Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Many victims will live for decades without a disease diagnosis because they do not exhibit mesothelioma symptoms. By the time they are diagnosed with peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma, treatment symptoms are limited, and life expectancy is decreased.
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, about 3,000 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States and the number of deaths caused by the disease increased by almost 5 percent from 1999 to 2015. The report states that although latency periods typically range from 20 to 40 years, patients have a median survival rate of approximately one year from the time of diagnosis.
At the Law Offices of Wallace & Graham, our attorneys treat mesothelioma cases with the urgency they deserve. With over 40 years of combined experience, our asbestos litigation lawyers have obtained many verdicts and settlements for a variety of mesothelioma cases. We have obtained workers’ compensation benefits and third-party damages in occupational exposure lawsuits.
Workers in certain industries are at a higher risk of contracting the disease. According to the CDC report, proportionate mortality ratios were highest for workers in various industries, including shipbuilders, insulation workers, chemical technicians, pipe layers, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters. Many workers in the manufacturing, industrial and construction industries as well as those who were aboard U.S. Navy ships were exposed to asbestos.
The experienced asbestos litigation attorneys at the Law Offices of Wallace & Graham help mesothelioma victims and their families obtain compensation from employers or companies responsible for their asbestos exposure. For more information on industries and occupations associated with known asbestos exposure, please visit our Who Is at Risk for Mesothelioma? page.