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Did You Know?
It is estimated that 27.5 million Americans were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1979.
Mesothelioma is the most seriousAsbestos caused disease.Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum).Mesothelioma is a disease that affects not only the victim but also the victim's family.
For many years Asbestos manufacturers have claimed that cigarette smoking caused Mesothelioma, however medical research has clearly proven that Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. AMesothelioma patient and his or her family have so much to worry about: finding the right doctors, treatment options, medical bills, and making ends meet are just some of their concerns.
Asbestos andMesothelioma attorneys that participate in our referral service have settled many cases and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims ofMesothelioma,Asbestos lung cancers, and other cases. We can assist you and your family in receiving the maximum financial assistance and by doing so ensures your family's security.
The Mesothelioma Facts:
- Through 2003, more than 700,000 people have filed claims against more than 6,000 companies. Asbestos companies knew of the dangers for many years before ever warning the public of those risks.
- About 4,000 people die from Mesothelioma every year, the rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
- There are currently about 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40.
- It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos.
- During the twentieth century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the United States . Many asbestos-containing products remain in buildings, ships, industrial facilities, and other environments where the fibers can become airborne.
How We Can Help
We understand that this a very difficult time for the entire family and choosing the right lawyer is an important decision. No amount of money can fully compensate you or a family member who suffers from an asbestos disease. These diseases are painful and debilitating and may result in premature death. The loss of a loved one and the drain on family resources and emotions carry an immeasurable price.
Our Goal is to get you the best possible legal representation for your Asbestos/Mesothelioma court cases by putting you in contact with most successful attorneys in your area who have tried and successfully settled Mesothelioma and Asbestos cases.
We wish you and your family the best as you travel this very difficult road of suffering through an asbestos related sickness and court case. Our hope is that we will be able to help you with helping you find the best legal representation that is best for you and your family.
What is Mesothelioma?
This is a very rare type of cancer. When it develops, Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos. There are two types: Pleural Mesothelioma (Cancer of the pleura, which is the membrane that lines the lungs and chest cavity), and Peritonal Mesothelioma (cancer of the peritoneum, which is the lining of the abdomen).
Mesothelioma, like other cancers, will not normally develop for many years after first exposure to asbestos. However, some people have developed Mesothelioma merely from being around a worker's contaminated clothing.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that consists of very fine, microscopic, needle-shaped fibers. The fibers are so small that you cannot see them unless the concentration in the air is very heavy. Asbestos is an excellent material for many uses. It is strong, resists heat, acids, and friction, and is virtually indestructible! Because of these properties, asbestos was often combined with other materials for use in industry and construction. The following is only a partial list of the many types of materials that contain asbestos:
- Thermal Insulation (pipe, block & cement)
- Fireproofing Acoustical Texture Products
- Textile and Clothing Products (asbestos gloves, blankets, etc.)
- Spackling, Patching & Taping Compounds
- Gasket and Packaging
- Asbestos-cement Pipe and Sheet Material
- Ceiling Tiles, Wallboard, Siding and Roofing
- Friction Materials (Brakes & Clutches)
Asbestos becomes a health hazard only when these materials crumble, fall apart, are damaged, or ripped. When asbestos materials are damaged like this, fibers are released into the air, where they may stay suspended for a long time. Asbestos can then be inhaled and the fibers can lodge deeply in the lungs.
What Should I do if I suspect that I may have Mesothelioma?
If you have evidence of Mesothelioma disease, you may be entitled to compensation for your illness. The laws involve a statute of limitations, or time limit, to file a claim. We recommend that you talk to an attorney about your situation.
Statistics from the National Cancer Institute show that around 3000 cases of this malignant Mesothelioma are reported each year in the United States , and this figure is on the increase.
It is thought that around eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos over the past half a century, and many more cases - approximately 300,000 - are expected to be reported in the next 25 years.