Asbestos is the general name for a group of minerals characterized by thin, lightweight fibers which can easily be inhaled. Once an extremely common building and insulating material, asbestos has been implicated in a number of serious illnesses, including lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. No safe level of exposure has been established.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and other bodily regions. Mesothelioma is nearly always associated with a history of asbestos exposure, and may develop as many as 50 years following initial contact.
Most mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure at work, however mesothelioma has also been diagnosed in adult children of asbestos workers who brought home asbestos fibers on their clothing.
Although most lung cancers are linked to smoking, approximately 3-8% are linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related lung cancer generally develops after prolonged occupational exposure, but like mesothelioma, it can take many decades to appear. As with mesothelioma, the evidence seems to indicate that there is some property of asbestos fibers that may cause physical damage to cells, leading to cancer.
Asbestos Victims Can Seek Compensation
Whatever the exact physical cause of asbestos-related cancers, the direct link between asbestos exposure and a variety of cancers has been well-established since the mid 20th century. Despite their knowledge of the risks, employers and asbestos product manufacturers took few steps to protect their workers or the general public from the dangerous effects of asbestos fibers. The legal system has held these companies responsible for this toxic legacy.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Although decades may have passed since the initial exposure took place, settlement money is often available even in cases where the responsible company has long since declared bankruptcy.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but getting legal help need not be. Contact an experienced asbestos litigation firm today, to discuss your situation.
With decades of experience serving asbestos victims like you, Bergman Draper Oslund is the only law firm in the Pacific Northwest focused exclusively on mesothelioma cases. Call us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation .