The Relationship Between Asbestos And Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a devastating and deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma is usually linked to work-related exposure to asbestos and can require lengthy and costly treatments. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your condition.
At Menges Law Firm, our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience providing mesothelioma victims throughout the United States the legal help they need to pursue financial compensation from those who are responsible for the exposure that led to the disease. Whether the offending company is still in business or not, Menges Law Firm can help you fight for your rights and seek the mesothelioma compensation you deserve.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that has been used to make clothing and textiles, as well as used in the construction industry. Many industrial and manufacturing companies used asbestos to insulate pipes and buildings, and it was widely considered a wise choice due to its fire resistant nature. Throughout the years, asbestos was used in more and more industries — until companies began to realize that asbestos was making people who were exposed to it sick.
Workers in a number of industries were knowingly or inadvertently exposed to asbestos, resulting in complications, including mesothelioma. Some of the industries with the highest prevalence include:
- Shipyard workers
- Pipe workers
- Railroad workers
- Auto mechanics
- Military veterans
How Are Asbestos And Mesothelioma Related?
Although asbestos is no longer commonly used in the United States, many people are still exposed to it in places where it was installed but never removed. When working in an area with asbestos, workers can be unknowingly exposed by inhaling the particles and contaminants in the dangerous substance. In addition, individuals who have a higher genetic predisposition to respiratory illness may develop the disease with lower exposure levels than others. And since it can take 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma symptoms to appear, there are many workers who have yet to show symptoms.
Learn What You Can Do If You Have Mesothelioma
Because of the delay in symptoms, those who have worked in specific industries should watch for symptoms and immediately seek treatment when they occur. If you or a loved one is a mesothelioma victim, hiring a lawyer is an essential step in seeking a full and fair financial settlement for your injuries. Contact Menges Law Firm at 618-767-5528 today to schedule your free consultation.