Asbestos is a toxic, naturally occurring mineral that was found in thousands of products - such as home and boat insulation, brake pads, and floor and ceiling tiles - through roughly 1980, when it was determined to cause a myriad of life-threatening asbestos exposure-related diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Researchers agree that when asbestos fibers are inhaled, they get trapped in the lungs, causing scar tissue build-up and lesions. Such tissue and lesions lead to difficult breathing, disease, and, too often, death.
In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, probably because many of such ailments don't surface until years - sometimes as long as four decades - after exposure. That puts the thousands of construction workers, drywallers, shipbuilders, floor covering installers, automobile repair workers, cementers, oil refinery workers, and other laborers who worked with asbestos during its hey day - between 1940 and 1980 at serious risk for falling ill with pleural mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer in the near future.
Mesothelioma - Are You at Risk?
If you have worked with asbestos, even for a short time, you may be at risk for developing asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. Contact a mesothelioma attorney who specializes in asbestos exposure-related diseases and mesothelioma in your area. He or she can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Mesothelioma Litigation and Lawsuits
Asbestos was first discovered to be dangerous at the beginning of last century. It has been known as a carcinogen since the 1960s and was subsequently banned in more than 30 countries under grounds that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Mining and manufacture of most asbestos products has been ceased in the United States, yet we continue to import more than 30 million pounds of asbestos in foreign products each year. A new recommendation by an EPA-sponsored panel of asbestos industry members and other experts on the topic called for a ban of all importation, manufacture, and mining of asbestos and asbestos containing products in the United States.
Although this may be a good sign, it also means that new risks of asbestos exposure are still developing. Since mesothelioma take years and even decades to develop, many more cases of mesothelioma will be diagnosed and more lawsuits will be filed. The need for qualified mesothelioma attorneys will continue as long as asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Find a Mesothelioma Attorney
An experienced mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help secure a favorable mesothelioma settlement, verdict or judgment for those suffering asbestos injury. A mesothelioma attorney that is aware of the trends and developments with mesothelioma litigation and legislation will be able to build a strong case for asbestos exposure victims.