At one point, asbestos was a widespread problem most people didn’t know anything about. No one was aware of the risks associated with exposure to the toxic substance.
Although safety measures have been created to protect people from asbestos-related diseases, workers in dangerous job industries are experiencing the effects decades after the exposure.
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous mineral used in common products, such as ceiling tiles, insulation, flooring materials, and brake pads. It’s known for its resistance to heat and excellent durability.
Unfortunately, long-term asbestos exposure can cause a range of health problems. The small fibers can become airborne and inhaled by anyone nearby. Once inhaled, the fibers travel throughout the body, damaging tissue and causing inflammation. Scar tissue can start to build up and eventually lead to cancerous tumors.
High-risk groups are more likely to develop mesothelioma due to their frequent and prolonged contact with asbestos. People who handle asbestos and breathe in the airborne fibers at work often suffer serious symptoms and medical problems.
The groups of people at an increased risk of asbestos exposure include:
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a thin layer of tissue covering most internal organs.
Symptoms depend on the area of the body where cancer begins. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma are below.
Peritoneal mesothelioma forms in the abdominal tissue. Signs of this type of cancer include:
Pleural mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the lungs and leads to symptoms, such as:
Pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma are the two most common types of mesothelioma.
Pleural mesothelioma can lead to various complications as it spreads to the chest. The most common complications include:
A cure isn’t possible for most people since mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer. Many patients don’t receive an accurate diagnosis until they reach an advanced stage of the disease. However, if caught early, surgery, chemotherapy, and other types of treatment could remove or destroy cancer cells and tumors.
The two most common cases people pursue following a mesothelioma diagnosis are personal injury and wrongful death.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma due to someone else’s negligent actions, you could file a lawsuit against them. For example, if you worked on a construction site and encountered asbestos, you could pursue compensation from the property owner for failing to provide a safe working environment.
The compensation you receive from a personal injury lawsuit could cover various losses you suffered as a result of your mesothelioma diagnosis, such as:
If your loved one died from mesothelioma and the asbestos exposure resulted from another person or entity’s misconduct, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can initiate this type of case in civil court.
The compensation you recover could compensate for losses, such as:
DeMayo Law Offices is ready to help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. Someone else’s wrongdoing put you at risk of a life-threatening disease, and they should be held accountable. We’ve secured over $1 billion in settlements and awards for our clients to date, and our compassionate attorneys are waiting to help you, too.
Our legal team can provide the legal representation and guidance you need to secure the money you’re owed so you can pay for your medical care and other expenses.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe asbestos exposure is to blame, contact DeMayo Law Offices for your free case evaluation at (877) 333-1000 right now. We can review your case and advise you about your available legal options.