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Chicago – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Related Deaths
ArmyArcherd to receive posthumous award
LateVariety columnist honored by Asbestos Disease Awareness Org
Variety columnist ArmyArcherd will be honored posthumously by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) next month inChicago.
Dubbed the WarrenZevon Keep Me in Your Heart memorial tribute, event will bestow its inaugural award onArcherd, who died in September ofmesothelioma, a rare, asbestos-related cancer.
"My father would be enormously honored to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to ArmyArcherd," said JordanZevon, ADAO spokesman. Singer-songwriterZevon, best known for hits such as "Werewolves of London,"died ofmesothelioma in 2003.
"The tragedy of asbestos disease is a story that unfortunately continues to be written for many families. I hope that Army's legend of making a difference through his work can help give an even louder voice to the efforts to write its end," said his widow,Selma.
The WarrenZevon tribute will be presented atADAO's annual international conference on April 10 before a community of expert physicians, scientists and safety and health care professionals committed to preventing, treating and curing asbestos-related diseases in the U.S. and globally.
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Chicago – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Death
Murphy, 'Picnic Permit King' Dies
CHICAGO -- Jim "Moose" Murphy wasCookCounty's "picnic permit king."
Each year from 1983 to 2002, he would make sure to get the first picnic permit issued by the county forest preserve district, eventually drawing much media attention.
Murphy, a longtimeChicago Ridge resident who formerly lived inChicago'sMountGreenwood community,died frommesothelioma, his family said. He was 59.
"When he did something there was no more dependable person than him," said his sister Beth Murphy, ofTinley Park. "When he said he was going to do something, it was happening. If he said he was going to do something every year, he did it."
Murphy and his roommate, Patrick "Duff" Duffy, lived in the same apartment since 1970, his sister said, and Murphy attended 38 consecutive MardiGras inNew Orleans. In fact, he had tickets to attend the 2009 MardiGras.
"When he left the hospital (three weeks ago), his one wish was to go to MardiGras," Beth Murphy said.
Murphy battled the asbestos-related cancer for two years and participated in clinical trials at the Universityof Chicago Hospitals -- becoming the longest-surviving Stage 4 patient of his doctor, his family said.
Murphy last shaved Jan. 25, 1975, his last day in the Army Reserve, where he earned the rank of sergeant. For years, he would spray his beard white and play Santa Claus for his family and friends.
Born Oct. 7, 1949, in Chicago Murphy went to St.Kilian Catholic School andMendelHigh School inChicago. He was the oldest of six children.
Besides his sister, he's survived by two other sisters, MaureenBalich, of Oak Lawn, and RosemaryPrange, of Evergreen Park; brothers Bill Murphy, of New Lenox, and Patrick Murphy, of Mount Greenwood; and five nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday atDonnellan Funeral Home,10525 Western Ave.,Chicago. A funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Christina Church,111th Street andChristiana Avenue,Chicago. Burial will follow atSt.MaryCemetery inEvergreen Park.
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Chicago – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit
Update: 24 asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 22-26
4/27/2010 9:27 AM By Kelly Holleran
A total of 24 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 22 through March 26.
The following complaints were filed:
--Boris Belenky ofMichigan, a plumber from 1940 until 1984, claims mesothelioma. Belenky will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keene of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-335.
--Ruby K. Bivens claims her recently deceased husband, Donald A. Bivens, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler operator from 1971 until 1978 for Federal Paper Board and from 1978 until 2008 for Caterpillar. Bivens will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-328.
--Kelly Brackenberry ofMichigan claims her recently deceased father, Russell R. Smith, developed mesothelioma after his work as a heavy equipment operator at various locations from 1964 until 1979. Brackenberry will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-322.
--Joyce Cecak ofNevada claims her recently deceased husband, Arthur Wren, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, laborer and painter at various locations from 1956 until 1969. Cecak will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-321.
--Earnest Clark of Missouri, a laborer, truck driver, mechanic and carpenter at various locations from 1957 until 2009, claims lung cancer. Clark will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-316.
--Anthony and Rochelle M. Contreras claim Anthony Contreras developed lung cancer after his work as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1986 until 2010. Anthony Contreras was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1966 until 2010, according to the complaint. The Contreras will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-334.
