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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 →

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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 →