Malignant Mesothelioma Causes
Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the mesothelium, a tissue that surrounds some our internal organs. Learning about mesothelioma causes is an important step in protecting your rights if you or a loved one suffers from this disease. Our law firm is nationally acclaimed for helping mesothelioma victims hold responsible parties accountable for causing this life-changing condition.
Mesothelioma Causes: The Altering of Genetic Information
Just like all cancers, mesothelioma causes originate with the altering of genes, strands of DNA responsible for our hereditary traits and for making proteins in our body. Genes are also important in controlling cell growth and reproduction. When particular genes are damaged, uncontrollable cell growth is caused in two ways:
- The cell stops producing a protein that is capable of ending cell division, or
- It produces too many proteins, causing a continuous cell division
The continuous growth of unwanted cells is what leads to cancer.
Mesothelioma Causes Include the Fibrous Mineral Asbestos
Of all mesothelioma causes, the most prominent is the long-term exposure to asbestos, a microscopic fiber that, when inhaled or ingested, can penetrate the mesothelium, the tissue lining of our organs. This damage the cell’s DNA. Asbestos can damage the mesothelium of different organs:
- The lungs, leading to pleural mesothelioma
- The heart, leading to pericardial mesothelioma
- The abdominal cavity, leading to peritoneal mesothelioma
- The testes, leading to testicular mesothelioma
The most common of these types is pleural mesothelioma.
Other potential causes of mesothelioma include:
- Zeolites, a mineral with a similar chemical composition as asbestos
- Radiation due to other cancer treatments
- SV40 virus (Although it has not been confirmed, in certain lab studies, researchers have found that this virus can alter genes associated with cancer.)
Where Can Someone be Exposed to Asbestos, the Leading Cause of Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is a material largely used for electrical and housing insulation and fireproofing. Hence, it fills many houses and businesses. Most asbestos products are not harmful unless its particles are released into the air. Exposure generally occurs in the following places:
- In the workplace: Asbestos miners, carpenters, firefighters, and many others are at a high risk of exposure as they are in direct contact with the material.
- At home: Those who work directly with the material may carry asbestos particles on their clothes or in their hair, causing secondhand exposure to those who live with them.
- In the environment. This occurs when asbestos fibers are released into the air during mining or natural disasters. There have been some cases of asbestos-caused mesothelioma reported in people living near asbestos mines or near areas with high quantities of asbestos in the soil.
The risk of asbestos-caused mesothelioma is significantly increased when a person is exposed to high concentrations of asbestos for prolonged periods of time. A limited exposure may not be harmful.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to one of the mesothelioma causes and developed this disease, Nemeroff Law Firm will fight for your right to fair compensation. Call or complete our Contact Form today and schedule a free case evaluation. We proudly serve mesothelioma victims and their families nationwide.
On Friday, October 7, 2016, a New Orleans jury returned a verdict awarding $12 million in favor of Donald Mueller and against Ameron International and others for Mueller’s asbestos-related mesothelioma. Mueller died of the disease, leaving behind a wife and daughter.
Nemeroff Law Firm Gets New Orleans Mesothelioma Verdict for Victim’s Family
After a two-week trial, during which the jury heard from world-renowned asbestos experts Dr. Richard Lemen (a former Assistant United States Surgeon General), Dr. Richard Kradin (pathologist), and Dr. William Longo (materials scientist), the jury found that Ameron’s asbestos-containing Bondstrand Pipe was a substantial contributing factor in causing Donald Mueller’s mesothelioma and death. Ameron called no witnesses in its defense.
New Orleans Mesothelioma Case a Benchmark for Asbestos Victims
According to lead counsel, Mesothelioma Attorney Rick Nemeroff of the Nemeroff Law Firm, “the jury got it right when they found that Ameron should be held responsible for putting asbestos product sales ahead of research, testing and warning. It’s a shameful tragedy that Donald Mueller didn’t live to see his day in court and to receive the justice he deserved—and while his widow and daughter were there to receive the verdict, it was a cold feeling without Donald present.”
Louisiana Mesothelioma Victim Was Survived by Family
Donald Mueller was diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma in October 2015 after being exposed to asbestos beginning in the 1950s until the early 1980s while working at a variety of locations in Louisiana. Donald lost his battle with mesothelioma in January 2016, just days shy of his 90th birthday, leaving behind his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Pam.
