November 20, 2012

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

November is the month to raise lung cancer awareness to all! Although we may not all know someone with lung cancer, it is a disease that is affecting many today, and the more we know about it, the more support we can be for those who need it.

The Lung Cancer movement began in 1995; people began to raise awareness because the disease was becoming more well-known and more prominent. More people die from lung cancer in the United States than any other cancer, and this is true for both men and women. Here are what some recent statistics state:

In 2008:

* 208,493 people in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 111,886 men and 96,607 women.

*158,592 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 88,541 men and 70,051 women.

Are you concerned about lung cancer?

There are several main risk factors that contribute to lung cancer, or increase your risk.
Those main contributing factors are:
*Smoking tobacco
*Radon exposure
*Asbestos exposure
*Regular exposure to second-hand smoke
*Military Service (Agent Orange exposure)
*Age
*Environmental exposure/ Industrial chemicals
*Health related issues
*Family history

Exposure to Asbestos can increase the likelihood of contracting lung disease. The Mandelbrot Law Firm/Asbestos Legal Center can help to bring some compensation to you or your loved ones. Common jobs/places one may contract asbestos are: shipyards, Military, Navy, insulators, carpenters, sheet metal workers, etc.

If you or someone you know feels you may have lung cancer, specifically from expose to asbestos, contact the Mandelbrot Law Firm/Asbestos Legal Center and we may be able to help you.

There are many different ways you can help to raise awareness or to contribute to lung cancer research. You can donate money, and/or participate in the many events that are taking place this month. There are many Lung Cancer Awareness support groups and services available as well.

October 9, 2012

Exposure to Asbestos: When are we at risk of being in contact with it?

Asbestos can ruin the lives of people who become sick with one of the many Asbestos- related diseases. Most people are exposed to asbestos while at work, which unfortunately, is where we spend most of our time. Being a great insulator, asbestos is often used as insulation in buildings and remains in many buildings today because it is more dangerous to take it out. Taking it out would cause the small asbestos fibers to become airborne which could then cause more harm than good. Now that asbestos is known to make people fatally ill with diseases such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis, help is available to compensate victims of asbestos disease.

In a current news article from the United Kingdom's Ponteford and Castlford Express, a 67 year old woman was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with Mesothelioma from her five years of working as a Tailoress in a factory. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Although the woman, named June Preston, worked in the factory for a short five years, it was plenty of time to come into contact with the tiny asbestos fibers that lodge into the lungs. Sadly, in March of this year, June passed away due to her exposure to asbestos. Her husband is currently seeking compensation for her death.

Asbestos is found in many factories and is extremely common in certain materials used in construction or similar jobs. It is said that in most big cities, you can find the small asbestos fibers in the lungs of the people who live there. Not all of those people will become sick, but those who have had enough exposure may. There are many jobs, job sites, and professions that can make your risks of contracting an asbestos related disease much higher than others such as:

Shipbuilding
Sheet metal worker
Power plants
Construction- they use products that contain asbestos
Manufacturers of asbestos products
Pipefitters, steamfitters, boilermakers, refractory workers
The Textile Industry- asbestos may be woven into the fabrics
Auto-Repair shops- asbestos was used in brake pads
Military/Navy veterans- exposed to asbestos products

If you or someone else you know has become ill with Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma and has worked at one or several of the sites listed above, you may have a possible asbestos related claim.

October 3, 2012

Asbestos Compensation for Victims

Exposure to asbestos can cause various forms of diseases from asbestosis to various forms of cancer including mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos often occurred in construction trades or industrial sites such as shipyards, refineries, power plants, manufacturing plants, foundries, paper mills, military bases and ships. Additionally, many wives were exposed through their husband's occupational exposure to asbestos through dust brought home on their work clothes and performing cleaning and laundry in the family home.

Asbestos diseases have a long latency period between exposure and diagnosis. In many cases, the latency period can be up to 40 or 50 years. Many asbestos workers from the 1940's through the 1980's are just now showing signs of illness and are being diagnosed.

Asbestos manufacturers knew the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1920's but actively conspired to keep their knowledge of the hazards of asbestos secret. The dangers of asbestos were uncovered in the late 1970's after the government stepped in. Many asbestos manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are now willingly negotiating settlements for asbestos victims or voluntarily filing for bankruptcy protection to avoid further lawsuits and instead compensate victims through an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust.

Today, there are more than 50 active Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts established with many more to follow.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you need to act quickly to make sure you take care of your medical needs while meeting your financial obligations from any treatment you receive. Compensation from asbestos manufacturers is one way to ease your financial concerns over your cost of treatment and securing your family's future.

