When it comes to the risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos is the only known cause in the United States. Determining how and where you were exposed is critical to collecting damages and fighting to ensure the long-term financial well-being of your family.
Contacting an experienced asbestos exposure lawyer or mesothelioma attorney is critical from the earliest stages of such cases. Because a mesothelioma diagnosis often comes 30 or 40 years after exposure, proving such cases is often a complex process. Speaking with an experienced law firm as early as possible is key. While some patients defy the odds, and new treatments are being deployed every year, the average survival after diagnosis is typically only about one year.
The National Cancer Institute reports that each and every one of us are exposed to asbestos at some point in our lives — it is the length and severity of the exposure that can increase your risk of a mesothelioma diagnosis later in life. However, chronic exposure is not necessary. Some studies have found that exposure for as little as 30 days can result in the development of this deadly form of cancer.
Asbestos has been mined and used commercially in North America since the late 1800s; it was used extensively during World War II. As we reported recently on our Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog, asbestos has never been banned for most U.S. uses, though most manufacturing processes have phased it out because of the known cancer risks and associated liability.
Industries associated with asbestos exposure include:
-Shipbuilding: Asbestos was used to insulate boilers, steam pipes and hot water pipes.
-Automotive Industry: Asbestos was used in brake shoes and clutch pads.
-Building Industry: Asbestos was used in joint compounds, floor tiles, paints and adhesives.
-Mill workers: Many textile mill workers were exposed to asbestos, particularly in New England.
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