Mesothelioma is a rare and serious form of cancer, characterized by the formation of fibrous tissue within the lung and abdomen, which makes it difficult to diagnose or treat. Mesothelioma lawsuits award compensation to victims of mesothelioma to cover medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses.
Alabama has become a leader in the United States when it comes to mesothelioma lawsuits. Since 2010, there have been more than 200 mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Alabama. For example, one Alabama mesothelioma plaintiff received $2,411,906 in total damages after winning his case.
Alabama is one of the most successful states in terms of mesothelioma lawsuits. In fact, the state was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best states for mesothelioma lawyers. And now, Alabama has announced that it will be offering a new mesothelioma settlement program that will offer cash settlements to mesothelioma victims across the state.
Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts in Alabama
Mesothelioma attorneys are some of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers in the state. The Alabama Mesothelioma Lawyers Association has been formed to serve both the professional and personal needs of mesothelioma victims, families, survivors and their legal heirs.
In addition to providing a wide array of legal services to mesothelioma victims in the state of Alabama, these lawyers are also available to serve as a resource for mesothelioma patients’ families in cases involving litigation issues related to mesothelioma — from medical malpractice claims to personal injury claims.
Statute of Limitations in Alabama
Statute of limitations in Alabama is the time period within which an individual can file a lawsuit for a personal injury or wrongful death. It varies by state and according to the nature of the case.
The statute of limitations in Alabama is not as long as in other states, but it does have a different maximum period for filing lawsuits. A top mesothelioma lawyer can determine if your lawsuit will be able to be filed within the statute of limitations.
Asbestos Rules and Regulations in Alabama
Although the state of Alabama does not have a specific asbestos health standard, it is subject to the federal hazardous air pollutant standards established by the EPA for asbestos.
The EPA has adopted a series of national standards for a wide range of materials and products in their 2015 “Asbestos Exposure Guidance Document.” The guidelines are intended to help manufacturers (manufacturers use them to comply with the EPA’s rules) and consumers (especially those who work in jobs that expose them to asbestos.)
These standards are:
- Caesium Fluoride,
- Cyanogen Bromide
- Cyanogen Fluoride
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Cadmium and Mercury
- Toluene and Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
- Mercury and Lead
- Methylvinylbenzene (MVB)
- PVC Plasticizers/Glosseners/Plasticizers/Ethoxylates 6
- Phosphorus Pentoxide
- Diethylene Glycol
- Potassium Permanganate
- Acetic Acid
- Hydroquinone and Quinones
- Vinyl Chloride
- Carbon Fiber
- Polyvinyl Chlorides
- Polyvinyl Chlorides
- Polyvinyl Chlorides
- Synthetic Waxes
- Perfluorinated Oils
Asbestos Sites in Alabama
Alabama workers exposed to asbestos in their job sites and at their homes have the right to sue for compensation. The claim is based on the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Department of Labor in Alabama.
The workers don’t need a lot of money; just a little bit more than it would cost them to fight the case. The ALJ (Alleged Lawyer) will advise you on how much you can get compensated under the law, and they will also help you navigate through the process.
Together, a lawyer and court reporter can help you find out who your target is and what they are worth. Once they have all that information, they will use it to determine how much your claim should be.
Whether you’re a veteran of the U.S. military who’s looking for information on Alabama Veterans & VA Information, an Alabama Veteran with a question, or a service member who wants to get help from the Alabama Veterans & VA Information office, we have the resources and expertise you need to answer your questions and resolve your issues.
When it comes to veterans’ services in Alabama, there are no questions, no answers—just solutions delivered by the dedicated staff at the Alabama Veterans & VA Information office in Huntsville. Our mission is simple: we believe that every veteran deserves to get the help they need when they need it and that each one should have access to their community’s resources so they can heal and move on with their lives after their service.
Asbestos Use in Military Operations
The U.S. military used asbestos for insulation and fireproofing as early as the 1920s. The use of asbestos for insulation continued until the mid-1950s.
However, the U.S. military did not adhere to health guidelines on asbestos use and there were no official studies on its health effects until 1978 when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report that concluded that “asbestiform mesothelioma” — a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos — was a public health hazard in the United States (EPA, 1978).
The EPA’s report convinced Congress to pass legislation mandating that all military aircraft be equipped with asbestiform mesothelioma screening devices and all military public buildings be equipped with asbestos-free enclosures and floor coverings throughout the country (U.S. Congress, 1977).
By 1992, 60% of aircraft at Maxwell-Gunter AFB were equipped with asbestiform mesothelioma screening devices (U.S. Department of Defense, 1992).
There are currently 17 airfields across the USA where it is known or suspected that there is asbestos in some or all of their buildings (Air Force Office of Special Investigations [ASI], 2002). As many as 1 in 8 U.S. military personnel may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos fibers during their employment at one or more airfields around the world (U.S., Department of Defense [DoD], 1998).
The Air Force does not have a policy on how long exposed personnel can remain in uniform without being exposed to new levels of airborne particles or dust; however, it has an established procedure for removing these individuals after they have left active duty service in order to prevent further exposure to airborne fibers such as those found in airfield dust (Air Force Office of Special Investigations [ASI], 2002).
