Are you sick? Were you exposed to asbestos? Unfortunately, asbestos was commonly used in the 1980’s and millions of people were exposed to it. Today, we understand the risks that are involved when working with asbestos but we did not have this understanding when people were exposed to it every day. A common theory today is that companies were aware of the risks, dangers, and effects asbestos had on people working with it daily but did not warn their employees of the dangers involved. They did nothing to help protect the interests, health, and lives of their employees.
What we are finding out today is that asbestos is related to a number of different diseases and injuries. Some of the related injuries include pleural plaques, asbestosis, pleural thickening, rounded atelectasis, and pleural effusion. The deadliest of all asbestos related diseases and injuries is mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer. It can be located commonly in the lungs, abdomen, or cavities around the heart. Once mesothelioma has been formed, the expected time to live could be as little as just a few months. This is caused from direct exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma has a latency period of a few decades. This means it could take years for someone to realize that they have it. Sometimes, it can take up to 30 years before mesothelioma is developed. While there is no price tag on a person’s life, people who are affected by mesothelioma are entitled to present a claim for compensation. Even though years have long passed since someone may have had direct contact with asbestos a person with mesothelioma can still make a claim.
When seeking legal advice, it is absolutely important to get an expert. Someone with mesothelioma should get an experienced mesotheliom attorney. These attornies will have experience in dealing with people suffering from asbestos related injuries and diseases. They will be able to investigage the proper channels for you. There are many mesothelioma attornies that will have an investigator who will determine where, when, and how you were affected by asbestos. The key thing to remember is to be completely honest with your attorney. Without the complete truth, they may not be able to get all the information they need to show the affects of asbestos on you. Once all the information is gathered, you will be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit against the proper party.
Unfortunately, this is not a quick process. It does take time to fully investigate a claim. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, you should seek legal council immediately.