Client Profile - Randall Osgood In this issue by mmcsx


									                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NOVEMBER 2006

                                                                                                                Client Profile: Randall Osgood                                                                  In this issue...
                                                                                                                “Within moments of meeting Randy,              insulation, Randy was often forced
                                                                                                                I knew how much his family meant               to work with and around asbestos-
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                                                                                                                to him,” said Caryn Papantonakis, WB           containing joint compound which was                Randall Osgood
                                                                                                                attorney. “His darling little granddaughter    used by the sheet-rockers in new                   page 1
                                                                                                                walked in the house and went straight to       construction.
                   By permission of Mike Luckovich and Creators Syndicate, Inc                                  her grandpa for a big hug.” Caryn and
                                                                                                                fellow attorney Robert Shuttlesworth            In some instances, joint compounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Staff Spotlight:
                                                                                                                came to know Randall “Randy” Osgood             manufactured during the 1950s, ’60s,              Patricia Herrera
                                                                                                                and his loving family earlier this year. And    and ’70s contained almost 60% asbestos.           page 2
                                                                                                                while they didn’t get the chance to spend       “Workers were exposed to large
                                                                                                                a great deal of time                                                 amounts of asbestos
                                                                                                                with Randy, he made                                                  dust while opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Warning: Carbon
                                                                                                                a lasting impression.                                                the bags of joint            Monoxide Hazard
                                                                                                                                                                                     compound, mixing,            page 2
                                                                                                                Randy worked main-                                                   sanding the finished
                                                                                                                ly as a carpenter.                                                   product, and then
                                                                                                                Although his carpen-                                                 cleaning up after the      • Bayer Refinery
                                                                                                                try jobs encompassed                                                 job was completed,”          Explosion
                                                                                                                residential, commer-                                                 said Robert. “Randy’s        page 2
                                                                                                                cial and industrial                                                  exposures to these
                                                                                                                settings, the majority                                               products put him at
                                                                                                                of his career was
                                                                                                                                             Randy Osgood with his grandchildren
                                                                                                                                                                                     significant risk of        • Potential Threats
                                                                                                                spent at various chemical plants and oil        developing asbestos-related diseases and,         Caused by Lamictal
                                                                                                                refineries along the Gulf Coast region.         specifically, mesothelioma.”                      page 3
                                                                                                                Although he and his wife Dema made
                                                                                                                their home in Wichita, Kansas, Randy            After years of exposure, Randy started
                                                                                                                would be gone for long stretches of time        complaining of chest pains and shortness        • 3 Years After Prop. 12:
                                                                                     Houston, TX 77017          doing contract work in this area.               of breath in 2004. Doctors quickly                Where Are the
                                                                                                                                                                confirmed the worst: Randy was suffering
                                                                                 8441 Gulf Freeway, Suite 600
                                                                                                                Part of his assignments often involved          from mesothelioma. It was not long after
                                                                                                                building scaffolding for the pipefitters and    Caryn and Robert learned of Randy’s story         page 3
                                                                                                                insulators as well as new construction of       that Robert went to Wichita to visit with
 PERMIT NO. 7338                                                                                                buildings and control rooms. In addition        the Osgoods in their home and sign them
                                                                                                                to his exposure to asbestos-containing          as clients.
   U.S. POSTAGE                                                                                                                                                       (continued on page 3: “Client Profile”)

    Staff Spotlight                           Warning: Carbon Monoxide Hazard
    Patricia Herrera                          As winter approaches and the weather         Second, understand the risk: Using a             Potential Threats Caused by Lamictal
                                              turns cooler, many of you will venture       propane heater in your tent can be
    One of WB’s most experienced              into the great outdoors to enjoy a week-     like leaving your car on in a garage.
    legal secretaries is Patricia Herrera.    end of camping, fishing, or hunting. If      As the propane burns, it pumps CO into           On September 28th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration      with bipolar disorder suffer either mania or depression that
    She spent 21 years in that position at    you do not take appropriate precautions,     the air while simultaneously burning             put out an official alert to consumers about a drug                    can last days, weeks, or even months. Lamictal,
    the prestigious defense firm of Vinson    a portable propane heater can turn your      the oxygen you need to breath. Lack of           called Lamotrigine (marketed as “Lamictal”).                               which came onto the market in 1994, was
    & Elkins before join-                     weekend into a deadly disaster.                       oxygen can lead to loss of              Preliminary data from the North American                                    designed to increase the time between
    ing WB in 2003.                           Some portable propane heaters                         consciousness, brain damage,            Anti-epileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry suggest                              episodes.
    Patricia supports the                     appear to be, but are NOT,                            and in some cases, death. Some          a possible association between exposure to
    efforts of Jim Soto,                      designed and intended for use                         people go to sleep in their tent        Lamictal monotherapy during the first                                       Recently, Lamictal was also approved to treat
    WB attorney who is                        in small spaces, such as tents                        with the heater burning and             trimester of pregnancy and cleft lip and/or                                 the most serious forms of epileptic seizures –
    in charge of wills                        and campers. They produce                             never wake up.                          cleft palate.                                                               Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic seizures,
    and estates.                              odorless, colorless, deadly                                                                                                                                               better known as “grand mal.”
                                              Carbon Monoxide (CO). The                              Third, know and recognize the          Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Lamictal is
    Originally, Patricia’s job mainly         appearance that these heaters                          symptoms of CO poisoning:              the first FDA-approved medication for the                                  If your child has a cleft lip and you took
    involved estate planning and other        can be used in enclosed spaces                         Headaches, dizziness, weak-            long-term treatment of adults with bipolar disor-                        Lamictal during your pregnancy, please call
    probate matters. Her role changed         leads to unnecessary deaths                            ness, nausea, vomiting,                der since Lithium was approved in 1970. Patients diagnosed    Avram Blair at (713) 230-2270.
    dramatically after the explosion of the   every year. The following tips                         sleepiness, and confusion
    BP refinery in Texas City in March        can save your life.                                    are symptoms of CO poison-
    2005.                                                                                  ing. If these symptoms occur, move to a

