Asbestos was widely used in a variety of industries and products until the late 1970s when companies finally admitted the link between the rare cancer mesothelioma and the sharp fibrous mineral. By then, however, millions of Americans had been exposed to asbestos and suffered irreversible damage.
Morgan & Morgan helps injured people throughout Jackson, Mississippi recover damages from negligent corporations. Our mesothelioma lawyers hold the corporations that negligently exposed you to asbestos accountable for the illness you suffer. We can also represent your family in a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost your loved one to mesothelioma.
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How Does Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is a mineral with microscopic, long, thin fibers that float in the air when disturbed and become lodged in the victim’s lungs. The asbestos builds up in the lungs during repeated exposure, causing inflammation and scarring and eventually asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms typically develop years after exposure, complicating pinpointing the place and time of asbestos exposure.
Risk of Developing Mesothelioma
Most mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos in their jobs in such industries as mining, mechanics, construction, electrical, maritime, railroad, and manufacturing. These workers often carried asbestos fibers home on their clothing, also unknowingly exposing their families to the deadly material. Buildings under repair or in disrepair also exposed some office workers to asbestos, and some common household products put people at risk in their homes.
Federal law banned asbestos use in certain products, but many asbestos-containing products remain in production today. In addition, older products may contain asbestos that, when disturbed, unleash the dangerous fibers into the air.
The diverse range of products that may have contained asbestos at your workplace or your home includes insulation, vinyl flooring, pipe wrap, gaskets, automobile brake pads, cement, clothing, and paper. If you believe you were exposed or are being exposed to asbestos, contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible to investigate.
Proving Asbestos Exposure Caused Your Injuries
The delay in disease onset complicates recovery of damages. Many of the companies that processed asbestos have long since filed for bankruptcy. A company that remains in business is likely to deny its part in your exposure by pointing to other possibilities or blaming the victim.
Our Jackson mesothelioma attorneys have decades of experience in proving these difficult claims and in drawing the connection between your illness and the origins of your asbestos exposure.
Contact Our Mississippi Personal Injury Law Firm About Your Mesothelioma Case
Morgan & Morgan fights for you against the corporation that exposed you to asbestos. Our experienced Jackson mesothelioma attorneys are ready to discuss your rights and options for recovery. Schedule a free case evaluation today.