Mesothelioma is a cancer that has as its main cause exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is no longer used in construction in the United States, but there are some older buildings that may still contain it. Due to research about this form of lung cancer, asbestos is now removed with workers using equipment that protects them from breathing in the dust and particles and bringing any of those home to contaminate others or their own dwelling.
In the past, however before the danger was known or before employers made workers aware of the risk of working with asbestos, many people and their families were affected. Some types of workers in these situations are:
- Drywall Installers
- Elevator Mechanics
- Military Workers
- Steel Workers
- Ship Yard Mechanics
There are many other employees including teachers and other people working in schools, tile workers, painters and carpenters. Quite often the diagnosis did not occur until years after their work ended either through retirement, leaving their job to work elsewhere, bankruptcy, etc. The sad part of this scenerio is that the asbestos manufacturers were aware of the danger but did not produce evidence until OSHA made this information available in 1971.
People who have been diagnosed are entitled to compensation. Family members of those who have died are also entitled. Since this type of law suit is so specialized it is imperative to procure a Mesothelioma Lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced and has an excellent track record in these type of cases. You don’t want to deal with an attorney who will cause you more stress in an already stressful situation.