Asbestos has been known to cause several different types of diseases, some of which are malignant. If you have been exposed to asbestos and develop an illness associated with that exposure, you may have rights to compensation for your illness.
The most deadly form of asbestos-related disease is Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells found in the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). The vast majority of cases of malignant mesothelioma are caused as a result of exposure to asbestos, a mineral whose fibers were commonly used in the manufacturing of insulation, building materials, and friction products.
Most people who develop malignant mesothelioma have worked in jobs such as autoworkers or steelworkers where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers. Additionally, second-hand exposure, such as washing the clothes of a family member who worked with or around asbestos, creates a greater risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases, including malignant mesothelioma.
Typically, mesothelioma initially presents as shortness of breath, chest pain, and rapid weight loss. Although mesothelioma may be seen on chest x-ray or CT scan, often a biopsy is used to confirm the diagnosis. Advancements in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma have occurred over the last decade. However, due to the aggressive nature of the disease, coupled with the late stage onset of symptoms, treatment is typically ineffective.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible, as there are strict deadlines within which to file a claim for damages on the basis of personal injury or wrongful death.
Attorney Jaeson L. Taylor has more than a decade of experience representing Mesothelioma victims against major international corporations and insurance companies.
For a free consultation, call Attorney Jaeson L. Taylor today at (216)395-4920.