Malignant mesothelioma is a serious type of lung cancer that is caused by the toxic substance asbestos. Many people do not discover that they have mesothelioma until 20 or even 30 years after initial exposure. Asbestos litigation is some of the longest-running and most costly in the history of the United States, but many people who have valid claims are unaware of their legal entitlements. Listed below are answers to some of the most common questions about asbestos, mesothelioma, and other injuries and concerns related to asbestos exposure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Cancer
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos isn't exactly a chemical. Rather, it is a combination of six natural silicate minerals that naturally appear in a fibrous form, like strands. Asbestos was widely used in the United States until the late 1980s, when it was phased out of use. The inhalation of asbestos fibers that can cause the cancer known as malignant mesothelioma.
Where Can Asbestos Be Found?
Before it was phased out, asbestos was widely used in different industries because it was affordable and highly durable. It was commonly used in the manufacturing of homes, vehicles, piping, and certain types of cement. Homes built before 1970 are particularly at risk, as they may have been built using asbestos materials. Asbestos was also commonly used in the manufacturing industry, meaning that workers in industrial facilities and plants are at risk.
How Can I Know If I Have Mesothelioma?
The symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other, less dangerous diseases such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and even the common cold. Those who have chest pain, unwarranted fatigue, unexplainable weight loss, shortness of breath, and coughing should consider going to the doctor for a physical examination, especially those who believe that they have been exposed to asbestos. More serious symptoms include coughing up blood and respiratory issues.
What Is Malignant Mesothelioma & What Is the Prognosis?
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer with a long latency period. An individual can go upwards of 30 years without knowing that they have contracted the illness. This frequently results in patients discovering the cancer when it is in its later and more aggressive stages. Mesothelioma that has spread from the lymph nodes to other organs in the body have an even bleaker outlook for recovery. Many of those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma die within a year of their initial diagnosis, although this is typical for more severe cases.
Who Is Most at Risk for Developing the Disease?
Those who worked in the manufacturing industry at any point throughout the past 50 years should consider the possibility that they were exposed to asbestos at the workplace, particularly those who worked in the automobile and construction industries. Also, those who lived with manufacturing workers may have been exposed to asbestos also. Others that may have contracted mesothelioma include those who live or have lived in homes built before 1970.
If I Find Out I Have Mesothelioma, Who Is Responsible?
Potential defendants include employers and manufacturers who did not protect you from asbestos exposure adequately. Unfortunately, because mesothelioma takes decades to manifest, pursuing claims requires a great deal of investigation. The best way to find out whether or not you are entitled to a mesothelioma lawsuit or not is by contacting an attorney. Arnold & Itkin LLP is ready and able to take inquiries regarding this topic.
Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP If You Are Ready to Take Legal Action
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the next step is to contact our firm. These cases can be very difficult, but our attorneys understand the pain and devastation these diagnoses cause. We will fight to deliver the compensation you deserve, as we have for thousands of other injured people.
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