There is no question that mesothelioma is a horrible disease that can lead to a rapid, unpleasant death. When it is diagnosed it is often that much more difficult to handle because of the circumstances surrounding the development of the condition. In many cases those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma were unknowingly exposed to asbestos over a long period of time. It is fair to say that many facing the reality of having mesothelioma would have selected a different occupation had they been aware of the risks.
Many of our nation's veterans were exposed to significant harms during their time serving our country. Some of these harms were ones that veterans were aware that they could face, as there are many risks associated with combat. However, there are other harms and risks veterans may have faced that they may not have been aware that they could be subjected to. Among these are the risks and harms of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos has long been known to cause devastating illnesses, but the product has not been completely banned in the U.S. This means that despite the laws and protections that are in place to keep people safe from asbestos, there is still a chance that people will be exposed to the unsafe material on the job or at home.
When people hear about how deadly exposure to asbestos can be, they often immediately think of mesothelioma. But asbestos can be the cause of many different conditions that may be less well-known, including asbestosis.
For many years, people didn't understand that asbestos posed a serious threat to people's health. Even after the risks associated with asbestos were known, people dismissed them as minor. And for long after that, people wrongly assumed that unless a person was directly exposed to asbestos, there was no risk of developing an asbestos-related illness.
Soldiers in the U.S. Navy are some of the bravest men and women in the country. They put their lives on the line for the good of the U.S., and often suffer serious injuries or illness by doing so.
People all across the U.S. have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. For most people, this exposure is not serious enough to warrant any type of legal action because it does not lead to any type of illness or health problems.
Time is an incredibly important factor when it comes to asbestos litigation. Because illnesses like mesothelioma are often diagnosed in late stages of the illness, victims of an asbestos-related disease often learn that their life expectancy could be measured in months or weeks, rather than years.
We discuss some complicated and advanced topics on this blog from time to time, from premises liability laws to federal asbestos regulations. But one thing that shouldn't be difficult to understand is that asbestos exposure can be deadly.
Any person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or supported a loved one with this diagnosis knows how devastating this illness is. They may also understand that despite medical advancements, this cancer is rare and aggressive making it very difficult to treat.