If you suspect that you have mesothelioma or another form of lung cancer, then doctors will put you through an array of tests, one of which will likely be a CT scan, according to the American Cancer Society. They may also likely require you to undergo blood work and at least one biopsy to confirm that you have contracted mesothelioma.
If you received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, it is likely because you breathed asbestos particles over a significant period of time. You should consider how you were exposed to asbestos, and whether somebody put you at risk of contracting mesothelioma by failing to alert you to the presence of the mineral.
Asbestos Is a Dangerous Mineral
Asbestos is known for its fire-resistant qualities. These qualities once made asbestos a popular building material, as it could help minimize the outbreak of large fires and structural degradation in buildings of all kinds.
Some people still use materials that contain asbestos in homes. PBS reports that as many as 30 million American homes contain some amount of asbestos, and there are some common home elements that could contain the mineral as an ingredient. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), products of this kind include:
- Insulation in walls, attics, and floors
- Insulation around heat-emitting devices like stoves and furnaces, especially if the devices are built into the home’s structure
- Insulation around pipes, especially those that contain hot water or steam
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Multi-layered paint
- Some forms of shingles and roofing
- Vinyl flooring and other vinyl home products
Though asbestos’ qualities might be perceived as benefits, researchers discovered long ago that the dangers of breathing asbestos are, for most, far greater than its benefits. The United States Government Accountability Office reports that the link between mesothelioma and asbestos has been public knowledge since the 1960s.
Asbestos Is the Primary Cause of Mesothelioma
As far as doctors know, asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also linked to other health conditions, namely:
- Asbestosis, a lung condition that arises from breathing asbestos particles
- Forms of lung cancer other than mesothelioma
Breathing asbestos causes scarring in the lungs that can eventually turn cells cancerous. If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another form of lung cancer after a CT scan or another test, then you may have been exposed to asbestos without knowing it.
Some Groups Are at an Elevated Risk of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos particles are more likely to fall into the air when asbestos is exposed, torn, or otherwise destroyed, meaning that those who are exposed to asbestos directly, especially when it is ripped apart, are at a greater risk of breathing in particles. According to the ATSDR, some of these at-risk groups include:
- Demolition crew members
- Construction workers
- Pipe fitters
- Automobile assemblers (as some car parts contain asbestos)
With this in mind, anyone who spends significant time in buildings where asbestos is exposed or not properly installed could be at risk of breathing cancer-causing asbestos particles. This puts a great responsibility on those who oversee such buildings to test for the presence of dangerous asbestos fibers and take steps to remove them. People who may have been exposed to asbestos should also seek out testing, including a CT scan that could show mesothelioma.
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You May Have a Legal Case If You Were Exposed to Asbestos
If you or your loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you may have been living or working in a space with dangerous levels of asbestos in the air. Some common defendants in asbestos exposure cases are:
- Construction companies
- Previous tenants who knew about asbestos but failed to alert you
- School administrators, if your child was exposed to asbestos
- Municipalities, if exposure occurred in a government-owned building
If any of these people or another party either failed to conduct asbestos tests or failed to alert you to asbestos, then they could be responsible for paying you compensation.
A Lawyer Can Help You With a Civil Lawsuit
If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos because of another party’s negligence, and a CT scan or other test showed mesothelioma or other lung condition, then a lawyer can help you bring legal action. A lawyer can assist you by:
- Meeting with you in person or over the phone to discuss and document your case.
- Helping you think through possible times and locations where you possibly were exposed to asbestos.
- Initiating legal action once you identify the defendant in your case, as moving quickly will ensure that you abide by any relevant statutes of limitations
- Obtaining documentation of your illness for use in trial or settlement negotiations. This could include a CT scan that shows mesothelioma.
- Handling all legal responsibilities necessary to bring your case to a resolution, whether through a judgement or settlement.
- Protecting the rights of you and your loved ones throughout the legal process.
We may be able to help you in other ways.
Potentially Recoverable Damages
If you are successful in your case, then you could be granted financial awards by the courts. Each case is unique, but some awards in asbestos exposure cases may include coverage for:
- The cost of treatment for your lung cancer, now and in the future.
- Any long-term rehabilitation that you require once your cancer goes into remission.
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity due to your cancer.
The circumstances of your case may entitle you to additional financial awards.
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