How Mesothelioma And Asbestos Exposure Can Affect You
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or suspects past asbestos exposure, you need a mesothelioma attorney.
Mesothelioma is among the most deadly cancers known today. While it may not be the most common cancer, with nearly 3,000 cases annually in the United States, the disease is startlingly aggressive, and medical science still has no truly effective response to its virulence. Victims do have legal recourse, however, so anyone suffering from mesothelioma or at risk of developing this horrible disease should contact a mesothelioma attorney right away.
Mesothelioma is primarily a cancer of the lungs, though the disease also invades the abdomen and, in rare cases, the heart. While the exact mechanism by which mesothelioma takes hold in the body is uncertain, all doctors agree that the primary cause is exposure to asbestos. Workers, soldiers, and everyday people exposed to the mineral inhale fibers that implant themselves in the lungs, damage and mutate healthy mesothelial cells, and cause uncontrollable cell reproduction, i.e. cancer.
Asbestos, a “magic mineral” once prized for its fireproofing qualities, had been used in buildings, ships, and even consumer products for many decades. By the 1920s, the health hazards of asbestos exposure were well-documented. The first cases of mesothelioma emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, helping scientists prove a conclusive link between the material and cancer. Government stepped in to restrict or ban its use in new construction, and business began renovating old asbestos-filled buildings to remove the threat. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. Untold numbers of people, after decades of exposure, were already walking around with dormant cases waiting to erupt.
Mesothelioma is a stealthy disease, for symptoms often only appear decades after first exposure to asbestos. Even worse, those poor individuals afflicted with this disease often discover it at its later stages because symptoms that do manifest are often misdiagnosed as other diseases. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing, chronic cough
- Pain and swelling in chest, abdomen, or lower back
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lumps under skin
- Heart problems
- Nausea and fatigue
- Hoarseness or trouble swallowing
The prognosis for mesothelioma sufferers is poor: Most patients die within a year of initial diagnosis.
The great tragedy is that many of these cases could have been avoided. Despite the known risks of asbestos exposure, many companies and organizations willfully ignored these threats and continued using the material. Millions of workers constructing buildings protected with the mineral were exposed. Worst of all, millions of unsuspecting people lived in asbestos-filled structures and used products containing the material every day. By negligently exposing millions of unsuspecting people to the dangers of asbestos, companies and manufacturers exposed themselves to liability. Since the 1980s, thousands of lawsuits have been brought against these entities by victims and their families. Successful cases have won compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or suspects past asbestos exposure, you need a mesothelioma attorney who understands the law, knows your rights, and fights for just compensation for victims and their families. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll-free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947, or e-mail ggreen@gGreen.com, to consult one of our experienced negligence and products liability attorneys.