Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally. It was widely used in many industries for its excellent heat-insulating properties. Manufacturing, mining, and the use of products containing asbestos can produce dust that contains need-like fibers of asbestos. These fibers get lodged in soft body tissues such as the heart, abdomen, and lungs over time. Eventually, the cause of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Occupational exposure to asbestos is perceived as the most common cause of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Your family members could also be affected even if they don’t work in places with this material. For example, asbestos can attach to your clothes and shoes, where you bring it to your home unknowingly, and contaminate food preparation areas, air, and other surfaces. This increases the chances of your loved ones getting exposed to asbestos.
Some of the common occupations linked to a heightened risk of asbestos exposure include;
- Construction workers
- Shipyard workers
- Military personnel
- Automotive workers
- Heating and conditioning workers
- Other workers who get exposed to asbestos products
Most victims of asbestos exposure or their loved ones have successfully filed lawsuits against the responsible entities such as manufacturers and other organizations. In most cases, compensation may be available via the asbestos fund created to help victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones.
Asbestos and mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the abdomen, lungs, testicles, and heart. Asbestos fiber is widely believed to be one of the common causes of this cancer. Once you inhale or ingest asbestos fibers, they get lodged in the mesothelial tissue surrounding those organs. Mesothelioma cancer caused by asbestos usually occurs as peritoneal mesothelioma, testicular mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma, or pleural mesothelioma.
No matter where this type of cancer develops, it might take 20 to 50 years to develop after being exposed to asbestos.
Other types of cancer associated with asbestos
Exposure to asbestos has been linked to ovarian cancer and cancer of the larynx. Accumulating scientific evidence suggests that exposure to asbestos can cause other types of cancers. These include cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including rectum, stomach, and colon. Each of these different cancers is diagnosed and treated differently.
Asbestos can also cause kidney cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and prostate cancer.
Can you sue if you were exposed to asbestos?
Thousands of people who suffered harm due to asbestos exposure have already filed lawsuits against their employers, product manufacturers, and other organizations that promoted products that contained asbestos, even after they were warned that asbestos could cause cancer and other health issues.
Even if the victim cannot file the lawsuit, their loved ones have successfully sought compensation for the damages that the victim suffered. Some of these damages include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, living expenses, surgery expenses, and other costs incurred and are closely linked to the illness caused by asbestos.
If a family member dies due to sickness associated with exposure to asbestos, the law allows the close surviving relatives to file a wrongful death mesothelioma lawsuit. There is a good chance you will get compensated for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of your loved one, loss of potential income, pain, and suffering.
In case the victim of asbestos exposure died before the completion of their personal injury claim, their family can carry forward as a wrongful death lawsuit. Nearly every lawsuit involving asbestos exposure is unique and complicated. Therefore, you should seek the help of an experienced attorney who can protect your legal rights.