How Are People Exposed to Asbestos?

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2018

Asbestos is a mineral that can be configured into a soft and flexible fiber that’s resistant to heat, electricity, and chemical corrosion. It was used in a variety of industrial projects, including the construction of buildings, until its toxic properties were linked to serious health problems including mesothelioma—a type of cancer that affects the pleura surrounding the lungs.

Despite efforts to stop the use of asbestos and to remove it from existing buildings and applications, it can still be found in workplaces and homes across the country. People who are exposed to asbestos even once are at risk of developing health problems like mesothelioma, as the fibers are easily inhaled and can become embedded inside lung tissue and membranes.

Common sources of asbestos exposure include:

  • Workplaces – Although homes can be filled with asbestos, most victims’ exposure occurs at work. Industries such as mining, construction, shipbuilding, and firefighting are at high risk for asbestos exposure, as the material is used in many applications and products that are frequently encountered or handled.
  • Military service – Asbestos was also widely used in the U.S. military between 1935 and 1975. Because asbestos may not cause health problems for up to 50 years after exposure, many veterans are just now beginning to show symptoms of asbestos fiber inhalation that occurred decades ago during their military service.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help establish that your illness or injury was caused by exposure to asbestos. We have years of experience helping victims of asbestos exposure, and we know the right steps to take find out exactly what caused your health problems. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Herbicide Linked to Cancer Found in Popular Ice Cream

by mhoffman | August 1st, 2017

Recently, the Organic Consumers Association announced that it had discovered trace amounts of glyphosate—an herbicide used in popular weed killer Roundup®—in 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products.

In 2015, the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate could cause certain types of cancers in people who are exposed to the chemical.

A spokesperson with Ben & Jerry’s said that the company is working to determine where in its supply chain the glyphosate enters its products. Although the amount of glyphosate in the ice cream is small—between 0.91 parts per billion and 1.74 parts per billion—a study published in Scientific Reports found that even low doses consumed frequently can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease in rats who consumed the chemical.

People are most commonly exposed to glyphosate when they’re around weed killers that contain the herbicide. It can enter the body via contaminated air, water, and food, or by skin-absorption.

The Roundup cancer lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help anyone who may have developed cancer due to exposure to glyphosate. If you or someone you love was hurt by a drug or product manufacturer’s negligence, we want to help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma

by Staff Blogger | November 29th, 2016

When the dangers of asbestos were first proposed several years ago, industry tried to discount the claims. That’s how it goes sometimes with capitalism—companies put profits before people. Unfortunately for the tens of thousands of mesothelioma victims throughout the years, that greed has cost innocent people their lives.

Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer that affects membranes lining the abdominal cavity and internal organs. The only true link to mesothelioma is the inhalation of asbestos fibers. What makes this disease even more frightening is the fact that these cancer-causing fibers can stay in your system for years before developing into cancer, meaning you may have been exposed decades ago and just now showing symptoms.

Those symptoms include:

  • abdominal pain or feelings of fullness
  • chest pain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fluid in the lining of the lungs
  • lower back pain
  • loss of appetite
  • persistent coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your condition. Contact our experienced asbestos injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. Victims have secured tens of millions of dollars already, and you may have a similar claim. Contact us today.

Mesothelioma Victims Win Large Settlements

by Staff Blogger | July 19th, 2016

You’ve probably seen a number of lawyer ads on television in recent years about mesothelioma lawsuits. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. There’s no cure, and medical professionals can do little to slow down the disease.

Symptoms of mesothelioma can include:

  • abdominal pain or feelings of fullness
  • chest pain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fluid in the lining of the lungs
  • lower back pain
  • loss of appetite
  • persistent coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness

If you’re experiencing any combination of these symptoms, you should consult with your physician immediately, especially if you worked in a high-risk industry, such as:

  • auto manufacturing (especially brakes)
  • construction
  • demolition
  • firefighting
  • heavy industrial manufacturing
  • railroad
  • shipbuilding
  • or steel working.

Along with the devastating physical impacts, mesothelioma can have a substantial financial impact on a victim’s family. Fortunately, money has been put aside to compensate victims and their families, and the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know how to get it for you.

If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma, give our experienced mesothelioma attorneys a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You could be entitled to significant compensation for your condition, but time can play a significant role in securing that compensation, so don’t delay. Contact us right now.

The 3 Most Common Types of Environmental Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2014

The environments where we live and work can have a significant impact on our health. Some experts contend that personal injury lawyers and the civil justice system play a large part in educating the public about environmental dangers.

