17 Dec Mesothelioma and Risks Associated With Asbestos
Regardless of the nature of your industry or profession, the responsibility of ensuring that you work in a healthy and safe environment must be a top priority for yourself and your employer. Perhaps one of the biggest dangers that employees face, and that employers fail to prevent, is exposure to asbestos.
While decades of research strongly correlate asbestos exposure to the prevalence of several severe respiratory disorders, the most common, as well as the most deadly, is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, or both. Most victims diagnosed notice symptoms only after it is terminal, which usually happens many years after the initial exposure to asbestos.
The Dangers of Mesothelioma
Even after its dangers and risks were known, asbestos continued to be used as a common material in thousands of household and industrial products. Even after the Clean Air Act of 1970 listed asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant that must be regulated, and after the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 banned most of its commercial uses, most of the buildings originally containing asbestos still stand.
Asbestos litigation is the longest and costliest mass tort in U.S. history, involving more than 8,000 defendants and 700,000 plaintiffs. Current trends indicate that the rate at which people are diagnosed with the disease will likely increase through the next decade. So if you were diagnosed, you are not alone, and you have options.
What Baggett McCall Offers
At Baggett McCall, we offer strategic advocacy to protect the rights of asbestos exposure victims and their families. We have been able to achieve multi-million dollar settlements and trial verdicts in asbestos-related litigation and 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 a free consultation.
Call 337-478-8888 or 800-256-1137 now to speak directly with an experienced personal injury, wrongful death, and chemical exposure lawyer. Our lawyers will take every necessary step to identify all responsible parties and pursue every avenue of recovery on your behalf.