With up to 3,000 Americans facing a mesothelioma diagnosis each year, more and more individuals have been seeking the help of mesothelioma attorneys.
Most of these individuals are industrial workers who faced more hazards in their workplace than those in other fields. Asbestos, in particular, was one of these dangerous hazards to which industrial workers were exposed.
We discuss the implications this exposure has had for these workers and the remedies we as attorneys try to help them find.
Asbestos: A Leading Cause of Mesothelioma
Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the cells that comprise the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The cancer causes these cells to divide at an abnormally fast rate, leading to the disruption of organ function and death of the patient.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period, which means that patients may not receive a diagnosis for as long as 50 years after exposure to asbestos. If, however, mesothelioma is caught early enough, then surgery, chemotherapy, and other treatments may improve the patient’s prognosis.
This, however, does not happen often due to the disease’s dangerous latency period. Much of the time, it’s too late to find an effective treatment for the patient.
How We Help Industrial Workers
Many mesothelioma patients were industrial workers who were exposed to asbestos in their work environment, even once it was widely known that the substance was toxic.
Now, largely due to employers’ negligence, these industrial workers face mounting costs in medical bills and a grim prognosis for their recovery.
As such, industrial workers and their families have come forward in droves to seek justice against liable parties. While we understand that no amount of money can bring back a lost loved one or repair one’s health, victims and their families can collect the compensation they deserve for damages including pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and end of life costs.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, we’re here to help you through it. Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. to speak with our team today.