Mesothelioma is a serious and rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In fact, exposure to asbestos is the only proven cause of both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, which can both be deadly if left untreated. For those diagnosed with the disease, it can be highly challenging to cope, especially since mesothelioma can be difficult to treat and may also lead to loss time at work, significant pain and suffering, and the inability to financially support one’s family.
At Stern Law, PLLC, we understand how you feel, and as such, we want to help you fight for the compensation you need to cover your costs and be as comfortable as possible. You did not deserve to get mesothelioma, but you deserve to be compensated to the fullest extent of the law. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today at (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation with one of our seasoned and compassionate asbestos exposure attorneys.
What is Asbestos?
Touted for its heat and fire resistant properties, asbestos is a group of minerals that form as a bundle of fibers. There are two main types of asbestos – chrysotile and amphibole asbestos. Chrysotile asbestos, also referred to as “white asbestos,” is the most common spiral shaped form of asbestos used in industrial settings. Conversely, amphibole asbestos contains straight and needle-like fibers, and was less used due to its brittle and inflexible nature.
How do People get Exposed to Asbestos?
While asbestos is the proven cause of the disease, there are several paths of exposure that lead to mesothelioma. These are as follows:
- Occupational exposure–the most common form of exposure, occupational exposure relates to those working in industrial settings who came into contact with asbestos-containing materials. Occupations such as shipyard workers, constructions workers, chemical and power plant workers, insulators, boiler room workers and auto mechanics are associated with the most prevalent occurrences of asbestos exposure.
- Secondhand exposure – secondhand exposure refers to a type of exposure wherein those working with asbestos would inadvertently expose people in their home. For example, many wives of men who worked with asbestos have contracted mesothelioma due to laundering their spouse’s work clothes that were covered with asbestos.
- Natural exposure – asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. As such, those who reside near large deposits of asbestos (such as mines) can be exposed through water run-off and mining activities. While rare, this can be a deadly form of exposure.
How does Mesothelioma Develop?
Exposure to asbestos typically occurs when its fibers become loosened or disturbed, causing the release of asbestos into the air. Once airborne, a person can develop mesothelioma via ingestion and/or inhalation. Once in the body, asbestos fibers can become lodged on the protective linings of the heart, lungs, and abdominal wall. These fibers, once trapped, can cause tissue irritation to these organs, ultimately resulting in genetic mutations that can develop into cancerous tumors over time (typically 10 to 50 years after exposure).
Were You Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Contact Stern Law, PLLC Today
At Stern Law, PLLC, we understand the complexities associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis, and want to help. We take the time you need to review your case, determine the sources of your exposure, and develop a plan of action to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today at (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation with one of our seasoned mesothelioma attorneys.