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Faces of Mesothelioma: LaTanyta Manuel’s Story

“They did a lot of testing and they did a biopsy – they found out it was mesothelioma.”

One afternoon, LaTanyta Manuel’s husband Andrew became ill. LaTanyta arrived home to find Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at her home tending to her husband. Soon after, doctors performed tests and officially diagnosed Andrew with pleural mesothelioma. It was 2002.

Exposure to Asbestos

Andrew Manuel was first exposed to asbestos as a child living in New Orleans. His father worked as a pipeline distributor and Andrew would often play on the pipes with his brother. The two boys would also play with the asbestos that sat behind their home, much like children play in sand.

Andrew’s Mesothelioma Battle

When Andrew was first diagnosed with mesothelioma, he was told there was no cure. Both Andrew and LaTanyta were determined to do whatever they could, so Andrew underwent a series of surgeries and chemotherapies.

During all of this, Andrew and LaTanyta sat down to talk about the idea of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. At first, LaTanyta wasn’t interested.

“The only thing I wanted was for my husband to be healed,” she said.

Andrew told her that since there was no cure, he wanted the best possible for his family.… Read the rest


What to Know about Well Water Contamination This Spring

The Department of Natural Resources is warning owners of private wells to be aware of the potential for water contamination this spring. As warmer weather hits and snow melts, clean drinking water can become a concern. When the ground is still frozen, water that may contain pollutants cannot penetrate the soil, causing it to flow over wells.

Record snowfalls in many states across the country have increased this risk of water contamination among private wells. Low lying areas or areas with lower wells are especially at risk.

“If water should come up over the top of the well, then you get surface water running into a well,” said Ken Bradbury, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Geological Survey, in a Badger Herald article. “That’s how you can get all kinds of contamination.”

Such contaminates in surface water can include certain pathogens, animal feces and waste water from flooded septic systems. These pollutants can include dangerous bacteria and parasites which, if ingested, may lead to illness.

How to Avoid Well Water Contamination

If you are a private well owner, be sure to keep an eye out for changes in your water – specifically changes in smell or color. If your water has a strange odor or appears yellow or brown, have your well tested for nitrate and bacteria levels.… Read the rest


Global Asbestos Awareness Week Begins Today

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 1-7, 2014 as Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and educate the public that asbestos, a recognized human carcinogen by multiple health agencies, has not been fully banned in the United States.

Linda Reinstein, President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, kicked off the week by sharing her own story and an info graphic that details the history of asbestos in the United States.

In 2003, Linda’s husband Alan was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease caused by asbestos exposure with no cure.

The Reinstein family, like most American families, trusted that other entities, private and public, would do their part to protect the environment and avoid actions that would harm human life. Sadly, that was not the case, and over the next three years Linda and her young daughter watched as Alan slowly died from a preventable disease.

Alan’s mesothelioma diagnosis motivated Linda to co-found the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004. ADAO, a non-profit organization, supports asbestos victims and advocates on Capitol Hill for policies that will prevent asbestos exposure and hopefully lead to a total asbestos ban in the United States.… Read the rest


Simmons Firm Investigates Legal Rights of Car Owners Impacted by GM Recall

Illinois and Missouri residents who have owned or leased one of the vehicles related to the recall of General Motor cars with ignition problems may be able to hold the automaker accountable for their defective vehicles. The Simmons Firm is currently investigating the legal rights of consumers who have been impacted by the GM recall.

In February and March, GM issued three recalls, the most recent on March 28, for a combined 2.6 million vehicles with possible ignition switch defects. Specifically, the faulty ignition switches slipped from the “run” to “accessory” position while the vehicle was in motion. This would cause the engine to stall, lose power and disable the brakes, power steering and airbags. A study commissioned by The Center for Auto Safety reviewed data compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accident reports and linked more than 300 deaths to failed airbags in two of the recalled models.

In 2006, a 2005 Chevy Cobalt’s ignition switch slipped into accessory position and killed two teenage girls. Investigators discovered the car had shut off within five seconds before the crash, which caused the steering wheel to lock up, shut off the electrical power and disabled the airbags. The 2005 Chevy Cobalt hit a raised driveway and flow 40 feet in the air before hitting a telephone pole and two trees.… Read the rest


Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: March 2014

At the Simmons Firm, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to providing you with the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from throughout the United States and the world.

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