Mesothelioma is a rare and incurable form of lung cancer that develops in the protective lining around the body’s internal organs. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma in the United States. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if you have already lost a loved one due to the disease, you should know that you may be entitled to financial compensation.
The Fostel Law Firm, PLLC is ready and willing to assist individuals and families as they seek justice. If you have suffered due to a mesothelioma diagnosis or asbestos exposure, we can help you take action.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a substance that was mined and used extensively in the late 1800s and throughout the 20th century for construction and other industrial applications. Asbestos was initially banned in the US in 1978, but was not phased out until over a decade later. Despite being discontinued, it remained in products that were in existence for years afterward. Due to its pervasive use, millions of individuals were exposed to asbestos in a variety of ways, including:
- Occupational Exposure - Construction, military, and many other industrial lines of work resulted in frequent exposure to asbestos
- Secondary Exposure - Family members of workers in asbestos-heavy occupations were at risk due to asbestos dust and fibers brought into the home
- Product Exposure - Certain materials like joint compounds, gaskets, and other products previously contained asbestos
- Environmental Exposure - Many older buildings constructed prior to the banning of asbestos may contain the harmful substance even today
The total number of asbestos-related deaths in the United States has been projected to exceed 200,000 by the year 2030. This is largely due to the extended latency of mesothelioma, which can develop even 40 to 50 years after an individual is exposed to asbestos.