Mesothelioma is a rare but highly deadly cancer that has been directly linked to exposure to the asbestos mineral. In many instances, companies have manufactured and sold products that contained asbestos without warning of its dangers, and employers have allowed workers to be exposed to the mineral without taking proper steps to ensure their health and safety.
If you believe that you or a loved one was wrongfully exposed to asbestos and is now suffering illness due to the fault of another person or company, it’s crucial to contact an Atlanta mesothelioma lawyer right away. You may be entitled to money to pay for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other damages.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates are here to help you. Our legal team has experience handling complex personal injury and wrongful death cases such as mesothelioma lawsuits. We can provide you with a free consultation and discuss your legal rights and options.
We assist mesothelioma victims and their families in Atlanta and in communities across Georgia, including Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville and Loganville. To learn more, call us today or fill out our online form. We’ll work hard to get the legal relief you deserve.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that kills nearly 3,000 Americans each year. The two main types of mesothelioma are:
- Pleural mesothelioma – This disease affects the lining of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weight loss, hoarseness, coughing up blood, difficulty swallowing and a loss of energy, strength and appetite.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma – This disease affects the lining of the abdomen. Symptoms include abdominal pain and swelling, frequent urination, fever, night sweats, bowel obstruction, anemia, nausea, loss of appetite and significant weight loss.
The causes for both types of mesothelioma is asbestos, a mineral that was once widely used in commercial and residential settings throughout the U.S., including Georgia, due to its flame-resistant properties. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they cause irritation in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or other organs, which in turn causes the changes in cells that leads to the development of mesothelioma.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the latency period between one’s initial exposure to asbestos and the onset of mesothelioma generally ranges from 20 to 40 years. That means a person who has been diagnosed with the disease today may need to go back several decades – and sort through a long line of jobs and residences – to determine when they were exposed to the asbestos that has caused their illness.
According to the National Institute for National Safety and Health, the industries that have shown the highest rates of mesothelioma among its workers are:
- Ship and boat building and repairing
- Industrial and chemical
- Petroleum refining
- Electrical light and power
Those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines – have experienced an unusually high rate of asbestos illness, especially those who worked as mechanics, pipefitters, steamfitters, mechanical engineers or electricians during their years of service.
Even teachers who work in older school buildings may have been exposed to asbestos through insulation, floor tiles and ceiling tiles.
Although asbestos is no longer mined in the U.S. and is rarely, if ever, used in modern products, individuals may continue to be exposed to the disease when working to remove asbestos from older buildings or when serving as members of demolition crews.
Additionally, an individual who has not directly handled asbestos may develop mesothelioma by breathing in asbestos fibers and dust that traveled from work to the home on a family member’s hair, skin or clothing.
Our Atlanta Mesothelioma Attorneys Can Help You
Studies show that manufacturers of asbestos-containing products may have been aware of its health dangers as far back as the 1920s. Still, companies continued to make and sell these products without giving proper warnings, and employers failed to provide proper training and safety equipment for workers coming into contact with this mineral.
If you believe that you are ill due to being wrongfully exposed to asbestos, it is crucial to work with an Atlanta mesothelioma attorney who will work hard to secure compensation for you.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates can pursue relief for you and your loved ones through a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. We can review your residential and occupational history, research records and interview co-workers and other witnesses. We can ultimately determine when and how you were exposed to asbestos and who should be held legally responsible, including any manufacturers, distributors or sellers of asbestos-containing products.
Contact Our Atlanta Mesothelioma Lawyers Today
Mesothelioma cases can be complicated matters. A successful mesothelioma lawsuit requires extensive research and investigation. If you pursue legal relief for the physical, emotional and financial harm you have suffered due to asbestos exposure, it is important to work with a law firm that has the skill, experience and resources to handle these types of cases.
To learn how The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates can help you, call us today or use our online form. We serve clients throughout Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville and across Georgia. Our Atlanta mesothelioma lawyers can provide a free consultation about your case.
Remember, if we don’t win, you don’t pay.