Buck Law Firm Atlanta Attorneys The Buck Law Firm
Free Initial Consultation Toll Free 888-594-9958 Local 678-348-6020
Practice Areas

Atlanta Georgia Personal Injury Blog

What medical options are available for mesothelioma?

After receiving a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease from a Georgia doctor, you have a challenging road ahead of you. One of the first considerations is what treatment options are available. For instance, even though no cure for mesothelioma exists, some treatments may help your situation. 

Chemotherapy could help to stop, or at least slow down, the spread of the cancer cells. Radiation therapy targets a certain area of the body in which to kill cancer cells. You could be prescribed medications to slow the growth of tumors. Speaking of tumors, gene therapy has been used to achieve the same goal if the circumstances are right.

Potential for botulism could lead to products liability claims

Many Georgia residents start their days with hot or cold coffee. The added kick that caffeine provides helps many people get going. Some people add cream and sugar to their coffee, and some even drink it cold, but they more than likely would not even think about adding a potentially deadly toxin to it. Unfortunately, one coffee drink, Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew, could come with a deadly toxin that may lead to products liability claims if someone ends up sick.

Death Wish Coffee Co. claims to sell the strongest coffee in the world. It may be the way the coffee is processed, which lead to the formation of botulin toxin. Once the potentially deadly problem was discovered, the coffee company issued a recall of its 11-ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew. Anyone in Georgia who drinks this brew should stop doing so immediately. The company has already pulled the product from its website and has instructed retailers to do the same, and production of the product was also shut down in order to correct the manufacturing issue that led to this recall.

Demolition can stir up asbestos and put a stop to construction

Here in Georgia, as elsewhere across the United States, many buildings still contain building materials made from toxic substances. One of the most prevalent is asbestos. When buildings are demolished in order to renovate or build new structures, this toxic material could be stirred up and necessitate all construction efforts to stop until asbestos abatement can occur. Until the matter is dealt with, it could cause a great deal of trepidation for those living or working near the site.

This is the issue plaguing on community on the West Coast right now. Back in April, construction crews demolishing a building for a shopping center project found asbestos. All work immediately stopped on the demolition, but the asbestos has yet to be removed, and many members of the community are not happy.

Take-Home Asbestos Exposure: The Hidden Killer's Other Weapon

In the decades after the dangers of asbestos exposure were discovered, you may have heard some refer to it as "the hidden killer." The chilling but true reference stems from the fact that for decades, individuals had no idea that the microscopic fibers they lived or worked around could someday wreak havoc on their body and even lead to death.

Today, we know more about the danger of asbestos, and those most commonly at risk, such as mill and construction workers. But there is another way asbestos can creep into your house that many people easily overlook - it's called take-home exposure.

Are you having symptoms that might be mesothelioma?

There used to be numerous products made with asbestos until its health dangers surfaced. Now, only certain products such as your car's brakes or clutch may contain the toxic substance. Because of its dormancy period (which could last up to 50 years), the numbers of people, including many here in Georgia, being diagnosed with mesothelioma could continue to rise.

That is because the majority of uses for asbestos were outlawed in the 1980s, so those who worked with it prior to that decade may just now be getting sick. If you worked with asbestos at some point in your work life, it makes sense to watch for symptoms. You may associate symptoms such as a persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pains with mesothelioma since it most commonly attacks the lungs.

Premises liability news: Georgia Supreme Court sets new precedent

Does a neighbor own a vicious dog? Would others even know that the dog has a propensity to bite? The owner should know, and the Georgia Supreme Court recently set a new precedent for determining whether a dog may bite that could change these types of premises liability cases here in the state.

In prior cases, Georgia dog owners were responsible for damages done if their dog bit someone and the dog had bitten before. The state gave the owner one chance for the benefit of the doubt as to whether the dog would bite. After all, until a dog bites, how is an owner supposed to know?

Are you at risk for asbestos exposure?

You may be like other Georgia residents who believe that certain toxic substances are no longer a concern, especially in your everyday life, because the government regulates them and does not allow them to be used. One of those products is asbestos. It may surprise you to learn that you may still be exposed to this naturally occurring but toxic substance in a variety of ways.

Most people exposed to asbestos encounter the mineral at work. The exposure does not necessarily stop there, however. Family members may also be at risk since the fibers and dust can adhere to skin and clothing, which can then be breathed in by family members at home. If you work in one of several industries, such as construction, mechanics or plumbing, you could be exposed to this toxic substance.

Products liability news: Class I recall issued by Cook Medical

Cook Medical Inc. manufactures a device used primarily in patients suffering from a blunt traumatic aortic injury, here in Georgia and elsewhere. The company then received reports of adverse health consequences to patients in whom the Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft was implanted. The company could be facing significant products liability claims, especially since the Food and Drug Administration has labeled this recall as Class I.

A Class I recall indicates that the defective product could cause serious health ramifications, including death, to the patients implanted with the device. The function of the device is to treat lesions in the main blood vessel of a patient. This blood vessel supplies blood to the chest and abdomen from the heart.

What happens after the shock of a mesothelioma diagnosis?

The word "disbelief" may come close to summing up how you feel after receiving such a dire diagnosis from your Georgia doctor. Perhaps you knew that being exposed to asbestos could one day come back to haunt you, but as the years turned into decades, you hoped you had dodged that particular bullet. Unfortunately, medical science has discovered that the incubation period for mesothelioma ranges anywhere from 25 to 50 years. By the time you received your diagnosis, you may have all but forgotten about your risk.

Once the shock wears off and reality sets in, you may begin to wonder how you will cope physically, emotionally and financially. There is no cure for this particular disease, but that will not keep you from needing medical and other care now and in the future. There may be steps that doctors can take to prolong your life as much as possible.

What Causes Mesothelioma?

If a doctor recently gave you or a loved one a diagnosis of mesothelioma, you most likely have many questions. Can this be treated? If so, what does treatment involve? What is the long-term prognosis for someone with the condition? And finally, what causes this disease?

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, tiny particles that workers breathe in unknowingly. When a person works near asbestos, they risk inhaling the particles that can damage the protective layers of the lungs and spread to more organs. The long-term scarring then begins growing malignant cancer cells.

Email Our Attorneys