Monthly Archives: January 2018

How Demolition Projects can Release the Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

While use of asbestos in industrial, commercial, and consumer products has been heavily regulated in the United States since the mid 1970s, millions of pounds of the carcinogenic mineral remain trapped in structures still standing to this day. When developers and construction companies renovate or demolish these structures, they can disturb the asbestos inside and create a potentially dangerous situation for both workers and innocent bystanders living nearby.

Sadly, thousands of people are diagnosed with mesothelioma from secondhand exposure to asbestos every year, including situations in which demolition companies create so-called “demolition dust” containing the carcinogen. Although most municipalities have regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of deadly asbestos, many property owners and construction companies fail to live up to these legal obligations and put innocent people at risk of developing serious health conditions through exposure.

Other times, poor enforcement and oversight by local governments can be to blame for allowing renovators to spew toxic substances like asbestos into the air and put communities at risk. When municipalities fail to put the time, money, and effort into protecting local residents, victims are left to turn to their healthcare providers to deal with the potentially serious health consequences caused by asbestos.

The good news is that even in cities where compliance with asbestos abatement and disposal is essentially voluntary, most parties comply with regulations for the good of their workers and the community. With tried and proven techniques, developers can help ensure that their projects do not cause harm to unsuspecting people who have no idea that they may be at risk for mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other serious health conditions caused by dust and debris from tearing down an old building.

However, not all construction companies are as considerate as others and may end up causing serious harm. In these situations, it may be necessary to file a formal lawsuit against the parties responsible for the asbestos exposure. Because mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that commonly affects the thin lining of tissue surrounding vital organs, can take decades to show symptoms, it may be difficult to track down the responsible parties.

Fortunately, a seasoned and dedicated mesothelioma cancer lawyer has the experience and resources necessary to help determine all the liable parties in a lawsuit and recover the vital compensation needed to help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages. While nothing can undo the harm caused by a mesothelioma diagnosis, filing a lawsuit is important not only to help make victims whole again but also to hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safety.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

Claire’s Stores Pull Asbestos-Contaminated Cosmetics Products off Shelves

Popular cosmetics chain-store Claire’s recently pulled several of its products off shelves when it emerged that those items tested positive for asbestos contamination after a Providence, Rhode Island mother sent makeup out for testing. According to several media reports, tests performed by Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina showed that glitter makeup purchased from Claire’s retail chain came back positive for asbestos.

Further testing on other products showed eye shadows, blushes, and compact powders in nine other states all tested positive for asbestos, a carcinogen mineral known to the Centers for Disease Control to cause Mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of lung cancer. Claire’s subsequently pulled all those products from its shelves, as well.

“We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines,” a Claire’s representative told WPRI-TV. “As a result of today’s inquiry from WPRI-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”

Most of the products pulled from store shelves tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a form of the mineral which commonly forms around other minerals like vermiculite, chrysotile (itself a type of asbestos) and talc (a common ingredient in many makeup products). One other test sample also came back positive for chrysotile asbestos, which is the most common form of the mineral found in the U.S.

Justice Stores Pull Makeup Over Asbestos Contamination

 Claire’s recall marks the second major cosmetics pull from stores across the country marketing to young girls. In July of 2017, Justice stores pulled its just Shine Shimmer Powder from stores over allegations the product contained asbestos. While the company denied any wrongdoing, it nonetheless removed the products from stores out of what it characterized as an abundance of caution for the health and safety of young customers.

Concerned individuals also sent samples to the Scientific Analytical Institute where technicians discovered not only asbestos but also other deadly chemicals like Barium, Chromium, Lead, and Selenium. Despite the reassurances from companies like Justice and Claire’s, there is simply to acceptable level of asbestos exposure to anyone at any age.

Although asbestos is heavily regulated, exposure still occurs from companies failing to take proper steps to ensure their products do not contain any of the deadly mineral. Women around the country have also alleged that they suffered a mesothelioma diagnosis from asbestos-contaminated talcum powder produced by companies like Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.