This $12 million dollar verdict is just one of the many mesothelioma legal success stories in New Orleans by Rick Nemeroff, his law firm, and his co-counsel, Landry and Swarr. Two of the team’s recent mesothelioma verdicts were for $12 million and $7.5 million.
Assistance Available for Mesothelioma Victims Nationwide
Are you or a loved one a mesothelioma victim due to asbestos exposure? Are you concerned you may have an asbestos-related condition like mesothelioma? The Nemeroff Law Firm serves mesothelioma victims nationwide, including those in New Orleans and surrounding areas. For a free consultation, call us at 866-342-1929 or complete our online contact form.
More than 50 Speakers and 500 Attendees Set to Explore Current Trends Driving Asbestos Litigation at the 2013 National Overview & Outlook
Rick Nemeroff, owner of The Nemeroff Law Firm and leading representative of mesothelioma victims, was selected to return as co-chair and moderator for the 2013 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook. The event gives thought leaders in the asbestos field an opportunity to discuss how trends in litigation may impact future cases.
The event, hosted by Perrin Conferences, brings asbestos insurance, legal, corporate and scientific leaders together to review the direction and climate of asbestos litigation. Topics for discussion include emerging and specialized claims, recent verdicts, decisions and events, as well as strategies on litigating cases in particular states and leading jurist’s perspectives.
“We’re proud to have Rick Nemeroff chair our National Asbestos Conference once again,” said Lynnsey Perrin, founder of Perrin Conferences. “Rick’s vast experience in this highly competitive field and enviable record of results place him at the forefront of asbestos litigation.”
Practicing since 1993, Nemeroff has established himself as a leading trial lawyer, combining compassion with aggressive litigation skills to fight for individuals and families who have been harmed by the actions of negligent corporations. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter for all aspects of asbestos litigation.
“I’m honored to return as co-chair and moderator for this year’s conference,” said Nemeroff. “It’s a great opportunity for us, as representatives of victims and their families, to discuss industry and legal developments and what those might mean for our clients.”
Established in 2009, the National Asbestos Litigation Conference offers a vibrant and open forum to help attendees understand the trends currently driving asbestos litigation and what the future will present. The conference will be hosted at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Sept. 16-18.
NEW ORLEANS – The Dallas-based Nemeroff Law Firm is announcing a verdict on behalf of a Louisiana man who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma following decades of working around asbestos-containing materials at two manufacturing plants.
Orleans Parish jurors deliberated for half a day on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, before returning the verdict in favor of 66-year-old Thomas M. Kenney of St. Tammany Parish. Jurors agreed that defendants Rexam Beverage Can Company (formerly American Can) and asbestos product manufacturers John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc. were negligent and responsible for exposing Mr. Kenney to dangerous levels of asbestos.
The jury found that Mr. Kenney, a Slidell resident, was exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos fibers while he worked at an American Can facility in New Orleans between 1964 and 1976, and while working as a pipefitter and machinist for Tenneco in Chalmette between 1977 and 1988. John Crane Inc. made and supplied asbestos gaskets and Haveg Inc. supplied asbestos-containing piping to Tenneco while Mr. Kenney was employed there.
Mr. Kenney, who is married with three grown children, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in July 2010. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer caused exclusively by asbestos exposure.
“Thomas Kenney worked as a loyal and valuable employee who deserved to be able to do his job in a safe environment with warnings on the products he handled,” says his attorney Rick Nemeroff, co-founder of Nemeroff Law Firm. “This is an important verdict that will go a long way to helping make sure that Mr. Kenney and his family can get the support they need to deal with his grave health problems.”
The trial team representing Mr. Kenney was led by Mr. Nemeroff and firm trial attorney Barrett Naman, as well as local counsel Mickey Landry and Frank Swarr of New Orleans-based Landry & Swarr.
With offices in Dallas, Houston and Pittsburgh, the experienced trial attorneys of the Nemeroff Law Firm fight for individuals and families who have suffered from harmful pharmaceuticals, mesothelioma, and catastrophic personal injuries or death as a result of the wrongful or negligent conduct of others. The firm secured two of Pennsylvania’s largest courtroom awards in 2010, according to The Legal Intelligencer. For more information, visit www.nemerofflaw.com.
For more information about the verdict, please contact Robert Tharp at 800.559.4534 or Robert@androvett.com.