--Sammy Corbin ofTexas, a weigh clerk, order clerk and laborer from 1962 until 1969 and a roofer and laborer from 1970 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Corbin will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-331.
--Earl Crowley III ofMinnesota, a painter in 1953 and a torpedo man's mate, submariner and recruiter at various locations from 1954 until 1973, claims lung cancer.Crowley will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-323.
--Ronald and Penny Defelippo of Wisconsin claim Ronald Defelippodeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1962, as a general laborer on construction sites, as a letter carrier at the U.S. Postal Service from 1963 until 1965, as a computer programmer/analyst from 1982 until 1983 inChicago, as a computer programmer and analyst from 1983 until 1997 and as a consultant from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. The Defelippos will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-346.
--Janet Drummond claims her recently deceased father, John C. Drummond, developed mesothelioma after his work as a gunner's mate and insulator in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946, as an assembler for Walker Manufacturing Company from 1948 until 1953, as a surveyor for the city of Jackson, Mich., from 1953 until 1960 and as a troubleshooter and manager of work sites for Jackson, Mich., from 1960 until 1988. Janet Drummond will be represented by Matthew B. McLeod of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-325.
--David S. and Faye V. Foster claim David S. Foster developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1937 until 1956; as an attendant and mechanic at Detroit Beach Sunoco, Dodes Mobil and Gordon and Lee service stations from 1952 until 1956; as an electrician in the IBEW No. 8 from 1956 until 1965; and as a self-employed real estate agent from 1965 until 2009. The Fosters will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville and by W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-338.
--Robert W. Gibbs Jr. of Georgia claims his recently deceased father, Robert W. Gibbs Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the National Guard from 1956 until 1957, as a construction worker and remodeler from 1952 until 1962, as a district sales representative from 1956 until 1971, as an auto body repair worker, as a sales manager from 1974 until 1982 and as the owner of Bob Gibbs Motors from 1982 until 2009. Robert W. Gibbs Jr. will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-326.
--Michael Gross ofPennsylvania, a laborer, heavy equipment operator, utility mechanic and fire equipment inspector from 1972 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Gross will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and D. Todd Matthews of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-343.
--Colleen Isaacs ofIdaho claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Isaacs, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, operator and maintenance worker at various locations from 1955 until 1970. Colleen Isaacs will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-317.
--Christina Jackson ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased father, John O'Brien, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1951 until 1979.Jackson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-330.
--Karen Lamke ofIllinois claims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamke developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, who worked as a press operator and mechanic at various locations from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-339.
--Karen Lamke as next friend of minor James Tolley claims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamke developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Jim Lamke, who worked as a press operator and mechanic from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-324.
--Abundio and Celeste Luna of Texas claim Abundio Luna developed mesothelioma after his work as a sandblaster during the 1970s and 1980s, as a truck unloader from 1977 until 1978, as a railroad worker in 1983, as an operator and laborer from 1983 until 1985, as a concrete worker from 1985 until 1987, as a heavy equipment operator from 1988 until 1997, as a painter and laborer from 1997 until 1998, as a laborer and operator at an asphalt plant, as an assistant supervisor performing building and road construction, as a truck driver in 1999 and as a maintenance worker from 1998 until 2009. The Lunas will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-336.
--Monica Meyer of Oklahoma claims her recently deceased father, Michael L. Thomas, developed lung cancer after his work as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1963 until 1980, as a carpenter for the Indiana Housing Authority from 1980 until 1982, as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1982 until 2002 and as a worker for Gibson and Lewis from 2002 until 2006. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing Meyer. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-327.
--Johnie Morrow of California, a laborer at Hud-Vice Papermill from 1964 until 1966, an attendant at a service station from 1966 until 1967, a welder from 1968 until 1969, a stock control clerk from 1969 until 1971, a laborer and shipping clerk from 1974 until 1979, a truck driver from 1979 until 1980, a supervisor from 1996 until 1999, a fork lift operator from 2000 until 2005 and a shadetree mechanic from 1967 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Morrow will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-333.
--Shirley D. Nall ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Alvin W. Nall, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1959 until 1963 and as an electrician, laborer, driver, installer and operator from 1963 until 2001. Shirley D. Nall will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-342.
