Archive for May, 2009

When Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

When hiring a Mesothelioma lawyer, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure that you find the best person possible to represent you. Those who are looking into hiring a Mesothelioma lawyer may be victims of it or the loved ones of a Mesothelioma victim. A rare form of cancer, Mesothelioma is also commonly called “asbestos cancer,” the reason being that asbestos exposure is the overwhelming cause of Mesothelioma in the U.S.

Though there is currently no cure for Mesothelioma, a victim may be able to sue the person or corporation responsible and get compensation to help cover the cost of medical bills and compensate for their suffering.

A Mesothelioma lawyer will give you expert guidance when it comes to handling  your case, working diligently and aggressively toward getting you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

A good Mesothelioma lawyer should have plenty of experience working on other similar cases and should be familiar with Mesothelioma victims’ rights. Examine the lawyer’s history and ask many questions such as how many Mesothelioma cases he or she has worked on and how many of those had positive outcomes. You’ll also want to ask about who exactly would be working on your case — the lawyer you are talking to, or another lawyer or even an assistant in the firm. Make sure you feel comfortable with the Mesothelioma lawyer you wind up hiring.

You should strongly consider hiring a Mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible once you are diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Many states may put restrictions on time, and the Mesothelioma may also give you a limited time to act.

If you would like to speak with someone about Mesothelioma and get more information about hiring a Mesothelioma lawyer, call 1-888-370-0121.

Industries Affected By Mesothelioma

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of various organs and body areas like the heart, abdomen and lungs. It is sometimes called “asbestos cancer” due to asbestos exposure being the overwhelming cause of Mesothelioma in the United States. There is no known cure for Mesothelioma.

Due to asbestos being a mineral that was used in thousands of products, from floor tiles to household appliances, for many years, several industries have been affected by it. Workers in industries (like ship building, construction and others) that used these products may have been exposed to asbestos. When disturbed, asbestos releases tiny fibers that, when inhaled, travel deep into the lungs and cause scarring (asbestosis). Besides causing Mesothelioma, exposure to these asbestos fibers can also cause colon cancer, lung cancer and larynx cancer.

The Ship Building Industry and Mesothelioma

During WWII was the peak of asbestos use in the ship building industry, since the demand for ships was at an all-time high. Commonly used to insulate engines, pipes, gaskets and boilers to prevent heat gain or loss, asbestos was lightweight and therefore quite useful in ships.

The Construction Industry and Mesothelioma

Commonly used as insulation (both general and around piping and boilers) or to increase the tensile strength of concrete pillars and slabs, asbestos was used in building construction up until the mid-1970s. Workers were exposed to airborne, easily-inhaled asbestos particles from the Great Depression until the 1970s since asbestos was commonly applied in spray form. But even today, asbestos is still commonly used as a strengthening additive in cement as well as in slating, tile and roofing.

The General Industry and Mesothelioma

Auto repair shops, especially ones that specialize in brake in clutch repair, are the most common example of general industry asbestos exposure. This is due to asbestos being used for decades in break drums, clutches and break pads. So when brakes and clutches are being repaired, there is a risk for Mesothelioma.

If you are a Mesothelioma victim, or if you’re the loved one of a Mesothelioma victim, you may want to consider seeking legal help to get the compensation you deserve for your suffering. To find out more about industries affected by Mesothelioma, call 1-888-370-0121.