Some estimates indicate that some 20% of all veterans who served in Vietnam may now have some form of pulmonary disease in addition to other possible medical conditions such as asthma and emphysema caused by exposure to PCB’s, dioxins, and furans; but only 14% will receive proper treatment because they are told they are “too old” or “cured” (Smith & Zellner, 1999). Approximately 25% will die prematurely due to smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis from repeated exposure to airborne
U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos in Alabama
Asbestos was used in a wide range of military equipment and it was used in a variety of products. This includes aircraft, ship construction, commercial buildings and many types of industrial machinery.
As the military has been increasingly privatized, all of the exposed workers have either left the country or have been laid off. Many have taken jobs in other states at lower wages than they could earn as employees at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (Subtopic: U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos in Alabama).
The exposure to asbestos continued after production ceased at the base and there are still workers who have been exposed to asbestos over the last 15 years at various sites around Alabama such as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (Subtopic: U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos in Alabama).
In addition, some companies still use materials containing asbestos (such as roofing shingles and siding) that were made by or for contractors who had done work on U.S. military aircraft during World War II and the Korean War. These materials were manufactured using asbestos that was imported from abroad (and sold by local dealers).
Veterans exposed to asbestos while serving in the military may experience symptoms similar to chronic bronchitis or asthma, which are known occupational hazards resulting from exposure to dust and chemicals used in manufacturing production processes including insulation, fireproofing, and cement building products like fireproofing. Symptoms may include coughing or shortness of breath for one or more days per week for several months before the diagnosis is made, tall for years afterward, worsening with exertion and sometimes lasting for many years into retirement; it may also happen with household dust such as drywall powder from drywall framing materials (this is not related to fibroblasts
The Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a dangerous chemical compound. It is well known for the health risks associated with its use in construction, manufacturing and other industrial applications.
Although asbestos was banned in 1978, it still poses a significant risk to workers and residences in the states of Alabama and Georgia. In fact, more than 1,000 of its victims have been identified since 1978 in Florida alone.
Asbestos mesophiles are forms of asbestos that are typically less deadly than fume-forming forms. They can also cause breathing problems at low levels of exposure.
This report is based on an investigation done to determine the extent of exposure among Alabama Veterans, as well as what they can do to protect themselves against this potential danger.
The report focuses on Alabama Veterans who reside in Florida (the home state). This is because most of those who were exposed were Florida residents when they worked for the Department of Defense (or military contractors) or construction companies that did business with them. The report also discusses what options Veterans have to limit their exposure if they work or live near homes that contain asbestos materials.
Alabama Veterans and VA Information
The U.S. military currently has an estimated 1.2 million veterans
In 2015, according to the Veterans Administration (VA), “more than 6,500 Alabama Veterans are receiving VA health care benefits.”
The VA is a government agency and has specific requirements for how it will treat veterans who live in or work in the state of Alabama. The requirements include a number of conditions that should be met before a veteran can claim his or her entitlement to receive health care from the VA.
The most common condition that is required for an Alabama veteran to qualify for health care benefits is service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is defined as: “a persistent or excessive distress (such as severe anxiety or panic attacks) that comes on suddenly and lasts more than 24 hours…after experiencing one of these traumatic events” such as: “being involved in an armed conflict, seeing combat…or having been exposed to any other type of extreme traumatic event”
Other conditions listed by the VA include hearing loss, diabetes, depression, asthma and chronic pain.
As far as I know, this condition was not covered by any insurance plans available prior to 2014 on average anywhere in the U.S., so it was not covered in Alabama until 2014 when Obamacare forced insurance companies to cover it for all Americans. It’s not really clear what happened in other states with similar laws since then since Medicaid does not extend into those states either so there may have been some variation between them, but I believe all states have been forced under Obamacare to cover it at some point now anyway so this is a good sign anyway!
In the last few weeks, I have had several readers ask me what they can do to make sure that their personal information is protected from prying eyes when it does enter the hands of government agencies. This is a very important question for me because I work at a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility in Huntsville. It is illegal for VA to release any personal information about an individual to anyone — except under very narrow circumstances.
When I was at my previous job, I worked with a local marketing company who focused on targeting VA employees and their families through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and direct mail. It was a good job — but not one that allowed me enough freedom to do what I really wanted to do: serve veterans and their families through social media.
I have been thinking about this topic for the last few weeks and have been encouraged by some of my colleagues’ thoughts on the matter. The first action we can take is to re-evaluate our approach and make sure we are not just relying on social media as our main focus; we should be talking more about veterans in general, as well as VA specifically. This has two benefits: 1) it gives us another way to talk about veterans 2) it gives us another way to reach people who may otherwise not hear about VA or simply hasn’t found the time before now — but whose names may be familiar with veterans or VA in general (parents, grandparents).
The other thing we can do is get creative with how we use VA’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account; while still respecting privacy laws, there are also times when people will want certain types of information (e.g., housing voucher numbers), so using those channels gives us another way of reaching people who would otherwise never interact with us by looking around our pages on Facebook or just not clicking the links on Twitter.
Finally, if you are interested in getting involved in this conversation please contact me directly at [email protected] so that we can set up a meeting between you and your agency’s Chief Information Officer/Chief Privacy Officer so that you can talk more generally about how your agency might be involved in these discussions going forward (and provide them with an opportunity to learn from your experiences).