Asbestos mesothelioma lawyer
Asbestos is a building material that we began to use more and more at the end of the 1800s, for fire-retardant coatings, pipes, cement, bricks, drywall, insulation, and roofing. Asbestos was mined for years before its health hazards were fully understood. However, since the 1940s, the United States has been increasingly aware that asbestos causes mesothelioma, a type of cancer that grows on the mesothelium, a thin lining of tissue that protects the internal organs and holds them in place. Miners who have been exposed to asbestos due to their professions, or even family members who were exposed to asbestos through the miner’s clothing, may develop malignant mesothelioma as a result. In that case, it may be wise to hire an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer.
Employers may have been well aware of the dangers when they hired their employees. However, they may have chosen not to require adequate protection for their employees due to the expense. They may also not have chosen to alert employees of the hazards of working with asbestos without such protective gear. If you were hired by your employer in the past fifty years and they did not make you well aware of the dangers of asbestos, an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help by either arguing your case on its own merits, or by making you part of a Class Action lawsuit already underway.
Even if you worked for a mining or construction company some time ago, and have since developed malignant mesothelioma, the employer may be held liable. One of the characteristics of mesothelioma is that it can exist in the body very quietly with minimal symptoms over a long period of time before making itself known. Symptoms are diverse, and may at first be taken for signs of a particularly vicious cold or flu, especially if it is the mesothelium around the lungs that is cancerous.
If the lung area is affected, symptoms might include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and anemia, wheezing, and coughing up blood. If the abdominal area is affected, symptoms might include abdominal pain, fluid in the abdomen, the feeling of a mass in the abdomen, problems with bowel function, and weight loss. Finally, if the illness is severe, they may experience blood clots in the veins, bleeding in internal organs, jaundice, blood sugar dysregulation, and severe buildup of fluid around the lungs or in the abdomen.
It is important to get a workup from a doctor if you have been a miner or in construction before asbestos was regulated, and to mention this to your doctor. If your results are positive, you may wish to consult an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer about remuneration.