    Patricia, who is bilingual, was a big
                                              First, check whether your propane
                                              heater is equipped with an oxygen
                                                                                           source of fresh air and contact a doctor.    3 Years After Prop. 12:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (continued from page 1: “Client Profile”)
    asset to Jim and the team of attorneys    depletion sensor (ODS): Available in         You should always carefully read and         Where Are the Savings?
    and staff who worked with the large-      the United States since 1982, propane        follow manufacturer’s instructions. Even                                                                                                 Randy was scheduled to give
    ly Spanish-speaking BP clients.           heaters equipped with an ODS shut down       though the newer ODS equipped heaters        All of us remember the feverish             “We passed Proposition 12 in order to           a deposition to Caryn when he passed
    “Patricia is dedicated to providing       before CO can rise to dangerous levels.      are designed to be used inside, they still   campaigning done by the business and        help Texas families,” said John Eddie.          away in June. He was only 47.
    quality, professional, and responsive     Such heaters are now made by multiple        require adequate ventilation and, if used    medical communities in the fall of 2003     “We were promised there would be                “He suffered so much and still kept
    service to meet the needs of our          companies and carried in major retail        improperly, can cause CO poisoning.          aimed at convincing Texans                           savings all around, and when I
    clients,” said Jim. “Her genuine          stores nationwide. If your heater does not   We hope these tips will help you and         that health care costs were too                       look at the health care costs
    efforts are appreciated by clients and    have an ODS, we recommend that you           your family to safely enjoy the great        high because of “frivolous law-                       that I pay for my employees,
    staff alike.”                             replace it with a safer ODS equipped         outdoors.                                    suits.”                                               they’ve gone up. Doctors were
                                              model.                                                                                                                                          promised savings. I don’t think
    Born and raised in Denver, Patricia                                                                                                 The result? By the slimmest of                        they’ve seen much savings.
    attended Western Apostolic Bible                                                                                                    margins, Proposition 12                               Consumers haven’t seen any
    College in Stockton, California. In                                                                                                 became law. Caps would be                             savings.”
    1979, she moved to Houston and has           Bayer Refinery Explosion                                                               put in place on all non-eco-
    been here ever since. Patricia and her                                                                                              nomic damages (such as pain                             “I don’t think in any way has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Randy and Dema with their family
    husband Samuel have two daughters:           It’s happened again. Another chemical     with orthodichlorobenzene, another           and suffering) in medical mal-                          it done anything for families
    Stephanie, 19 and Ashley, 14. Not            plant exploded and injured several        toxic chemical.                              practice suits at $250,000. The                       in Texas,” said John Eddie.           the most positive outlook on life,”
    surprisingly, Stephanie, currently in        helpless workers. This time it occurred                                                Houston Business Journal recently inter-    “All it’s done is actually help insurance       said Dema. “He had great dignity and
    college at the University of Houston         at the Bayer plant near Baytown.          “Had appropriate safety measures             viewed managing partner John Eddie          companies.”                                     died that way.” Randy’s case is
    is pursing a law degree; Ashley is a                                                   been in place, this explosion never          Williams for its story about the 3rd                                                        pending, but Caryn and Robert are
    freshman at Life Christian Academy.          Referred to as the “TDI” plant            would have happened,” said Byron             anniversary of the passage of Prop. 12.                                                     very optimistic about the outcome.
                                                 (toluene diisocyanate), Bayer produces    Buchanan, attorney at WB. The firm is
    Thanks for all your contributions,           raw materials used for polyurethane at    currently representing 27 workers.             “I don’t think in any way has it done anything
    Patricia!                                    this facility. Polyurethane is found in
                                                 everything from upholstery fabrics        If you know of anyone who was                      for families in Texas,” said John Eddie.
                                                 to refrigerators to even mousepads.       injured during this explosion, please              “All it’s done is actually help insurance                                                 Visit us at
                                                 The explosion occurred when TDI,          call Byron at 713-230-2346.
                                                 a hazardous carcinogen, was mixed                                                                           companies.”                                                 

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