08 Jul Asbestos Exposure
Whether a victim was harmed by an occupational disease due to chemical exposure, corporate negligence or any other occupational hazard, the suffering and resulting expenses can be devastating. At Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC we have extensive experience representing asbestos exposure victims and their families after a Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, COPD, Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer diagnosis or wrongful death.
We understand the devastation that asbestos exposure has caused you and your family, and we will take strategic legal action to hold the negligent parties accountable. Moreover, we will work tirelessly to ensure you and your family receive the maximum compensation.
Even after its dangers and risks were known, asbestos has been used as a common material in thousands of household and industrial products. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been shown to cause a range of serious health conditions, including COPD; asbestosis; lung cancers; and mesothelioma – a condition that inevitably results in death. At Baggett McCall, we offer strategic advocacy to protect the rights of asbestos exposure victims and their families. Asbestos exposure can have serious and fatal consequences. For victims, once exposed, the damage has already been done. Due to latency, the tragic side effects and symptoms may not arise until decades after exposure.
Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis – Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Most victims are diagnosed with lung mesothelioma and notice symptoms only after it is terminal, many years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, or both.
We have been able to achieve multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in asbestos-related litigation, and we are recognized as pioneers in the area of asbestos and mesothelioma related litigation. Cole v. Celotex, a case handled by this firm, has been called the “Bible” of asbestos-related litigation.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asbestosis or if you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or cancer, do not hesitate to contact Baggett McCall for an immediate consultation or case evaluation.
While breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in America, lung cancer is responsible for the most deaths. In fact, 90% of lung cancer cases are from smoking, but what about the remaining ten percent? About half of that is related to asbestos exposure.
The term ‘asbestos cancer’ is typically reserved for mesothelioma, however, there are a number of other cancers associated with exposure to asbestos. Asbestos exposure can be a direct cause of lung cancer and has been linked to a number of other cancers as well. Mesothelioma occurs over an extended period of time, as healthy mesothelial cells develop DNA damage that then leads to cancer. These cells cover the outer surface of most of the body’s internal organs. Asbestos Exposure-related lung cancer is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers, which get caught in the lining of the lungs, causing cells to mutate and become cancerous.
Know the symptoms. Diagnosing asbestos-related cancer can be difficult because symptoms closely mirror those of other, less serious, respiratory complications. Symptoms include: shortness of breath, chronic cough, and chest pain. MRIs and CT scans are needed to fully diagnose an asbestos cancer.
Any form of cancer can be a trying experience, but in the case of asbestos-related cancers, the victim may not be aware they were even at risk. It’s important to know the facts when it comes to asbestos litigation, and the lawyers at Baggett McCall will personally handle your case and deliver you the best results.
What is asbestos?
Commercially, asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral used in fire-resistant and insulating materials. Asbestos also occurs naturally. Natural asbestos is a rock-forming mineral with thin, fibrous crystals.
Where is asbestos found?
Natural asbestos deposits can be exposed due to erosion of natural land sources as well as the disruption of large mineral deposits. When disturbed, the toxic fibers can become airborne, and can be found in places such as:
• Outdoor air
• Indoor air
• Settled dust
• Street dust
Where is asbestos being used?
Before regulation of the substance, asbestos was commonly found in the construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries. In present day, asbestos is still being used in these industries at regulated levels. However, asbestos can still be found in:
• Automobile clutches
• Brake pads
• Corrugated sheeting
• Imported cement pipe
• Roofing materials
How do I know if I’ve been exposed to asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos is most common in workers of industrial fields, such as construction, automotive and shipbuilding. Take home asbestos exposure can be found in individuals who came into contact with directly exposed industrial workers.
What do I do if I have been exposed to asbestos?
Seek medical attention for further screening and diagnosis. Know the symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses. Symptoms often mimic other, less serious respiratory complications, such as chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath. Talk to your doctor if you believe you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos.
How do I file a claim for an asbestos related illness?
If you or a loved one is the victim of an asbestos related illness due to the negligence of others, contact the lawyers at Baggett McCall for a free consultation. Our attorneys are dedicated to the well-being of our clients, and we will handle your case so you don’t have to worry.
Protecting Your Rights
It is important to be very careful when choosing an attorney to handle your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience in asbestos exposure, take home exposure, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cases. Our attorneys are seasoned in the complex medical issues that are crucial to making a strong claim for compensation. We will take every necessary step to identify all responsible parties and pursue every avenue of recovery on your behalf.
Baggett McCall – The Serious Injury Lawyers
Contact Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC in Lake Charles, LA, for a free consultation or call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now to speak directly with an experienced asbestos exposure lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.