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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 →

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Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that affects and kills thousands of people each year in the United States.  However, while the pain and suffering caused by malignant pleural mesothelioma and other types of mesothelioma rival those of any other type of cancer, the number of victims for mesothelioma are much lower.  This is because mesothelioma is a rare disease, and it is virtually always caused by the victim being exposed to deadly asbestos fibers.mesothelioma medication

On the one hand, nobody would want to complain that more people are not stricken with this deadly illness.  However, the fact that the numbers remain relatively low means that there is not big money for the major drug companies to work on a cure. As is often the case, it takes money to cure a disease, and drug companies are mainly for-profit companies that are far more concerned about their respective profit statements to shareholders than they are about helping people with a rare disease no matter the cost. Continue reading →

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When a person is diagnosed with any type of cancer, especially very aggressive malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), one of the most important questions a victim and his or her family will often have for an oncologist is, “How advanced is the cancer?”  There are questions about how long the victim has left to live and if the cancer can be cured or treated.

treatmentWhile the prognosis for malignant pleural mesothelioma is often not very good, and the victim may have only a very short time left to live if the cancer was not caught early enough, to give the most accurate answer possible, an oncologist will have to stage the cancer.  We often hear the term Stage 3 or Stage 4 cancer or even end-stage cancer, but we may not really know what those terms mean. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news report in the Union Leader, part of building that was heavily damaged in a fire last summer has collapsed, resulting in an asbestos exposure scare.  This building was the site of a June 2016 fire that killed four people.

construction siteWhen the fire broke out, it was in the overnight hours, and the entire family of four tragically died.  The classic New England three-decker, as they are often called, was left a burnt out shell of its former self.  It has been abandoned since the fire and has been slated for demolition for several months.  Continue reading →

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A new study found the highest asbestos-related cancer rate in New England, specifically in Maine.

Asbestos has been used all over the world in many different applications for hundreds of years.  However, it was during the Industrial Revolution that began in the mid 1800’s when the heaviest use of asbestos began.

Maine AsbestosAsbestos itself is a mineral that occurs naturally and is comprised of six silica elements.  While it doesn’t seem remarkable at first glance, it can withstand extreme amounts of heat, fire, electricity and caustic chemicals.  It is also chemically perfect to serve as bonding agent in many applications such as construction adhesive.    The downside, as we all known today, is that asbestos causes a very aggressive type of cancer known as malignant mesothelioma. Continue reading →