Mesothelioma lawyers hold negligent parties liable for exposing workers and other individuals to asbestos. A skilled lawyer can determine if your case is eligible to receive compensation from an asbestos victims’ trust fund, which was created to pay out victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related legal claims.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that lines the lungs, chest, and abdomen. This cancer is caused by asbestos exposure, which may have occurred in someone’s home, workplace, or community. Malignant mesothelioma was responsible for over 45,000 deaths between 1999 and 2015.
Although regulations have been put in place to decrease asbestos exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the number of malignant mesothelioma deaths are increasing. If you suffer from mesothelioma, you can file a claim and collect significant damages for your injuries.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is classified as a human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) and refers to six minerals that naturally occur in the environment.
These minerals break down into fibers that can be separated into durable threads used in industrial and commercial applications and products. Because of how resistant the fibers are to heat, asbestos has been used across various industries, from construction projects to automotive manufacturing.
The Dangers Of Asbestos Exposure
If any product containing asbestos is disturbed, tiny fibers can be released into the air and breathed in by humans. Once you breathe in asbestos fibers, they remain in your lungs for long periods of time.
Once these asbestos fibers accumulate, they can cause:
- scarring and inflammation
- breathing issues
- lung cancer
- larynx cancer
- ovary cancer
- other serious health issues