Mesothelioma Victims Take Action Against FACT Act

The U.S. Congress is hearing and determining its next move with House Resolution 982, also known as the FACT Act. If this legislation is passed, then it would require asbestos trusts to release confidential information about asbestos victims. The information would contain the last four digits of an individual’s Social Security Number, family information and their employment history.

If you believe that asbestos victims and mesothelioma patients should have more hoops to jump through and that their monetary compensation should be delayed, then you agree with the FACT Act. If you feel that Congress is going down the wrong path and you want to make sure your representative in Congress knows how you feel, then please follow the steps below.

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Surgery Extends Survival with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure caused by a victim’s living environment or occupation. The prognosis is dire if pleural mesothelioma is left untreated, but patients have seen their prognosis improve with surgical procedures. It has been suggested that multimodal surgery provides better results, but there has been no study proving this theory. A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results study (SEER study) of 14,228 patients was performed to see if surgery resulted in better survival rates or if other predictors influenced survival rates.

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Mesothelioma Victim has a Valid Claim for Loss of Consortium

A very important legal issue related to loss of consortium claims in latent injury cases was recently clarified by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in [Vanhooser v. Hennessy Industries Inc.], 2012 DJDAR 7307 (Cal. App. 2nd Dist. June 1, 2012). A three-judge panel unanimously ruled that Sherrell Vanhooser, the wife of a mesothelioma victim, has a valid claim for loss of consortium with her husband even though their marriage took place after the victim was exposed to the substance that ultimately caused her husband’s disease. Mesothelioma is a debilitating, deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This is an important ruling that will have far-reaching impact in asbestos litigation, as trial courts across California have been all over the map on this issue. Husbands and wives are greatly impacted when a spouse develops an asbestos-related disease, so this ruling certainly moves them one step closer to justice.
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How Would California Law Treat a Negligent Ebola Outbreak?

Emory University Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have now seen multiple patients suffering with the Ebola virus. The doctors were well aware of this deadly virus before they saw their first patient. They knew that patients with Ebola have a very high mortality rate, estimated at 50 percent or higher. They knew that the virus is transmitted by human contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected patient. They knew that their employees could be infected if they came in contact with the infected patient’s blood or bodily fluids, and they knew that, if infected, their employees could then infect their family members and others with which they came in contact.
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There Isn’t A Mesothelioma Doctor Near Where I Live

“You have mesothelioma.” These are words that no one wants to hear for themselves or a loved one. Your oncologist most likely has never treated mesothelioma, which should lead you to decide that you need a mesothelioma doctor. The problem is that you live in a part of the country that does not have a doctor who knows how to treat mesothelioma. What are you going to do?

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