Tag: Mesothelioma

Asbestos: What you should know

Whether it was woven into popcorn ceilings and insulation or used for its flame-retardant, chemical-resistant properties, asbestos once held promise in the late-19th century as an essential manufacturing and building material. This naturally occurring silicate mineral, made of thin fibrous crystals, was considered invaluable for protecting structures and the people inside.

However, in recent decades, asbestos has proven to be toxic and a far greater danger to people. Today, it is known that if its fibrous material is inhaled, it can cause rare form of cancer, known as mesothelioma.

Since the mid-1980s, many uses of asbestos have been banned in several countries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the seriousness of asbestos and has a Web site providing more information at www.epa.gov/asbestos.

Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are related to asbestos fibers, which were inhaled at work. However, many more people were exposed to the material indirectly, such as families who lived with workers exposed to asbestos. Anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. Studies predict that there could be 300,000 cases before 2030.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma (including any type of pleural, lung or chest cancer) or asbestos cancer, you may be entitled to collect from negligent companies that disregarded the health and safety of American workers.

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Who is at Increased Risk for Mesothelioma?

In the 1940s, asbestos was used commercially and in the mines during World War II. The risks associated with asbestos were not known to the millions of workers who had been exposed during this time. However, mesothelioma developed among people who worked in asbestos mines and mills, shipyard workers, workers in the construction and heating industries and producers of asbestos products.

The risk of mesothelioma increases with longer exposure time and heavier exposure to asbestos. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the amount of asbestos a worker can be exposed to during a giving period. Protective equipment SHOULD be administered to those working with asbestos related products.

Some individuals who are briefly exposed to asbestos can develop mesothelioma and other diseases related to asbestos. In addition, there has been evidence that family members of workers working with asbestos have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. These family members most likely would attract it through dust particles brought on by clothing and/or hair. If you work with asbestos, it is safe to say that you should shower and change your clothing before going home in order to reduce the risk of you and your family members from developing mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call Berglund & Johnson to discuss whether you have a potential case that can be pursued on your behalf. We are very attentive, compassionate and experienced in these types of cases. You will want to start the legal process as soon as you can. Call 1-800-4-IF-HURT (1-800-443-4878) today.