Asbestos

  • Asbestos Medical Record Review & Outsourcing Services

Asbestos is a combination of six silicate minerals which existed since 4,000 years in silent form until manufacturers and builders discovered its unique properties and started using it as electrical insulation and building insulation. The asbestos usage has shown an undaunted increase ever since.

Who is at risk?
Primary Exposure: Unlimited and heavy exposure to Asbestos by workers and laborers involved in the construction industry, repairs of ships, specifically during the removal of asbestos materials while renovation, repairs, or demolition face higher risks. Also, workers involved in the manufacturing of asbestos products such as textiles, friction products, insulation, other building materials, automotive brake and clutch repair work who inhaled and ingested Asbestos, unknowingly or knowingly, are/were at risk.

Secondary exposure: Family members indirectly exposed to asbestos fibers carried along with the clothes, hair, and skin of their near ones carry equal chances of being affected.

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Mesothelioma [Pleural Mesothelioma/ Peritoneal Mesothelioma/ Pericardial Mesothelioma]: a very rare and aggressive cancer which affects the lining of the Lungs, Heart and Abdomen called as Mesothelium
  • Asbestosis: a long-term inflammation and scarring of the lungs due to breathing in asbestos fibers. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, and chest pain. Complications may include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pulmonary heart disease
  • Pleural Effusion: when excess fluid accumulates in the pleural cavity (the fluid-filled space surrounding the lungs) and impairs breathing by limiting the expansion of the lungs
  • Pleural Plaque: akin to scars on the lungs, caused by collagen deposits on the thin membrane that covers the lungs, also known as the pleura
  • Asbestos Warts
  • Pneumothorax: a collection of free air in the chest cavity (thoracic cavity) that causes the lungs to collapse

Lawsuit Allegations:

In the U.S., the earliest known asbestos-related lawsuit was filed by Anna Pirskowski in 1929 in the Newark (NJ) Federal Court. Along with her, at least 15 other individuals with asbestos-related claims were trying to get compensation. Unfortunately, Pirskowski’s lawsuit was thrown out in 1934, but it brought forth the wave of many such lawsuits. One of the biggest companies targeted by these lawsuits was Johns-Manville Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy in 1982.

Asbestos MDL No. 875 was created in 1991 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is one of the largest and is the longest-lasting MDL. Till 2011, over 121,000 cases were transferred to this MDL, of which over 108,000 cases were settled, dismissed, or remanded and around 13,000 are still pending.

Evidences:

  • Identification of exposure to Asbestos to confirm whether it is a Firsthand or Secondhand type.
  • Identification details of exposure to Asbestos as Source, Route, Duration, Frequency and Quantity
  • Indications for Mesothelioma related symptoms like unexplained weight loss, painful coughing, lumps under the skin of chest and abdomen, dyspnea in Medical Records
  • Verifying the diagnosis of Mesothelioma, specific Stage and Specific Type of Mesothelioma through available reports like CT scan, Biopsy, and MRI reports
  • Identification of severity and complexity conditions like metastasis, breathing difficulty, swallowing difficulty, Ascites, Pleural effusion in Medical Records

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Asbestos case should take approximately 3 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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