Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers Beech Grove IN
The skilled Beech Grove Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers at the law firm of Ward & Ward Personal Injury Lawyers, have successfully represented victims of this occupational disease for decades.
Mesothelioma is but one of the diseases associated with industrial exposure to asbestos. Other diseases include Asbestosis (scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, and cancer of the larynx (or voice box), heart, testicles, and ovaries.
Cancer that attacks the mesothelium
Surrounding the lungs, heart, and interior wall of the chest cavity is a layer of protective tissue known as the mesothelium. Its purpose is to secrete a fluid acting as a lubricant to protect the lungs and other organs against injury.
The mutation of cells within the lining or mesothelium may give rise to cancerous tumors called mesothelioma.
Who can get mesothelioma?
The asbestos fibers responsible for mesothelioma and other cancers are often found in industrial-type buildings and factories and within products used in schools, homes, garages, and on farms.
On its website, the CDC states that currently “most occupational exposures occur during repair, renovation, removal and maintenance of asbestos-containing products installed years ago.”
It can be decades before a worker receives a diagnosis of exposure —10 to 40 years, in fact. And even years longer for family members diagnosed with secondary exposure.
Principal bodily locations of Mesothelioma tumors
Tumors diagnosed as mesothelioma can occur in one or more locations within the body. The location of the most common mesothelioma tissues follows.
Cancer in the lining of the lungs is Pleural Mesothelioma. Somewhere between 80% and 90% of all mesothelioma cases involve the lung.
Ten to twenty percent of mesothelioma cancers involve the lining of the abdomen. These are peritoneal mesothelioma cancers.
Cancer of the mesothelium cells found in the lining of the heart account for approximately 1% or less of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases.
Testicular Mesothelioma is cancer in the mesothelium lining surrounding the testis. It accounts for 1% or less of diagnoses.
How asbestos enters the body
Raw asbestos fibers come from the excavation of natural environments, including rock and soil. There are two types of asbestos fibers: curly, and straight, needle-like strands. Both types of asbestos fibers share a link with cancer. These fibers may enter the body in one of two ways—through inhalation and/or swallowing.
Extent of exposure
The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates that today, exposure to asbestos may affect more than a million workers in construction and other industrial occupations. Worldwide, this number increases to 125 million.
Secondary exposure to asbestos
When a primary occupational victim of asbestos is unaware of their exposure, fibers on clothing or in the hair can make their way into their home. This can expose their spouse and children to non-occupational secondary asbestos through inhalation.
We still do not fully understand the pathways to asbestos exposure. So this field will require more studies in the future. But one growing concern, in particular, includes environmental pathways. In other words, since asbestos is a natural, environmental substance, is the general population at risk? However, at this time one thing is certain. Science validates that asbestos fibers may follow employees home from the workplace on clothing, tools, phones, and other accessories from the workplace.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos fibers and diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Cancer, contact the Beech Grove Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers.
Time is of the essence: Seek the skilled Beech Grove Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers to represent you
After you or a loved one receives an asbestos-related tumor diagnosis, it is critical to your claim that you contact the Beech Grove mesothelioma cancer lawyers as soon as possible. Ward & Ward Personal Injury Lawyers will take a close look at your work history, medical history, and your doctor’s notes before discussing your options and the potential of settlement vs. trial.
Accessing mesothelioma trust funds
In the late sixties, when asbestos became a proven cause of cancer, many companies sought relief through bankruptcy. These declarations of insolvency would reduce or eliminate companies’ financial exposure from the many lawsuits to come. The perception of need would establish trust funds to compensate future victims and their families.
Contact the Beech Grove Cancer Lawyers
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or another form of cancer brought about through exposure to asbestos fibers, contact the Beech Grove Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers right away. The attorneys from Ward & Ward Law Firm have more than a century of combined experience helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own.
Don’t wait! Call attorney Charlie Ward today at (317) 639-9501 to discuss your claim.