Sure – many know that insulation materials contained asbestos. But did you know automobile floorboards contained asbestos? How about movie curtains? Christmas Tree flock? Baking Sheets? Yes to all of them.
“The Asbestos Fact Book published in 1944 is one of best lists of asbestos products I’ve seen and a great article for anyone who wants to learn about asbestos” said noted asbestos lawyer Michael J. Mandelbrot. “We now know these products cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other disabling diseases and many companies have hid information on their utilization of asbestos. But this list of uses in the Asbestos Factbook came out before the public learned on the dangers and is one of the most comprehensive list I’ve seen.”
The Asbestos Legal Center, a law practice focused on representing mesothelioma patients and victims of asbestos related disease that represents patients in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area, today cited documentation alleging various pipe supply and construction material supply companies that operated in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area over the last century were asbestos exposure cites. The release of information is a part of the continuing effort led by Asbestos Legal Center founder, Mike Mandelbrot, to supply information to the public in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area regarding where residents may have been exposed to asbestos. Recently, Mr. Mandelbrot highlighted statistics indicating that the age adjusted incidence rate of mesothelioma per capita is higher in San Joaquin County compared to the incidence rate per capita in California as a whole.
“Many individuals are under the misconception that asbestos containing construction materials were only sold to industrial and large construction projects. Unfortunately that is absolutely not the case. For decades the asbestos industry supplied asbestos containing products to the mass market packaged as personal home remodel and repair items.” said Mr. Mandelbrot. “Today our office is proud to share information with the public, that documentation exists identifying suppliers of pipe and construction materials in the Stockton and San Joaquin area, as alleged asbestos exposure sites, so the public can access the information should any family member or loved one become ill.”
Documentation exists alleging that the following supply companies in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area were asbestos exposure sites in the past: Moran Supply, Western Building Materials, Record Supply Company, Delta Pipe and Supply Company and Center State Pipe & Supply, Inc.. Asbestos was widely used in drywall, joint compounds, stucco and acoustic materials, roofing products, mastics, floor tiles, cement, and cement sewer pipe into the late 1970’s. Asbestos cement pipe continued to be manufactured and distributed well in to the 1980’s, specifically in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area, where Johns-Manville, one of the world’s largest producers of the product, operated a manufacturing plant.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a unique cancer because it grows in a diffuse manner throughout the entire chest cavity rather than as a typical solid growth or nodule. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for the disease. However, one’s survival length typically can be extended if the cancer’s treatment begins early enough.
That’s why if a person knows they were exposed to asbestos, identifying the symptoms of the disease, often mistaken for pneumonia and other diseases, is so important.
The symptoms of mesothelioma include persistent dry cough, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, sweating, a fever, difficulty and painful breathing, shortness of breath, pain in the chest or rib cage sometimes accompanied by bumps, unexplained weight loss, and blood in fluid one spits up from their mouth. All the symptoms should be discussed with a physician immediately, whom also should be informed of the individual’s exposure to asbestos. If one has a significant asbestos exposure, they need not wait for such symptoms to develop but rather should speak to their doctor about scheduling a spiral CT screening of the chest and lungs.
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“Our office has reviewed materials indicating that workers engaged in the construction and maintenance of numerous public buildings in San Joaquin County, may have been exposed to asbestos. Efforts should be made to inform these workers that the exposure may have occurred, and that asbestos exposure has been linked in the causation of mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, so that they may take appropriate steps to protect their health.”
Mr. Mandelbrot’s lists includes but is not limited to Stockton City Hall, the Stockton Civic Center, San Joaquin County Jail located in Stockton, the San Joaquin County Courthouse, Edison High School, Lincoln High School, and the San Joaquin County Administration Center.
“Asbestos located in schools is particularly troubling, as thousands of students who later attend the school may be exposed to asbestos containing materials that are degrading and releasing asbestos into the air”, continued Mr. Mandelbrot. “Unfortunately, a person exposed to asbestos in high school, will not learn whether that exposure is going to cause lung cancer or mesothelioma until decades later.”
Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the lining of lungs, chest, or abdomen.
There is no recognized cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma. It has been reported that individuals diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma typically have a six to nine month survival rate.
Recently, in response to disturbing statistics that residents of San Joaquin County and the Stockton area are being diagnosed with mesothelioma at a significantly higher age adjusted incidence rate as compared to Californians as whole, Mr. Mandelbrot and the Asbestos Legal Center have been working to raise awareness.
“Although there is no cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma, there are interventional therapies that can be curative for non-mesothelioma lung cancers. The early detection of lung cancer improves significantly the odds regarding whether many therapies are successful. Our hope is that our work to raise awareness of the asbestos public health threat in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area will save lives.”
Individuals who believe that they have been exposed to asbestos are encouraged to report the exposure to their physician. If their physician believes the latency period from the date of exposure is sufficient, in combination with the presentation of physical symptoms indicative of early disease, the physician can order various diagnostic tests, ranging from chest x-rays, to spiral CT-scans. Individuals are also encouraged to report to their physicians any smoking history that they may have in addition to their asbestos exposure history. Smoking increases the risk that a person who has been exposed to asbestos may develop lung cancer.
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Attorney Michael Mandelbrot, founder of the Asbestos Legal Center of San Francisco, a law firm that represents patients suffering from mesothelioma in the San Joaquin County and Stockton area, today cited statistics indicating that from 2005 to 2009, individuals living in San Joaquin County suffered a 49% higher incidence age adjusted rate of mesothelioma compared to all residents living in the state of California. “What we see today in Stockton and San Joaquin County is a public health tragedy. While there is no known cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma, we can still fight in the Courts for compensation for those who have been injured, and their families, in an attempt to ensure that this tragedy will not repeat itself in the future.”
There are many locations in San Joaquin County were residents who have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer or other asbestos related diseases, may have been exposed to the fibrous mineral, asbestos.
The Johns-Manville manufacturing plant, located on Stockton’s outskirts, exposed thousands of workers to raw asbestos fiber stored at the plant, and incorporated into asbestos containing products and asbestos cement pipe manufactured at the plant. The facility started operating in the 1950’s and produced asbestos containing products well into the 1980’s. Bags of raw asbestos fiber were transported into the facility on railroad cars. Numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of those suffering from mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos at the Johns-Manville manufacturing plant in Stockton, California.
Many workers were also exposed to asbestos at the Port of Stockton, and at various boat construction outfits located in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area. Stockton is home to one of only two inland ports in the state of California. It was in the Stockton shipyards that boat builders constructed U.S. Navy minesweepers and other vessels during multiple war efforts. Neighboring San Francisco Bay also created a demand for Stockton shipbuilders to construct vessels for use in it’s vast bay.
The mesothelioma age adjusted incidence rate also may by high in Stockton and San Joaquin County due to the fact that many individuals who were exposed to asbestos at jobsites located in other parts of California, were attracted to the Stockton area for retirement as a result of affordable property values. Plumbers, steamfitters, carpenters, laborers, boilermakers, air conditioning mechanics, and many other skilled workers are at risk for developing mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos they suffered on construction sites. Additionally, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are also at risk for developing mesothelioma. Alarmingly, over the 2005 to 2009 time period, the San Joaquin County age adjusted mesothelioma incidence rate was 72% higher than Los Angeles County.
There have been many lawsuits filed by mesothelioma patients who were exposed to asbestos in Stockton, California. Mesothelioma patients who were exposed to asbestos at the Johns-Manville manufacturing plant in Stockton also have obtained compensation from the Johns-Manville bankruptcy trust.
Unfortunately there are many more locations, than mentioned in this article, in Stockton, California, where workers… Continue reading