Study Finds Mesothelioma-Causing Substance in Children’s Toys

by Staff | July 8th, 2015

Exposure to asbestos—a naturally occurring, toxic substance—is known to cause a number of serious health conditions, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. That’s why contact with asbestos should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, the substance is found in many of the items we come into contact with on a daily basis.

One recent study determined several children’s toys that are available on the American market contain asbestos. Reports indicate the products were manufactured in China and were sold by nationwide retailers.

An article from SF Gate explains the Environmental Working Group tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 fingerprint kits for toxic substances. The researchers found that four of the boxes of crayons and two of the fingerprint test kits that were purchased at nationwide retailers came back positive for containing talcum powder laced with asbestos. The products are currently undergoing a second round of testing to confirm the initial findings.

This isn’t the first time asbestos has been discovered in these types of children’s toys. In 2000, the discovery of asbestos in crayons prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop a toxin-free product.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating results exposure to asbestos can have. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful this information can help protect you and your loved ones from coming into contact with a potentially dangerous substance.

Mesothelioma Lawyers Explain It Can Take Years to Develop the Disease After Exposure

by Staff | May 20th, 2015

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 3,000 United States citizens are diagnosed each year with the deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma. Our mesothelioma lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the disease is most often caused by exposure to Asbestos, but one new study shows patients may not develop the disease until years after the exposure occurs.

An article from Outbreak News Today discusses a study that was conducted by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health that examined the case histories of roughly 69,000 workers who had been employed in the mining industry between 1930 and 1982. Since the late 90’s, researchers have been identifying participants who developed Mesothelioma and new cases are still being diagnosed today.

In 2003, 17 cases of mesothelioma were identified and it was determined the disease had developed as the result of exposure to commercial asbestos. Another roughly 60 cases were identified over the next decade and most recently, 21 new cases were diagnosed.

The team concluded that cases of Mesothelioma can develop as long as half a century or more after the asbestos exposure occurs. Furthermore, the exposure in these particular cases occurred on the job and is not a risk to the greater community.

If you develop mesothelioma, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say you may have legal rights that need to be protected. One of the best ways to achieve this is by having legal representation by your side. Doing so will help to ensure your questions are answered and you have the information you need to determine the best course of action for your case.



Study Shows Increased Risk of Mesothelioma in Miners

by Staff | December 17th, 2014

Risks of Mining and Drilling

Mining and drilling are two of the fastest growing industries in the United States, but working in extrication continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs an American can hold.

Mesothelioma and Heart Disease

Exposure to harmful chemicals and substances is one of the most serious risks miners and drillers face. One new study showed long-term contact with both asbestos and tiny needle-like fibers found in the dust that rises during the taconite mining process can increase miners’ risk of developing Mesothelioma by as much as three times.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that attacks the lungs and body cavity. There is currently no cure, but treatment options are available.

Reports from The Mesothelioma Center state researchers also found the miners who participated in the study had a 30 percent greater chance of developing heart disease as compared to control groups.

Reducing Exposure

While the study didn’t nail down the exact reason the miners were at an increased risk of developing heart disease, the findings have prompted recommendations that miners wear filtered respirators to reduce their chances of exposure to both asbestos and ore dust.

What Should I Do if I’ve Been Exposed?

For many, these recommendations will come too late and the exposure to deadly substances may have already occurred. Treating these medical conditions can be costly. That’s why it may be wise for you to speak with a legal representative if you believe you’ve developed a disease like Mesothelioma as the result of exposure to harmful chemicals. You may be entitled to compensation.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve helped a large number of workers who were harmed by exposure to asbestos and other substances and we can do the same for you. To speak with an Indiana personal injury lawyer about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (800) 477-7315.