Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest, abdomen, and other internal organs. This tissue is called the mesothelium, and mesothelioma can occur in any part of the mesothelium, but it most commonly affects the lining of the lungs and chest wall.
The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in the railroad industry until the 1980s. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become lodged in the mesothelium, causing irritation and inflammation that can eventually lead to cancer.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can include chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and fluid buildup in the chest or abdomen. These symptoms may take many years to develop after exposure to asbestos, which can make mesothelioma difficult to diagnose.
Treatment for mesothelioma may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. Prognosis for mesothelioma varies depending on the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis, but it is generally poor. However, early detection and treatment can help improve outcomes and quality of life for those affected by mesothelioma.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to seek medical attention and monitoring, even if you do not have symptoms, as early detection and treatment can improve outcomes.
How Did Asbestos Make It Into the Body?
Asbestos can enter the body when its microscopic fibers are inhaled or ingested. Once inhaled, the fibers can become trapped in the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system, leading to irritation and inflammation that can eventually lead to serious health problems such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases.
When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, such as during construction or demolition activities, the fibers can become airborne and easily inhaled. Workers in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing are at particularly high risk of exposure to asbestos. However, even people who are not directly exposed to asbestos can be at risk if they come into contact with someone who has been exposed, as asbestos fibers can cling to clothing and hair.
Ingestion of asbestos fibers can occur when people consume contaminated food or water. This is less common than inhalation of asbestos fibers, but it can occur in areas where asbestos is naturally occurring in the environment or where asbestos-containing materials are present in drinking water sources.
It is important to note that not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will develop health problems, and the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases depends on the level and duration of exposure, as well as other factors such as smoking history and pre-existing respiratory conditions. However, exposure to asbestos is a serious health concern and steps should be taken to minimize exposure and seek medical attention if you believe you may have been exposed.
Contact our law office today if you have been exposed to asbestos prior to 1982 as a railroad employee.
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.
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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.