Register Now: ADAO's "Asbestos: Art, Advocacy, and Action" Festival

Meet the Speakers and Artists on Friday, September 16th, 2022

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will be holding the 17th Annual International Asbestos Awareness & Prevention Conference on September 16-17th, 2022. The event will take place virtually and kicks off with the “Asbestos: Art, Advocacy, and Action Festival” from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm ET on Friday. 

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we are proud to support this great organization. Our firm has an entire division dedicated to mesothelioma litigation and has recovered millions of dollars for victims nationwide. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to request a free consultation. 

Register for the Conference and Festival Today!

The 17th Annual International Asbestos Awareness & Prevention Conference presented by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will be held virtually on September 16-17th, 2022. The event is free and open to the public. 

Attendees will receive a link to Friday’s live streaming “Asbestos: Art, Advocacy, and Action Festival.” The festival will feature artists, presenters, and advocates from across the globe. It will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET on Friday, September 16, 2022. 

Saturday’s academic conference will highlight a diverse group of speakers dedicated to bringing awareness about the dangers of asbestos. The conference will be live-streamed from Emory University Conference Center. It will take place from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET.

Honoring Asbestos Victims on Mesothelioma Awareness Day

On September 26, 2022, an American flag will be flown atop the U.S. Capitol building in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day. For the past six years, the flag has adorned Capitol Hill in an effort to recognize asbestos victims and their families. 

What Is the ADAO?

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness about asbestos and promoting asbestos-caused disease prevention. Founded in 2004, the organization is frequently asked to speak to Congress about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Their goal is to “eliminate asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.”

Dedicated Representation for Mesothelioma Victims

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we have worked tirelessly to obtain justice for mesothelioma victims and their families. We are industry leaders in the field of mesothelioma litigation, having recovered millions on behalf of our clients across the country. 

Our partners are featured speakers at asbestos litigation conferences and determined advocates. We understand the devastation that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses can cause, which is why we dedicated an entire division of our firm to mesothelioma litigation. 

Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win.

Call our office now to discuss your legal options if you have been diagnosed with a deadly asbestos-related disease. We may be able to get you the compensation and justice you deserve. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services.

Aaron Heckaman to Speak at Upcoming National Asbestos Litigation Conference

BCH Law Partner Presenting on Non-Traditional Jurisdictions and Exposures at Perrin Conference

Attorney Aaron Heckaman, a partner with Bailey Cowan Heckaman, will be presenting at the National Asbestos Litigation Conference in September. Heckaman has been enlisted to speak on non-traditional jurisdictions and exposures with a group of esteemed panelists. The conference is set to take place live at The Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, this fall. 

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we are proud to announce the involvement of attorney Heckaman in the renowned conference. Mr. Heckaman is a highly sought-after speaker on asbestos litigation and is considered a leader in the field. He, along with the entire legal team at BCH Law, has worked tirelessly to help individuals who were exposed to asbestos. 

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another illness after asbestos exposure, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 for a free evaluation. 

National Asbestos Litigation Conference

Perrin Conferences is holding its annual asbestos litigation meeting on September 14-15 in Charleston, South Carolina. This highly-anticipated event features asbestos litigation pioneers from across the country. Attendees will have numerous chances to obtain coveted CLE/CE credits, hear the latest trends driving litigation, and get insider tips on how to handle cases with non-traditional exposures.

​​This event will also include many opportunities for networking and will feature prominent plaintiff and defense attorneys, in-house counsel, and insurance professionals. To view the agenda and register, click here.

Representing Asbestos Victims Nationwide

Attorney Heckaman and the experienced asbestos exposure attorneys at BCH Law represent clients throughout the country who have sustained harm as a result of direct or take-home exposure to the deadly toxin. Since its inception, the attorneys at BCH have helped thousands of people exposed to asbestos obtain compensation for their losses.