--James L. and Kathleen Smith of Tennessee claim James L. Smith developed mesothelioma after his work as a gas attendant at Martin Oil from 1958 until 1964, as a laborer in the warehouse/supply division of International Harvester from 1965 until 1972, as a file clerk/contract purchaser at International Harvester from 1974 until 1987, as a bus driver at Pace Bus Co. from 1987 until 2001 and as a laborer at a sewage treatment plant in 1973. The Smiths will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-344.
--Paul Theisen ofWisconsin, a mechanic from 1950 until 1955 and a pipefitter from 1955 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Theisen will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-337.
--Mark and Sue Wiese of Michigan claim Mark Wiese developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in 1969 at Jahr Roofing; as a pipefitter at DeFoe Ship Building from 1970 until 1972; as a teamster at the Teamsters' Union from 1970 until 1973; as a boiler inspector in 1972; as a construction worker at Ewald Boiler in 1971, 1972 and 1976; and as a floor installer from 1973 until 1976. The Wieses will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-347.
Chicago Illinois– Asbestos Related Deaths
Camco Is 6th In Asbestos Deaths
Study predicts number of cases will increase
Mar 4, 2004 |Cherry Hill Courier Post
A new study ranksCamdenCounty as having the sixth-mostasbestos-related deaths in the nation.
Only counties with major citiesLos Angeles,Chicago,Philadelphia,Seattle andHouston had more deaths, according to the analysis of government health statistics by the Environmental Working Group.
In effect, the study suggests many of the region's elderly residents, the shipyard, refinery and factory workers of the past are paying with their health for the region's industrial might.
Jack Higgins was a longtimeCamden city resident and worked in maintenance departments at twoCamden shipyards and RCA. He was 80 when he died in 1997.
"You had to sit and watch the body deteriorate while the mind was sharp as a tack. It was heartbreaking," said his son, Timothy Higgins, aCollingswood attorney. He added his father had to use bottled oxygen the last years of his life.
"He would describe it as if he were drowning, like he was under water and couldn't breathe," Higgins said.
Camden County, which had an estimated 458 to 532 deaths between 1979 and 2001, even ranked just ahead of Somerset County, once home to the largest asbestos manufacturing plant in North America, owned by the Johns-Manville Corp.
The analysis, released today by the Washington, D.C.-based group, predicts the number of deaths will continue to rise as latency periods for some of the most serious forms of asbestos-related diseases end.
The analysis of government statistics lists 10 otherNew Jersey counties among the top 100 with the most asbestos-related deaths.GloucesterCounty ranked 50th andBurlingtonCounty is 59th.
Gregg Shivers is aCherry Hill lawyer whose firm has represented some 2,000 asbestos-related injury cases over the past 15 years.
He was surprised byCamdenCounty's high ranking, but said large numbers of county residents once worked in industries that used or made asbestos.
Camden's now-defunct New York Shipyard, for example, used asbestos in ship insulation, and Owens-Corning once manufactured asbestos insulation inBerlin, he said.
Anthony Olivo, 83, is a longtime Deptford resident. He worked around asbestos for 40 years as a pipe welder.
He says he has been coping well with the asbestosis, scarring of the lungs, that he contracted from decades of exposure. But he feels deeply responsible for the death of his wife, Eleanor, of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung linked directly to asbestos.
She died at the age of 82, less than two years after her diagnosis. She was exposed to the fibers from washing her husband's work clothes.
"Had I known, I would have thrown the clothes away and put a new set of clothes on," he said, crying in the living room of their small Cape Cod cottage where his wife spent her last days.
"I don't know why the good Lord didn't give it back to me. She didn't deserve what she got," he said.
The study comes at a time when Congress is debating financial bailout plans for asbestos manufacturers and their insurers.
Asbestos use and exposure peaked in the mid-1970s, the study said.
At that time, more than 3,000 consumer and industrial products contained asbestos, asbestos factories were polluting neighborhoods, workers were exposed on the job and bringing asbestos fibers home to their families. Asbestos was also widely used in many buildings, including factories and schools.
But asbestos-related diseases have a 20- to 50-year latency period, meaning a substantial portion of those exposed in the 1960s and 1970s are just now getting sick or showing up in government statistics, the study concludes.
