What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring heat and fire resistant mineral that has been used in common building materials, including drywall, brake pads, roofing materials, insulation, ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, stucco, cement board, fireproofing and acoustic materials. Those who work around or handle materials containing asbestos are at the greatest risk of becoming exposed when asbestos particles become airborne.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It is a malignant tumor of the covering of the lung or lining of the pleural and abdominal cavities, such as the chest and abdominal cavities.
What types of Mesothelioma are there?
Plural Mesothelioma – Cancer of the mesothelium in the lungs. Every 3 out of 4 people diagnosed with Mesothelioma have this type. It is because most asbestos fibers are inhaled and lodged into the lining of the lungs.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma – Cancer of the mesothelium surrounding the abdomen. This is about 20% of the people diagnosed with Mesothelioma. It is caused by ingesting asbestos fibers.
Pericardial Mesothelioma – Cancer of the mesothelium surrounding the heart. This is the most rare form of Mesothelioma. It is rarely diagnosed while the patient is still living.
Why was asbestos used if it was dangerous?
Asbestos has been used in these industries because it’s heat and chemical resistant. It’s also cheap. For these reasons, asbestos companies concealed the health risks of asbestos from its workers. As more and more people started being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a larger number of legal cases that resulted from asbestos exposure grew.
Asbestos/Mesothelioma trust funds
Companies have now set up trust funds to finance these cases and to reach settlements. There has been $30 billion in trust funds that have been set aside for victims of asbestos related diseases and cancers like mesothelioma. Call us today to get a free consultation with a lawyer to talk more about your asbestos related case, you could receive a money settlement if you have mesothelioma or were exposed to asbestos. Call the Highland Park Law Offices of John Borcia at (847) 566-8623.
Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?
Workers in the following certain occupations are at greater risk for asbestos exposure:
- Auto Mechanics
- Aircraft Mechanics
- Cleaning and Housekeeping Workers
- Construction and Demolition Workers
- Factory Workers
- Military Veterans
- Railroad Workers
- Textile Mill Workers
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer and other serious illnesses. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma include fatigue, pain and swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, and weight loss. Although mesothelioma does not manifest itself for 30-40 years, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you believe you may be suffering from mesothelioma. If you have these symptoms and think you have mesothelioma, you can contact our Highland Park mesothelioma lawyers to talk about your case and how you should go about medical treatment.
Finding a Mesothelioma doctor in the Northern Illinois area
We will refer you to the appropriate doctor who is experienced with dealing with Mesothelioma. You need a specialist, not any kind of cancer doctor. Call us today to get a free consultation with a lawyer and legal & medical advice. We will talk more about your asbestos related case with you for free, you could receive a money settlement if you have mesothelioma or were exposed to asbestos.
Is Mesothelioma Curable?
No, unfortunately if you are diagnosed with Mesothelioma you will not survive since it is not curable. How long you are expected to live with Mesothelioma for depends. If you are older, you have a much lower survival rate than younger ones. More than 50% of patients that have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma before the age of 50 live one year, but less than 33% of patients 75 or older live the same amount after being diagnosed.
Contact a Highland Park lawyer to get a free consultation
For those who are diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer or other illness like mesothelioma, you or your loved one may be entitled to legal compensation for the resulting damages. $30 billion trust fund has been set aside for victims of asbestos related diseases and cancers like mesothelioma. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos or has died from mesothelioma, please contact the Highland Park Law Offices of John M. Borcia at (847) 566-8623 in order to learn more about your legal rights. Our attorneys will be able to answer your questions and provide you with proper legal guidance. We will work on getting you the money you deserve!