Asbestos Cancer Attorney
Asbestos cancer, also known as mesothelioma, is a type of cancer caused by exposure to the naturally occurring mineral asbestos. Asbestos cancer is caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. Asbestos was widely used in the 20th century for everything from insulation to fireproofing. It was used on naval ships, in houses, in cars, and in many other everyday objects. Companies that manufactured products containing asbestos knew of the risks as far back as the 1930s and did nothing. Now, people who have developed asbestos cancer are filing claims to recover compensation.
Holding these entities responsible can potentially secure the treatment, care, and compensation asbestos cancer patients need and deserve. Call Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC today to learn more!
Around the late 1970s, companies stopped using asbestos in production. For example, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned asbestos’ use in wallboard patching and gas fireplaces because of the risk of asbestos fibers being released into the environment. In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency banned all new uses of asbestos outright. For more information on the phase out of asbestos in the United States, visit cancer.gov.
How are people exposed to asbestos?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all ruled asbestos a human carcinogen – meaning it causes cancer. Asbestos can cause cancer when asbestos fibers are disturbed (broken, moved, crushed, etc.) and the fibers are breathed in. Breathing in these fibers can cause them to become lodged inside the lungs, and over time, cause scarring and inflammation, possibly leading to asbestos cancer.
Types of Asbestos Cancer
There are four recognized types of mesothelioma: pleural (which is the most common), peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. The rarest forms of asbestos cancer are pericardial (affecting the heart) and testicular. Approximately 75% of all asbestos cancer patients have pleural mesothelioma, the type of mesothelioma that affects the lining of the lungs.
Who gets asbestos cancer?
Anyone exposed to asbestos can develop asbestos cancer, but the risk gets much higher considering the quantity and frequency of exposure. That is why many people who were diagnosed with asbestos cancer were exposed at the workplace. Others may have been exposed during their time in the military, and still others were diagnosed after secondary exposure. Visit our “Who Is At Risk?” page for more information.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with asbestos cancer, please contact a mesothelioma lawyer at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC today to learn your legal rights and options!