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Representing Victims of Asbestos Exposure Nationwide
Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm, P.A. has made it its goal to help victims of asbestos exposure and resulting mesothelioma. Our asbestos attorneys have obtained millions on behalf of our clients since 1985. We are recognized as one of the top five law firms in the United States in the area of mesothelioma and asbestos litigation and routinely represent clients in Florida and across the nation.
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What You Need To Know About Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is made up of a collection of six naturally-occurring minerals. These minerals are composed of fire and chemical-resistant fibers. Because of these characteristics, asbestos was incorporated into a multitude of products that were used daily, such as fireproof gear and building materials. Eventually, it became known that asbestos-exposure is a cause of mesothelioma, a fatal form of lung cancer. As a result, the federal government sought to limit asbestos use and exposure in 1972. Asbestos exposure results from swallowing or inhaling the fibers. While most people inhale trace amounts, serious injuries only occur from repeated, severe exposure.
The Danger of Firsthand Asbestos Exposure
When asbestos fibers are released into the air, individuals are at risk of breathing them into their respiratory system. If that happens, the fibers may become trapped for life and cause severe problems. Many industrial workers are at a higher risk for asbestos exposure because of the presence of asbestos in industrial products.
Some of the occupations which are typically associated with the onset of mesothelioma later in life are as follows:
- Automotive mechanics
- Cement Finishers
- Drywall Workers
- Foundry Workers Helpers
- Painters Paper workers
- Pipe fitters
- Power Plant Workers
- Sailors (Navy & Merchant Marine)
- Shipyard workers
- Steel and Sheet metal workers
Although the law protects workers from asbestos exposure today, past exposure could still lead to serious health problems, not only for workers, but for their families and other secondhand parties.
The Dangers of Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
Even if asbestos isn’t present in the daily workplace, many have suffered from secondary exposure. Asbestos is undetectable without the help of lab equipment and trained technicians.
Secondary asbestos exposure can result from the following:
- Washing clothes exposed to asbestos
- Coming into contact with a person routinely exposed to asbestos
- Environmental contamination from a plant
- Improper removal of asbestos materials from a home or structure
Before asbestos limitations were imposed, many individuals – women especially – were exposed to asbestos fibers through contact with a family member who worked in an industrial occupation. Simple interactions such as hagging or washing clothes could release asbestos particles into the air.
Are We Still In Danger of Asbestos Exposure?
Even today, the official position of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is that even permissible exposure limits under U.S. regulations are not enough to prevent or protect against asbestos-related cancers, including mesothelioma. Today, safety advocates believe even very low levels of exposure to asbestos dust or particles may be enough to cause cancer.
The exposure event has been documented to be as short as 1-3 months. Meanwhile, the incubation period for the disease is almost always at least 15 years and reaches its peak at between 30 and 40 years. Consequently, many patients who were exposed as young adults may not be diagnosed with mesothelioma until they are retired. This lag time has resulted in an unknown number of patients each year who never make a connection between this deadly disease and their exposure to asbestos.
In many cases, a company that permitted an employee to be exposed to asbestos either knew or should have known of the risks. Such risks have been known since the early 1900s. Yet asbestos has continued to be used in many products, including insulation, floor products, roof shingles, cement, brake linings, and textiles.
We Fight for Veterans Who Have Been Injured By Asbestos Exposure
Many veterans have experienced cancer, mesothelioma, or other lung problems due to excessive asbestos exposure during their time in the military. Nearly every branch of the Armed Forces had some form of asbestos present in insulation.
Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma may have been exposed to asbestos on the following:
- Aircraft carriers
- Auxiliary vessels
As these military vehicles were created with asbestos, military members often inhaled the fibers. Thousands of veterans have suffered asbestos-related sickness from the exposure.
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.
Florida Asbestos Lawyers Fighting For Your Compensation
For over 30 years, The Ferraro Law Firm has capably represented the rights of over 20,000 victims of asbestos exposure. Our skilled Florida mesothelioma attorneys have made a name for themselves as successful asbestos litigators, unafraid to take on large corporations and fight for just compensation on their client’s behalf.
We are listed in Top Law Firms and Elite Trial Lawyers in addition to being members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. The Ferraro Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you don’t pay a single legal fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.