Sad news out of Kalamazoo, Michigan: Mlive.com reports that four-term Kalamazoo County commissioner, 69-year-old Grady Biby, recently passed away from mesothelioma. Last July, Mr. Biby announced to his fellow commissioners that he’d be leaving to battle the mesothelioma, but he was never able to return to work.
According to the article, Biby attributed his mesothelioma to the years he was aboard Navy submarines — the submarines probably exposed him to asbestos, which is the overwhelming cause of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer also called “asbestos cancer.” It attacks the lining of various body organs, and though there are treatments for it, there is no cure. Mesothelioma symptoms can take years or even decades to appear in a person, which is why it’s common for people to not realize their job in the construction industry or ship building industry — two of several industries that worked with asbestos — is the reason for their illness.
Families of people who worked in industries affected by asbestos could also be at risk. Workers who unknowingly tracked home asbestos fibers on their clothing and shoes had no idea they’d be putting their loved ones in danger.
Medical bills can pile up for a mesothelioma victim, and the pain and suffering are tremendous. If someone suffered or is suffering from mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure or another person’s or company’s neglect, it’s important to seek the help of a qualified mesothelioma lawyer.
A good mesothelioma lawyer will be experienced in handling similar cases and settlements. And while a common belief is that a lawyer is too expensive to hire, it’s important to remember that mesothelioma lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning any money they receive must come from the mesothelioma settlement, or the verdict obtained in the case.
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