A cancer diagnosis is never welcome news, but a mesothelioma diagnosis is particularly devastating. Most of the people diagnosed with it are of, or near the age of retirement and instead of resting and enjoying the company of their loved ones, they must contend with a disease they should never have been exposed to in the first place.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that only develops from exposure to asbestos. Today, we know that asbestos is dangerous, but up until the 1970s, industrial, manufacturing, and even military personnel came in contact with it on a regular basis. As a result, many former employees and military veterans are still diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
Most of the people who are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma are near the age of retirement, despite their initial exposure coming 20, 30, or even 40 years earlier. This is so because mesothelioma has a long latency period, meaning it takes a very long time to develop. And while none of the workers handling the substance knew this, the asbestos companies were well aware but remained silent.
For their apparent greed and dishonesty, the asbestos companies were forced to establish trust funds to compensate future victims of mesothelioma. These funds contained over $30 billion, and decades later there are still billions of dollars left to claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation.
Ben Crump may be able to help you and your family recover the compensation set aside for mesothelioma victims and their loved ones. If you or a loved one was affected by asbestos and developed mesothelioma, Mr. Crump wants to hear from you. Contact his office today for a free review of your case. He may be able to help you get the justice you deserve.
A Brief History of Asbestos
Because of the unique properties that make it nearly completely resistant to heat, asbestos found its way into many industries throughout the country for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Even the military used asbestos for fireproofing, insulation, and more. Some jobs with high exposure rates include:
- Insulation workers
- Drywall workers
- Cement workers
- Motor vehicle and aircraft mechanics
- Maintenance mechanics
- Navy yard workers
In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of asbestos in a variety of industries, particularly in paper and flooring. Asbestos is also banned in many spray and insulation products to limit exposure. However, it’s still not technically illegal in the U.S.
Mesothelioma’s Effect on You
Most cases of mesothelioma develop in the tissue lining the lungs, but it can also develop in the abdomen, heart, or testicles, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The symptoms of mesothelioma can include painful coughing and abdominal pain, in addition to lumps or unexplained weight loss. However, because mesothelioma can develop in different parts of the body, the symptoms may be different for each person. Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma and the average life expectancy after diagnosis is typically measured in months, not years.
Ben Crump Can Help You Seek Justice
There are many aspects of a mesothelioma case, but determining where someone was initially exposed to asbestos is one of the most difficult parts due to the amount of time that has passed. Mr. Crump will investigate your past, including where and when you may have been exposed to asbestos.
If you or a loved one was affected by asbestos and developed mesothelioma, contact Mr. Crump today for a free review of your case.