The most successful toxic tort cases are generally found to involve asbestos (mesothelioma and lung cancer), benzene (acute myelogenous leukemia "AML", multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia "CLL", and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma "NHL"); beryllium (chronic beryllium disease "CBD"); and silica dust (silicosis). The federal government has identified a number of known human carcinogens and their target organs based upon epidemiological evidence (not just animal testing) and other human experience. While this may simplify the general causation issue (that this particular kind of exposure can cause this kind of disease), it does not resolve the issue of specific causation (that this person's disease was caused by these exposures). Where there is no marker disease (such as mesothelioma, silicosis, or CBD), the cases are much more difficult, expensive and risky. Hobson & Bradley has over 50 years of experience in handling these claims.
Our asbestos lawyers represent victims of injuries sustained from asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a mineral made up of long, thin, pliable fibers. It is very strong and resists heat and fire. For many years, asbestos was used widely across many industries because of its durability. Some of its most common uses were in acoustical surfacing materials and insulation. Individuals exposed to asbestos are at a risk for developing asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical that is present in crude oil and gasoline. Benzene is a chemical that is often used to manufacture rubber, plastics, lubricants, paints, synthetics, resins, and other products. Benzene has also been found in a number of consumer products, particularly before 1979, such as penetrating solvents, paint strippers, and contact cement. Workers exposed to benzene at high concentrations or over an extended period of time are at risk for developing acute myelogenous leukemia, myelodysplasia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
Talcum powder is primarily made from talc, a mineral containing the elements of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. A mineral contained in talcum powder and many other common household products can be contaminated with asbestos. Used in baby and facial powders, cosmetics, and other consumers products, talc absorbs moisture and can be used to reduce chafing of the skin. Despite its wide use for decades, talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in some women.
Inhalation of silica, essentially, finely ground sand, can cause silicosis, lung cancer, and other potentially fatal conditions. Sandblasters, masonry workers, quarry workers, and many other oil and chemical industry workers are among groups most commonly affected by silica exposure and silicosis. Now, oil field workers doing fracking are at risk. Despite the fact that these exposures have been known to cause such diseases since the early 1930s, a new epidemic is being seen with the fabricating and cutting of engineered stone countertops which is releasing silica dust.
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