The people most at risk for mesothelioma suffered exposure to asbestos, typically for many years. This group could include older men and women who may have worked in auto factories or other manufacturers 20-30 years ago that made products containing asbestos.
Others who might be at risk for getting mesothelioma include those workers who may have been exposed to asbestos fibers from products in other industries like construction, plumbing, mining, shipbuilding, and firefighting.
If you worked in one of these industries at some point in the past and are today suffering from the effects of mesothelioma cancer, you could qualify to participate in a lawsuit against the negligent building owner or company that was responsible for exposing you to asbestos.
Putting who is most at risk for mesothelioma aside, the more critical aspect of seeking restitution is to bring an asbestos-related claim against a negligent party.
In the family of asbestos-related cancers, mesothelioma is an unusually aggressive cancer that spends a long time in a person’s body without the person feeling symptoms of any kind. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) explains how exposure to asbestos occurs from inhaling asbestos fibers up to 40 years ago before feeling the effects of shortness of breath, chronic coughing, and body pain.
Mesothelioma develops when a person breathes in asbestos fibers. These fibers become lodged in a person’s pleural lining (thin tissue) around the lungs. When the fibers become lodged in a person’s lung tissue, they scar the lining of the lungs, which can cause years of pain, suffering, and medical treatments. The cancer can metastasize later into a person’s lungs, abdomen, brain, and other areas of the body.
In later stages of the cancer, suffering from mesothelioma can significantly impact the lung breathing capacity and functioning of a patient. The sad news is that for many people who suffered exposure to asbestos, there is no cure available.
Military Veterans at Risk
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), military veterans who served in Iraq, the Middle East, or Southeast Asia may also have had exposure to asbestos. The reason for this is because many buildings and products in developing countries around the world widely use asbestos. If you served on behalf of our country in Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East, there is a chance that you had contact with asbestos in the heat of combat.
As bombs blew up buildings and subsequent damage occurred, the buildings’ collapse released toxic chemicals into the air. Our military personnel may have inhaled these asbestos fibers from the buildings. Another way for military veterans to have had exposure to asbestos is through employment in shipbuilding factories, construction yards, and other work areas that used products containing asbestos.
If this sounds like you, you may be in a group most at risk for mesothelioma. You need to know that there is a path to financial compensation should you develop mesothelioma as a result of your asbestos exposure.
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Lawsuits Involving Mesothelioma
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work with you to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek financial restitution if asbestos exposure has affected your life.
When you or someone you love has suffered from the devastating effects of mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure, and the cancer is in the later stages, there is not a lot that a medical team can do. Most mesothelioma treatments work in the early stages of the cancer. Most treatments focus on minimizing the pain of someone suffering for those whose symptoms are not found until stages 3 or 4.
Filing a lawsuit against a building owner, the company owner and management, or a product manufacturer can bring you possible financial restitution to help your family deal with the impact of mesothelioma on your lives.
In these lawsuits, the plaintiff must show evidence that the defendant knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure in the work area or building location. If the facts show that the defendant did nothing to shield you or your loved one from any harmful asbestos exposure, then compensation might be awarded as damages for the harm caused to the person with mesothelioma.
Filing a lawsuit is no longer a case of who is most at risk for mesothelioma, but rather, who is most entitled to receive financial compensation in an asbestos lawsuit. For more information, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 307-3113 to share the details of your case with a team member during a free, no-obligation consultation.