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Mesothelioma Caregiver Tips for the New Year

January 2015 marks the beginning of a new year and a time to start fresh. Whether you believe in New Year’s Resolutions or not, this is the perfect time to set new goals that can improve yourself – mentally, emotionally and physically. For mesothelioma caregivers, this is especially important.

The mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy commend all mesothelioma caregivers for their dedication, support and selfless giving to loved ones with mesothelioma. There is no question that being a mesothelioma caregiver can be challenging, stressful and emotionally draining. It’s important to remember, however, that in order to provide the best care for your loved one, you must first take care of yourself.

If you’re a mesothelioma caregiver, consider taking these steps to get a jump start on 2015:

Short Term Tips

Research and choose a support group.

No one should have to deal with such challenging circumstances alone, but with the right support, you don’t have to. Depending on your location, there are a variety of support groups available that will allow you to connect with others going through similar situations. You may even be able to join an online support group. Your oncologist or mesothelioma lawyer may be able to provide recommendations, or the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has a great program called Meso-Connect.… Read the rest


Get to Know the Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholders - Part 3

Once a month, we have been sharing some facts about each of shareholders who make up the Simmons Hanly Conroy family. Now it’s time to introduce the rest. Our goal is to give you an inside glimpse at the dedication and passion our attorneys have for helping clients secure the justice they deserve.

Take a closer look at the people behind our dedicated law firm below.

David Miceli

David MiceliAttorney David Miceli joined the firm’s pharmaceutical litigation department in 2006. He has more than twenty years of experience practicing law and specializing in the complex, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation areas. Thousands of consumers who were injured by drugs that were touted as safe have been helped because of the work David has done.

”We are the watch dogs,” David said. “It’s one thing to say you fight the giants of the pharmaceutical industry – and they are – but when you represent clients and individuals whose lives were harmed in such a profound way and then you are able, through the litigation, to make life-changing things happen for them you understand that helping people is really what it’s all about.”


Paul Lesko

One of the major team members in the firm’s Complex Litigation department is Paul Lesko.… Read the rest


Mesothelioma and Women: The Truth Behind Take-Home Exposure

Many asbestos occupations like auto mechanics, construction workers and oil refinery workers were made up of predominantly male employees. For this reason, a large portion of patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are often men. However, that trend is changing and the proportion of women who are diagnosed with mesothelioma is growing every day.

mesothelioma and womenYou may be wondering, how can this be? How are women being exposed to asbestos if they’re not working in the occupations that so often exposed individuals to the deadly toxin? Much of the answer lies in take-home exposure.

For instance, a person working in an asbestos occupation like factory work, auto repair or others may get asbestos dust on their clothing while on the job. When they go home, that asbestos dust could come off their clothing, go into the air and be inhaled by anyone in the home, including women and children. Several of our clients were exposed to asbestos because they shook the dust off their husband’s work clothes before putting them in the washing machine, linking mesothelioma and women. Inhalation of asbestos fibers is the direct cause of mesothelioma – a rare lung cancer with no cure.

“This type of diagnosis is devastating,” said Dr.… Read the rest


Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: December 2014

The mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy understand the importance of staying up to date on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a group of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other headlines from throughout the world.

  • EPA: Asbestos cleanup reducing health risks in Libby
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a human health assessment for Libby, one of the largest sites of asbestos exposure, which found that cleanup efforts at the site are reducing deadly asbestos poisoning.
  • Asbestos remains legal despite fatal illnesses linked to it
    Asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, claim the lives of 10,000 Americans every year. Despite this, all efforts to legislate an asbestos ban have been stopped by powerful industrial lobbies and partisan wrangling.
  • Asbestos: An ongoing challenge to global health
    A new article in the journal Annals of Global Health details the current state of asbestos use worldwide, including the how the global spread of asbestos is changing. However, there are still examples of flawed science that are used to justify continued use across the globe.
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Get to Know the Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholders - Part 2

In October, we introduced ten members of the Simmons Hanly Conroy leadership team. Now it’s time to introduce ten more. By getting to know our shareholders, you can see for yourself the dedication, selflessness and compassion our lawyers have for every person they represent.

Mitchell Breit

Mitchell BreitJoining the leadership team from Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP, Mitchell brings more than thirty five years of experience in the legal industry. He is primarily focused on consumer class actions and mass torts of national scope, as well as defective medical and pharmaceutical products. Specifically, Mitchell was involved in the multidistrict litigation concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill and a seminal class action involving the banking industry

“My greatest satisfaction in doing this work is being able to say, when asked what I do as a lawyer, ‘I’m the guy wearing the white hat, ’” Mitchell said.

Randy Cohn

Randy CohnWhen it comes to helping individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, Randy has recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. He has a strong interest in helping Navy veterans specifically, who account for more than 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients. Randy’s clients are his number one priority and the reason he loves his job as a mesothelioma attorney.… Read the rest

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