Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor, a type of cancer that can originate in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or the heart. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a toxic mineral that has in the past been used in fabrics and construction materials. Those who have been exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing mesothelioma at a later point in their lives.
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, they are likely suffering from this life-threatening disease due to asbestos exposure. In many cases, asbestos exposure can be traced back to their working environment. Therefore, it is important to reflect on when the affected person might have been exposed to asbestos, and whether there is any legal action that they may be able to take.
How does mesothelioma develop?
Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Most commonly, people are exposed to asbestos when working in factories or construction sites when they are not provided with the appropriate protective gear.
Exposure occurs when a person inhales or swallows microscopic airborne asbestos fibers. These fibers can stay in the body, lodging themselves in the lungs, abdomen or heart. Over time, these fibers can damage cells, and eventually, tumors can form.
What is secondary asbestos exposure?
Some people can suffer from mesothelioma even if they have not had direct exposure to asbestos. For example, if your spouse worked on a construction site where asbestos was present, they may have been exposed to asbestos. When they come home, the asbestos in their lungs may be exhaled, and as a result, you may also inhale the asbestos fibers.
Can I take legal action if I develop mesothelioma?
If you or someone that you are close to worked in an industry that is linked with asbestos exposure, it is likely that you will be able to take legal action to gain compensation. Since asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, many people are successful in gaining compensation.
Taking early action is crucial if you want to get the compensation that you deserve as a mesothelioma sufferer. You will likely be entitled to compensation for all medical costs and the pain and suffering caused.