Mesothelioma is a rare, and deadly, form of cancer that affects the organ linings in the abdomen. This type of cancer is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. While there is no cure for this type of cancer, there are ways to make ones life more comfortable with the help of a personal injury attorney.
What Causes Mesothelioma?
Throughout the majority of the 20th century, many construction materials were made with asbestos. This naturally occurring mineral was highly prized because not only was it readily available, but it was very versatile. It could be incorporated into flooring, siding, insulation, shingles, wall coverings, countertops, clothing and many more products. Companies loved to use it because it was incredibly heat and flame resistant, as well as a superb insulator. The only problem is that this mineral is a known human carcinogen. Prolonged exposure causes cancer.
Companies, such as oil refineries, chemical companies, and metal factories, used asbestos laden materials extensively. One method was to incorporate them into a transite material that could be shaped and molded to a variety of applications. When the transite hardened it would strong like cement and provide all the insulation value that was needed.
Over time this transite would start to deteriorate. The workers in the plant would be constantly moving and shuffling around it; some even charged with scrubbing and cleaning it. As it broke down the asbestos fibers became friable, meaning they crumbled easily. As they crumbled away the mineral became airborne. For years on end, the workers in these plants and factories would inhale the asbestos fibers every single day, not knowing they were doing irreparable harm to their lungs.
Fast forward 30 to 40 years, long after the worker has retired. It is now known that this mineral is extremely dangerous and those workers who had prolonged exposure to the asbestos are developing severe breathing problems and chest pains. They are diagnosed with mesothelioma and wonder about what their next step should be.
What to do if you have Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, keep in mind that you do not have to suffer alone. For instance, if you broke your leg on the job due to your employers negligence, would you pay for all of the costly surgeries and rehab out of pocket? Of course not, you would rely on workers comp insurance to make you whole again. Likewise, if you have mesothelioma, it is due to negligence on behalf of your previous employer. Just because it has been 30 years does not mean they are any less to blame.
If you worked around asbestos, or feel you might have worked around asbestos, and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma (or asbestosis or lung cancer) contact a mesothelioma attorney right away. You can schedule your free case review to see if you are entitled to compensation.