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Study: individuals with peritoneal mesothelioma more likely survive if BAP1 gene is inactive

A recent study revealed that survival rate for patients with a peritoneal mesothelioma is likely to increase if the BAP1 gene has been inactive, an article of Mesothelioma Research News reported on January 10.

Researchers examined the medical records and biological samples of 46 individuals with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and found out that patients with inactive BAP1 mutations or those who have lost their BAP1 gene have a considerably increased survival rate. There had been previous medical literature that associates BAP1 mutations to high cancer rate. Researchers stated that they consider that complete BAP1 loss could be determined by BAP1 protein nuclear expression. Reports also said that information about peritoneal cancer is scarce. The study was released in the Journal Thoracic Oncology.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a kind of cancer that affects the abdominal and pelvic cavities that could be a result of asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with any illness linked to asbestos, the lawyers of Williams Hart may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you get the compensations you need from negligent parties by calling (800) 781-3955.

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Asbestos abatement company facing charges in Washington

An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged in Chelan County due to suspicion of deliberately concealing hazardous asbestos minerals in the waste they are about to ship, an article of Construction & Demolition Recycling reported on January 3.

Reports said Timothy Powell and his company, A1 Asbestos LLC, are facing five class C felony charges after they had been alleged of attempting to defraud a landfill site in Okanogan County. In the charges filed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, A1 Asbestos apparently attempted to sidestep worksite safety inspections of the state’s Department of Labor & Industries by failing to give accurate dates on when the asbestos abatement took place. In conjunction, Powell was suspected of wrongfully providing asbestos abatement records. If found guilty, Powell may serve imprisonment of up to five years and/or settle fine amounting to $5,000 and other fees related to the case.

Workers and their families are at high risk of suffering mesothelioma cancer when asbestos abatement companies are negligent. However, if you think you’ve been wrongfully exposed to asbestos or have contracted mesothelioma, the legal team of Williams Hart may possibly help you get the compensation you and your family deserve. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (800) 781-3955.

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Paterson schools accused of asbestos handling negligence

Various claims of negligence were recently filed against the school district in Paterson based on environmental concerns, including using improper mold and asbestos removal, a December 7 article of reported.

According to reports, Brenda Zemo filed the complaint against her former employer due to concerns that the department was negligent about making sure asbestos removal was properly executed by certified personnel in several school facilities. She worked as an Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Officer at the time. Zemo is accusing her former executive director, Steve Morlino, of disregarding her concerns about the mishandling. She faced a hostile work environment and was terminated from her post after filing the claim.

Asbestos is a toxic mineral that can cause fatal respiratory illness. However, if you were exposed to asbestos, the Williams Hart legal team may be able to help you obtain the financial assistance you need for treatment. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your options.

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Canadian Labour Congress urges ban on importation of asbestos

The Canadian Labour Congress is advocating a total ban on asbestos importation because asbestos exposure is among the main causes of workplace fatalities across the country, a December 7 article of CBC News reported.

Though Canada stopped exporting the hazardous mineral in 2011 and stopped the asbestos mining operations the following year, the imported asbestos used in the construction and automotive industries increased. Apparently, last year’s asbestos import cost was $8.2 million, compared to the $4.7 million recorded in 2011. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff said the government should take additional steps to ban asbestos use.

The legal team of Williams Hart understands that many workers die every year as a result of asbestos exposure. If your loved one suffered as a result of asbestos exposure, we may be able to offer you the legal assistance to help you obtain compensations you need for recovery. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your options.

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The types of asbestos

Asbestos is naturally occurring mineral beneath the earth and though it primarily consists of oxygen and silicon, these microscopic fibers may also combine with other elements. Asbestos is categorized into two main types based on the appearance of fibers when viewed under a microscope:

  • The asbestos is classified as “chrysotile” when its fibers are intertwined in a spiral manner and it comes in white color.
  • The asbestos is classified as “amphibole” when the fibers are straight and it looks like a needle that could come in different colors. Amphibole has five subtypes: amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite.

Asbestos has been largely used in many industries due to its many uses, included in fire-proofing materials used in construction. However, its use has been strictly regulated and, in fact, banned in the U.S. after determining that it could cause lung cancer.

At Williams Hart, our lawyers know that cancer linked to asbestos exposure is incurable. However, if you have been diagnosed with cancer caused by asbestos, we may possibly help you get the compensation you need to sustain medications for maintenance. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your options or fill out the form at the top of the page.

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Former Tennessee senator diagnosed with mesothelioma

Former senator Ray Albright of Tennessee was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare respiratory cancer linked to asbestos exposure, an article of News Channel 9 reported on November 16.