Asbestos exposure has been linked to dangerous health conditions, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. The carcinogen is believed to have caused millions of deaths, sickening countless more. For decades it was present in common household and commercial products, including caulking compounds, paint products, asphalt products, drywall, ceiling tiles, and airplane parts.  

Contacting an Asbestos Exposure Attorney

Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos or who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness are encouraged to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. All consultations are provided at no cost and without obligation to retain our services. 

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your legal options with a knowledgeable attorney. Cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win.

Do not wait; contact BCH Law today. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Our firm is nationally recognized for our work in asbestos litigation. We take on complex cases, including those where point-of-exposure is unknown or secondary exposure claims. Our attorneys will not rest until justice is served. Call now to learn more about your rights and your options for recovery.

Robert Cowan Featured on St. Louis TV Network for Leadership in 3M Lawsuits

BCH Attorney Robert Cowan Continues to Fight for Those Injured by 3M Ear Plugs

Attorney Robert Cowan of Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC was recently featured on St. Louis TV Network regarding the 3M military earplug litigation occurring across the country. Cowan was court-appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 3M earplug coordinated litigation by U.S. District Judge Catherine “Casey” Rodgers. He is helping to oversee hundreds of thousands of claims filed by service members nationwide.

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC is honored to continue its fight on behalf of those that have sustained hearing loss or tinnitus after wearing 3M earplugs. Attorney Cowan, a partner with BCH Law, continues to provide invaluable service to those who have suffered injury or harm. Individuals who believe that they have a hearing-related injury after wearing Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) manufactured by 3M are encouraged to contact our office at (888) 367-7160.

Attorney Cowan Featured on NBC 5 News

Attorney Cowan was recently featured on NBC 5 News as a source familiar with the 3M military earplugs lawsuits. As noted in the article, Cowan is a court-appointed attorney with Bailey Cowan Heckaman, who is overseeing litigation related to 3M earplug lawsuits nationwide. As of now, an astounding 290,000 active service members and veterans have filed claims against the earplug manufacturer, claiming that the product contained a dangerous defect.

Many service members allege that they suffered severe hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing-related issues after wearing the combat earplugs. According to complaints filed against the manufacturer, the earplugs were defectively designed. The design was too short, preventing a snug, protective fit in the ear canal. The earplugs subject to claims were used between 2003 and 2015 in combat or military training exercises. 

Multimillion-Dollar Settlements

Currently, 3M has paid millions to individuals who have taken their cases to trial. According to NBC News, the earplug manufacturer had paid out a total of $220 million to compensate victims for their losses. Attorneys with BCH Law filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of an Iraq War veteran who suffered hearing loss and tinnitus connected to the alleged defective design of the 3M combat earplugs.

Previously, the Minnesota-based company agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it “knowingly sold” defective earplugs to the United States military. The settlement resolved allegations that the manufacturer violated the False Claims Act by selling the defective product to the Defense Logistics Agency. 

Hiring a 3M Military Ear Plug Lawyer

Active duty service members and veterans who suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or hearing-related issues after wearing 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) are encouraged to contact our office at (888) 367-7160. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services.

It is strongly recommended that individuals with potential cases act quickly as there is only a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages against 3M. If you sustained injury after wearing 3M military earplugs during combat or military training exercises between 2003 and 2015, you might be entitled to compensation. Call our office now to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

Aaron Heckaman Presents on Philips CPAP and Pfizer Xeljanz Litigation

Important Status Update and Overview on CPAP and Xeljanz Litigation

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC partner Aaron Heckaman recently provided an important update and overview on Philips CPAP and Pfizer Xeljanz litigation. Currently, multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been formed for users of Philips’ now recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and mechanical ventilators. While an MDL has not been formed yet, claims related to Pfizer’s Xeljanz continue to be investigated. 

Individuals affected by these products are strongly encouraged to contact Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC for a free consultation. The trial lawyers at BCH Law have decades of experience handling complex dangerous drug and defective device litigation, including the successful representation of thousands of Fen-Phen and Seroquel users. 

