Asbestos, a mineral that occurs naturally in large deposits on every continent in the world, has been used by humans since before written history when people occasionally used it for wicks in lamps and candles. Humans didn’t start using asbestos regularly until the Industrial age, when it’s fire-retardant properties became an indispensable tool for the automobile, construction and military industries. However, despite all of those crucial uses, asbestos eventually became known as a danger to human health. In the last few decades, the mineral has generally been regarded as a known carcinogen that can cause horrific damage and diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of mesothelial tissue, which is a thin tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs. It is most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. While mesothelioma is considered incurable, symptoms can be relieved by treatments such as surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, asbestos can be found almost anywhere, leading people to be exposed to it at the workplace, in nature, in their communities and in their homes. When objects containing asbestos are disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibers are released into the air, breathed in, and become trapped in the lungs. When asbestos remains in the lungs for a long time, the fibers can accumulate, causing scarring, inflammation, breathing and eventually serious health issues. Some of the more common side effects of exposure to asbestos include:
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms or suspect you may have been exposed to asbestos, contact your doctor immediately.
When a person experiences symptoms of mesothelioma, tests and procedures can be performed to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan. The most common and effective diagnostic procedures are:
Always remember to choose a doctor who has extensive experience diagnosing mesothelioma as it is extremely important to catch this disease as early as possible.
Based on the location where the first tumor develops, there are four primary types of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can also be categorized based on the type of cancer cell (epithelioid, sarcomatoid, biphasic) and according to the degree of malignancy.
The majority of mesothelioma cases end in settlements before ever reaching the courtroom. According to a recent Mealey’s Litigation Report, the average mesothelioma trial award is estimated to be around $2.4 million, while the average settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million. However, some larger cases result in much more substantial court awards and settlements. Below are some prominent mesothelioma cases and settlements:
If you or a loved one has been exposed to or injured by asbestos, contact the lawyers at My Vaccine Lawyer to learn if you are entitled to compensation at (800) 229 - 7704.
Page last reviewed and updated: November 22, 2020