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Maryland Lawsuit Could Give Families More Time to File Asbestos Cancer Claims

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iStock-460053679.jpgMaryland's Court of Appeals is slated to hear an important mesothelioma lawsuit brought by the family of a former pipe fitter that could have a tremendous impact on other claims challenging the statute of limitations under state law to bring mesothelioma claims. Currently, Maryland state laws allows victims or those representing their estates to bring mesothelioma lawsuits 20 years after exposure to asbestos, but the plaintiffs' challenge could greatly extend that time period.

What Can Fire Departments Do to Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

Every day, firefighters face danger. Unfortunately, not all of that danger stems from the fires they fight. Some of that peril is in the carcinogens enmeshed in their gear from fighting those fires. In fact, their dirty turnout gear and the time they spend battling fires, absorbing carcinogens, is increasing the risk for cancer and increasing cancer-related deaths in firefighters.

The Difficulties Of Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that attacks tissues lining the lungs, heart or abdomen. Most people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. Why is it so difficult to diagnose? Here are three major reasons that can help individuals and families understand why.

Pennsylvania Court Sides with Mesothelioma Plaintiff and Denies Transfer

A judge in a Pennsylvania state court recently issued a ruling siding with the plaintiff in a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, denying the defendant's motion to transfer the case to another court over a legal technicality. By keeping the case in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County, the case will continue to move forward despite the best efforts of the defendant's attorneys to deny, delay, and defend the claim that would help compensate victims and hold the liable parties responsible for causing the victim's cancer diagnosis.

New Study Shows Improved Life Expectancy of Peritoneal Mesothelioma with Two-Stage Treatment

superstock_1098r6319_medium_6z03_100.jpgA recent study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology highlighted a promising treatment that could possibly extend the life expectancy for patients suffering from malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. According to the report, a large portion of patients in a studying undergoing two-stage cytoreduction and intraperitoneal chemotherapy regimen had a significantly longer lifespan thanks to the treatment.

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