You should contact an asbestos attorney as soon as possible for the following reasons:

1. Mesothelioma is still considered a relatively rare cancer and it is important to receive a second opinion to properly consider your treatment options. Mesothelioma specialists are rare and it may be necessary to travel for these opinions and/or treatments. An asbestos attorney can advise you.

2. Asbestos diseases are subject to the Statute of Limitations, varying by State. In most cases, the Statute of Limitations begins on the date of your first indication of an asbestos disease and expires between one and five years from this date. If you wish to file an asbestos lawsuit or seek compensation from Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts, it is important you seek legal assistance immediately.

3. Much of an Asbestos Lawsuit or Asbestos Bankruptcy claims are based on what you can recall and details of your work history. If you became too ill or pass away before claims are filed, it would make your case much more difficult to establish how, when, where and to what products you may have been exposed.

For more information on obtaining compensation from the Asbestos Industry, contact an Asbestos Attorney today.

July 2, 2012

Fourth of July Fireworks Information From the Asbestos Legal Center!

At the Asbestos Legal Center, we are really proud about the fact that we represent so many veterans, and their families, who have given so much in the service of our great country. Today, we just wanted to take a moment, to express our appreciation as we approach the 4th of July, and provide some information to make it easier for everyone to get out and enjoy the fireworks. Listed below is the firework celebration information for locations near some of the military stations located in California. We hope it is helpful.

In Coronado, the 4th of July celebration begins with a 15K run/walk that starts a 9:00am a North Beach. At 10:00am, a two hour parade will occur at Orange Ave, starting at First Street and ending at Churchill Place. The Fireworks celebration begins a 9:00pm, and will be displayed over Glorietta Bay.

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The Fireworks display over San Diego Bay also starts at 9:00pm. The fireworks will be fired from barges located all over the Bay, including Harbor Island, Bay off Shelter Island, Chula Vista, and North Embarcadero.

At Camp Pendleton, the fun for service members and their families will being at 10:00am at Del Mar beach. There will be live bands, food, and kids activities. The fireworks begin at 9:00pm. Military ID is required for admittance.

The Party at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach starts at 10:00a.m., and runs until 10:00pm. Local bands will provide the crowds with entertainment starting at noon. The event has a ticket price of $20 for adults and $10 for kids, however this includes a BBQ meal and beverage. Fireworks start at 9:00pm.

In Los Angeles, one of the biggest 4th of July Celebrations will be occurring at the Rose Bowl. The parking lot opens at 10:00am, the food stands will start serving at 2:00pm, and the stadium opens at 6:30pm. The fireworks show begins at 9:05pm.
Ticket prices are $13, though active military with ID and kids under 7 are free. Parking at the event costs $20.

The San Jose 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will be occurring at Kelly Park, courtesy of the minor league baseball team, the San Jose Giants. The fireworks start immediately after the game, at approximately 9:30pm.

In Alameda County, the County Fair is occurring from July 1st through July 19th.
The Fireworks display is occurring on July 6th.

There are no Fireworks in Oakland this year, but there is still is plenty of fun occurring throughout the day at Jack London Square. There will also be fireworks on July 3, after the Oakland A's game at the Coliseum, at approximately 10:00pm. Tickets to the game are $15.

Finally, in San Francisco, fireworks are set to be fired of are barges located in the proximity of Pier 39 at 9:30pm. The waterfront from Aquatic Park, Ghiradelli Square, and along Fisherman's wharf are some of the best locations to enjoy the show.

The Asbestos Legal Center is so proud of our clients who served in the military defending our country, and who now are courageously battling against mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, would like to wish them and their loved ones a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

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June 28, 2012

What Does The Obamacare Victory Mean To Mesothelioma Patients and Asbestos Victims?

On Thursday, October 28, 2012, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Obama's Administration's universal healthcare coverage legislation, also know as Obamacare. The law will make it illegal for insurance companies to decline coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The full power of the legislation will not be enforced as law until 2014.
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According to estimates based on data collected in 2010, approximately 49.9 million Americans are living in the United States without health insurance. In March of 2012, the Asbestos Legal Center, a law firm representing mesothelioma patients and victims of asbestos related disease, estimated based upon the mesothelioma incidence rate for the general population, that as many as 16% of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma don't have health insurance.

The Obamacare ruling on it's face, seems to suggest that patients suffering from Mesothelioma and asbestos related disease who don't possess health care coverage, should be able to purchase medical insurance to cover their healthcare needs after diagnosis. As malignant pleural mesothelioma is a disease typically associated with a nine month survival rate and costly medical treatments, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, the ruling appears to be gigantic step towards extending the life of uninsured patients. But unfortunately patients have to wait until 2014 to get this help.

