Asbestos used to be common, cost-effective product used in everything from insulation to car brakes to piping. Because it is inexpensive to produce and is fire resistant, many companies used asbestos extensively. However, in more recent years, we are realizing the real danger that asbestos presents. Frequent exposure to asbestos has led to one of the most deadly cancers: Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare lung cancer that is virtually always fatal; it is very painful, both for the victim and for the victim’s family to watch. Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling or swallowing asbestos, often in a place where the victim lived or work; the victims breathe the asbestos fibers or dust, which settle in the victim’s lungs. Though the cancer will form quickly in the chest or abdomen, it is difficult to detect and it make take years, or even decades, to develop symptoms. Many older people are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma due to working with asbestos in younger years. Victims of mesothelioma may have trouble breathing, chest pain, abdomen swelling, or significant weight loss.
What makes this disease even more painful is the knowledge that many companies knew that its workers were working with asbestos and being exposed to its dangers and yet the company did nothing because it was cheaper to do nothing. These companies now have to pay for this fatal mistake. Many victims are construction workers, mechanics, insulation workers, US military personnel, or demolition workers. Additionally, many family members of the workers are also being diagnosed because of exposure to a family member’s clothing, skin, and hair.
If you have mesothelioma cancer or if a loved one was killed by mesothelioma, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this cancer took and understands the complexities of these types of cases. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.