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Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

The deadliness and toxicity of asbestos is incomparable, and many of the side effects from asbestos exposure have a lifelong impact. Mesothelioma impacts thousands of people across the US, and millions are exposed to asbestos every year, many times unknowingly. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to legal compensation from the company that created/distributed the asbestos-containing product that caused your injury. Contact us today!

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a severe and rare form of cancer the develops with asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested in the body. Asbestos fibers lodge themselves in a thin layer of tissue known as mesothelium, which covers most the body’s internal organs. The asbestos fibers cause irritation by rubbing against the skin and implanting themselves into the tissue, leading to the development of cell mutations that accumulate to form a tumor. Mesothelioma is so rare because the only known cause is from asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, because mesothelioma is such an aggressive and deadly type of cancer, being cured isn’t a possibility. Currently, mesothelioma can only be treated, and treatments costs quickly become a financial burden for victims of asbestos exposure. Treatments can typically require surgery and chemotherapy, the average cost of treatments adding up to well over $30,000 annually.

Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma develops in different places of the body depending on where asbestos fibers get stuck. 

Pleural Mesothelioma

Impacts the lining of the lungs.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Affects the lining of the abdomen.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Develops in the lining of the heart.

Testicular Mesothelioma

Occurs in the lining around the testicles.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral that naturally occurs in the environment. It typically occurs in a bundle of fibers found in soil and rocks. Mainly composed of silicon and oxygen, two types of asbestos exist in the world, both of which have been tied to causing mesothelioma:

Amphibole – Types of amphibole asbestos include amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite.

Chrysotile – Also called white, curly, or serpentine asbestos. It is the most common type of asbestos found in industrial settings.

Asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and very strong, so asbestos has been incorporated into a number of products, including insulation, shingles, flooring, brakes, etc. Even talc and talc products have been known to contain asbestos, as well.

Working with Asbestos

Typically, people get exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Before studies in the 1980's discovered the deadly nature of asbestos, many industries widely used asbestos, and companies sought to cover up the dangers of handling asbestos. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s approximated that over a million employees in construction and general industries in the US encounter significant asbestos exposure while working. Employees who may come across asbestos include:
Asbestos miners
Electricians
Plumbers
Pipefitters
Insulators
Shipyard workers
Demolition workers
Brake mechanics
Military members
Home remodelers
Etc.
Family members of those who worked closely with asbestos are at risk of developing mesothelioma! Asbestos fibers have proven to stick to employees hair and clothes, remain there for the years, and cause family members and close friends to get sick simply by associating with employees who worked with asbestos regularly.Normally, people who have been exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma 20 to 60 years after the exposure, though most people who have been exposed to asbestos are never diagnosed with mesothelioma. According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that may increase risk of developing mesothelioma include the following:
Personal History of Exposure to Asbestos – Your risk of mesothelioma could increase if you were personally exposed to asbestos at home or work.
Living with Someone Who Regularly Interacts with Asbestos – If you live with someone who was regularly exposed to asbestos, asbestos fibers and dust can come home on skin and clothing and stick around for years.
Family History of Mesothelioma – Studies indicate that there could be a genetic predisposition to mesothelioma. So, if your parent, sibling, or child has mesothelioma, your risk of developing mesothelioma could be increased.
Radiation Therapy to the Chest – Some studies have linked radiation treatments to causing mesothelioma. The radiation damages cells’ DNA, leading to uncontrollable cell growth.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on where the cancer cells are located. If you have been exposed to asbestos and see signs or symptoms that concern you, visit your doctor immediately to receive an evaluation. Common symptoms of mesothelioma include the following based on asbestos fiber location:

Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs)

Chest pain
Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
Painful coughing
Shortness of breath
Unexplained weight loss

Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)

Abdominal pain
Abdominal swelling
Nausea
Unexplained weight loss
Fluid buildup

Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)

Breathing difficulty
Chest pains
Fatigue

Testicular Mesothelioma (Testicles)

Swelling
Mass on a testicle
Fluid buildup

Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Contact AVA Law Today

Throughout the 20th century many companies that created and distributed asbestos-containing products knew the health risks of asbestos but sold to innocent consumers anyway. They forsake consumer health for company profit, and no one should needlessly suffer because of their selfishness. 

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos fibers, there are laws, asbestos funds, and recent trial rulings that could entitle you to substantial compensation. In March 2019, a jury ruled for Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million in damages for failing to warn consumers of the risk of talcum powder causing mesothelioma.

Contact AVA Law Group, Inc. today to see if you are entitled to legal compensation and start taking your steps towards justice.

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