A cancer diagnosis is not something anyone wants to hear, but when someone is diagnosed with cancer caused by a well-known carcinogen such as asbestos, they understand the devastating financial effect this is likely to have on their family.
Asbestos related cancers are referred to as mesotheliomas. These cancers usually occur in the abdomen, heart, or lining of the lungs, and normally fall into one of three categories such as:
- Peritoneal mesothelioma occurring in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum
- Pericardial mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the heart, and known as the pericardium
- Pleural mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura.
Cancer caused by asbestos is somewhat difficult to diagnose in its early stages because it often mimics some minor respiratory infections. Physicians normally do not suspect mesothelioma unless they are aware of the patient’s history of exposure to asbestos.
Even though asbestos has been used as insulation and fire-retardant for hundreds of years, and has been linked to illnesses for some time, it has only been in the last 50 years that it has been linked to cancer.
After asbestos became recognized as a carcinogen, the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission started imposing strict mandates for industrial and commercial usage. Fully aware of the known hazards posed by asbestos fibers, this did not; however, prevent the asbestos producers from continuing to expose workers.
Attorneys Help Recover Asbestos Cancer Compensation
Many asbestos companies have been held responsible for exposing workers to this well-known carcinogen, and have had to pay out compensation.
The prognosis for this type of cancer is often not the best, but new treatments are being discovered giving hope to those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Contact Oldham & Smith, Tavares, Florida Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Attorneys for a consultation today.