February 2019

Preventing mesothelioma: It’s harder than you know

Most people think that asbestos and asbestos exposure is a thing of the past — but that’s far from true. Asbestos products are still allowed in the United States under limited circumstances and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with plans that would allow asbestos to be used in even more new products.

But what’s coming into the market is not your most serious concern. Instead, you need to be worried about asbestos dangers that are hidden all around you. Asbestos was so commonly used in American homes and buildings that it’s literally just about everywhere you go — especially in older public buildings, like schools. It could be lurking in those old adhesive tiles on your kitchen floor that your Dad put down years ago, and it could be hiding in the attic insulation or wrapped around the pipes in the basement.

The thing about asbestos is this: It’s often more dangerous to remove it than to leave it alone. If it’s underneath the floorboards in the mudroom of your house, for example, it’s probably safer to leave it alone — as long as it’s intact or sealed away. When asbestos begins to break down — which happens when asbestos products are removed — the dangerous fibers that lead to diseases like mesothelioma are thrown into the air where they can get into the lungs of new victims.

The only real way to know if there is asbestos in your home or place of business — and posing a danger — is to have an expert check out the premises. The air can be tested to see if there’s already contamination and the premises can be inspected for asbestos that’s breaking down.

The reality is that anyone can be exposed to asbestos — it isn’t just a problem for “old timers” who worked in factories and shipyards. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and believe that you’ve developed a medical problem like mesothelioma as a result, it’s wise to speak to an attorney. Learn more about asbestos claims by visiting our site.

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EpiPens were failing — and nobody was listening to the patients

Patients with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, latex and other common substances often carry EpiPens for safety. EpiPens are supposed to deliver critical doses of epinephrine in an emergency so that a patient in the middle of an allergy attack could keep breathing.

Unfortunately, sometime in 2013, some patients discovered problems with their devices. The EpiPens weren’t working properly. Some of them activated prematurely. Some of them couldn’t be activated at all. Some of them arrived with their contents leaking all over the place or the fluid inside strangely discolored. The patients, naturally, complained — and many contacted the manufacturer directly.

Nobody seemed to be listening. In fact, even after a warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, the drug company known as Meridian Medical Technologies (a division of Pfizer), continued on as if nothing was wrong. It wasn’t until a second letter from the FDA prompted a massive EpiPen recall — three full years later — that the drug company bothered to step up its game and change the way it handled patient complaints.

By then, the company’s own data shows that some patients died due to the faulty devices. According to other reports, the drug company had previously dismissed concerns about malfunctioning EpiPens, implying that product malfunctions were common when products are “frequently administered by non-medically trained individuals.” (In other words, they blamed the patients — instead of looking for problems with their own devices.)

This seems like the sort of thing that couldn’t possibly happen in today’s world, where medical data is constantly being cataloged and evaluated. It certainly shouldn’t have been allowed to happen — but it did. When powerful companies have a brand identity to protect, they may be reluctant to even look closely at the products they put out — no matter how many people it endangers. All too often, they only admit liability once they have no other options.

If you were injured or your loved one was killed due to a defective medical device, like a malfunctioning EpiPen, find out more about your right to compensation. Delaying only helps the manufacturer escape further liability for the failure to act responsibly.

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