Until the law goes into effect in 2014, there are still options Mesothelioma patients without healthcare coverage can pursue, to pay their medical bills.

Veterans of the United States military suffering from asbestos related diseases should go to their local Veterans Administration Hospital, and pursue coverage through the Veterans Administration. Unfortunately, many of our service men and women were exposed to asbestos onboard U.S. Navy ships, and during their military service.
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Another option mesothelioma patients without healthcare coverage can choose to obtain medical assistance, is to volunteer to participate in clinical trials. Given that the malignant pleural mesothelioma incidence rate is low in the general population, researchers have difficulty finding patients to work with to test new procedures and drug regimens. Often times there will be funding available to pay for travel related expenses and the medical care associated with the clinical trial. Mesothelioma patients without health care coverage should contact their local hospital and ask for information about clinical trials. There are always risks associated with clinical trials. That being said, many clinical trials for mesothelioma patients often have gone on for great lengths of time, and prior to entering a clinical trial a patient can ask for safety and efficacy data the trial has collected.

Still another option that mesothelioma patients can pursue to obtain funds to cover their medical bills, is to seek compensation in the tort system and bankruptcy courts.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is considered a signature disease, meaning that is only has one cause, exposure to asbestos. Millions of dollars have been set aside in bankruptcy trusts, for individuals exposed to asbestos contained in the products of bankrupt companies. Moreover, individuals can file lawsuits against companies that are still in business, who caused their injuries. Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma should

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June 19, 2012

W.R. Grace's Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Delayed Pending Appeals

Victims of asbestos related disease caused by exposure to W.R. Grace products may have to wait longer to receive compensation from the W.R. Grace Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust. Although the company has been in bankruptcy for eleven years, appeals may still be filed up until July 11th, 2012, contesting the U.S. District Court's confirmation of the company's reorganization plan.
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From 1963 until 1990, W.R. Grace operated large scale vermiculite mines in Libby, Montana. The vermiculite W.R. Grace mined was used in production of it's product Zonolite attic insulation. It is estimated that as many as 35 million businesses and homes were insulated with Zonolite attic insulation between 1920 and 1990. However, unbeknownst to the general public, the vermiculite being mined by W.R. Grace at Libby was contaminated with asbestos.

In 2005, W.R. Grace and 7 executives at the Libby, Montana site, were indicted and faced prosecution from the U.S. Department of Justice for "knowingly" harming the people of Libby, Montana, and concealing information regarding the health hazards associated with it's mining operation. According to the indictment, over 1200 Libby residents were suffering from an asbestos ailment. The case went to trial in 2009. Ultimately the company was acquitted in criminal proceeding that lasted over four years with appeals reaching the Supreme Court.
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W.R. Grace sought bankruptcy protection in 2001. The company has faced over 270,000 lawsuits stemming from asbestos related claims, with approximately 120,000 cases still unsettled. It was alleged by the Justice Department, that prior to filing for bankruptcy, W.R. Grace illegally transferred four billion to five billion to other companies, to shield it from the bankruptcy court. Thereafter the Court ordered approximately one billion dollars be returned to the company coffers.

It is anticipated that there will be many more claims filed with the W.R. Grace Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust, by individuals who were exposed to Zonolite vermiculite contaminated with asbestos, and have since developed asbestos related diseases.

Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that expands with the application of heat. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is highly resistant to heat, and is virtually indestructible. Due to it's heat resistant and strength properties, asbestos was widely used in insulation and construction materials for the greater part of the twentieth century. Asbestos was used in the production of asbestos cement pipe, also commonly referred to as transite, pipe insulation, drywall, drywall finishing materials, acoustic materials, stucco, concrete, floor tiles, gaskets, roofing materials, and in automotive friction components such as brakes and clutch parts.

Individuals exposed to asbestos are at risk for developing asbestos related diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is chronic scarring of the lungs that makes it more and more difficult for an individual to breathe. Individuals with severe asbestosis often cannot breathe without the aid of oxygen and become increasingly immobile.

Pleural Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer affecting the lining of the lung. Pleural Mesothelioma has a latency period of approximately 10 years, meaning that typically individuals exposed to asbestos will not develop mesothelioma until at least ten years has passed. In many cases, individuals do not develop mesothelioma until

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May 23, 2012

Please Help the Asbestos Legal Center Warn the Public About Asbestos Containing Drywall!

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For the last two weeks the Asbestos Legal Center has had their thoughts and prayers with a client, who has been struggling to leave the hospital after undergoing surgery to remove malignant pleural mesothelioma tumors caused, in part, by exposure to asbestos containing drywall. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs that develops ten to thirty years after exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure also causes lung cancer and asbestosis, a chronic scarring of the lungs.

