Veterans Face Higher Risk of Asbestos Lung Cancer

by Norris Injury Lawyers | November 10th, 2015

Members of the United States armed forces put their lives on the line to protect our country and it’s citizens from harm each and every day. The dangers these soldiers face aren’t always a foreign enemy, though. In fact, the threat is sometimes right under their noses.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in many industrial products and materials. Exposure to asbestos can cause an individual to develop several deadly forms of cancer. While asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma are commonly reported, so are forms of the disease that affect the stomach, colon, and throat.

Soldiers and veterans tend to be at a higher risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates veterans account for roughly 30 percent of 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma that are reported each year. They also account for around the same percentage of all annual asbestos-related deaths. This is due to the military’s extensive use of products containing asbestos over the past 50 years.

Veterans who have been exposed to asbestos should be aware of their legal rights to compensation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outline the eligibility requirements and steps to apply for compensation on their website. However, sometimes claims for benefits stemming from asbestos exposure are denied.

If you find yourself in this situation, it may be wise to speak with a Birmingham veterans benefits lawyer. Doing so can help clarify the legal process of appealing your case and can help ensure any questions you have are answered.

Dangerous Levels of Asbestos Found in Children’s Toys

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 28th, 2015

Exposure to asbestos is linked to a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma. As many as 25 million Americans were exposed to Asbestos between 1940 and 1970. Many citizens are still exposed to the substance today, as few laws regulate the use of asbestos.

The latest risk of exposure comes from children’s toys. According to Asbestos Nation, researchers found asbestos fibers in crayons and crime scene toys manufactured in China. Environmental Working Group, a safety watchdog group, purchased and tested the toys between February and May through three nationwide retailers.

Of the 28 types of crayons that were tested, four were found to contain asbestos. Researchers also showed that two of the 21 fingerprint kits contained asbestos as well. As many as one million fibers of toxic asbestos were found in each of the positive tests.

If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help you to answer any legal questions you may have regarding these rights. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 477-7510.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Risk Has Parents Concerned After Toxic Material Found in Schools

by Norris Injury Lawyers | June 16th, 2015

Asbestos has been used in the manufacturing of construction materials for decades, and many of Alabama’s buildings—including schools— contain its cancer-causing fibers. With asbestos so prevalent in the structures where young Americans learn on a daily basis, many parents have become concerned for their children’s’ health and safety.

Two schools have come under public scrutiny after it was determined materials in the building present an asbestos lung cancer risk. Bay Minette Elementary School was the first to come under fire after the library was determined to contain asbestos. More recently though, the material was found in a school in Huntsville, Alabama.

According to WSFA 12 News, the floor tiles in Martin Luther King Junior Elementary contain asbestos. Officials have stated the risk of developing a disease like mesothelioma is slim, but state that maintenance of the flooring is a considerable factor in preventing asbestos fibers from being released into the air. Officials also stated the tiles will be removed and the air in the building will be purified while children are out on summer break.

Removing and properly disposing of asbestos-laced materials is an important part of preventing citizens from developing cancer. That’s why our Mesothelioma Injury Lawyers are hopeful projects to remove asbestos from buildings in Alabama will be a success.

The Dangers of Asbestos and Mesothelioma

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 14th, 2014

While advancements in technology have helped create a variety of innovative construction and manufacturing materials, some of the products can be harmful to humans.

Take asbestos as an example. While this material is extremely durable and capable of conducting heat and electricity while being fire and chemical resistant, exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to the development of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lungs and membranes in the abdomen that has no cure. Exposure to asbestos is also the only known cause. Despite these risks, Asbestos is still found in many structures we use today.

This problem is highlighted in an article from the Dothan Eagle that discusses how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has alleged a condemned Alabama apartment complex may still contain asbestos that could put workers at risk of harm.

Officials say the site contains “friable” material that could still contain asbestos. But the contractor who removed most of the material stated he determined it was non-friable. The owner of the property has stated the site is free of danger.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the harm exposure to asbestos can cause and are here to help you if you’ve developed mesothelioma. Call (888) 318-4245 today to learn how we can assist you.

Alabama Mesothelioma Lawsuit Moving Forward

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 16th, 2014

Asbestos is used as an insulator and fire retardant substance in a variety of industries. But exposure to asbestos can come with a price, as it has been linked to a deadly cancer called mesothelioma.

Workers who develop mesothelioma as the result of on-the-job exposure to asbestos may be eligible for compensation. But are non-employees exposed to asbestos entitled to compensation?

These questions have been brought before an Alabama court and, so far, the answer is yes. According to an article from The National Law Journal, the widow of a worker who died from mesothelioma filed a claim alleging that she came into contact with asbestos by washing her husband’s clothes each day for 22 years.

The case will move forward through the state’s court system, as U.S. District Court Judge Lynwood Smith found there was enough evidence to establish that the asbestos exposure from washing clothes was causation for her mesothelioma.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys has seen the devastating results mesothelioma can have on families. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in this case will help bring closure to the family of the victim.

Alabama Residents Fight against Asbestos Dumping at Local Landfill

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 11th, 2012

Sept. 11, 2012

Residents of Bolivar, Alabama, are voicing concern over changes that would make a local landfill a dumping place for asbestos, which could potentially expose residents to toxic environmental dangers. The Daily Sentinel reports residents received a letter from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) informing them of the policy changes several weeks ago.

The letters stated that a portion of the 85-acre dumping site would soon be set aside for the disposal of asbestos and a sedimentation pond. Residents are worried as exposure to asbestos has long been known to cause a deadly form of lung cancer, known as Mesothelioma.

Citizens argued against the changes at a Jackson County Commission meeting held last Monday, saying the changes will jeopardize the health of citizens who live around the landfill and the quality of the area’s land and water. Chairman of the commission, Sadie Bias, stated, “I don’t like the thought of asbestos seeping into the water. We are going to send a resolution to ADEM to let them know what we are against this.” The commission also called for a public hearing so that the matter could be discussed further with those it would affect.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know how dangerous asbestos can be and would encourage anyone who has developed Mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos to look into your legal rights by talking with a qualified attorney immediately.