Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly, usually incurable form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Across the country each year, some 2,500 to 4,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other closely related diseases caused by asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is a tumor of the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs, which is called the “mesothelium.” There are mesothelioma treatment options that can slow the growth of mesothelioma tumors, or surgery can remove cancerous tissue, but the disease is usually terminal.
The most common form of mesothelioma strikes the tissue that surrounds the lungs, known as the “pleura.” Pleural mesothelioma is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Typically, when mesothelioma spreads it moves to the abdomen, where it is known as “peritoneal mesothelioma.” If asbestos fibers are swallowed, the victim’s cancer may initially manifest as peritoneal mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a group of minerals with long, thin fibers. It is heat- and fire-resistant, so it was widely used as insulation in industrial, manufacturing and consumer products from the mid-19th century through the 1980s.
Despite the fact that manufacturers understood that asbestos could cause mesothelioma as early as the 1920s, they continued to use it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put some restrictions on use of asbestos in consumer products before banning all new uses of asbestos in 1989. But, uses for asbestos developed before 1989 were still allowed.
Had this toxic material been removed from the market, many deaths from an entirely avoidable medical illness could have been prevented.
The mesothelioma lawyers of Bubalo Goode know that being diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease can be overwhelming and confusing. To make things simpler, we have compiled information for you regarding:
Visit our mesothelioma and asbestos exposure FAQs page for answers to some of the questions our lawyers frequently receive from mesothelioma patients and their families.
Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, and mesothelioma symptoms can be mistaken for the symptoms of other diseases. Because of this, the incidence of identified mesothelioma cases is actually growing year to year though asbestos is much less common than it once was.
Typically, a mesothelioma sufferer is a retired worker who spent his career in industrial, manufacturing or mechanical trades work. Generally, asbestos was found in machinery and equipment where protection from heat was a concern, including power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries, naval shipyards and other military bases.
When manufacturers produce products that are dangerous, or when employers knowingly expose their employees to deadly products and materials, they can be held accountable for their negligence. Such product liability lawsuits can result in awards to compensate the mesothelioma victim and/or their family with money for medical bills, as well as for their pain and suffering.
The Bubalo Goode law firm pursues product liability claims on behalf of mesothelioma sufferers and their families. We have represented many individuals who have been injured as a result of asbestos exposure and other unsafe products. Lawyers from Bubalo Goode have conducted trials in the state courts of numerous states and in multiple federal district courts.
Our attorneys try first to negotiate fair and proper settlements with our mesothelioma lawsuit clients’ former employers and/or asbestos-product manufacturers. This concludes cases quicker and gets needed compensation to mesothelioma sufferers and their families faster, so they can concentrate on dealing with this disease. In cases that cannot be settled to our clients’ satisfaction, we are prepared to present persuasive cases in court.
If a Bubalo Goode mesothelioma attorney takes your case to court, our commitment to you is that your attorney will apply the full weight of this firm’s knowledge and experience toward obtaining the most compensation possible for you.
If you or a loved one in has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the law firm of Bubalo Goode for a free review of your case and your legal options. Our lawyers help mesothelioma victims obtain compensation for medical treatment and therapy, and for their pain and suffering.
Contact us online or by phone at 866.870.2489 to set up a free initial consultation today. We are ready to help you get started on your case.