Asbestos and Mesothelioma
TEXAS ASBESTOS AND MESOTHELIOMA INJURY ATTORNEYS
Asbestos is a mineral made up of long and thin fibers that has been used in the building and construction industries. The mineral is durable, fire and heat resistant, and it does not conduct electricity. Once dubbed the “miracle mineral,” asbestos is now synonymous with a deadly and aggressive form of cancer called mesothelioma. During the extraction or installation process of asbestos, small dust fibers can be inhaled and lodged in the lungs. Even a small amount of exposure to the carcinogen can cause mesothelioma.
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
In general, mesothelioma is a rare form cancer caused only by an asbestos exposure. The lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs are lined with tissue called mesothelium. Mesothelioma is a tumor of this tissue, which usually starts in the lungs but can spread to other organs as well. Unfortunately, mesothelioma can take up to 40 years to form and is often found when in its advanced stages, increasing the difficulty of treatment.
Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Breathing problems
- Pain under the rib cage
- Weight loss
- Pain and swelling of the abdomen
Treatments exist for the disease, but there is no cure. Annually, 2,597 people die each year due to mesothelioma, and approximately 3,000 others are diagnosed each year.
Another condition that can result from asbestos exposure is asbestosis. Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that can have a severe effect on quality of life. Like mesothelioma, asbestosis symptoms may not occur until many years after asbestos exposure. Symptoms include shortness of breath, lung scarring, loss of appetite, weight loss, dry cough, and chest pain.
There is no cure for asbestosis, and the disease increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
WHO IS VULNERBALE TO ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AND MESOTHELIOMA?
Those who are regularly exposed to asbestos are at a much greater risk than the rest of the population. Occupations that deal directly with the cancer-causing mineral are at the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma. The following workers are at risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma:
- Construction workers
- Railroad workers
- Automotive workers
- Shipyard workers
- Plant workers
- Textile workers
- Aerospace workers
Family members of those who work in these industries are also at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma due to secondhand exposure to asbestos. Living close to asbestos mining sites can also increase the risk.
FILING A MESOTHELIOMA CLAIM
Mesothelioma is a disease that requires constant medical attention and treatment. Many people suffering from the disease can no longer work due to the debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, thousands of families lose a loved one with mesothelioma each year, causing them unthinkable mental anguish and financial hardships. If you are in a situation like this, you may have a wrongful death claim.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you are entitled to compensation. If your family lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer after he or she was exposed to asbestos, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and work to get you and your family justice and the compensation you deserve.
Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We will help you and your family get back on your feet and achieve real results. Don’t wait — call Thomas J. Henry today.