Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Many people who have worked at places such as shipyards, manufacturing plants, oil refineries, chemical plants and other places including schools have been exposed to asbestos on the job. Asbestos exposure has also been known to cause mesothelioma, which is a rare form of lung cancer.
What is an asbestos claim?
An asbestos claim involves a claim for injuries as a result of an exposure to asbestos against the manufacturer, installer or supplier of asbestos in places such as shipyards, manufacturing plants, hospitals, schools and other locations where you may have been exposed to asbestos.
What are the types of asbestos related claims?
Mesothelioma - Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that can be attributed to asbestos exposure in many cases.
This type of cancer is very rare and has been known to have been caused by an exposure to asbestos. Most of the individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are over 60 years of age. Mesothelioma usually takes about 30-50 years before it is diagnosed and therefore it is very difficult to treat. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, which is ultimately a fatal disease.
Lung Cancer - If you are a smoker and have been exposed to asbestos, it can increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
Asbestosis - Asbestosis is a term that includes all diseases caused by the exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis occurs when a person inhales asbestos fibers leading to the scarring of lung tissue and difficulty breathing, among other complications. Usually, this occurs while on the job. Asbestosis is different from mesothelioma in that mesothelioma is a form of cancer where asbestosis is not.
What should I do if I have been exposed to asbestos?
If you have been exposed to asbestos and you feel that you have been injured as a result, you should consult with a physician as soon as possible in order to seek medical treatment for your injuries as well as a diagnosis of your condition. You should also consult with an attorney that is experienced in handling asbestos claims. In 2011 a trust was set aside to compensate people injured by asbestos. At that time the trust held roughly $18 billion. That’s a lot of money but it won’t last forever. There are many people who have been injured by asbestos all making claims to collect part of this $18 billion. If you wait too long to speak to an attorney the funds could run out.
Attorney Michael P. Foley, Jr., an experienced civil trial attorney, is currently working with another firm in representing persons who have been exposed to asbestos and who have sustained injuries as a result, including mesothelioma. Contact Attorney Foley If you feel that you have been injured due to your exposure to asbestos. If you would like further information on how to pursue an asbestos related claim, including a claim for mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form or call us at 203-250-7212. We will be happy to assist you with your claim and to answer any questions that you may have regarding your situation.