Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorneys
Asbestos is a building material that has been mined and used commercially since the late 1800s. By the 1930s, medical evidence showed it to be highly poisonous and linked asbestos exposure to lung disease and deadly asbestos cancers, but many asbestos manufacturers ignored the warnings. As a result millions of American workers and families who lived in homes containing asbestos have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. Many of them have developed serious illnesses such as mesothelioma--a cancer of the thin membranes lining the chest and abdomen that, though relatively rare, is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer now classify asbestos as a "known human carcinogen" (a substance that causes cancer.)
When an asbestos-related injury, disease such as mesothelioma, or death occurs, a thorough investigation and evaluation of its cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling asbestos litigation or mesothelioma accident litigation--is always the best way to proceed. To find an experienced asbestos injury attorney in your area and learn your legal options, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. The personal injury lawyers in our national law firm have the expertise, resources, and network of industry experts and consultants required to guide you through the complex asbestos-injury litigation process and help you obtain just compensation.
What You Need to Know about Asbestos Injury and Mesothelioma Claims
According to the National Cancer Institute, people can be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, communities, and homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation that affects breathing and can lead to serious health problems. While the risk of asbestos-related disease increases with heavier exposure to asbestos and longer exposure time, some individuals with only brief exposures have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers and asbestos-related lung disease.
Those at increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases and cancers include shipyard workers, people who worked in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, workers in the heating and construction industries, and other tradespeople. Demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, and automobile workers also may be exposed to asbestos fibers. From the 1930s through the 1970s, the U.S. Navy used hundreds of asbestos-contaminated products in all of its vessels, which led to hazardous asbestos exposure among thousands of veterans. As a result, more than 30 percent of mesothelioma victims are military veterans, and U.S. Navy veterans account for 16 percent of all asbestos-related lung cancers.
In addition, there is some evidence that family members and others living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and possibly other asbestos-related diseases--perhaps from exposure to asbestos fibers and dust brought into the home on clothing and hair.
One of the difficult things about mesothelioma and other illnesses related to asbestos is that symptoms usually do not appear until years--even decades--after initial exposure. Then, the disease develops very suddenly and rapidly and can kill in just months. This makes it very difficult to prove asbestos exposure and encourages defendants to deflect blame, deny that the exposure was their responsibility, or delay litigation and negotiation in hopes that the injured party will be unable to pursue the case or that a grieving family will give up the suit.
Why You Need an Experienced Asbestos Injury Attorney or Mesothelioma Lawyer
Depending on the jurisdiction where an asbestos injury, asbestos cancer, or mesothelioma case is filed, compensation can be sought for medical costs, as well as pain and suffering associated with the illness or wrongful death of asbestos injury victims. Expenses for which compensation may be pursued include lost income, medical bills, support services for victims and their families, funeral expenses, travel expenses related to medical treatment, and additional associated expenses not covered by health insurance.
For specific, accurate legal information pertaining to an asbestos injury or the death of a loved one due to an asbestos related accident or exposure, the best course of action is consulting with an experienced, qualified asbestos injury lawyer or mesothelioma attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP have successfully represented many mesothelioma victims and those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses.
As experienced personal injury lawyers and mesothelioma attorneys, they understand that you may be too tired or ill to cope with the details of filing a lawsuit, so they handle everything in a professional, efficient, conscientious manner that protects your time, health, and privacy. Our resources include a top-notch team of professional investigators who can help prove asbestos exposure so that the case can be quickly proven in court.
If you have mesothelioma or have suffered from asbestos exposure, or if a loved one died as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. An accident lawyer or personal injury attorney on our team can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to advise you of your rights.
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