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Maui Fire Lawsuits and Legal Help
Our Hawaiʻi law firm is on the ground, working in the current effort to assist individuals, families and businesses impacted by the West Maui fire disaster. Our managing partner Ilana Waxman is a lifelong Maui resident. We have witnessed first-hand the tragic impact this fire has had on our neighbors, friends and loved ones.
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cases
We are the leading mesothelioma law firm in the state of Hawaiʻi with over 40 years of experience and access to vast resources. We know the local community, we know where asbestos was used, and we can help you understand your exposure. Your case is personal to us.
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Studies show Roundup weed killer, a popular herbicide used at home and commercially, can cause cancer. But many people in Hawai‘i were exposed to its toxic chemicals unknowingly. Its manufacturer, Monsanto, failed to warn the public of the risks of using their products. We are a leader in fighting for people injured by pesticides and herbicides.
We fight for Hawai’i families with injuries from pesticides and pesticide-related birth defects. Recently, exposure to pesticides has increased dramatically leading to increased rates of cancers and birth defects linked to these products’ toxic chemicals. We are proud to take on the giant corporations that make these chemicals to help achieve justice on the behalf of Hawai’i families.
Child Sex Abuse
Survivors of sexual abuse can find justice and compensation with the help of our Hawai`i sex abuse lawyers. New state laws across the country, including California and Hawai`i, now allow adult survivors of child sex abuse to seek justice and compensation. For many, the effects of childhood sexual abuse can last well into adulthood. We fight for justice on behalf of all victims who still suffer the tragic consequences of abuse.
Researchers Perform World’s First Stem Cell Treatment During Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida
News of a wanted pregnancy can be the most wonderful of tidings an expectant couple can get. In most cases, that joy continues throughout the pregnancy. However, some expectant and new parents get news of birth defects, such as spina bifida, that can dampen their joy. Doctors and medical researchers continually work to create treatments that can help minimize the effects of these birth defects and help affected children live long, healthy lives. Recently, doctors performed the first in-utero stem cell treatment to help a fetus diagnosed with spina bifida. What is Spina Bifida? Spina bifida is a condition in which the spinal tube in a fetus doesn't close. It affects about 1 in every 2,750 births in the United States. There are three main types, based on the size of the opening and whether a sac containing fluid, nerves, and/or part of the spinal column grows outside the back. Spina bifida is considered a neural tube defect, and it can cause physical and intellectual disabilities. Health issues can be mild or severe, including paralysis, water on the brain, and incontinence. What Causes Spina Bifida? The exact causes aren't known, but nutrition plays a role. People who are pregnant or...Read More
Mobilizing for Maui Fire Disaster Victims, Lahaina Emergency Response
The legal team and staff at Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman are actively working with victims of the Maui Fire Disaster, as well as Hawai‘i community and aid organizations. Firm managing partner Ilana Waxman — who was born and raised on Maui — is working closely with the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, the Hawaii Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice to provide legal assistance to victims of the fire, which destroyed the city of Lahaina. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman lawyers on the ground in Hawai‘i are also coordinating with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s “Lawyers Care Maui” fund to coordinate fundraising and legal assistance. Click here to learn more and donate to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s “Maui Strong Fund.”Read More
The U.S. Never Banned Asbestos. These Workers are Paying the Price.
The stories about the dangers of asbestos exposure are horrifying and all too common: mesothelioma, lung, laryngeal and ovarian cancer, and ultimately death. But despite the well-known risks of the dangerous and deadly carcinogenic fibers, the United States still has not banned asbestos. While dozens of other countries have outlawed asbestos, the United States allows hundreds of tons each year from Brazil to benefit two major chemical companies, OxyChem and Olin Corp. The companies say asbestos is crucial to chlorine production and that their protocols for handling it keep workers safe from exposure. But those workers claim otherwise. More than a dozen former workers from OxyChem’s plant in Niagara Falls, New York, told ProPublica that asbestos dust hung in the air, collected on the beams and light fixtures and built up inches thick. Workers often were without protective suits or masks and the dust collected on their coveralls and boots. The Environmental Protection Agency and Congress accepted the companies’ claims that workers were safe. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration let the companies into a special program that limited the frequency of inspections at their plants, ProPublica reported. OxyChem declined ProPublica’s requests for an interview. The company said in a...Read More
Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy
Pesticides are a key contributor to climate change – posing risks to the environment, public health, and food security – while their effectiveness is declining, according to a recent study. Developed by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), the study describes a vicious cycle: pesticides add emissions to the air that contribute to climate change, and as temperatures rise, so do the number of pests and insects. More insects encourage agricultural workers to use more pesticides. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that greenhouse gas emissions from pesticides are understudied and underestimated. The Environmental Impact of Pesticides Producing one kilogram of pesticides requires about 10 times more energy than one kilogram of nitrogen fertilizer, an agriculture chemical with known negative environmental impacts. Meanwhile, some pesticides like sulfuryl fluoride are themselves greenhouse gasses – emitting one ton of sulfuryl fluoride is equivalent to emitting nearly 5,000 tons of CO2. According to researchers, the issue is further complicated by oil and gas companies, which profit from pesticides. Ninety-nine percent of synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum. Higher Demand, Questionable Efficacy As temperatures rise, crops become less resilient due to heat stress, changing rainfall patterns, and more pests. This leads to...Read More
Recognizing Symptoms of Mesothelioma: The Earlier, The Better
According to the American Cancer Society, about 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually. The current consensus is that mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium or lining of certain internal organs. There are three main types of mesothelioma to watch out for based on the location of the mesothelium affected: pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs; peritoneal mesothelioma, which attacks the membrane around the stomach; and the last type is located in the lining of the heart, known as pericardial mesothelioma. Each of these forms of mesothelioma has its own targeted set of symptoms to monitor. While mesothelioma may currently be incurable, it is possible to prolong survival and improve patients’ quality of life by managing their symptoms as long as they catch it early enough. The following addresses the types of the cancer and the question, what are the symptoms of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma’s symptoms such as chest pain, painful coughing or trouble swallowing, and shortness of breath can be expected for a disease that specifically affects lung tissue. Pleural mesothelioma may also come with unexplained weight loss, abnormal lumps on the chest area, or even swelling in the face or...Read More
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Ilana Waxman joined the Galiher team in 2007 and focuses her practice on clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. She also represents the families of children born with birth defects due to chemical exposures, Hawai'i residents suffering from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and other catastrophic injury cases.Meet Our Team
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