Many people diagnosed with mesothelioma are older workers, retired workers and veterans who inhaled asbestos many decades earlier. If you were exposed to asbestos when you were in your 20s and you’ve lived in relative good health into your 60s or 70s, you may not immediately associate the symptoms you’re now experiencing with and event three or four decades ago.
The delayed appearance of symptoms of asbestos-related disease is a complicating factor in diagnosing mesothelioma. Still, it’s important to detect mesothelioma as early as possible while the aggressive cancer is more treatable.
Mesothelioma and the Link to Asbestos
The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, a cancer that originates in the thin tissue lining of the lung, the pleura. If not identified early, the tumors may then spread to other parts of the body. People who swallow asbestos dust also may develop peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of abdominal cavity. Peritoneal mesothelioma is much less common that pleural mesothelioma.
Asbestos, which was durable and heat resistant, was used as an additive in many products and building materials from the 1940s through the 1970s. It was used in everything from roofing and home insulation to ceiling tile to Christmas decorations. A recent government report by the General Accounting Office estimated that 27 million to 100 million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos.
It’s shameful, but asbestos manufacturers were aware or should have foreseen the harmful health effects of asbestos. As early as 1900, asbestos was recognized as a cause of occupational disease, and the link between asbestos and mesothelioma was established by 1960. Even after those dates, manufacturers continued to sell asbestos and failed to warn consumers and industrial workers of the hazards of inhaling asbestos dust.
Mesothelioma And Your Legal Rights
It is now well established that asbestos manufacturers may be held liable for the harm caused by their products. People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma may be entitled to compensation from companies that manufactured asbestos or asbestos products. Many asbestos manufacturers have created trust funds to compensate victims of mesothelioma and asbestos disease.
New York mesothelioma claims attorney Joseph W. Belluck, a founding partner in Belluck & Fox, has extensive records of NY employers that used asbestos and has substantial experience in representing victims of mesothelioma and asbestos diseases.
Mr. Belluck has a national reputation for mesothelioma litigation and has received the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell, an authoritative legal directory. He has tried or settled numerous asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits, including a case that settled for more than $12 million. A founding principle of the law firm is personalized, professional representation of clients.
In August 2011, the Belluck & Fox law firm obtained verdicts totaling more than $32 million and more than $19 million in two separate cases involving victims diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. In September 2011, Belluck & Fox, LLP was recognized on a list of America’s best law firm, published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine.
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