Shivers expects an increase in the numbers of lung cancer and mesothelioma cases his firm will handle over the next decade because of the long latency periods for these diseases.
During the study period, at least 43,000 Americans died from mesothelioma and asbestosis. But the Environmental Working Group maintains the number could be much higher.
"The actual number of deaths from these two diseases could easily be twice as high due to chronic misdiagnoses of both diseases and the absence of federal tracking for mesothelioma for nearly all of the time period analyzed," the study reported.
The study adds that lung cancer deaths from asbestos exposure are not reported at all and asbestosis, a non-cancer disease, is still "dramatically underreported, even in worker populations where asbestos exposure is well established."
The federal government banned many uses of asbestos in the early 1980s, including use in ranges and ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, deep fryers, electric blankets and popcorn poppers.
At the same time, asbestos remains widely used in brake shoes and roofing products, and can still be found in a number of other products, including cement wallboard, heating duct insulation, boiler insulation, vinyl floor tile and sheet flooring and pipe insulation, the study asserts. It also notes that these products are not required to be labeled as containing asbestos. The group is looking for a complete ban.
Cherry Hill Courier Post
ChicagoIllinois – Asbestos Related Deaths
L.A. Tops Nation In Asbestos-Linked Deaths
Mar 4, 2004 |Los Angeles Daily News
Los AngelesCounty has more asbestos-related deaths than anywhere else in the country, and the incidence of illness caused by the mineral is expected to rise over the next 20 years, a report released today says.
The report by the Environmental Working Group estimated that 1,227 county residentsdied of asbestos-related illness from 1979 to 2001, slightly more than the 1,051 inCookCounty,Illinois., which encompasses theChicago area. Nationwide, some 10,000 peopledied of asbestos-related disease in 2002.
Experts saidLos Angeles' large population, plus the widespread asbestos use in the shipping industry and post-World War II construction, help explain the county's high death figures.
"We were just floored when we looked at the deaths from this substance," said Richard Wiles, senior vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based environmental group. "We need to think of this as a 50-year problem because we still haven't banned asbestos.
Asbestos fibers can become embedded in the lungs and cause asbestosis essentially, scar tissue in the lungs or a usually fatal form of cancer called mesothelioma. Not all people exposed to asbestos become ill, but even small amounts can cause mesothelioma.
Until its dangers became well-known, asbestos was commonly used in construction and insulation materials and as a fire retardant. Its use peaked in the mid-1970s, when there were more than 3,000 asbestos-laced products on the market, though there were few safeguards for workers and their families exposed to asbestos dust.
Even today, asbestos is used in some cement pipes, vinyl floor tiles, duct insulation, floor backing and decorative plaster.
Cancer and other diseases linked to asbestos can remain dormant for 20 to 50 years, meaning people who worked with the fibers before safeguards were phased in during the 1970s could still develop potentially fatal illnesses.
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed the creation of a trust fund, financed by asbestos manufacturers and insurance companies, to handle lawsuits filed by asbestos victims and their families without bankrupting businesses.
Insurance companies anticipate $120 billion in asbestos claims worldwide and have pushed for national legislation to cut litigation, streamline the compensation process and set aside money to help people diagnosed with asbestos diseases.
"We know that 90 percent of current claimants have no signs of illnesses, but they are trying to get in before all these companies go bankrupt," said Peter Moraga, spokesman for the Insurance Information Network of California.
Already, some 70 companies have filed for bankruptcy protection.
Michelle Harrington has filed a $100,000 claim against W.R. Grace, which declared bankruptcy in 2001, in part because of damages awarded in wrongful-death suits stemming from its mine inLibby,Mont., where some 200 townspeople died from asbestos-related diseases.
The owner of Harrington Tools is seeking to be reimbursed for having to clean up asbestos contamination in theWest San Fernando Road building she bought in 1992 a structure previously owned by a company that processed more than 100,000 tons of insulation, using asbestos from the Libby mine.
"Not being my responsibility or my fault, I was absolutely furious," Harrington said. "Private companies cannot be held responsible or accountable for something they never did."
California toxicologists are analyzing historical cancer and cause-of-death data in the neighborhood around theWest San Fernando Road plant as part of a national study of plants that processed the Libby material potentially discovering a new group of victims who might seek compensation.