Mesothelioma: Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing cancer. Although risk factors often influence the development of cancer, most do not directly cause cancer. Some people with several risk factors never develop cancer, while others with no known risk factors do. Knowing your risk factors and talking about them with your doctor may help you make more informed lifestyle and health care choices.
The following factors can raise a person’s risk of developing mesothelioma:
Asbestos exposure. Between 70% to 80% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of natural minerals found in the earth. Because of its strong, flexible fibers and fire-proof properties, asbestos was once commonly added to cement, insulation, roof shingles, and other products. People involved in making products containing asbestos or installing or maintaining these products can breathe in or swallow the asbestos fibers. These fibers can also be carried in asbestos dust on clothing or personal items, exposing family members of the workers to potentially high levels of the minerals. Current safety regulations require people who work with asbestos to wear protective equipment and to shower and change clothes before leaving the workplace.
Smoking. By itself, smoking does not increase the risk of mesothelioma, but the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure can increase the risk of certain types of cancer in the lungs.
Radiation exposure. Radiation exposure may cause mesothelioma, such as when a patient has previously received radiation therapy for lymphoma.
Genetics. About 1% of people with mesothelioma have inherited mesothelioma, meaning the risk of developing the disease was passed from parent to child within a family. Usually, it is due to a mutation or change in a gene called BAP1.
Even though some people with mesothelioma have no known risk factors, many people who develop mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. Therefore, it is important to always wear protective gear and follow safety precautions when working with asbestos.
Compensation For Railroad Workers With Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos Related Diseases
Our asbestos attorneys work with individuals that have been exposed to asbestos while working for the railroad industry. If you were employed by a railroad company prior to 1982, we are interested in speaking with you. Many individuals are unaware they they qualify for compensation due to the fact that they have not received a mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis, however, these are not the only conditions that qualify you for money.
In fact, many individuals we are able to help recover compensation never develop symptoms more severe than than a persistent cough or difficulty breathing. Additionally, in many cases it can take decades for an illness to develop. If you have experience working around asbestos it is critical that you stay proactive with medical screenings and get chest x-rays on a routine basis. Call our law firm today to learn more about how we can help you get the money you deserve for the time you spent working with this toxic material.
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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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