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Bondex Bankruptcy Trust Now Accepting Claims

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 9/2/2016

A new bankruptcy trust started accepting claims this July (2016). Its name is the Bondex Trust. Bondex made a number of asbestos-containing products for home renovation and repair, including joint compound and joint cement.

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Non-Conventional Mesothelioma Treatment: Seeking Symptomatic Relief Through Acupuncture

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 10/22/2015

Acupuncture is a key form of alternative medical care derived from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.  Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the body at various “acupuncture points;” acupuncture can also incorporate the use of heat, pressure, or laser light directed at the same points.

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The Importance of Proper Staging for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 6/3/2015

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the next step may be to determine whether the cancer has spread to other areas of your body, so you can decide the most comprehensive treatment plan.

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Metex Asbestos PI Trust Now Accepting Claims

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 4/6/2015

As of March 9, 2015, Metex Manufacturing Corp., formerly known as Kentile Floors Inc., is accepting asbestos-related personal injury and death claims through a trust established under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Per the trust’s website, the Initial Claim Filing Date is September 9, 2015. All claims filed with the Trust between March 9, 2015 and September 9, 2015 will be deemed filed with the Trust on the Initial Claim Filing Date and will be processed in the order stipulated by the Trust’s Distribution Procedures.

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W.R. Grace Asbestos Trust is Accepting Claims

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 1/5/2015

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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The Importance of a Second Opinion

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/17/2014

Medical Consult

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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Combating Chemotherapy's Side Effects With Nutrition

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 8/26/2014

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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A Closer Look: Understanding Clinical Trials

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 3/31/2014

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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Asbestos Victims Request for Yale to Revoke Honorary Degree of Swiss Billionaire Linked to Asbestos Deaths

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 3/11/2014

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 - Working With & For Mesothelioma Victims

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/1/2013

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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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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October 01, 2016

Healthy Lung Month

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