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Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The term "asbestos" refers to any one of a group of several different naturally occurring minerals. These minerals all have certain qualities in common, including a fibrous texture, incredible strength, and remarkable resistance to heat. It has long been used in a variety of industrial applications, as well as in building construction, especially as a fireproof insulating material.
People who work with the substance, as well as those who live in areas where asbestos is present, are liable to suffer serious health complications as a result of exposure. People have known about this correlation since the days of Ancient Greece and Rome, yet it was not until relatively recently that state and federal government regulations were implemented to protect workers and the general public from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Exposure to the substance continues to pose a threat to people in Houston and throughout the United States.
Who Is At-Risk for Mesothelioma?
If you have been directly or even indirectly exposed to asbestos in the past, this significantly increases your risk of developing the lung cancer mesothelioma. Many people working in industrial occupations over the past 50 or so years may have been exposed to asbestos fibers. Asbestos was commonly used:
- In construction – primarily cement, but also for insulation, roofing and more
- In the manufacturing of plastics
- In the shipbuilding industry
- In the automotive industry for brakes and clutch pads
- Some gardening products
- Some paints, coatings and adhesives
Visit Cancer.gov for more information on who may be at-risk for mesothelioma. If you worked in industries that manufactured any of the aforementioned products, then you may be at risk for mesothelioma or a related asbestos condition. Contact your doctor for an evaluation.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions have a very long latency period, meaning people often do not notice the symptoms of their condition until 20-30 years or more. Because mesothelioma can be present for so long without detection, it is vital that people experiencing known symptoms of mesothelioma contact their doctors immediately:
- Difficulty breathing (tightness of chest, heavy breathing, wheezing, etc.)
- Persistent cough and coughing up blood
- Face and/or neck swelling
- Unintentional weight loss
- Extreme fatigue, anemia, loss of appetite
Asbestos Is a Serious Problem in Houston
Asbestos poses such a serious public health hazard that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DHSS) has established an Asbestos Program. This program delivers services for preventing occupational and environmental diseases related to asbestos exposure by identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards. The DHSS estimates that asbestos is still present in more than half of the public buildings throughout the state, including many public schools across Texas. In addition to this, asbestos may be found in a wide variety of industrial settings and worksites, potentially causing harm to the employees who have the misfortune of being exposed to it.
Link Between Asbestos and Mesothelioma
The reason that asbestos is so dangerous is that people who are exposed to the substance are liable to breathe in small airborne fibers that have a tendency to flake off the mass of the product. When these fibers enter the body, they stick to the mesothelium, a membrane that lines certain internal organs such as the lungs. This can lead to the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive and malignant form of cancer that is typically terminal. Asbestos exposure can amount to a death sentence and often subjects the victim to years of suffering until the mesothelioma finally claims his or her life.
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If you or a loved one has suffered due to asbestos exposure, contact us at The Daspit Law Firm for help. We can evaluate the situation to determine whether you may have grounds to sue for personal injury or wrongful death. Our Houston personal injury attorney has extensive experience with cases involving chemical exposure and toxic torts, and we are ready to take immediate action on your claim for compensation. Proving fault in mesothelioma cases can often be a considerable challenge, since it may be difficult to obtain evidence that accurately demonstrates the exact time and place where the asbestos exposure occurred.
Let us take on the task of investigating your case and fighting for the compensation that you deserve.