Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that contain strong, flexible and easily separated fibers. The mineral’s heat and electricity resistant properties made it a widely used material in construction, manufacturing and other commercial products.
The easily separated fibers in asbestos are what pose a hazard to anyone exposed to the material. When disturbed, these fibers are released into the air as microscopic dust particles. If these fibers are inhaled, they can cause serious health problems such as mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. By the middle of the 20th century, the dangers of asbestos exposure were brought to light. Despite the warnings of the danger, many companies continued use of the mineral, failing to provide their employees with this vital information.
Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Asbestos was found throughout history in thousands of products in multiple industries such as construction, plumbing, milling and more. Use of asbestos in commercial products dates back decades, with popularity growing in the 20th century Industrial Revolution. This “miracle fiber” as it came to be known was used in products including:
What is Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Our attorneys’ experience litigating on behalf of Missouri and Kansas residents has allowed us to identify numerous job sites where asbestos exposure occurred. Malignant mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This tumor typically forms on the mesothelium, the thin membrane lining the lungs, chest and abdomen.
Nearly 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the United States. Symptoms of the disease typically begin 10 to 50 years following exposure to asbestos, making the cancer hard to diagnose in its early stages. Symptoms differ depending on which of the three commonly known forms of mesothelioma a person may have.
Pleural mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lungs. Symptoms include:
- Chest or back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
- Pain when breathing
- Weight loss
Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the stomach. Symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
- Change in bowel habits
Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart. Symptoms include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations or murmurs
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. We are leaders in pursuing product liability lawsuits, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you. No payment is required until compensation is collected on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, don’t suffer alone–we’re here to help. The Preuss | Foster Law is experienced, innovative and determined to provide brighter futures for those hurt by companies that value profit over safety. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to healing starts today.
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