Reports revealed that Albright was first exposed to asbestos in 1953 while working in a company that manufactures boiler covers; he was tasked with using a band saw that would release asbestos dust. According to Albright, people could hardly see each other while working due to the thick dust that would envelop the place while sawing—unbeknownst to most of the workers, the dust contained the asbestos. The work lasted for 19 years and 40 years after beginning, Albright was diagnosed with mesothelioma. A doctor has estimated that Albright might live for another six months. Albright had already filed an asbestos claim against his former employer as he believes that his employer that time knew of the hazards of asbestos exposure.

The lawyers at Williams Hart fight for families whose loved ones have developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos inhalation. If you think this happens to you, we may possibly help you get compensation from negligent parties. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to begin filing your legal claim.

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Penalties imposed on Cayuga Centers over asbestos violations

Citations and thousands of dollars in fines were imposed on Cayuga Centers due to the suspicion that they were negligent in complying with asbestos laws, an article of reported on November 11.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Cayuga’s facility in Auburn committed three asbestos violations deemed “serious” that could put workers at risk. The citations were served in late October after OSHA conducted an investigation at an ongoing renovation site in a Cayuga facility. OSHA’s investigation concluded that four people likely contacted asbestos during the time. OSHA initially imposed a $10,689 fine. However, the fine dropped to $8,016.75 and Cayuga settled it. Cayuga also took corrective measures to remove asbestos. Cayuga Centers CEO Edward Hayes reported that the asbestos detected in their facility was never considered a health hazard.

Unfortunately, workers are likely exposed to hazardous asbestos dust when companies are cited for asbestos violations. However, if you think you got sick due to your employer’s negligence, a lawyer at Williams Hart may be able to represent you. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to find out how we could help you get treatment funds.

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$12.5M awarded to family who blames asbestos for death of relative

A jury in Manhattan recently decided to award $12.5 million to a family whose loved one died of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, a November 4 article of New York Post reported.

According to reports, relatives of George Cooney reportedly claimed asbestos exposure in the workplace was to blame for the lung cancer that killed Cooney in 2014. Cooney, who was employed by Caterpillar as a mechanic from 1969 to 1980, was exposed to asbestos in his workplace. The claim revealed it took Caterpillar 54 years before they labeled equipment after learning about the hazards of asbestos. Though George was a heavy smoker while he was living, the jury decided to grant the award to his family based on a 1968 report that smokers exposed to asbestos are more likely die of lung cancer than those who do not smoke. Due to the fact that George was a heavy smoker, the jury decided Caterpillar would only pay 55 percent of the settlement.

Families always have to deal with hefty financial loss after losing a loved one. However, if you suspect asbestos exposure is responsible for your loss, financial assistance could be awarded to you to lessen your burden. Speak with the legal team at Williams Hart today by calling (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your legal options.

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Treatment option for malignant pleural mesothelioma discovered in Vienna

An option to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma was recently discovered by a group of researchers in Vienna, an October 24 article of News Medical reported.

Led by Walter Berger, researchers from the Vienna General Hospital and Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna have been successful with their study, which proved the effectiveness of trabectedin in treating malignant pleural mesothelioma. Trabectedin is a drug used in chemotherapy that is already being used to treat other cancers. The researchers tested the treatment using an animal model and cell culture, and their results were published in the journal for the American Association for Cancer Research. Malignant pleural mesothelioma affects 90 people in Austria every year and data shows this number is increasing.

This rare kind of cancer usually develops as the result of accidental inhalation of asbestos fibers. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos, enlisting a skilled lawyer can help you to obtain treatment funds. Call the attorneys at Williams Hart today at (800) 781-3955 to find out how we may work for you.

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Company facing hefty fine after workers sickened by asbestos and CO

A company in Poynette, Wisconsin is facing a $243,716 fine because they committed serious OSHA violations that resulted in five workers being exposed to workplace toxins, including asbestos and carbon monoxide (CO), an October 19 article of Channel 3000 reported.

Documents provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that A&A Environmental Services likely compromised the safety of their workers while renovating a nursing home facility in Madison. Aside from failing to measure CO levels, the workers were not properly trained in handling asbestos-laden debris. OSHA discovered in an investigation that the contractor committed 13 safety violations, many of which were serious, leading to asbestos and CO exposure of five workers. No one from the nursing home, including residents, were exposed to asbestos or CO.

Many families are left devastated after their loved ones develop serious illnesses in the workplace as the result of employers’ negligence. However, if you believe this has happened to you, the legal team of Williams Hart may represent you. Call our office today at (800) 781-3955 to find out how we may be able to help you obtain compensations you need for treatments.

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