The American Association for Justice states that three of the most common environmental injuries include:

  1. Air Pollution- Research shows as many as 50 million Americans live in environments with poor air quality. The heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins expelled from large factories and plants cause much of this pollution. The Clean Air Act was passed to prevent such atrocities from happening, but each year attorneys continue to fight with companies in violation of these laws.
  2. Contaminated Water and Land– More than 49 million Americans live in areas where water and soil contain unsafe materials. While there are as many as 23,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act each year, the federal government only holds 3 percent of violators responsible accountable for their actions.
  3. Toxic Chemicals– Many American workers continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals in industrial environments, and environmental injuries caused by exposure can sometimes take years to develop. For example, some workers develop Mesothelioma decades after exposure to asbestos.

It’s important for those whose lives have been affected by environmental hazards to know that help is available. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we can help you get back on your feet by guiding you through the processes that are necessary to secure you the compensation you deserve for your injury or illness. Contact us today to discuss your case.

OSHA Fines Companies $134,000 For Exposing Workers To Environmental Dangers

by Staff Blogger | December 18th, 2012

December 18, 2012

Two Fort Worth, Texas, companies have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations surrounding exposure of workers to toxic chemicals that could result in an Environmental Injury.

press release from the agency stated Five Star Custom Foods Ltd. And Packers Sanitation Services Inc., violated 27 regulations that oversee safety process management of businesses, resulting in $134,000 in fines being levied against the companies.

The violations stem from an investigation that was launched by OSHA on June 12 of this year. During the audit, investigators found the companies’ employees were exposed to toxic and corrosive chemicals while working on a refrigeration system. An OSHA spokesman, Jack Rector, stated exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, could result in serious environmental injuries, including death.

The incident resulted in the company being slapped with fines for 14 serious violations including failure to follow standard engineering practices, failure to conduct system audits and inspections, not providing employees with safety equipment, and not informing contract workers of their risk of environmental injury.

Eleven other safety violations were issued as well for infractions such as not having certain safety procedures in place.

The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand the dangers many workers face each day and are here to help you if you have been hurt on the job at no fault of your own.

OSHA Fines Company for Employees’ Over-Exposure to Lead

by fpw | August 9th, 2011

August 9, 2011

There’s a fairly common saying that someone who says or does something really dimwitted must have “…eaten paint chips as a kid.” This insinuates they were exposed to lead found in older paints and suffered mental and/or physical disabilities from the exposure. To many, it’s just a crude joke, but for the workers in a Frisco, Texas battery recycling plant, the harm lead exposure can do to the body is no laughing matter.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a press release last Thursday saying they had cited Georgia-based company Exide Technologies for a serious, and repeat, offense of exposing employees to high levels of lead at the battery recycling facility located in Frisco. The company has been fined twice before, at separate locations, for the same offense of not monitoring and adjusting employees’ lead exposure depending on the number of hours worked. According to law, employees can only be exposed to 50 micrograms of lead per cubic meter over an eight hour period. Fines for the violation will total roughly $77,000.

Lead exposure over a short period of time can have various effects on the body, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Anemia
  • Death

The Dallas Environmental Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are committed to holding companies that are careless with hazardous chemicals and waste accountable for their actions and the ramifications on their employee’s health. Contact them immediately for a free consultation of your case.

Environmental problems caused by fires

by fpw | October 14th, 2008

October 14, 2008

The Associated Press reported that a 750 acre fire has caused environmental hazards for approximately 1,200 residents.

1,200 people were evacuated from their homes near the scene of the environmental hazard, and a firefighter and a resident reported minor breathing problems.

The fire and environmental hazard was being contained by firefighters, but some suspect that powerful Santa Ana winds moving in later Sunday evening may cause further problems.

The fire was 20% contained near the Wildlife Waystation, an animal sanctuary in the area, but the facility was moving its animals in case the environmental hazard threatened the facility.

Environmental hazards such as widespread fires in Texas could cause Texas environmental injury and evacuations.

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Pharmaceutical levels found in drinking water could cause drug injuries

by fpw | March 13th, 2008

March 13, 2008

Yahoo News reports that many water agencies are saying that the quality of their drinking water is well above Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards when confronted with the results of an Associated Press investigation, which showed the national environmental effect of improper disposal of pharmaceuticals on water.

However, many water agencies say their water has not been tested for pharmaceuticals.

The Associated Press investigation found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the water of 24 metropolitan areas across the nation.

Councilman James G. Gennaro says he is very concerned about the presence of drugs in drinking water.

Sen. Bob Menendez agrees that it is of national environmental concern if drinking water contains pharmaceuticals and that the government should be working to correct the problem.

While the human risks of consuming low levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking water over a long period of time are unknown, studies have shown alarming environmental effects on human cells and wildlife and could suggest potential for drug injuries over the long term.

According the study, trace amounts of drugs were found in large metropolitan areas cross the nation, and could have national environmental effects, including Texas environmental injuries.

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