ASBESTOS

Asbestos Lawsuit


Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. For decades, asbestos companies were aware that their products caused harmful diseases but concealed these dangers. This put millions of people at risk for developing a wide range of illnesses, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Asbestos is made up of bundles of fibers from a group of minerals found naturally in the environment. These fibers can be found in rocks and soil worldwide and are primarily made from oxygen and silicon, but they can also contain other elements. The two main types of asbestos are amphibole asbestos and chrysotile asbestos.

People currently diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer are looking for somewhere to turn for assistance. The Justice helps victims of asbestos recover damages from negligent employers and businesses. We work with victims to connect them to experienced asbestos lawyers who have the skills and resources needed to take legal action. Our primary goal is to make it easier for victims to receive the compensation they rightfully deserve.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find legal representation.

Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma.




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    What is Mesothelioma?

    Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that forms around the lungs, heart, or stomach lining whenever an individual inhales asbestos. A specialized layer of cells known as mesothelial cells lines the inside of the stomach and chest, as well as the inside space around the heart. These cells also cover the outermost surface of the internal organs. This lining is called the mesothelium.

    According to the American Cancer Society, 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year. It is mainly common in older people, as the average age of most diagnoses is 69. This is due to numerous changes that were made regarding exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos use was banned in 1989 by the EPA. The agency also required school systems to remove or cover up obvious signs of asbestos to prevent it from getting into the air that kids and staff breathe.

    Symptoms and Signs of Mesothelioma

    The disease’s long latency period makes mesothelioma difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may not occur until decades after an individual has been exposed to asbestos. The symptoms of mesothelioma can resemble less severe respiratory illnesses, which also make it difficult to diagnose.

    Mesothelioma symptoms can include the following:

    • Fatigue
    • Accumulation of fluid around the lungs
    • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
    • Painful breathing and shortness of breath
    • Persistent cough and chest pain

    If you have been exposed to asbestos at work, these symptoms should be reported to your physician right away. They can perform the required biopsies and tests to determine if you have mesothelioma. While this disease does not have a cure, there are more treatment options for patients if detected early.

    Asbestos and Mesothelioma

    Mesotheliomas can occur when cell DNA is damaged. DNA is the chemical in a person’s cells that make up their genes. Simply put, it provides cells with the necessary instructions to function in the human body. Individuals often look like their parents because they are the source of their DNA. DNA affects more than just looks – some genes control when body cells grow, divide into brand new cells, and die. Any changes made to these genes could cause dangerous cell growth that could lead to cancer.

    One of the leading causes of pleural mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Eight out of ten people who have mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos. Asbestos fibers make their way to the ends of small airway passages after a person inhales them. When they reach the pleura, they can cause scarring and inflammation. If these fibers are swallowed, they can impact the abdominal lining and cause peritoneal mesothelioma.

    Asbestos Lawsuit Eligibility

    You may be eligible to file a case if:

    • Your case is within the statute of limitations, which can vary from one to several years, depending on the state you live in
    • Your asbestos exposure history can be documented, including employment records and detailed testimony and descriptions about the exposure
    • You can include medical reports related to your mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis from the cancer center where you or someone you love was treated

    In order to file a wrongful death case, a family member will need to determine whether they should proceed with the lawsuit and act as a decision-maker throughout the entire legal process.

    Your compensation options may include filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid or Medicare, or private insurance.

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