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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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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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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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While we largely think of asbestos and mesothelioma cases as being civil matters these days, there are various times where state and federal prosecutors will also file criminal charges for alleged violations of environmental regulations and labor laws that breach workers’ rights and safety.

gavel21According to recent news article from WAND 17 News, a man has just pleaded guilty to numerous federal charges that stemmed from allegations of illegal asbestos removal from an old factory in Springfield. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news report from The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University administrators have said asbestos is “everywhere” around the campus, but stressed that the risk of asbestos exposure to any of the students, faculty or staff is minimal.  The recent concern arose as the university has been performing a massive renovations project on the student housing buildings that were built at a time when asbestos was heavily used during most aspects of the construction process.

warningA year prior to this announcement, one student returned to his dorm room and found everything covered in dust that had fallen from the ceiling.  This dust was tested and the presence of deadly asbestos fibers was confirmed.  At this point, there was an investigation into the amount of asbestos and the possible dangers it may pose to people who frequent these buildings. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news story from Wicked Local Framingham, a major asbestos lawsuit has been settled for $385,000.  This lawsuit involved seven different parties, including the town of Framingham, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston.

moneyThis case primarily involved a waste disposal company located in Milford and its owner. The Massachusetts attorney general alleged that the owner of company took soil that contained asbestos from a construction job site located in Framingham and then illegally dumped the asbestos debris behind a residence in Milford, rather than properly disposing of the material.   Continue reading →

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In Massachusetts, whenever a property owner suspects that he or she has asbestos issues and is going to do any renovation or demolition work, it is first necessary to have a certified inspector come and take samples. These samples are sent to a materials testing lab for microscopic analysis, even if there is little question that the material contaiasbestosns deadly asbestos fibers.

If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, the property owner must hire an asbestos abatement contractor to handle the removal after first submitting an abatement (removal) plan to the state department of health.  All personnel must be properly trained and must be wearing proper safety equipment.  This includes ventilators or respirators.  The purpose for all of this is to keep all workers and the community at large safe from the dangers of asbestos exposure.   Continue reading →