Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming and terrifying. You may be wondering how you got it, and what it is. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that almost always is caused by exposure to asbestos. It presents itself in the cells within the mesothelium, which covers most of the body’s internal organs as a protective lining, and spreads quickly. Most often, it starts in the lungs and progresses through the heart and abdomen.
Mesothelioma is still considered a rare form of cancer, but diagnoses have increased over the past few decades. Much of this can be attributed to the irresponsible use of asbestos over the past century. Many companies knew of the dangers and also health risks associated with asbestos exposure, and failed to inform workers and customers of its potential harm.
Asbestos Exposure: At Risk?
Asbestos was used extensively in buildings, roads, construction materials, and everyday household items for years. It has only recently been publicly recognized as an incredibly dangerous substance, and great measures must be taken to remove asbestos safely from older architecture.
People who work in trades that directly handle asbestos materials, including construction, automotive repair, and also manufacturing asbestos products face an obvious risk for exposure. Other trades, including firefighting and demolition, also risk exposure to asbestos dust.
Asbestos can be incredibly potent, and unfortunately, exposure is not limited to direct contact with large, concentrated amounts. Family members of those who have been exposed regularly to asbestos can also face the possibility of mesothelioma by breathing in asbestos dust from the exposed individual. Even people who work or live near a site with materials that contain asbestos can be exposed to fibers that have been released into the air and become ill.
Deciding to File a Lawsuit: Do You Have a Case?
Taking legal action is a difficult decision to make. Fear of losing one’s job is often a concern, as well as financial challenges associated with hiring a lawyer. Many people reconsider when they realize how aggressive and intimidating insurance companies can be. And, when medical bills begin to pile up, some people need help.
Asbestos exposure cases, like mesothelioma, can be much more straightforward. Because mesothelioma is usually a direct cause of asbestos exposure, an individual or company often receives liability. If a company did not inform an employee of a potential exposure, the dangers of exposure, or preventative measures to avoid medical risk, the employee may have a solid case.
The truth of the matter is that asbestos-related mesothelioma can be prevented. Negligence on the hands of your employer is inexcusable. If diagnosed with mesothelioma, you will face expensive medical care, lifelong side effects, and also, considerable damages. Despite how long symptoms appear after exposure, you may still be able to file a suit.
New Orleans Mesothelioma Attorneys
Diagnosed with mesothelioma? The Brandner Law Firm can help you determine whether you have a case. New Orleans mesothelioma attorneys represents families and individuals in personal injury lawsuits. With compassion for their clients and an aggressive presence in the courtroom, our firm will work hard to earn you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today!