Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that’s used in many construction materials because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. However, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
This risk of developing cancer has led to millions of sickened workers filing lawsuits against the companies who failed to warn them about the risks involved with handling materials tainted with asbestos. One such case recently resulted in a Moore, Oklahoma, man being awarded a total of $6 million in compensation.
According to an article from Tulsa World, the 51-year-old victim claims he was exposed to asbestos throughout the 1970s and 1980s through dust on his father’s clothes, who was a homebuilder and remodeler at the time. The exposure continued when the victim worked as a construction laborer and auto mechanic after that.
The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and filed suit soon thereafter, claiming three companies were responsible for his exposure to asbestos and his development of cancer. A jury agreed and awarded the man compensatory damages to cover medical and hospital expenses, as well as pain, mental anguish, and physical disability. No punitive damages were awarded in this case.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the difficulties that can accompany a diagnosis of mesothelioma. That’s why our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached will bring the victim a sense of peace and closure.
We each face workplace hazards on a daily basis, but the risks soldiers face are especially high. One of the greatest dangers many service members are at risk of is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is a nonflammable insulating fiber contained in many structures and vehicles used by the United States military. The problem is, exposure to asbestos can result in an individual developing a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.
Data shows that around 1,000 veterans are diagnosed with Mesothelioma each year. This leaves many wondering what service members can do to protect themselves from the disease.
Using respiratory protection while on the job is one option, but it may not totally prevent exposure. That’s why an article from The Mesothelioma Center encourages former and current soldiers to remain vigilant of the symptoms that can manifest in an individual who has developed Mesothelioma.
The symptoms of the disease can include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Weight Loss
- Tightness in the Chest
So what should you do if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms? Experts say that while there is no cure for Mesothelioma, getting early treatment can help extend an individual’s life expectancy and quality of life.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers have seen the devastating results Mesothelioma can have and hope these tips help you to recognize the signs of the disease and the need to take immediate action toward treatment and receiving proper compensation.
While many of the products that have been created as a result of the industrial revolution have benefited society, some have come with particularly high human costs as well. Take asbestos, for instance. This chemical product was created as a fireproof insulator and has successfully been used in many factories, buildings, and ships; however, exposure to the product is also the only known cause for a deadly cancer known as Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can affect the membrane linings of the lungs and abdominal cavity. There is currently no cure to the disease, although treatments have been found that can prolong a patient’s life.
These dangers have been known for decades, yet the product is still found in many of the construction products and materials that we use today. In fact, Oklahoma recently received a grant to reduce the amount of asbestos that is found in schools across the state.
An article from The Joplin Globe explains the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Oklahoma $204,000 to monitor and assist compliance regarding asbestos regulations. The money will also go towards inspections, community outreach, employee training, and enforcement.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the serious risks that can be posed by exposure to asbestos. That’s why our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are excited the state has been awarded this grant. We are hopeful it will be used to better protect and serve the people of Oklahoma.