Do you or anyone else you know suffer from shortness of breath, chest pain or persistent cough, and...
- ...have worked in such place where you could have been exposed to asbestos or inhaled asbestos fibers as in the asbestos industry, shipyard, automobile industry, insulation factory, asbestos mines etc.;
- ...or, lived in any such place where you could have been exposed to asbestos, such as near shipyard, asbestos mine or insulation or boiler factory;
- ...or, done any repairs or carried out any remodeling work at home that could have led to release of asbestos fibers?
You may be in the early stages of developing Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) - a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. The only established causal factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos or similar fibers. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. Washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can also put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma.
The latency period for mesothelioma may be 20–50 years which means you may have been exposed to asbestos 20-50 years ago but may only start to feel and experience the symptoms today. The sad news is that the prognosis for mesothelioma is grim, with most patients dying within 12 months of diagnosis.
Asbestos exposure is the single known cause of mesothelioma. Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers may cause an inflammation of internal tissue and disrupt organ function which leads to the development of the disease.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, asbestos was considered an ideal material for use in the construction industry. It was known to be an excellent fire retardant, to have high electrical resistivity, and was inexpensive and easy to use.Asbestos products were used extensively throughout the 20th century in a wide variety of applications. Many of these products were responsible for asbestos exposure sustained by both the individuals who manufactured the products as well as those who used them at commercial and industrial jobsites including shipyards, refineries, power plants, steel plants and more.
Several asbestos companies continued to produce these products even after they were known to be hazardous and harmful to workers and their families. Those who have become sick because of exposure to these products may now be eligible for financial compensation if they were wrongfully exposed.
If you or anyone else you know have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is best that you not only seek the best medical relief but also consult the best Mesothelioma Lawyer.