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Mesothelioma attorneys never cease to be amazed at the greed and lack of accountability displayed by certain businesses when it comes to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma, a rare and fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure, can take years to reveal itself. Once it does, it usually kills within a few months to a year.
While asbestos has not been used in products since the 1970s, many products that are still in use today contain the organic fiber. When workers must come in contact with it through air particles, there is very specific protocol that must be followed to protect them from dangerous exposure – namely, specialized protective gear.
However, there have been countless examples where this has not been done, leading workers to fall ill decades after the initial encounter.
A recent case out of Tennessee is yet another example.
Six workers worked for a sub-contractor of the Department of Energy, which was in the process of cleaning up a uranium enrichment site back in 2000 and 2001. The workers were in charge of demolishing and disposing of condensers at the site. These were large pieces of electrical equipment, and the workers allege they were told that the condensers did not contain asbestos.
At the time, the workers requested that their employer outfit them with respirators. Their employers, reportedly, refused that request.
The workers allege they were subsequently exposed to the asbestos while they used chop saws to cut up the condensers.
If you’ve never seen a chop saw in action, it basically creates a very thick cloud of debris and dust. The workers contend that the material contained asbestos, and they were covered with the material. They were breathing in the cancer-causing material each day they went to work.
In addition to exposure from directly cutting up the material, the workers say they were also exposed to asbestos at the site when another contractor worked to burn insulation off condensers in order to salvage the copper that was inside. That insulation, the workers say, contained a significant amount of asbestos that then permeated the work site for an extended period of time.
The contractors (the employers) have not denied that the material contained asbestos. They have countered, however, that they didn’t know this. But these claims appear to fall flat in the face of other evidence.
Apparently, the Department of Energy has manuals pre-dating the contracting work that confirmed that the condensers did contain asbestos.
There has been no specific amount requested in the lawsuit, though the workers are seeking recompense for pain, suffering and the greatly increased chances that they will suffer mesothelioma or some other cancer or disease. Attorneys for the workers say that all six who have filed suit have had medical issues specifically related to their work at the DOE site, though those issues were not expanded upon.
The suit has been a long time coming. It was reportedly filed originally back in 2003, where it was bounced back and forth between several federal courts in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. It is now set to be heard in a Tennessee district court.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Call (888) 554-2030 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.