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Fifth Annual Washington Miles for Meso Takes Place July 4


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The Washington Memorial 5K Run/Walk returns for the fifth year to Federal Way, Washington on July 4, 2016. Since its inception, the race has raised over $60,000 for mesothelioma research.

Organized by Pat Dyhrman, Diana Stewart and Pat Hatley, the race honors the memory of their husbands: Dick Dyhrman, a Weyerhaeuser Company Geologist; Bud Hatley, a Federal Way School District Athletic Director; and Bob Stewart, a Federal Way High School teacher and coach. All three died of mesothelioma.

“The significance of this race is that we are honoring three distinguished men who died from mesothelioma,” said Stewart. “The event allows us to also honor all others in the State of Washington who have died of mesothelioma.”

This year’s race will once again benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma by funding research and providing education and resources for mesothelioma patients and their families. Race organizers hope to raise $15,000 at the event this year.

The race will take place at the Federal Way Community Center. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is available through June 25 and costs $25. The cost to register raises to $35 from June 25 through race day.… Read the rest

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Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer in a Consultation


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Right now, you may be overwhelmed with the number of decisions a mesothelioma diagnosis is requiring you to make. How do I break the news of my diagnosis to my family? Which mesothelioma doctor and treatment plan are right for me? Should I hire a lawyer?

Choosing the right mesothelioma lawyer is important not only for you, but also for your family – you want to find someone you all feel comfortable sharing personal information with, someone you trust.

Your lawyer is going to work with you and your family to secure the compensation you deserve, helping you to cover medical expenses and forcing the company responsible for your diagnosis to take accountability for their actions. After choosing a mesothelioma lawyer, you can expect that he or she will perform extensive research and interviews to determine the best way for you and your loved ones to go about securing compensation. This is why choosing an experienced lawyer with access to a number of resources is vital to the success of your lawsuit.

To ensure you’re hiring the best lawyer for your personal situation, consider asking him or her the following questions during your first meeting:

  1. Why should I hire you instead of a firm closer to my home?
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What to Do if Your Loved One is Too Ill to Pursue a Mesothelioma Case


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Since your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have spent countless hours researching his or her condition and the medical treatments available. The thought of pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit on top of the care required for mesothelioma can seem overwhelming.

Knowing this, our asbestos attorneys have structured the way we approach the mesothelioma lawsuit process to be as stress free for you as possible. We understand you have other concerns on your mind. The main step is to meet with us for a few hours to tell your story. From there, we can do the majority of the work to ensure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.

The following lists just a few things to keep in mind should you and your family choose to help your loved one file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

 

1. Act Quickly

The most important step in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is understanding the deadlines that govern how much time you have to file. Each state has different time limits, called statutes of limitations, in which you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit; therefore, it is exceedingly important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible –even if you’re still unsure whether you’d like to take legal action.… Read the rest

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The Difference between Individual Mesothelioma Lawsuits and Class Actions


One of the most frequently asked questions about mesothelioma lawsuits is “Will my case be part of a class action?” In order to better explain why the mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy always answer this question with a decisive NO, it makes sense to first define class action lawsuits.

A class action lawsuit is filed by a group of plaintiffs against the defendant liable for their common circumstances, injuries or damages. Once the class action is filed, a court must certify the class for the lawsuit to proceed. A judge is then tasked with selecting representative counsel for the plaintiffs – someone who will fairly represent the class as a whole. Finally, if a settlement amount is reached, the judge must approve the final settlement and make other decisions regarding deadlines to notify class members and more. In short, class actions can drag on for years.

Despite this, class action lawsuits against asbestos companies used to be quite common. In the late 1960s, as public awareness about the dangers of asbestos increased and doctors began diagnosing more people with asbestos-related diseases, hundreds of asbestos lawsuits were filed as part of class action lawsuits. These class action suits sought to obtain compensation for diseases ranging from asbestosis and pleural plaques to mesothelioma.… Read the rest

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Asbestos Exposure for Auto Mechanics


Although the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration began regulating asbestos-containing products in 1973, asbestos use continued for decades in many industrial and consumer products sold in the United States.

The automotive industry prized asbestos for its low cost as well as excellent friction and wear capabilities.  In spite of studies demonstrating the hazards of asbestos back to the early 20th Century, a number of automobile manufacturers and suppliers used the toxic mineral for transmission parts, clutch facings, brakes, gaskets and other components into the 21st Century.

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Almost 100 years of asbestos use resulted in an avalanche of auto worker and mechanic deaths.  Nevertheless, the auto industry argues that the asbestos in brakes doesn’t cause cancer and the levels of exposure are safe.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NIOSH, OSHA and the World Health Organization disagree:  brakes cause cancer and there is no safe-level of exposure.

Thousands of victims filed lawsuits against Ford and other manufacturers due to exposure to asbestos used in clutches and brakes.  Ford’s brake linings contained up to 60% of the dangerous toxin.  Tired of losing trials and compensating sick mechanics and their families, Ford and others in the auto industry spent over $40 million for journal articles and expert studies aimed at casting doubt on the link between asbestos brakes and mesothelioma in auto mechanics.… Read the rest

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