If you developed mesothelioma or other severe injuries after being exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation.
Every year millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to asbestos through toxic products and hazardous workplace conditions. Lawsuits over the last few decades reveal exposure to asbestos caused individuals to develop crippling injuries including a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is incurable, so many exposed to asbestos have developed lifelong, terminal injuries.
Companies that create and/or distribute asbestos-containing products have been found liable for causing millions of Americans' injuries. Allegedly, many companies that sold or manufactured products containing asbestos knew about asbestos' severe side effects. However, they continued to sell asbestos products without warning the public. Their negligence has contributed to the suffering of millions, and you could be one of them.
Don't wait and suffer in silence: contact our expert asbestos injury lawyers today. Recent laws and asbestos injury funds that may entitle you to compensation for your asbestos injuries.
ASBESTOS MESOTHELIOMA AND INJURY LAWSUITS
Asbestos is a mineral composed of oxygen and silicon that naturally occurs in the environment. It typically occurs in a bundle of fibers found in soil and rocks. Asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and very strong, so asbestos was incorporated into many industrial products in the early 20th century.
Products found to contain asbestos:
- Industrial products
- Talc-based products
- Talcum powder
- Baby powder
WHO'S AT RISK?
Typically, individuals get exposed to asbestos in the workplace. However, asbestos exposure can also come through common household products.
The American Cancer Society approximates that over a million employees in construction and general industries in the US encounter significant asbestos exposure while working. Before studies in the 1980's discovered the deadly nature of asbestos, many industries widely used and sold products containing asbestos. Recent lawsuits even reveal that individuals encountered asbestos through common talc-based products. Talc can get contaminated by asbestos during talc mining, quickly turning talc into a health hazard.
Even family members of those who worked closely with asbestos are at risk of developing mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers can stick to employees’ hair and clothes and remain there for the years. This can cause family members and close friends to get sick simply by associating with employees who regularly worked with asbestos.
Employees who may be exposed to asbestos include:
- Asbestos miners
- Shipyard workers
- Demolition workers
- Military members
- Home re-modelers
- Users of talc-based products
- Family members and friends of individuals regularly exposed asbestos.
EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS SIDE EFFECTS
Individuals exposed to asbestos may develop crippling injuries, some of them potentially life threatening. Reports show individuals who encountered asbestos in the workplace or elsewhere developed severe side effects including:
- Lung cancer
- Throat cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Esophagus cancer
Mesothelioma is a severe and rare form of cancer the develops with asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested in the body. Asbestos fibers lodge themselves in a thin layer of tissue known as mesothelium, which covers most the body’s internal organs. The asbestos fibers cause irritation by rubbing against the skin and implanting themselves into the tissue. This irritation leads to the development of cell mutations that accumulate to form a tumor.
Mesothelioma is so rare because the only known cause is from asbestos exposure. Normally, people who have been exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma 20 to 60 years after the exposure, so many could be at risk without knowing it. Currently, mesothelioma can only be treated, not cured. So, mesothelioma treatment bills quickly become financial burdens for victims of asbestos exposure. Treatments can require surgery and chemotherapy, the average cost of treatments adding up to well over $30,000 annually.
Types of Mesothelioma:
- Pleural Mesothelioma - Impacts the lining of the lungs.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma - Affects the lining of the abdomen.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma - Develops in the lining of the heart.
- Testicular Mesothelioma - Occurs in the lining around the testicles.
SYMPTOMS OF ASBESTOS MESOTHELIOMA
Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on the cancer cells' location. Common symptoms of mesothelioma include the following based on asbestos fiber location:
Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs)
- Chest pain
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)
- Abdominal pain and/or swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fluid buildup
Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest pains
Testicular Mesothelioma (Testicles)
- Mass on testicle
- Fluid buildup
ASBESTOS INJURY LAWYER
Many companies that created and distributed products containing asbestos knew the health risks of asbestos and still sold these dangerous products to innocent consumers. They gave up consumer health for company profit: no one should needlessly suffer because of their selfishness.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Laws, asbestos funds, and recent trial rulings have been on the side of asbestos victims, compensating them for their severe injuries and cancer diagnoses. In March 2019 a jury ruled for Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million in damages for failing to warn consumers of the risk of talcum powder causing mesothelioma.
If you encountered asbestos and developed mesothelioma, contact AVA Law Group today. Our mesothelioma injury lawyers aggressively fight for clients' right to compensation and only pursue the best results. We want to help you on the road to recovering from mesothelioma, and we know compensation can help you along this journey. To see if you are entitled to legal compensation and to start taking your steps towards healing, contact AVA Law Group's mesothelioma attorneys today.