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dangerous drug or medical device, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your legal options. 

Philips CPAP Litigation

Several models of Philips CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines were recalled after reports that the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in its devices was prone to degradation resulting in life-threatening, permanent injuries to users. The foam would break down into potentially toxic particles that could be inhaled or ingested.

Millions of CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as several ventilator models, were affected by the recall. All devices were manufactured prior to April 26, 2021. If you currently have or previously used a recalled CPAP machine, you need to contact a drug and medical device injury lawyer to discuss a potential legal claim. 

It is alleged that Philips knew that their product was defective six years before issuing a recall. On March 10, 2022, the FDA issued a notification order which determined that the recalled products present “an unreasonable risk of substantial harm to the public health.” 

Status of CPAP Claims in the United States

An MDL was formed in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Honorable Joy Flowers Conti is presiding over the MDL and has appointed a 12-member plaintiffs’ steering committee in addition to lead counsel. In total, there have been 24,000 causes tolled. There are 102 class actions and 162 personal injury claims regarding Philips CPAP devices.

Individuals with qualifying injuries and proof of exposure are encouraged to contact our office immediately. Qualifying injuries may include but are not limited to kidney, liver, or lung disease, respiratory failure, cancer, pleural effusion, and chemical poisoning. 

Pfizer Xeljanz Litigation

Between 2012 and 2018, Pfizer’s Xeljanz was approved by the FDA for the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. In 2019, concerns over an increased risk of pulmonary embolism and death resulted in a safety communication being released by the FDA. 

Shortly after the release of the safety communication, Pfizer was required to put a black box warning label on the drug, and its use was limited to the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. A subsequent black box warning was mandated after initial trial results showed Xeljanz users had an increased risk of serious heart-related problems and cancer.

Status of Xeljanz Claims in the U.S.

Currently, an MDL has not been formed for Xeljanz litigation. However, clients who have taken Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR for the treatment of arthritis for a minimum of six months are encouraged to contact our office. 

To qualify, Xeljanz users must have taken a 10 mg dose twice per day and must have suffered a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, or other blood clot-related injury while taking the drug. It is not known how many individuals were affected by this potentially dangerous drug. 

Were You Harmed by a Dangerous Drug or Defective Medical Device? Contact Our Office Today.

If you sustained injury after taking a dangerous drug such as Pfizer’s Xeljanz or a defective medical device like Philips CPAP machines, contact our office. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Call (888) 367-7160 to speak directly with an experienced attorney.

Aaron Heckaman Speaks at Perrin Conference on Asbestos Litigation

BCH Law’s Aaron Heckaman Discusses Issues in Asbestos Litigation During Recent Conference

Attorney Aaron Heckaman of Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC recently joined other industry leaders to discuss asbestos litigation expectations and trends for 2022 and beyond. Attorney Heckaman was one of a select few lawyers invited to speak to hundreds of defense attorneys, plaintiffs attorneys, and insurance counsel from across the country at the “Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation” hosted by Perrin Conferences.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC, we provide aggressive representation to individuals who were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Our nationally-recognized legal team, including Mr. Heckaman, has obtained multiple multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of Mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos. 

If you were exposed to asbestos and later diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer known as mesothelioma, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 for a free consultation.

“Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation” Conference

On March 7-8, 2022, Perrin Conferences hosted the “Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference” at the iconic Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. During the first day of the conference, attorney Aaron Heckaman, a Partner with BCH Law, was asked to participate in a critical panel discussion about the future of asbestos litigation. 

For his portion of the panel, attorney Heckaman focused on policy concerns related to the evergrowing trend of companies, such as Johnson & Johnson filing for bankruptcy. In addition, he discussed how his firm, Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, is getting creative to maximize recovery for his clients.

How We Can Help

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, Aaron Heckaman and his team are dedicated to helping victims of asbestos exposure. Our trial lawyers work tirelessly to ensure that no stone is left unturned throughout the client’s legal representation.

