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Asbestos/Mesothelioma Attorney Overview

Lawyer Representation for Those Injured by Toxic Substances

People who have been exposed to toxic substances can contract debilitating illnesses and suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. One of the most common dangerous materials that can cause harm is asbestos, and exposure can lead to a condition known as mesothelioma.

If you have contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, you should contact a personal injury attorney to determine your options for recovering compensation. A skilled lawyer can help you identify liable parties and hold them responsible for the damages you have suffered.

What Is Mesothelioma?

Asbestos is a mineral that was regularly used in older homes and buildings for its fire-retardant qualities. Asbestos breaks down into microscopic fibers, and inhalation of asbestos dust can cause these fibers to build up in the lungs, which often leads to a disease known as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lungs and other organs. Cancer cells can develop in the lining of the lungs, chest cavity, and abdominal cavity, and these cells may affect other nearby organs or spread to the rest of the body. Symptoms of mesothelioma include:

  • Pain in the chest and abdomen
  • Coughing and difficulty breathing
  • Lumps or bloating in the abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Mesothelioma may not develop until years or even decades after exposure to asbestos, and since it can be difficult to detect, it may not be diagnosed until a person has reached the advanced stages of the illness.

Exposure to Asbestos

While most people have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives, mesothelioma will typically occur after long-term exposure. This type of exposure may include:

  • Occupational exposure - Workers who regularly work with asbestos are likely to inhale asbestos dust. Occupations at risk of this type of exposure include those involved in asbestos mining or the manufacture of asbestos products; construction workers involved in building renovation, demolition, or drywall removal; firefighters; shipbuilders; and pipe fitters.
  • Paraoccupational exposure - Family members or those who come in contact with people who work with asbestos may be exposed to fibers that build up on a worker's clothing or body.
  • Neighborhood exposure - People who live or work in the vicinity of a construction or demolition site may be exposed to asbestos which is released into the air.

If you have contracted mesothelioma or another illness after being exposed to asbestos, you should work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine your options for recovering compensation. Potential damages may include the costs of medical care and rehabilitation, lost income due to missed work, impairment to your earning ability, and the pain and suffering you have experienced. The surviving family members of someone who has died due to asbestos exposure may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

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