Questions About Lung Cancer And Asbestos & Hiring An Attorney
HOW ARE LUNG CANCER AND ASBESTOS RELATED?
Asbestos is a member of the silicate family of minerals and is unique for the microscopic fibers that form on it naturally. When mixed into other building materials, these fibers impart a high degree of resistance against fire and corrosion. This made the silicate an extremely popular mineral for decades.
However, these fibers are also responsible for a number of health problems that workers and building occupants have suffered. When disturbed in any way, these fibers can be kicked up into the air like dust and inhaled. Because they are so tiny and sharp, the fibers penetrate into the body’s cells and can sit there for years, causing the body to react by building scar tissue and inflaming the area. Over time, the collected tissue can form a fibrous mass, a condition known as fibrosis. This mass can become cancerous at any time, a disease known as mesothelioma. Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is usually fatal within months.
HAS THE LINK BETWEEN LUNG CANCER AND ASBESTOS BEEN PROVEN?
Researchers who have studied patients with mesothelioma have concluded that this silicate is the only known risk factor for the disease. In all but one studied case of mesothelioma, the patient’s history noted chronic exposure to mesothelioma. Researchers suspect strongly that the one patient without an immediate causal link was exposed to the material through other means.
It is now accepted by medical and legal professionals that mesothelioma is always the result of exposure to the silicate.
WHAT WORKERS ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF DEVELOPING MESOTHELIOMA OR ASBESTOSIS?
Unfortunately, this silicate was used extensively for more than a century, and its use was discontinued only a short time ago. Because of this, it is still found in older homes, vehicles, naval vessels and aircraft. This puts anyone in the automotive, aircraft repair, shipyard or construction industry at a high risk of exposure. Electricians, plumbers, home contractors and firefighters are also at an increased risk of being harmed by the material.
In some states, contractors that work on older buildings must be certified in environmental safety. This is to protect the contractor’s workers and building occupants from exposure to the material.
IF I HAVE LUNG CANCER DUE TO ASBESTOS EXPOSURE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the prognosis can be overwhelming. You will likely need to stop working and will have to undergo rigorous medical treatment. In most cases, though, mesothelioma is a result of carelessness on the part of others, whether it’s an employer or maker of silicate products.
An injury attorney may be able to assist you in filing a claim against the responsible party and help you attain a favorable settlement. This settlement can be used to ease the financial burden of mesothelioma and help secure your family’s future.