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Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

PITTSBURGH CORNING BANKRUPTCY

You may have read in the paper or seen on the news that a federal bankruptcy judge in Pittsburgh has finally approved a bankruptcy plan for Pittsburgh Corning. We hope that this means that a Trust to pay asbestos victims will be established in the near future. However, this is the 3rd plan approved by this judge- the others were appealed by one or more defendants in asbestos litigation. The result of these appeals is that 13 years after declaring bankruptcy, victims who were diagnosed with cancer after using Pittsburgh Corning’s products STILL haven’t been compensated. That situation is even more...

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LUNG CANCER, SMOKING AND ASBESTOS

As a reminder, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer please contact us since we can most likely help. If the lung cancer victim worked in an industrial environment, even if he or she smoked, we can most likely file a claim. This is because smoking together with asbestos exposure is a deadly combination- people who smoked and who were exposed to asbestos are about 75 times more likely to get lung cancer than those who didn’t smoke and who weren’t exposed to asbestos. Even if the doctor tells you that the lung cancer was...

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TIME LIMITS ON FILING A LAWSUIT

At least once a week we are contacted by someone whose loved one was diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma more than 2 years ago and they want to know if we can help them. Unfortunately the answer is “no”. All states have time limits for filing lawsuits. In most states you only have 2 years from the date that you were diagnosed with a disease to file a lawsuit against the parties that caused the disease. For example, if you are diagnosed with lung cancer on May 3, 2013, your last day to file a lawsuit will be May...

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Lung cancer and asbestos

It’s very important to remember that while smoking causes lung cancer, exposure to asbestos multiplies a smoker’s risk of getting cancer. When someone who has been a smoker is diagnosed with lung cancer the Dr. will almost always tell the person that smoking caused the cancer. This occurs even though the Dr. never asked the patient whether he or she was exposed to asbestos. Since the doctor has no other information to go on, he or she automatically says that smoking was the cause. The facts however are that although smokers have a 10 fold risk of getting cancer compared to...

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Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – 7, 2013

Asbestos Awareness Week starts today. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is kicking off this global campaign of education and awareness about the risks of asbestos and the need for a ban with a candlelight vigil. Throughout the week. they’ll be presenting information from doctors, activists, and victims of asbestos diseases.Each day, ADAO is sharing a new fact about asbestos. Today’s fact: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.It’s a fact we know all too well, having helped clients who were exposed in large quantities for years, and those for whom a few...

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