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.
Lawyer and Advocate for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families
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.
“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.
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.
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).
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.
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Strauss, LLC recently attended the 3rd annual Wishing Well Miles for Meso 8k & Health Symposium in sunny Boca Raton, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.