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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.
When asbestos is disturbed, dust particles are released. Breathing in these fibers can lead to irritation.
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.
People who worked directly with asbestos have the most risk:
People who have indirect contact with asbestos also have a high level of risk:
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.
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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The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.
Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.
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Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.