Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming and terrifying. You may be wondering how you got it, and what it is. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that almost always is caused by exposure to asbestos. It presents itself in the cells within the mesothelium, which covers most of the body’s internal organs as a protective lining, and spreads quickly. Most often, it starts in the lungs and progresses through the heart and abdomen.
Mesothelioma is still considered a rare form of cancer, but diagnoses have increased over the past few decades. Much of this can be attributed to the irresponsible use of asbestos over the past century. Many companies knew of the dangers and health risks associated with asbestos exposure, and failed to inform workers and customers of its potential harm.
Asbestos was used extensively in buildings, roads, construction materials, and everyday household items for years. It has only recently been publicly recognized as an incredibly dangerous substance, and great measures must be taken to remove asbestos safely from older architecture.
People who work in trades that directly handle asbestos materials—including construction, automotive repair, and manufacturing asbestos products—face an obvious risk for exposure. Other trades, including firefighting and demolition, also risk exposure to asbestos dust.
Asbestos can be incredibly potent, and unfortunately, exposure is not limited to direct contact with large, concentrated amounts. Family members of those who have been exposed regularly to asbestos can face the possibility of mesothelioma, by breathing in asbestos dust from the exposed individual. Even people who work or live near a site with materials that contain asbestos can be exposed to fibers that have been released into the air and become ill.
Taking legal action is a difficult decision to make. Fear of losing one’s job is often a concern, as well as financial challenges associated with hiring a lawyer. Many people reconsider when they realize how aggressive and intimidating insurance companies can be, and when medical bills begin to pile up.
Asbestos exposure cases, like mesothelioma, can be much more straightforward. Because mesothelioma is usually a direct cause of asbestos exposure, an individual or company often can be found directly liable. If a company did not inform an employee of a potential exposure, the dangers of exposure, or preventative measures to avoid medical risk, the employee may have a solid case.
The truth of the matter is that asbestos-related mesothelioma can be prevented. Negligence on the hands of your employer is inexcusable. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you will face expensive medical care, lifelong side effects, and considerable damages. Despite the length of time it can take for symptoms to appear after exposure—often several decades—you may still be able to file a suit.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, or any of the surrounding areas, the Brandner Law Firm in New Orleans can help you determine whether you have a case. Metairie Louisiana mesothelioma lawyer Michael Brandner has represented families and individuals in personal injury lawsuits for years. With compassion for his clients and an aggressive presence in the courtroom, Michael will work hard to earn you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call him today at 504.552.5000 for a free consultation.