Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer. It forms from cells of the mesothelium, which is a lining that covers many internal organs. The most common cause of mesothelioma is from exposure to asbestos, which is a set of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos became popular among builders and manufacturers because of many of its properties, such as being fire resistant, heat and electricity resistant, and affordable. However, the use of asbestos has been banned because the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses.
Most people who have developed mesothelioma worked in jobs where they either inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to asbestos dust. In addition, washing the clothes of a family member who has worked with asbestos creates a mesothelioma risk. Some examples of jobs that might have involved contact with asbestos in the past include carpenters, insulators, members of the military, plumbers, electricians, roofers, welders, heating and air conditioning technicians, and pipefitters.
Each year, between 2,500 and 3,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Many individuals are misdiagnosed with pneumonia, when they actually have mesothelioma. About a third of all diagnosed mesothelioma victims have served in the U.S. Navy. Most people who are diagnosed were exposed to asbestos in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it's critical that you contact an attorney. You almost certainly contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. The company that you worked for during your exposure or another party could be held liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Your family members can also receive compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or learn more about our practice on Facebook.