Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Mesothelioma Is a Lethal Cancer Caused by Asbestos

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal cancer. In the overwhelming majority of cases, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos has been classified as a carcinogen by government agencies since the 1970s.

Although asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment, workers in specific industries are most at risk because of their long-term exposure. These industries include shipbuilding, automotive, and construction and building.

In addition, those working in specific occupations are known to face greater risks. These include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics and machinists.

Exposure to Asbestos Can Lead to Mesothelioma

When asbestos is disturbed, dust particles are released. Breathing in these fibers can lead to irritation.

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This, over time, can cause scarring and inflammation that eventually triggers mesothelioma. By the time symptoms appear, the disease may have become advanced.

Although the government has instituted changes in work safety protocol, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Inhaled or ingested fibers become trapped in the body, causing inflammation of internal tissues and organ damage.

In most instances, symptoms take decades to develop, sometimes 40 years or more.

Who Is Most at Risk from Primary Exposure

People who worked directly with asbestos have the most risk:

  • Men, in larger numbers than women, because more work in higher-risk industries
  • All military veterans who have been exposed on naval ships, in shipyards and at military bases
  • Workers at refineries, steel mills, power plants, automotive production facilities and large construction sites

Who Is Most at Risk from Secondary Exposure

People who have indirect contact with asbestos also have a high level of risk:

  • Families of workers in high risk industries
  • Anyone who lives or works in an older building that is not in good repair or has been under renovation
  • Members of neighborhoods near plants or factories that handled asbestos products

Consider Hiring an Attorney

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you face serious medical and financial considerations. You may want to consult an attorney to see if you have the legal right to seek compensation from the firms that exposed you to asbestos. An attorney can also help you discover where and how you were exposed to asbestos.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

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