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Once thought to be the ideal building material due to its strength and insulation, asbestos was widely used in Massachusetts and across the United States for decades. However, it eventually became apparent that the mineral is responsible for serious illnesses, including mesothelioma — an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.
Although asbestos was largely phased out around the 1980s, it remains trapped in homes, schools, offices, and other buildings to this day. Disturbing these structures, whether through demolition or renovation, releases fibers of the mineral into the air. These endanger anyone in the vicinity who might inhale them. Meanwhile, people who worked with asbestos decades ago are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma to this day due to its long latency period.
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Mesothelioma: An Overview
Malignant mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testes. It has only one cause: exposure to asbestos. That means people who work or used to work in certain professions are at an increased risk for the disease. These include:
- Construction workers
- First responders
- Military veterans
The symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on the stage of the disease and what part of the body it affects. Early on, coughing, chest or abdominal pain, and shortness of breath are common. In the later stages, pain typically intensifies. Often, patients lose large amounts of weight and find it difficult to breathe.
Sadly, malignant mesothelioma has no cure. However, there are treatment options available that can prolong your life. These include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Typically, the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the more treatment options are available and the longer your life expectancy will be. That’s why it’s important to get tested if you notice any symptoms.
Mesothelioma claims are for protecting your family’s financial future and obtaining justice. At Morgan & Morgan, we believe the price of pain is infinite. However, by taking legal action, you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable and offset costs relating to the disease. These include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer in Massachusetts
Even if it’s been decades since you were exposed to asbestos, you may still be able to recover compensation in a mesothelioma claim. When it comes to taking on these industries, size matters. With more than 800 attorneys nationwide and billions of dollars recovered, Morgan & Morgan has the resources necessary to give you the best service possible. Morgan & Morgan is a family law firm. If we take your case, you’ll get a full team of lawyers and legal staff who treat clients like family, handling their cases personally.
More than 100,000 clients trust Morgan & Morgan. Don’t go through this alone. Our Massachusetts asbestos lawyers are ready to be by your side during these trying times. Schedule a free case review today to discover what we can do for you.