CAUSE OF MESOTHELIOMA
Occupational asbestos exposure is the main cause of mesothelioma cancer
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April 15, 2010 - Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, a particularly deadly cancer that is diagnosed in some 3,000 workers every year in the United States.
And while most cases are linked to work-site asbestos exposure, asbestos secondhand exposure has also been traced as a cause of mesothelioma.
Medical experts have diagnosed asbestos-related diseases in family members of workers who carried home asbestos dust on their work clothes. Just the repeated act of laundering dusty work clothes is known to be a cause of mesothelioma.
Indeed, thousands of family members (notably workers’ wives and daughters who have never set foot on an asbestos-laden site) have sadly perished from mesothelioma cancer in just this way.
Studies show that mesothelioma is three times more common in men than women, but this is thought to be due to first-hand asbestos exposure, not simply to gender.
Most workers diagnosed with mesothelioma are retired construction workers, automobile mechanics, or workers in the maritime industries.
The cause of mesothelioma in these industries is attributable to a century-long reliance on asbestos materials, and employers’ negligence in providing safe work-site conditions for their employees.
Track record of success
Weitz & Luxenberg has helped injured workers recover monetary compensation for asbestos-related illnesses for more than 20 years, often setting records in the legal community for asbestos-related verdicts and settlements.
Last year, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained a $2-million settlement for the family of a New York City construction worker who died of mesothelioma. In 2008, our attorneys won a $16-million verdict in the first successful asbestos case against a dental supply company. And in 2007, the firm obtained a $37-million verdict in two asbestos-related cases.
Protect your family’s financial future today. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and seek a FREE legal consultation, please notify us through the communication form on this page. We will pursue your claim with vigilance.
Please know, there is no cost to you until we obtain a settlement or a verdict in your favor.