For over 30 years, we have been at the forefront of asbestos litigation, developing new, innovative strategies for recovery, including proceeding against non-traditional defendants. Attorney Heckaman and the entire team at BCH Law are passionate about helping those affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses obtain compensation for their losses. 

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is not only dangerous; it can prove deadly. Asbestos is a known carcinogen with well-documented health risks. It can be found in a number of places, including schools, businesses, and homes. 

Exposure to asbestos can increase your risk of developing:

Individuals who work or previously worked in demolition, building repair, construction, or maintenance, automotive work, manufacturing, shipyards, and other industrial sites are often at the greatest risk for developing these serious, potentially fatal conditions. However, loved ones may also be at risk for take-home exposure to asbestos.

Speak to an Asbestos Exposure Attorney Today

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another illness related to asbestos exposure, contact our office today at (888) 367-7160. We offer asbestos exposure victims and their families free case evaluations. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

Thousands of people are still diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Companies and other liable third parties must be held accountable for their wrongdoing. Call the asbestos exposure lawyers at BCH law now to get started.

BCH Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Onewheel Manufacturer

Federal Lawsuit Filed After Man Dies in Onewheel “Nosedive” Accident

Attorneys Robert W. Cowan and Aaron M. Heckaman of Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Colorado on behalf of a young man that died from injuries sustained while riding a Onewheel. Onewheel is a “self-balancing electric transporter” manufactured by Future Motion, Inc. and sold throughout the country. 

The trial lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC are proud to represent the family in this tragic matter. Our legal team will fight tirelessly to bring justice to Mr. Bunnell and his loved ones. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding a Onewheel, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to request a free case review. 

Fatal Onewheel Nosedive Accident Claims Life of Young Father 

A fatal Onewheel nosedive accident has claimed the life of a young father in Gypsum, Colorado. According to a complaint filed by Bailey Cowan Heckaman on behalf of the victim’s estate and his family, Mr. Bunnell was riding a Onewheel on December 2, 2021, when the device suddenly shut off, causing the front of the board to dip abruptly. 

The unexpected nosedive violently ejected Mr. Bunnell from the electric skateboard onto the pavement knocking him unconscious. The impact, witnessed by Mr. Bunnell’s young son, caused severe head and brain trauma. Paramedics were called to the scene, where Mr. Bunnell temporarily regained consciousness before returning to his residence. 

Once home, his condition deteriorated quickly, resulting in his transport to a local hospital before having to be airlifted to a trauma center in Denver, Colorado. Despite lifesaving efforts and emergency surgery, Mr. Bunnell succumbed to his injuries related to the Onewheel accident.

Onewheel Nosedive Accident Representation

Mr. Bunnell is not the first Onewheel accident victim. Tragically several other individuals have been seriously injured while riding the device. At BCH, our experienced lawyers continue to investigate and file legal claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in Onewheel accidents

As noted in the complaints filed on behalf of the victims, we believe that Onewheel manufacturer Future Motion, Inc. downplayed the risks of riding the electric skateboard, failed to adequately warn consumers about the propensity for the device to shut down, and misled consumers into believing that the device was safe for ordinary use. 

Additionally, we believe that the device contains a dangerous design defect that resulted in the injury or death of multiple victims. Our attorneys continue to litigate these cases pursuing justice on behalf of those injured or killed. 

Request a Free Onewheel Accident Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a Onewheel, contact our office to request a free case review. Call (888) 367-7160 to speak directly with a Onewheel accident attorney about your legal options. All consultations are FREE and without obligation to retain our services. Our award-winning legal team serves clients nationwide. There are no fees unless we win; call now to get started. 

Partner Robert Cowan Appointed to 3M Earplug MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

Bailey Cowan Heckaman is pleased to announce that Partner Robert Cowan has been selected to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 3M earplug coordinated litigation. Robert was appointed by U.S. District Judge Margaret Catharine “Casey” Rodgers on October 6th in In re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 3:19md2885.

