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Asbestos and Mesothelioma

The loss or sickness of yourself or a family member due to exposure to asbestos can be psychologically and financially devastating to a family. If you, or someone you care about, have been affected by asbestos-related health problems you may be entitled to compensation.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a preventable tumor-producing disease which can often be terminal. It is caused by a fiber known as Asbestos. Asbestos has been used in construction for insulation, fire prevention, roofing, tiles, paper, coatings, packaging, paint, friction and cement products. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Since 1964 Asbestos has been proven to cause lung damage and disease, but most uses of it are not banned. These fibers can be released into the air by disturbance of the material and inhaled, causing the fibers to enter the lungs where they remain, causing scarring and inflammation. People may be exposed in their homes, their work places, or in their community.


What are the Hazards of Exposure?
Mesothelioma and other asbestos related health problems usually develop years after the initial exposure. There are four types of mesothelioma: Pleural (lungs), peritoneal (abdomen), pericardial (heart) and testicular. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Tumors
  • death
  • chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Night sweats / fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Reduced Chest Expansion
  • Faint or Harsh Breathing Sounds
  • Dry Cough or Wheezing
  • Pleural Effusions
  • Hernias
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Feeling of Fullness
  • Abdominal Fluid Buildup
  • Bowel Obstruction

 

What Can I Do?

You may be entitled to compensation from the company that is responsible for exposing you or your loved one to asbestos.  When a company or manufacturer fails to warn of the hazards of asbestos, workers and the public are prevented from taking steps to protect themselves. There is a $32 billion trust fund set aside for asbestos victims and their families. This trust fund can help relieve the burden of caring for a sick family member, recover lost wages, pay medical bills and related expenses, pay for funeral costs and help ease the pain and suffering this disease can cause. These cases are time sensitive so contact an asbestos attorney as soon as possible to set up a consultation. You can e-mail us at contact@h-law.com

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