Someone recently diagnosed with an incurable asbestos-related disease should not have to face it alone. While doctors provide treatments to improve quality of life and loved ones offer much-needed emotional support, this assistance alone cannot lessen the serious financial toll that such a disease often takes. Our firm can help victims of asbestos exposure in Louisiana and throughout the nation file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the monetary compensation they need and deserve.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with insulating and heat resistant properties. Once widely used in the US manufacturing sector and military production, asbestos is known today to be highly toxic. Exposure to asbestos is linked with several fatal diseases, including:
• Other forms of cancer (particularly lung cancers)
Asbestos exposure is firmly linked with Malignant Mesothelioma.
How Does Asbestos Cause Disease?
Exposure to asbestos occurs most often through inhalation, but can also occur through ingestion. When microscopic asbestos particles enter the body, they become lodged in the linings of internal organs, most commonly the lungs.
Trapped asbestos fibers eventually cause inflammation and scarring as the body attempts to rid itself of the foreign mineral. The presence of asbestos can even directly affect the genetic makeup of surrounding cells, causing certain cancers.
Asbestos exposure is firmly linked with Malignant Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer affecting the protective tissue lining of many internal organs known as the “mesothelium."
How Are People Exposed?
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses develop most often in people exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Roughly 70-80% of people with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos at work. Workplaces that commonly expose workers to asbestos include, but are not limited to:
• Industrial settings
• Old public buildings, schools and houses
• Auto repair garages
Even though the use of asbestos in manufacturing and construction has declined dramatically in recent decades, an estimated 2 to 3 thousand cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the US every year, most caused by occupational asbestos exposure. This is because it takes anywhere from 20-50 years after someone is initially exposed to develop an asbestos-related illness.
How Does a Victim of Exposure File a Legal Claim?
Because of this long latency period, it can often be challenging to determine the specific place and time period that an asbestos injury occurred. For this reason, several state courts have made exceptions to the standard statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims, if they are asbestos-related.
Before filing a claim, it is important to consult with an attorney with experience in asbestos-related injury litigation. After an attorney is retained, they will ask a client questions related to their exposure, including where and for how long the exposure took place, as well as how the exposure has damaged their health and ability to work.
If your work duties required you to come into contact with asbestos fibers in the air, and, years later, you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for victims of asbestos exposure as they fight to maintain a good quality of life.
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