Robert’s appointment speaks to his and BCH’s record of success in handling mass torts, as well as to the very recent trial victory in the 3M earplugs multidistrict litigation (“MDL”). On October 1, 2021, BCH, its co-counsel, and 3M MDL plaintiffs’ leadership secured an $8.2 million dollar jury verdict in favor of U.S. Army veteran Brandon Adkins, who now suffers from lifelong tinnitus and hearing loss caused by defective 3M military-issue earplugs. The litigation over 3M’s earplugs has grown into the largest MDL in history. There are now more than 250,000 claims pending in Pensacola, Florida federal court before Judge Rodgers, and hundreds more in state court in Minnesota, where 3M is headquartered.

BCH congratulates Robert on his appointment. We are confident his and BCH’s insight and experience litigating high-stakes MDLs will prove invaluable to service members and veterans with pending cases.

Read more about 3M military earplug lawsuits.

BCH Client Wins $8.2 Million Verdict Over Defective 3M Combat Earplugs

BCH is pleased to announce that our firm and co-counsel Aylstock Witkin Kreis Overholtz of Pensacola, Florida, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Ciresi Conlin, have secured an $8.2 million dollar jury verdict for a former service member who suffered tinnitus as a result of using defective earplugs manufactured by 3M Co. during his two deployments in Afghanistan.

The verdict, awarded by a federal jury in Florida on Friday, October 1, 2021, is the latest successful test trial in mass tort litigation over 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs. In April, 3M was ordered to pay over $7 million in damages to three veterans who suffered injuries as a result of the defective earplugs. In June, 3M was ordered to pay $1.7 million to another U.S. Army veteran.

BCH Army Vet Victory Could Set the Stage for Service Members, Veterans with Similar Claims

The latest ruling is a major victory for our client, and a promising sign for other veterans with similar injuries. More than 250,000 similar claims filed by current and former service members are pending in Pensacola, Florida federal court, in addition to hundreds in Minnesota state court, where 3M is headquartered.

BCH continues to fight for former and current service members who’ve suffered noise-induced hearing losstinnitus, and related injuries after using faulty 3M earplugs. If you would like to discuss a 3M military earplug lawsuit with an attorney, call us or contact us online. We serve clients nationwide and offer FREE consultations.

Partner Aaron Heckaman Named to 2021 Super Lawyers

BCH is pleased to announce that Partner Aaron Heckaman has been selected for inclusion in this year’s edition of Super Lawyers!

This is Mr. Heckaman’s first year of selection to the prestigious Super Lawyers listing, which recognizes accomplished attorneys held in the highest regard by their colleagues. He was previously named to the Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars.

Read more about Aaron Heckaman’s Super Lawyers selection here.

Super Lawyers is a trusted legal rating service that publishes annual listings of the nation’s most respected attorneys. Because it relies on peer review and the feedback of fellow leading lawyers to compile its listings, earning a spot in the final publication is an achievement earned by just 5% of all attorneys in active practice.

Mr. Heckaman’s selection recognizes his skill, experience, and success representing plaintiffs in civil claims involving products liability, personal injury, and class actions / mass torts. Our team congratulates him on this amazing honor!

BCH Advocates for Texan Man Injured in Vaping Device Explosion

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Texas Vapes Stores, LLC on behalf of an injured Texas man whose vaping device exploded causing him second-degree burns.

Per the complaint, Plaintiff was handling the SMOK X-Priv vaping device in his home when the device suddenly exploded, and fire erupted from the device. While the device was on fire, it stuck to Plaintiff's hand resulting in serious second-degree burns to the hand, palm, and fingers.

Plaintiff was immediately driven to a nearby hospital.

Read more about this case in our press release.

BCH is proud to advocate for accident victims and their loved ones. Driven by our passion for helping others, our national trial lawyers work hard to earn the trust of our clients and to win them the justice they deserve. To speak with an experienced lawyer, contact BCH online today.