Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that makes an excellent insulation. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous when the small fibers it’s comprised of are inhaled, especially in large quantities. The construction industry has known for more than a decade that it was dangerous, but it wasn’t until the 1970′s that asbestos insulation finally started to be replaced by less harmful man-made insulation products. By then, lots of buildings, car parts and other manufactured items all over the world were filled with asbestos. Today, construction workers, home re-modelers, factory workers, firefighters, miners and other laborers still come into contact with the hazardous material. That means the potential for hard-working folks to develop the lung cancer known as pleural mesothelioma will continue for years to come. It generally takes 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure before the disease develops.
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that causes painful coughing, pain under the ribcage, shortness of breath and lumps of tissue beneath the skin on the patient’s chest. The progression of mesothelioma in a patient is very fast. Treatment can be provided to ease symptoms of the fatal cancer, but there is no cure.
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos could develop the lung cancer. Just a few stray fibers of asbestos on the clothes that a worker wears home can put loved ones at risk of the illness, too.
If you or a loved one in Odessa, Midland, the Permian Basin or Texas Hill Country have been exposed to asbestos and then diagnosed with mesothelioma, Ask Braker White to take on your case immediately. Our team is made up of experienced Odessa, TX, mesothelioma lawyers who will fight for the financial compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and even wrongful death.
There are also other cancers that have been linked to asbestos exposure. If you suspect that asbestos may have led to your colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer or pancreatic cancer, please contact Braker White today.