The diagnosis of mesothelioma is devastating. As we covered in the last post, the medical condition—for which there is no cure—is caused by an exposure to asbestos. The exposure can take place decades before the condition is diagnosed and is often tied to one’s employment. Legal action may be taken by the affected person or his or her family, to try to recoup damages for the exposure. Before this can be done however, the liable party must be identified. To accomplish this, the source of the asbestos must be identified.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to devastating health problems. Primarily, the exposure to asbestos causes or exacerbates lung problems because of the damage that the fibers can once they are inhaled. In some cases, the result is lung cancer or mesothelioma. In other cases, the result is severe scarring on the lung the tissue, which can be diagnosed as asbestosis.
We have discussed the fact that there are some people who may be more likely to develop mesothelioma than others on this blog. We have noted that people in the military, construction workers, family members of people who worked with asbestos and workers who smoked are all among those who may be more likely to be diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma.
In our last post, we discussed the fact that many personal injury lawsuits are resolved through a settlement, not a courtroom trial. We also mentioned the fact that before a person agrees to or declines a settlement, several factors should be considered.
If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of exposure to toxic materials like asbestos, you could very well be considering your legal options. In many cases, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against one or multiple parties responsible for the exposure and any resulting illness.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is unlikely that you will start developing troubling symptoms of the exposure right away. Unfortunately, it can take decades for symptoms to arise. During that time, asbestos fibers can be undetectable but they still pose a serious threat to a person's health.
Summer is the perfect time to take vacations with the family, spend time with friends at a backyard barbecue and just generally relax. However, there are still risks of getting seriously injured or sick during these months and it can be crucial to be aware of them.
In several blogs and articles on our website, we discuss the fact that members of the military -- particularly those who served in the Navy -- are disproportionately affected by illnesses caused by asbestos exposure.
These days, people are constantly communicating with each other. We can text, email, call or video chat with a few clicks on our phones. Answers to pretty much any question can be found online; sharing information is as easy as posting a news story on Facebook. The speed with which we can send and receive information is faster than ever.
Today, most homeowners and employers and well aware that asbestos is dangerous and should be addressed as soon as it is discovered. Those who fail to do this can end up putting people's lives in danger can face serious repercussions. Now with the Internet and news stories at our fingertips, it can be easier than ever to file a complaint and read about companies or parties who were negligent with asbestos practices.