What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs (pleura) and less commonly the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum).
Eight out of 10 people with mesothelioma report asbestos exposure, which is why it is considered the biggest risk factor of developing the disease.
There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma every year in the United States. The number of cases has been declining since the early 1990s, most likely due to a reduction in workplace exposure to asbestos.
Although treatments for mesothelioma are improving, it remains an aggressive and deadly cancer.
Mesothelioma is Not Necessary for Asbestos Compensation
A common misconception surrounding victims of asbestos exposure is that financial compensation is only available to individuals that have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer. You do not need a mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis in order to qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds. In fact, there is $30 billion dollars sitting in these asbestos trust funds for individuals that have been negatively affected from their exposure to this toxic material.
Some of the many health problems that can help to qualify individuals for asbestos compensation include throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, and non-cancerous asbestosis.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a lung disease that occurs in people who inhale asbestos fibers and dust over a long period of time. Asbestos is a mineral that forms tiny and long-lasting fibers.
When asbestos fibers and dust get into your lungs, they can cause fibrosis (thickening and scarring of the lungs). Asbestos can also cause the membranes surrounding your lungs (the pleura) to thicken. This scarring and thickening of lung tissue can make breathing difficult.
In some cases, asbestosis can lead to life-threatening complications, including lung cancer and heart failure. In severe cases, asbestosis can be fatal.
Who is affected by asbestosis?
You’re more at risk of getting asbestosis if you have long-term exposure to asbestos. This is true if your job involves handling materials containing asbestos. These types of jobs include:
- Asbestos miners, installers or removers.
- Auto and aircraft mechanics.
- Construction crews.
- Electrical workers.
- Railroad and shipyard workers.
Even if you don’t work with asbestos, you could be at risk if you live with someone who comes home from one of these jobs and has dust or fibers on their clothing. You can also be at risk of breathing in particles if you’re around a demolition site or you’re near an asbestos mine.
Most people with asbestosis inhaled asbestos particles while at work before the 1970s. At that time, the U.S. government enacted regulations to limit on-the-job asbestos exposure.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.
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