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is an extremely deadly cancer of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity
and internal organs. There is no cure, and the only known cause is exposure to
asbestos. The cancer occurs most often in the pleura (membrane between the
lungs and the ribs), but it can also spread or occur locally in the lining of
abdominal organs or heart.
has a long latency or “incubation” period, sometimes as much as 20 to 40 years.
Workers exposed to airborne asbestos fibers before the dangers were well-publicized
and better regulated (before the late 1970s) are still being diagnosed with
this disease. Between 2,500 and 4,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma
When asbestos is mined, or when certain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are processed, asbestos is sometimes released into the air in dust-sized fibers. Asbestos fibers can be airborne in a processing plant, in the environment nearby, or even in workers’ homes once they accidentally carry them there on their clothes. When the fibers are inhaled, they lodge in the lungs and nearby membranes, and the body cannot get rid of them.
to some states, Louisiana has an elevated incidence rate of mesothelioma
diagnoses. Like other states with high diagnosis rates, Louisiana is home to
many industries and businesses that utilize asbestos, including:
In addition, Louisiana residents may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos during the past several decades due to the damaging effects of powerful hurricanes and their impact on asbestos-filled buildings.
can develop for years without showing any signs. Sometimes it is discovered
earlier when a chest X-ray is taken for unrelated reasons. If it progresses far
enough for symptoms before it is discovered, those symptoms can include:
No, but some of its applications have been banned. Spray-on insulation, preformed pipe insulation, and hot water heater insulation containing asbestos have been banned. Other uses, such as asbestos-cement corrugated and flat sheet, roofing felt, and auto brake components are not currently under ban in the U.S.
Asbestos has many important heat-resistant features, but its processing has been poorly regulated in the past. Even though federal regulation of asbestos processing is now stricter than ever, there are still slip-ups. The bottom line is that even if asbestos were completely banned today, the long incubation period means mesothelioma would still be with us for years to come.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect is that workers might unknowingly carry
asbestos fibers into the home on their clothes. Family members have contracted
the disease simply from this low-level exposure. Also, you don’t have to work
with asbestos or in an asbestos processing plant in order to inhale airborne
fibers. Many workplaces are large complexes with one small section in which
asbestos-containing materials or products are handled. A lack of proper
workplace controls, such as proper ventilation, can sometimes mean airborne
fibers drift elsewhere in a complex. Worse, the fibers can be airborne in the
surrounding vicinity of a business in which ACMs are processed.
No. Short-term exposure has been proven to cause mesothelioma in many people. The fibers can be inhaled deeply enough on just one or two occasions for them to lodge permanently, deep within the lungs. The body cannot dispose of asbestos fibers. The frequency of exposure, and the amount to which someone is exposed, is not a sure way to predict the onset of the disease. Any cancer can have a faster onset due to various factors, known and unknown (smoking, genetic predisposition, etc.). For this rare form of cancer, any person who inhaled asbestos fibers can contract mesothelioma. Contact the asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys at Dudley DeBosier today for an immediate and confidential evaluation of your case.
so many mesothelioma diagnoses are occupation related, it’s important to have a
lawyer on your side who understands your line of work, the area where you and
your family live, and the history of your city, region, and state.
Dudley DeBosier, we know how asbestos has affected Louisiana and its people.
We’ve watched the number of mesothelioma deaths increase year after year, and
it’s our goal to help victims and their loved ones throughout the state get the
compensation they deserve for what they’ve been through.
you hire the asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys at Dudley DeBosier, you don’t
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