Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is found in the mesothelium, the layer of tissue that surrounds and covers internal organs. Mesothelioma is directly related to asbestos exposure. Those who are most at risk of asbestos exposure, and therefore most at risk for the development of mesothelioma, are those who have been directly exposed to asbestos in their place of work. This includes mechanics, boilermakers, electricians, construction workers, demolitionists, machinists, laborers, manufacturers/factory workers, pipe workers, and sheet metal workers. This list is not inclusive. In addition to those who have been directly exposed to asbestos, family members of those who were directly exposed to asbestos may also be at risk. In many cases, asbestos fibers are carried home on the clothes of those directly exposed; after many years of this, the at-home exposure for family members can be significant enough to cause mesothelioma as well.
Proving the source of asbestos and the cause of mesothelioma will require an intensive investigation. Because many people who suffer from mesothelioma today were exposed to the asbestos fibers 20 or more years in the past, the investigation may include tracking down old employers and co-workers, gaining access to company’s testing records and materials lists, interviewing manufacturers and distributors, determining whether or not any other people in the industry/place of employment have developed an asbestos-related disease, and more. Proving causation will also require the expertise of medical professionals, who may be required to testify on your behalf.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if you lose a loved one to mesothelioma, you have the right to pursue civil action for loss of guidance, companionship, as well as compensation for funeral and burial expenses. We will assess your case and possibly seek the following compensatory damages on your behalf. Our top-rated mesothelioma attorneys at Roberts Markland, LLP work closely with a number of experts who can help build your claim. Call us today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also submit a contact form here and we’ll reach out to you at a time of your convenience.