Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that is caused only by exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer develops in the epithelial cells, or the protective lining cells, of the lungs, abdomen, and/or the area surrounding the heart. It usually takes 30 years before symptoms appear after exposure to asbestos.
Causes of Exposure
Asbestos is a mineral that is found in rocks and soil. The fibers made from asbestos worked well for manufacturers for many reasons. Because they are flexible and resistant to heat, electricity, and chemicals, they were widely used for many years to manufacture automotive parts, construction materials, and even fabric.
Many individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma now, were exposed to asbestos when they manufactured or worked with asbestos-containing products many years ago. These products include insulation in walls and attics, vinyl tiles used for flooring, roofing shingles, house siding, heat-resistant fabrics, and automotive brakes. Additional workers were exposed to asbestos when they removed these products without proper protective gear.
The fibers that form asbestos tend to break apart and separate very easily when they are handled or damaged. They were also prevalent in the air when products were being manufactured that contained asbestos. These fibers are too small to see, but are extremely easy to breathe in. When they build up in lungs or other internal tissues, they can lead to the development of mesothelioma.
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Exposure to asbestos continued for many years after the manufacturers and other industry professionals were aware of the cancer risk. Because of this, many people who have developed mesothelioma are entitled to compensation from those who have been held responsible for their injuries.
If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, we recommend that you speak with one of our experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers as soon as possible. At Shea Law Group, our dedicated attorneys have handled countless cases involving individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We know how difficult this experience can be and we know what it takes to help you and your family attain the compensation you deserve.
Reach out to our compassionate legal team at Shea Law Group by calling (877)-365-0040 or fill out a contact form online. There is never any risk or obligation, and we never charge a fee unless we win a settlement for you.
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