A Cautionary Note For Lawyers In Asbestos Litigation

Law360, New York (March 7, 2014, 5:36 PM EST) -- For a variety of reasons, lawyers in asbestos litigation are increasingly presented with fewer records and less medical evidence to evaluate malignant pleural mesothelioma claims. Frequently, the only material provided — and sometimes the only material available — is from a cytological diagnosis made from cells obtained from a pleural effusion, and not from a biopsy of the tumor itself.

Diagnosing malignant pleural mesothelioma from cytology alone is extremely difficult for even the most seasoned cytopathologist, yet many participants in the tort system fail to adequately...
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