You may have heard the word Mesothelioma on TV or read it in the news, but do you know exactly what it is and why knowing about it may be important to you?
Mesothelioma is cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or stomach. It is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos, which is a set of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. In the 20th century, manufacturers found these minerals to be useful in the production of such things as insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, cementing compounds, certain automotive parts and some textile products. Although the fibers are a natural substance, the inhalation or ingestion of them causes them to become embedded in tissue lining and eventually causing scar tissue.
It could take 10 – 50 years from the time of exposure for symptoms of Mesothelioma to appear in a person. Those who have worked in the manufacturing process of products that contain asbestos are the most widely affected by Mesothelioma, but those who may have been exposed to asbestos by using or simply being around the products have also been affected. It is believed that nearly 11 million people were exposed to asbestos between 1940 – 1978 when its usage became more regulated. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with Mesothelioma each year. Unfortunately, the life expectancy after diagnosis is commonly 12 – 24 months.
If you begin experiencing any of the symptoms of Mesothelioma, it is important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible. The earlier a person is diagnosed the greater chance they have of longer life expectancy.
It is also recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer to see if you may be eligible for compensation for being exposed to the asbestos. Compensation may be available as it has been proven that many manufacturers knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure and did not warn those that had the potential of coming in contact with it of its dangers. An experienced attorney will be able to help determine if your exposure deems compensation. The loved ones of those who have died of Mesothelioma also may have the right to compensation on behalf of the deceased. Mesothelioma compensation cases are subject to time limits, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can after being diagnosed or the death of a loved one.
At Brock & Stout, our experienced attorneys understand the devastation that can be caused by Mesothelioma and will do all we can to help you get the compensation you deserve. Let our family help your family and contact us for a free evaluation.