The health risks of asbestos are well known to employers and employees alike, although this was not always the case. The full blown cases of mesothelioma often only emerge decades after the exposure. While some employees may believe that the statute of limitations has passed for bringing a mesothelioma claim decades after the work has ended, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney soon after the diagnosis to determine your options.
Asbestos was a relatively rare construction item until companies expanded the use of it in building materials during the 20th centuries. It was only decades later that medical specialists were able to link the inhalation of asbestos particles to mesothelioma.
If you or a family member are currently undergoing treatment for mesothelioma, you understand how devastating this cancer can be and the toll it takes on the victim. Mesothelioma is the most severe disease which can result from prolonged asbestos exposure, although remains undiagnosed for several decades after exposure. Mesothelioma often forms on the lining of the lungs, but can also form along the lining of the heart. Each year, approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed.
Asbestos is no longer used in construction materials, although mesothelioma cases are often diagnosed up to 50 years after exposure. The vast majority of diagnosed mesothelioma cases are the result of people who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, such as in shipyards or old public buildings. However, even family members were subject to asbestos exposure, when their loved ones came home with the asbestos fibers on their hair and clothes.
Mesothelioma can occur after a person inhales asbestos and the fibers lodge in mesothelial tissue, often over prolonged exposure to the asbestos fibers. These fibers can then lead to tumor growth. Over decades, the fibers build up along the lungs or abdomen which may lead to cancer.
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease which wreaks havoc on an individual exposed to asbestos and their family. Workers who develop mesothelioma often become very sick soon after the diagnosis, but they are still eligible to bring a claim for their medical expenses and the loss to their family. The attorneys of Sadler and Sadler are well experienced with asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and understand the emotional toll a diagnosis can take on your family. Our attorneys will work closely with you to calculate the full extent of damages your family is entitled to receive. Your loved one was continuously exposed to dangerous particles on a daily basis for years at a time and their employer should be held responsible for this prolonged exposure.
If you or a loved one were the victim of the devastating illness of mesothelioma caused by workplace environment, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience in personal injury cases, and always put our clients’ needs first. You are the individual who has had to cope with the repercussions of this tragic disease and you deserve to be compensated for the expense and emotional toll the illness has had on you and your family. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.