evidence seems to indicate that such as link does exist and they believed this to be the case as well.  Continue reading →

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With a population shift favoring urban habitation, parts of the city that people had little desire to move to are suddenly becoming expensive places to rent or buy.  Because of this demand, older homes and structures are constantly being renovated. This redevelopment has been good for the city, but has also resulted in serious asbestos exposure risks for Boston construction workers.

Boston Mesothelioma LawyerOld, rundown residential buildings being gutted to the frames and completely renovated into luxury apartments of condominiums. Land developers are purchasing abandoned factories and warehouses and converting them into high-end residential units. Some buildings are simply too far gone, so the land development firms will simply purchase them so they can be razed with new mixed use buildings constructed in their place.  Mixed use has become a big thing these days where there are retail shops, restaurants, and supermarkets on the lower levels and apartments on the top floors.  There are even some buildings with bars and restaurants on the roof.

Asbestos in building materials was common during the era in which these older buildings were initially constructed.

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Boston mesothelioma lawsuits can be considerably more complicated than other types of personal injury lawsuits. One reason is there often multiple defendants, and all the defendants may be large corporations or asbestos bankruptcy trusts of formerly large corporations with the resources and expertise to fight a plaintiff fiercely. This is true even when they are clearly in the wrong and responsible for plaintiff’s malignant mesothelioma.

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Calculating damages in a case with multiple defendants can be a complex and drawn-out process. Settlements and verdicts tend to depend on:

  • Claimant’s medical history;
  • Proof of negligence;
  • Where the claim is filed;
  • Lost wages/ medical bills;
  • Number of defendants.

Courts aim to assign proportionate liability. That is, each defendant is responsible to pay their own share for damages inflicted. Calculating these percentages can be a complex task.

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Boston is a city of buildings that were constructed at a time when asbestos was heavily used in virtually all aspects of construction. Yes, there are historical buildings in Beacon Hill that were built at time before the industrial revolution, but many of the buildings in our city were constructed during the Victorian era at the heart of the industrial revolution in the United States and Western Europe.  This is the reason we have so many Victorian style buildings and Queen Ann Victorians with large round towers and ornate exteriors.

asbestos lawsuits BostonAs time went on, and newer buildings were constructed including the three deckers we find all over Boston, asbestos was still used heavily. It was used because of its abundance, which made it cheap, and the fact that it is naturally resistant to heat, fire, caustic chemicals, and electricity.  It is also an excellent chemical bonding agent, as was discovered later.  For this reason, asbestos fibers were added to many different construction products. It was used in flooring materials including tiles, and wallboard materials, as drywall was replacing plaster as the material of choice, and wall joint compounds.  Continue reading →

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Asbestos was used in just about every aspect of the construction process from the 1850s to the late 1970s.  This is true in Boston, and it also true throughout the United States and Western Europe. There are a lot of reasons that asbestos was used so heavily beginning with the Industrial Revolution, but that was not the first time asbestos was used.

Mesothelioma Lawyers What many people may not realize is that humans have used asbestos for thousands of years.  This is because asbestos is not a manmade product, but rather a naturally occurring element.  Yes, it is true that it was often mined and refined into many consumer products, but it was also used in its natural state. Continue reading →

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These days just about everyone is aware of the dangers of asbestos.  Sure, there are some lobbyists and politicians who try to downplay the dangers of the deadly asbestos fibers, but their claims are not getting much traction anymore.

Asbestos Cases Boston However, what many people may not know is that asbestos is still finding its way into consumer products, and there are a variety of reasons for this.  One reason is that some companies take shortcuts on safety testing and do not take the time and spend the money to make sure their supplies are truly safe. Continue reading →

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If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is a virtual certainty that you were exposed to asbestos at some point during your life.  While there are a lot of legal questions that you will have if you have been given that malignant mesothelioma diagnosis, the first concern of you and your family is likely what are the treatment options.

treatment mesothelioma The first thing to understand is that, as discussed in a recent news article from the Law Vegas Review-Journal, is that malignant mesothelioma is a very rare disease.  That is both good news and bad, but for anyone who has already been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it is generally bad news. Continue reading →

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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 →