Saturday, 15 November 2008

Mesothelioma Exposure could be fatal

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Recently, asbestos was found at an elementary school in Michigan when construction workers unearthed an unanticipated sub-floor made of asbestos in the floor of the school’s cafeteria.
Unexpected sightings of asbestos still continue to worry people all over the US. And their worry is not misplaced because asbestos is a deadly carcinogenic. Inhaling or ingesting the needle-like fibers can lead to diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Already, there are between 2000 and 3000 reported cases of mesothelioma in the US alone.
The use of asbestos was particularly popular in the mid to late 1900s, before it was finally banned in the US. Thousands of construction workers, drywallers, people working in the shipping industry, firefighters, cementers, refinery workers, and other people who worked with asbestos in its heyday are at risk of developing symptoms in the next 10-15 years. A recent study indicated that the number of mesothelioma cases in the US is set to show a steady increase till 2020. This could be because of the inherent nature of mesothelioma, in which symptoms manifest themselves only 20-40 years after exposure.
It is to be remembered in this connection that much of the suffering and pain caused by mesothelioma could have been avoided. Despite plenty of evidence, many companies downplayed the risk of exposure from asbestos. They continued to manufacture products made of asbestos on the one hand and on the other, did not offer enough protection to their employees. For the thousands of people who have developed mesothelioma due to various reasons, there is some glimmer of hope. Qualified mesothelioma exposure attorneys with experience in handling mesothelioma litigation can help victims and their families cope with the disease in a better and more dignified manner. Appropriate compensation will not only help victims meet medical expenses but will also cover any potential loss of income. In case of death, compensation will help take care of the family of the victim.
Anyone who believes that they may have been exposed to loose asbestos in whatever concentration and at any time in the past must see a doctor. They must also consult with a mesothelioma exposure attorney so they can find out if they are eligible for compensation. Asbestos attorneys with ample experience in representing families can help you bring about a satisfactory mesothelioma settlement.
Mesothelioma cancer is a deadly disease and nothing can diminish the pain and suffering that the disease brings with it. However, a mesothelioma exposure attorney can help you and your family manage the financial burden that the disease may place on you. Further, it also brings about a sense of justice by teaching employers that they cannot take the health of their employees for granted.
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