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.



Researchers Discuss Developments in Mesothelioma Treatments

by Staff | April 22nd, 2015

There’s a deadly form of cancer that is diagnosed in roughly 3,000 Americans each year and it’s called mesothelioma. Development of the disease is typically the result of exposure to asbestos. Despite there being no known cure for the disease just yet, many experts believe that could soon change.

Several new treatments are being developed that could significantly reduce the mortality rate of mesothelioma. An article released in the most recent issue of the Cancer Management and Research journal touched on a few of the most promising of these developing treatments.

Researchers explain that currently, a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery is used to battle the tumors that are caused by mesothelioma. In the future though, the treatments that are utilized could be much different. These new treatments include the use of:

  • Use of Growth-Inhibiting Antibodies- The expression of certain receptors can allow certain malignant cancers to grow uncontrollably. Now, scientists are examining the use of antibodies that can block these receptors from expressing themselves.
  • Vaccines- Teams are currently developing a drug, known as CRS-27, which could prevent patients from developing mesothelioma.
  • Gene Therapy– Researchers have been able to identify certain genetic anomalies that are linked to the development of mesothelioma. Now, they are working to block or correct these anomalies before the disease can develop.
  • Cryotherapy– This treatment uses extreme cold to freeze and kill cancerous cells and masses.

Despite what therapy is used to treat mesothelioma, it can be extremely expensive. Financial assistance for treatment is often available for victims of mesothelioma, but the process of securing such compensation can be complex. That’s why it’s important to have legal representation by your side through each step of the process.

Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are well versed in handling mesothelioma cases and we are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your condition and how the law applies to it. Call us anytime at (800) 477-7315 to speak with a member of our legal staff.



Research Links Woman’s Case of Mesothelioma to Use of Talcum Powder

by Staff | January 28th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in many products that are found in the United States today. Unfortunately, exposure to Asbestos can lead to serious health complications, including a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.

While most Americans believe they aren’t at risk of Asbestos exposure, nothing could be further from the truth. Asbestos is used in a number of common items including insulation and cosmetics. In fact, one recent study linked Asbestos found in Talcum powder to a case of a woman who died of lung cancer.

According to a study released by Maney Online, researchers analyzed 50 containers of a specific brand of cosmetic Talcum powder and found a significant quantity of Asbestos in the product. The team then examined tissue samples collected from a woman who died of Mesothelioma and testified to only using that specific brand of Talcum powder. They found no other factors that could have led to the woman’s exposure to Asbestos and determined she had developed the cancer as a result of using the powder.

This particular case of Talcum powder cancer raises questions as to what the U.S. is doing to protect citizens from exposure to Asbestos.

That’s why its so important to have an attorney by your side if you’ve developed cancer as a result of exposure to Asbestos and the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help.

Study Shows Mesothelioma Medication May Cause Patients to Suffer a Serious Drug Injury

by Staff | January 14th, 2015

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that can be developed after exposure to the toxic substance asbestos. There are few treatments for mesotheliomaand now a new study is showing one of the drugs that has been found effective in battling the disease may present users with serious health risks.

French researchers examined the effects the drug pemetrexed had on patients and released their findings in a medical journal. They stated that while the development of rashes on the skin was common while taking the drug, several patients experienced a more severe drug injury.

Reports from Mesothelioma Help indicate one elderly patient developed painful swelling and redness in the legs that subsided upon stopping therapies using the drug. Another patient is said to have developed similar symptoms that prevented her from being able to walk.

The findings have resulted in officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommending patients using this particular drug take folic acid and Vitamin B12 during their treatment to help avoid such issues. The FDA goes on to say doctors should be sure to warn patients of the risks associated with the drug.

The attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of the risks faced by many Americans who take medications on a daily basis and we’re here to help if these products ever cause you serious harm. Our team of lawyers is available to speak with you about your case anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.

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.

New, Less Invasive Mesothelioma Testing Procedures Use Ultrasound

by Staff | November 26th, 2014

Estimates show that roughly 11 million Americans have been exposed to a dangerous chemical fiber known as asbestos. Of those individuals, it’s estimated that as many as 10 percent will develop a deadly form of cancer—known as mesothelioma.

While there is currently no cure for the disease, treatment options are available and new tests have made these methods more effective. A report released by the organization,, explains that in previous years surgeons had to create incisions on the patient’s body to determine the extent and stage of mesothelioma. Now though, doctors are using ultrasound to examine a patients’ conditions.

When an endobronchial ultrasound is performed, an endoscope is equipped with an ultrasound processor and inserted into a patient’s throat and down the esophagus. This allows the doctor to take a closer look at the patient’s lymph nodes and airways. An endoscopic ultrasound can also be performed to obtain clearer images of areas of the body that may be affected by mesothelioma.

It’s important to remember that these procedures can be expensive. If you’ve developed mesothelioma , you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for these costs. But the process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit be complicated, and it may be wise to speak with a qualified attorney about your legal rights to compensation.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re here to help. Our multidistrict litigation lawyers want to answer your questions about filing a mesothelioma claim. Call us anytime—day or night—at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your case.