Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart or stomach. It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust, created as asbestos degrades into small fibers from being mined, milled, and processed. It is both almost entirely preventable and extremely fatal when contracted. In a growing number of countries, the use of asbestos has been banned or severely restricted.
Asbestos lawyers understand that this disease is preventable simply by avoiding exposure to asbestos. Asbestos / mesothelioma attorneys fight for justice for the victims who were exposed - often with no warning - by companies who knew the risks and refused to share that knowledge with employees. They put profits ahead of the safety of their employees and the asbestos lawyers listed in this directory will fight to make them payfor their wrongdoing.
It is estimated that 3,000 people contract mesothelioma in the United States every year. By 2030, asbestos exposure is estimated to have caused 60,000 instances of mesothelioma, along with 250,000 instances of other forms of deadly cancer.
People the most at risk for contracting mesothelioma have worked with asbestos in the past 30 to 50 years. Most commonly, they worked as:
- Shipyard workers
- Producers of asbestos products
- Asbestos mine and mill workers
- Heating and construction industry workers
- Trades people
At the time, many workers were exposed to asbestos dust without protection. But several of their family members were also affected as workers trailed asbestos dust back home in their clothes.
The latency period for mesothelioma, or time from exposure until the patient falls ill, is 20 to 30 years, making the disease difficult to diagnose. The most common early symptoms of mesothelioma are:
- Blood in the mucus or other matter from the lungs (sputum)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain in the chest or abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced mesothelioma / asbestos lawyer can advise you of your rights and options.
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