Vital mesothelioma information for recently diagnosed patients.
July 28, 2010 – Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which occurs when airborne asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested into the body.
According to medical asbestos information, mesothelioma primarily affects the lining of the lungs, but the disease can also affect the heart and abdomen. Approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year in the United States.
Asbestos is no longer mined in the United States, but it is still imported and used in the construction and automobile industries. Automotive asbestos exposure, which is known to occur during brake and clutch work, is still a very real health threat to garage mechanics and automobile enthusiasts.
Due to a long mesothelioma latency period, it can take decades for mesothelioma symptoms to develop after occupational exposure to asbestos.
The two most common types of asbestos exposure are occupational exposure (often seen in the construction, automotive and shipbuilding industries), and contact with naturally occurring asbestos, especially among residents living near asbestos mines and landscaping crews running heavy machinery (like bulldozers and dump trucks) over rocky asbestos-laced outcrops, especially in California.
California has the highest asbestos-related mortality rate in the country, according to an independent study by the EWG Action Fund. The state's Air Quality Management District reports that naturally occurring asbestos has been identified in 44 of California's 58 counties.
The mesothelioma prognosis for patients is often dependent on how advanced the cancer has progressed at the time of a medical diagnosis. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is too often identified in a late stage of development.
Patients can undergo multiple treatments to combat the disease. The combination of aggressive mesothelioma treatments helps to improve the patient's prognosis.
Thousands of American workers were exposed to asbestos during the 20th century, and were often unaware of the hazards of exposure because certain employers and asbestos product manufacturers deliberately overlooked work-site health safety in an unconscionable effort to reduce overhead expenses and boost corporate profits.
Many of these workers have sought mesothelioma legal support from Weitz & Luxenberg. Headquartered in New York City, Weitz & Luxenberg has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements for workers around the country, including Texas, California and Florida.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and wish to learn more about asbestos claims and mesothelioma compensation, send us brief details about your case through the communication form at left. Our firm works on a contingency basis, so there is no cost to you until we secure a reasonable monetary settlement or verdict.