In honor of this client's battle with malignant pleural mesothelioma, the Asbestos Legal Center has decide to create this blog article, warning the public about the hidden danger of asbestos contained in drywall sheetrock found in many of the homes and structures in the United States.

Drywall, also commonly referred to as sheetrock, is a wall panel made of two sheets of paper with a gypsum mineral compound pressed between them. Invented in 1916, it's use as a construction material for walls and ceiling became popular in the 1940's and continuing after World War II. Until the late 1970's, many companies manufactured drywall that contained asbestos. Unfortunately drywall containing asbestos is found in many of the homes that were built prior to 1980 in the United States. Today, workers and families are at risk for exposure to asbestos contained in this drywall when performing home remodel projects that require cutting into the wall, releasing asbestos dust into the air.

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The OSHA safety limit for exposure to asbestos is .1 fiber per cubic centimeter. To put the OSHA safety limit in perspective, one needs to know that asbestos fibers are microscopic in size. 20,000 asbestos fibers are smaller than a grain of rice. Put simply, what all of this means is, if you can see asbestos dust with the naked eye you are being exposed to a level of asbestos that is greater than the OSHA safety limit.

If your home contains drywall that contains asbestos, you can hire a contractor who has undergone training and is specially licensed in asbestos abatement, to remove it. Safely removing asbestos containing drywall requires air sampling, sealing off the area, and the use of specialized equipment such as vacuums or fans. The asbestos abatement contractor will also wear specialized breathing protection. But there is good reason for all of this: asbestos is dangerous!

Moreover, drywall is not the only building material that contained asbestos prior to 1980. Asbestos was also contained in other construction products, such as joint compounds, acoustic popcorn ceilings, floor tiles, stucco, cement, roofing materials, and sewer pipe. For that reason it is advisable, whenever performing a home remodel project on a home built before 1980, to have a licensed environmental materials testing company come to your home and take samples for asbestos prior to beginning work. The extra cost could well save your life, or the life of your family members, in the future.

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May 20, 2012

Donna Summers: Asbestos Containing 9/11 Dust Presumed Cause Of Her Lung Cancer

On June 14, 2012, at the age of 63, entertainer Donna Summers lost her life to lung cancer. It is has been widely reported that prior to her death, Donna Summers believed that the cancer that eventually took her life was caused by her exposure to asbestos and other toxins contained in the dust generated from the World Trade Center terrorist attack of 9/11. Donna Summers was a resident of New York City in September of 2001, when the World Trade Towers fell, scattering debris and asbestos containing dust plumes throughout ground zero and the rest of the City. Analysis of the dust clouds revealed they contained the following materials: gypsum, cement, calcium carbonate, asbestos, lead, glass fibers and other metal particles.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that due to it's cost, light weight, and heart resistant properties, was integrated into many construction materials and insulation products throughout the great majority of the 20th century. The use of the asbestos occurred despite the asbestos industry's knowledge that the substance was harmful to human health; causing asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant pleural mesothelioma - an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs that has only one known cause, asbestos exposure. There are thousands of asbestos caused lung cancers that are diagnosed in patients every year in the United States. Many of these patients seek compensation for their health bills and for the benefit of their families in the U.S. Court system, and from bankruptcy trusts were hundreds of millions of dollars have been set aside to compensate asbestos victims. Attorney Michael Mandelbrot, founder of the Asbestos Legal Center in San Francisco, doesn't see this trend ending soon. "The sad reality is that asbestos is contained in the structures all around us, because the asbestos industry chose to either suppress or ignore information that the use of asbestos posed a danger to the public. As these structures degrade, more and more of the population will be exposed to the fiber, leading to more deaths. It is my firm's commitment to fight for justice of behalf of those suffering from asbestos caused diseases."

Donna Summers rose to stardom in the 1970's, for her disco hits, "Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance", and for her 1984 hit, "She Works Hard For The Money." Her struggle with cancer lasted 10 months from the date of diagnosis, to her death. At the time of her death, her family members released statements that Donna Summers was not a cigarette smoker, and believed her lung cancer was attributable to breathing dust generated from the 9/11 terror attacks.

Experts have compared inhaling the dust from the attacks to inhaling Drano, due to the pH and the size of dust particles in the air. Researchers have linked the dust to a higher than normal per capita incidence rate of asthma attacks occurring in individuals who lived and worked in lower Manhattan. To experts, those same asthma attacks are proof that the toxic asbestos containing dust settled into the lungs of many who lived in proximity to the wreckage site.

In January of 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a bill setting aside money for health monitoring and treatment of ground zero workers who were exposed to the asbestos containing dust caused by the 9/11 attacks.