Mesothelioma is a cancerous disease that is known to affect the mesothelial lining in various regions of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma are pleural, meaning cancer cells first appear in the lung’s pleura, however, the cancer can also begin in or affect other areas of the body – particularly the heart, stomach, reproductive organs and abdomen. Mesothelioma is still considered a rare cancer, in that only 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in America each year.
Regardless of where mesothelioma manifests, it rapidly multiplies in the body, creating tumors in and around organs, and causing a build-up of fluids in the chest and abdominal cavities. In its early stages, individuals suffering from the disease may have few or no symptoms, but with progression, the cancer can become painful and cause breathing difficulties.
Causes of Mesothelioma
Almost all mesothelioma cases are due to direct or secondary exposure to asbestos, whether in the workplace or by coming in contact with materials containing asbestos. Almost every case of mesothelioma diagnosed could have been prevented, because as early as the 1930s, companies selling asbestos and asbestos products knew that the asbestos they subjected workers and customers to was extremely dangerous and had deadly potential. Regrettably, many companies did nothing about it, and the effects of those decisions are killing people today.
All forms of asbestos are dangerous, and unfortunately, were used prevalently in construction materials, common household appliances and other everyday items. Even still, asbestos dangers persist due to its presence in some automotive brake and clutch replacement parts and in the structural components of some old buildings and roads. Brief contact with asbestos can result in asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Our law firm is comprised of qualified mesothelioma attorneys with knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those affected by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the companies responsible for that suffering caused by their recklessness. Though the outcome of each case varies, we’ve consistently achieved compensation for many victims of asbestos and will continue to fight for others as well.