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Asbestos has been used in thousands of products since the 19th century. It is known for its resistance to heat and fire, and was used heavily in the 1940s in shipyards during World War II. It is commonly used in construction materials and is in many older homes. However, asbestos is also the cause of a kind of cancer called mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, the protective lining around the lungs, heart, and abdominal organs. The most common type of mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura, the lining around the lungs. It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Symptoms can take ten years to several decades to appear, but in rare cases mesothelioma can appear very quickly.
It is an extremely painful disease that kills its victims in less than two years. Early detection of mesothelioma offers victims a better chance of survival since most treatments are available only to those in the early stages of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that is only caused by asbestos exposure, and it is often preventable. Personal injury attorneys like those at the Evans Law Firm in San Francisco, California can help you get the compensation you and your family need after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Exposure to Asbestos
Health risks to asbestos exposure have been known about since the early 1900s. Those at greatest risk of exposure to mesothelioma include working in industries such as:
- Oil refineries
- Small appliance manufacturers
- Automotive manufacture and repair
In older homes, asbestos can be found in:
- Duct work
Occupants of these homes are safe as long as the asbestos remains contained or sealed because you are not in danger of inhaling asbestos fibers. The danger increases as homes age and deteriorate and remodeling must be done. Even small repairs can expose you to asbestos fibers.
In addition to household exposure, families of employees working around asbestos may also be exposed to fibers brought home in clothing.
Continued Risk of Asbestos Exposure
In spite of being a known health risk, asbestos continues to be used in products today. As a result, people continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure to the general public will continue as thousands of homes and businesses age. Also, natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes can release asbestos that was otherwise sealed and contaminate first responders and others in the area.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos fibers, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Evans Law Firm for a free and confidential case consultation. We serve the San Francisco, California area, as well as the entire state of California including the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Contact us for a free and confidential consultation at 888-891-4906 or 415-441-8669.