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2 0 1 5Jan05

W.R. Grace Asbestos Trust is Accepting Claims

W.R. Grace

After 13 years, W.R. Grace & Co. is accepting and paying asbestos-related personal injury and death claims for which they, their predecessors, and their successors have legal responsibility, through a trust established under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

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2 0 1 4Nov17

The Importance of a Second Opinion

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Quite frequently, patients may receive a cancer diagnosis from their primary care physician or a doctor at the local hospital rather than from an oncologist specializing in mesothelioma.

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2 0 1 4Aug26

Combating Chemotherapy's Side Effects With Nutrition

Combating Side Effects with Nutrition

Many mesothelioma patients choose to undergo chemotherapy as part of their cancer treatment. Unfortunately, chemotherapy may cause loss of appetite, nausea, sore mouths, and fatigue; often, chemotherapy leads to weight loss. While many patients find it difficult to eat before and after chemotherapy treatments, nutritious food can be a powerful tool that mesothelioma patients may use to combat cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy.

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2 0 1 4Mar31

A Closer Look: Understanding Clinical Trials

Understanding clinical trials

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may consider participating in a clinical trial.

Generally, clinical trials test experimental drugs and treatments and aim to develop new ways of detecting and diagnosing a disease. Doctors use clinical trials to determine whether a new treatment works and is safe—in fact, all new drugs and devices must go through a clinical trial before they are approved by the FDA.

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Stephan Schmidheiny Image

Stephan Schmidheiny is a Swiss billionaire who was born into the Swiss industrial empire, Eternit Switzerland. In 1976, at age 29, Stephan Schmidheiny took over leadership of the family business. At the time, Eternit Switzerland was a large manufacturer of asbestos-containing cement products with plants located throughout Europe and Latin America.

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November Advocate of the Month

I am so delighted to be recognized as a Mesothelioma Advocate of the Month. For 10+ years, I have had the absolute pleasure of working as legal counsel for hundreds of families affected by mesothelioma. During my tenure, my journey has taken me to nearly every state in the United States and has allowed me to work with those newly diagnosed, those commencing or continuing chemotherapy, post-operative patients, as well as families grieving the loss of a loved one.

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2 0 1 3Jul08

Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act Update


On March 20, 2013, the FACT ACT (Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency H.R. 982) was introduced in the House of Representatives for consideration. The FACT ACT is part of a national campaign being led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Chamber of Commerce to pass certain federal and state legislation as it relates to asbestos lawsuits filed by victims of asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma.

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2 0 1 2Nov03

Rules for taking a Client Deposition

“Rules” for taking a Client Deposition

A deposition is simply the out-of-court oral testimony of any witness under oath for discovery purposes or for use in court. Some states, such as New York, refer to deposition as an “examination before trial,” which aptly describes their purpose. A deposition allows opposing counsel a chance to question a witness prior to trial.

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We are excited to announce a recent victory by Attorneys Brian Kenney and Chris Meisenkothen of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen on behalf of Hannibal Saldibar, a career tile setter from New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Saldibar regrettably passed away in January 2010 from Mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.

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2 0 1 2Jun06

FACT Bill Attempts to Thwart Justice for Mesothelioma Victims

FACT Bill Attempts to Thwart Justice for Mesothelioma Victims

On April 17, 2012, Rep. Benjamin Quayle (R-AZ) and co-sponsors, Reps. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced in the House the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2012” (H.R. 4369).

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2 0 1 2Jun01

Post-Diagnosis Mental Concerns

Care for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma must encompass the psychological as well as the physical symptoms of the disease. Numerous scientific studies report that there is an increased risk of suicide and cardiovascular death after a cancer diagnosis.

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2 0 1 2Mar23

Miles For Meso & Health Symposium

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Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen recently attended the 3rd annual Wishing Well Miles for Meso 8k & Health Symposium in sunny Boca Raton, Florida.

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2 0 1 2Mar02

Asbestos not yet banned in the United States

Many people mistakenly believe that asbestos was banned with the creation of OSHA in the early 1970’s. Unfortunately, however, the United States is actually one of the few industrialized nations in the world which has NOT acted to ban asbestos entirely.

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2 0 1 2Jan20

Emerging Treatments for Mesothelioma Patients

Chemotherapy, the most commonly used treatment for those suffering from cancer, works by attacking malignant cells that are rapidly dividing in the body. This often has the unwanted side effect of killing off not only cancer cells but other rapidly dividing cells in the body (such as those in the mouth and digestive system) and can lead to a number of uncomfortable side effects.

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2 0 1 1Dec09

The Medicare Scare

The average age of a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma is estimated at between 78-80 years old. Accordingly, the vast majority of those diagnosed are receiving Medicare medical benefits.

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2 0 1 1Nov18

Consider Worker's Compensation

Consider Worker's Compensation

Receiving a diagnosis of asbestosis, lung cancer or Mesothelioma as a result of your work with asbestos-containing products may permit you to file a Worker's Compensation claim.

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2 0 1 1Nov04

Battling medical costs & expenses

Traversing through the unknown world of Mesothelioma medical care and treatment is overwhelming for both those diagnosed and their care-providers. Compound that anxiety with the weight of financial limitations and stress due to uncovered medical expenses; rising insurance premiums; cost of traveling to/from doctor appointment; etc., can be devastating.

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2 0 1 1Oct28

VA Educational Assistance Program

Did you know...

If you are the spouse, son or daughter (including stepchildren and adopted children) of a veteran diagnosed with an asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos in the armed forces, you may be eligible for the VA's Dependent's Educational Assistance Program.

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About Jennifer

  • Partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen
  • Advocate for over 1,000 Mesothelioma victims
  • Thorough understanding of both legal and medical aspects of asbestos litigation
  • Extensive knowledge of military service and shipyard exposure cases
  • Provides veteran assistance with VA disability claims
  • Has secured some of the largest financial settlements across the country

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