Mesothelioma Patients- Blue or White collar

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Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer associated with asbestos exposure, is often considered a “blue collar” cancer. No longer as the article linked below points out.

While it does no good for me to wonder where my cancer, multiple myeloma, came from, I wonder anyway. Of the 1.6 million newly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. in 2016, only mesothelioma’s cause is known.

The article below points out a new trend in mesothelioma. Meso patients are no longer required to prove a specific cause in order to receive financial benefits for their cancer. And believe me, cancer is an expensive disease. You owe it to your loved ones to pursue financial compensation.

In addition to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer,  best thing for a meso patient to do is find one of the doctors who specialize in treating mesothelioma.

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Like mesothelioma, my cancer is considered to be incurable. While conventional therapies may provide short remissions from mesothelioma,  it’s important to consider adopting an integrative approach to managing cancer to include surgery, chemo, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise with your onc’s approval.

For information about both conventional and non-conventional mesothelioma therapies, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.


thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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For One Asbestos Victim, Justice Is a Moving Target

“When Bill McQueen sought medical treatment for a dull chest pain he couldn’t seem to shake, he hoped it was just an old rib fracture flaring. The actual diagnosis was devastating: mesothelioma, an incurable and fatal cancer that was encasing his left lung…

That day, on Feb. 28, 2011, set in motion a two-year whirlwind including a major surgery halfway across the country to strip the tumor from the lining of his lung; numerous chemotherapy sessions; constant, crushing chest pain; and a legal battle that could end up being worth millions of dollars for his wife and two daughters…

The McQueen family has sued the companies they think are responsible for the dangerous asbestos fibers that Dr. McQueen, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, inhaled at some point in his 64 years.

Dr. McQueen represents a new breed of plaintiff in the asbestos litigation complex, now four decades old but still a thriving, multibillion-dollar enterprise. Unlike the steelworkers and shipbuilders who worked with vast quantities of asbestos decades ago—and could easily single out likely corporate culprits—the latest round of mesothelioma sufferers tend to be more idiosyncratic…

A study by economic consultant Bates White of asbestos filings in a Philadelphia court found that 49% of mesothelioma claims between 2006 and 2010 were filed by plaintiffs citing exposures from do-it-yourself construction projects or shade-tree mechanic work in addition to industrial exposures. Those types of plaintiffs made up just 3% of mesothelioma claims between 1991 and 2000

There is big money to be made for law firms…The value of each case varies widely, he said, but on average is worth between $1 million and $10 million. Law firms typically charge a fee of between one-third and 40% of the payout…

“Our position as asbestos lawyers is that if a mesothelioma or asbestos lung-cancer victim can recall at least a few details of the exposure, we may be able to fill in the gaps with appropriate research,” the firm said in the release…”


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