Archive for December, 2009

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

A naturally occurring mineral, asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown to countless workers in several industries, like the ship building and construction industries, and as a result those workers are at risk of getting mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of various body organs.

When asbestos is disturbed, its fibers can become airborne and may be inhaled deep into the lungs. In the lungs, asbestos fibers cause scarring, called Asbestosis. These fibers can cause mesothelioma as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx and colon.

Mesothelioma can take decades to show up after asbestos exposure, which is why many victims fail to realize the connection between the two. There is no cure for mesothelioma, though there are treatments available. If a person develops mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, they should contact a qualified attorney, as they may be entitled to compensation for their pain, suffering and medical bills.

Typically used as insulation, asbestos was an important material in construction of offices, homes and schools from the early 1900s to 1978. It was also used in thousands of products like floor tiles and household appliances. Even though the dangers of asbestos exposure are widely known today, there is still a risk.

To find out more, please call 1-888-370-0121 to speak with a mesothelioma resource professional.

Mesothelioma Legal Info

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Mesothelioma legal information is something anyone with mesothelioma should seek, as they may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. A rare form of cancer, mesothelioma is sometimes called “asbestos cancer” because it is typically caused by asbestos exposure. In fact, more than 90% of mesothelioma cases are directly linked to asbestos exposure.

There is treatment available for mesothelioma, but unfortunately there is no cure. Victims may experience common symptoms of the cancer, like a lingering cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms can take between 10 and 50 years after asbestos exposure to show up. This may be why many people with mesothelioma don’t realize the connection between it and a job they may have had decades ago that exposed them to asbestos.

Those in search of mesothelioma legal information may be interested to learn more about mesothelioma settlements. These settlements typically account for pain, suffering, lost wages and long-term medical treatment costs of the victim. If a wrongful death occurred because of mesothelioma, then the settlement must account for the pain and suffering as well as the funeral expenses incurred by the victim’s survivors. Mesothelioma settlements range from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.

Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer

The best way to find out as must as possible in regards to mesothelioma legal information is by contacting a lawyer who has experience handling similar cases. Hiring a qualified, knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyer will ensure that you have someone on your side who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Many families worry that a lawyer will cost too much, but the reality is that most mesothelioma lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so any money received by the lawyer would come from the settlement or verdict obtained in the case. If you have questions about mesothelioma, call 1-888-370-0121 to speak with a resource professional.

Mesothelioma Factsheet

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is often called “asbestos cancer” since asbestos exposure is typically the cause of it. Though there is treatment available for mesothelioma, there is no cure. Often, when someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, they do not have much time left to live.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be seeking more information. Here are some facts about mesothelioma:

  • Mesothelioma attacks the lining of various organs of the body such as the lungs.
  • More than 90% of mesothelioma cases are directly linked to asbestos exposure.
  • When handled improperly, asbestos can enter the lungs or stomach, and once inside, the body is unable to break down asbestos fibers.
  • Asbestos fibers lodged in the mesothelium eventually cause its cells to divide without control or order.
  • Symptoms of mesothelioma can take 10-50 years to show up after asbestos exposure.
  • Common symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath and a lingering cough.
  • Since mesothelioma is so often caused by asbestos exposure, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for their suffering.

Speaking to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you decide what steps to take next. Make sure the lawyer you hire has experience handling similar cases. Ask friends or family members for a referral, as positive word-of-mouth can lead you to a great lawyer who will fight for the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

For more information about mesothelioma, speak to a resource person by calling 1-888-370-0121.

Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Finding a mesothelioma lawyer does not have to be difficult. There are many out there, but you want to make sure that the one you hire is experienced, knowledgeable and has a proven history of successfully handling mesothelioma lawsuits and settlements. One concern of many mesothelioma victims and their families is that a mesothelioma lawyer is too expensive to hire. This isn’t necessarily true, as many work on a contingency fee basis, meaning any money received by the lawyer must come from the settlement or verdict obtained in the case. Forty percent of the total amount recovered is the standard fee in mesothelioma cases. While some lawyers may charge less than this, keep in mind the saying “You get what you pay for.”

Mesothelioma is a very serious matter. And because it is caused by asbestos exposure, it is important for victims to seek legal help. Companies that made and sold asbestos products knew of its dangers as early as the 1890s, and even though knowledge existed that asbestos was a deadly poison, asbestos companies continued to place a higher value on its profits instead of on human life. For this reason, workers in many industries like the shipbuilding and automotive industries, for example, suffered asbestos exposure, which can lead to mesothelioma. There is no cure for mesothelioma.

What can make the process of finding a mesothelioma lawyer a bit easier is if you get a referral from a friend or family member. If this is not possible, you can ask the mesothelioma lawyer you’re considering for referrals and his or her history of handling cases and settlements.

When meeting with a mesothelioma lawyer, don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example, how long have they been handling similar cases? What were the outcomes of the other mesothelioma cases they have handled? Will they be handling your case, or will another lawyer in the firm be assigned your case?

Ultimately, you should be confident that the mesothelioma lawyer you hire has what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. He or she should be able to handle the case as quickly as possible so that you can focus on your health and your family. To speak with a resource person about mesothelioma, please call 1-888-370-0121.

Mesothelioma and the MSHA

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

When it comes to mesothelioma, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is an important thing to know about. The MSHA is an agency of the US Department of Labor that is responsible for administering the safety and health regulations that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 set forth. This agency works to minimize the health hazards associated with mine work and improve the safety and health conditions of mines.

The reason there’s a connection between mesothelioma and the Mine Safety and Health Administration is that asbestos is a mineral naturally found within the soil, so it must be mined. And asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that has no cure. Mesothelioma can take many, many years after asbestos exposure to show symptoms in a victim, and once diagnosis is made, the person usually does not have much time. It attacks the lining of various body organs like the lungs, and it is often referred to as “asbestos cancer.”

Discovered by a first-century Greek geographer, the first known asbestos mine was located on the Greek island of Evvoia. Though that was a very long time ago, many still recognized that the slaves who mined the asbestos there suffered from lung ailments. Asbestos fibers are highly toxic to the body when they are swallowed or inhaled, as they get lodged in the outer lining of the stomach and lungs. The body is unable to safely break them down, so that can lead to cancerous cell formation — mesothelioma.

In the late 1970s, government intervention and regulation of asbestos use brought about change and made people aware of the dangers. Though asbestos continues to be used and mined all over the globe, today there are stringent guidelines in place that protect asbestos mine workers’ health and safety, along with the safety of mine workers who might be using equipment that utilizes mesothelioma-linked materials. Since 1977, the MSHA has had the responsibility of monitoring, regulating and enforcing mine safety regulations associated with asbestos exposure.

More About Mesothelioma

If you’d like to speak with a resource professional about mesothelioma or asbestos exposure, just call 1-888-370-0121.