The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure & What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

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For nearly a century, asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials in construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing. By the time researchers discovered the negative effects asbestos has on our respiratory system, millions of workers had already been exposed to the lethal material.

Exposure to asbestos has be linked several types of respiratory diseases and cancers. The most common being lung cancer, affecting more than 4,800 people each year. Mesothelioma is the second-most common disease as a result of asbestos exposure, affecting nearly 3,000 Americans every year. Asbestos exposure is almost always the cause of mesothelioma cases.

Asbestos exposure most often occured in auto repair shops, schools, industrial settings, shipyards and public buildings. Working with cement pipes, brake shoes, insulation, roofing, packing materials, Navy ships, or other common products associated with asbestos can cause mesothelioma cancer. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pains and abdominal pain. These symptoms can take anywhere from 20-50 years to arise. There is no cure for mesothelioma but treatment helps to reduce symptoms and prolong survival.

You can still file a case even if your last asbestos exposure was 20 to 30 years ago. Learn more about asbestos exposure and how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

There are three different types of mesothelioma cancer:

1.       Pleural: Pleural is the most common type of mesothelioma cancer, accounting for about 75% of all cases. This type of mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs.

2.       Peritoneal: Peritoneal is the second most common type, accounting for about 10 – 20% of all cases. This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity. Peritoneal responds best to a combination of surgery and heated chemotherapy.

3.       Pericardial: Pericardial accounts for 1 percent of all cases. This type emerges from the lining of the heart. It is the most difficult to treat because the tumors are very close to the heart. 

If you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help. Contact us immediately and fill out our free evaluation form.

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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