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Former mayor files suit after devastating mesothelioma diagnosis

There are far too many stories in the news about people who have become victims of exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos. We read about the people who worked in shipyards, on the railroads and in other industries who learn they have mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. Many of these people have long since retired from their jobs and are focused at enjoying retirement. The tragic reality is that asbestos-related cancers can be very aggressive and many people do not receive a diagnosis until it is too late for treatment to be effective.

For this reason, it is crucial for victims to act quickly to get medical and legal help once they learn asbestos has caused them to develop a terrible illness. Often times, people need to work with an attorney to track employment history in order to determine the times at which they were exposed to asbestos. They can then take action to pursue compensation from these parties in order to cover medical expenses and help family members cope with the possibility of an untimely fatality.

A man, who worked in a number of industries including public office, learned just a few months ago that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He took action and filed a lawsuit to pursue over $100,000 in damages citing points of exposure at a number of different places he used to work.

The man worked in a number of jobs that are known to have commonly exposed workers to asbestos. He served in the United States Navy after which he worked as a machinist and rocket inspector. He also held a position at a railroad company before ultimately serving as the mayor of his city for about four years. In each of these jobs, he says, he came into contact with asbestos-containing products or airborne asbestos.

The money he is pursuing cannot undo the fact that he has developed a devastating disease. However, it can help him cope with the high cost of the ongoing medical treatments he likely requires. It can also help his family deal with unexpected expenses if his cancer proves to be fatal in the near future.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Former Maryland mayor who developed lung cancer files asbestos mass tort claim against CSX Transportation," Jon Campisi, March 28, 2013

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