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Asbestos has been a valuable mineral material for over a century, but it has become even more infamous for its devastating effects on the body, including as a primary cause of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The World Health Organization has reported that between 1994 and 2008, over 17,000 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma in the United States, accounting for almost 20 percent of the world's deaths from the rare cancer.
Have you or someone you know been affected by lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis in Memphis? If so, you may be qualified to pursue a lawsuit against manufacturers and employers seeking compensation for medical bills (present and future), lost wages, and pain and suffering. Learn about your legal rights and options with an experienced legal professional by filling out the free, no-obligation case review on the right.
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Who Can Be Affected by Asbestos?
Asbestos has been used in a wide range of products, including insulation, brakes, fire retardant coatings, concrete, rollboard, flooring, pipeline wrap, clothing, roof coatings, millboard, paper, floor tile, shingles, and much more.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), asbestos has been used in high concentration in shipbuilding, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of asbestos textiles and other asbestos products. Demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, and automobile workers are at an especially high risk of being exposed to asbestos fibers.
Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestos didn't garner the attention of government agencies until the 1970s, and actually still remains on the market in many products. Although production and importation has decreased, many people are still being harmed and still others have not even realized the adverse health effects from prolonged asbestos exposure. Patients typically experience a latency period of 25 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos, and very few individuals experience the effects of asbestos exposure within 12 years.
The most common serious illnesses linked to asbestos exposure in Tennessee are:
- Lung cancer: Most asbestos-related deaths come from lung cancer. Smokers who were also exposed to asbestos have a seriously improved risk of having this deadly cancer.
- Mesothelioma: A relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart, mesothelioma has a long latency period and is almost always associated with asbestos exposure.
- Asbestosis: An inflammatory non-cancer disease in the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, permanent lung damage, and possibly death.
- Other cancers: As explained by the National Cancer Institute, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder.
- Pleural disorders: Asbestos exposure has also been linked to other lung ailments including pleural plaques, pleural thickening, and benign pleural effusions.
How a Memphis Asbestos Attorney Can Help
More than half a million asbestos lawsuits have been filed to date, and the number is steadily growing as the public becomes more informed.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, other cancers, or pleural disorders and think that it may have been related to asbestos exposure, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Do not hesitate to get an experienced legal advocate on your team.