Mesothelioma is most often a tragic diagnosis. Although treatable, this rare cancer is usually diagnosed in its late stages, with many sufferers succumbing to the disease within a couple of years.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this devastating cancer, contact our attorneys now to find out if you are eligible for personal injury compensation. For a free case review, please call 732-303-7857 today.
Mesothelioma Claims in New Jersey
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that has been widely used in construction and other industries. Asbestos was so widely used (and remains widely used today) because the durable little fibers are resistant to fire and heat. The fibers also do not conduct electricity.
When you inhale or swallow asbestos fibers, they can become lodged in your internal tissues, causing scarring and inflammation. It usually takes decades for mesothelioma to develop after the initial asbestos exposure. Common sources of asbestos exposure are:
- In your workplace
- In your home
- In your community
Most mesothelioma cases are filed by men and women who have been regularly exposed to asbestos because of the nature of their careers. Some of these job industries include:
- Insulation work
- Auto repair
- Demolition work
- Drywall removal
There have been cases in which family members of workers in these industries were secondarily exposed to asbestos from the clothing, shoes or hair of their loved ones.
Asbestos fibers can be found throughout older homes. It's been used in flooring, ceilings, insulation, wiring and even paint. When the fibers remain locked in these materials, they don't pose a risk. But when the material becomes disturbed – such as can happen if you are renovating your home – then the fibers are released into the air.
Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma affects the membranes lining the abdomen and the chest. It is a very rare form of cancer, but also incredibly deadly. Most people don't get an accurate diagnosis until advanced stages of the disease. Asbestos exposure can lead to other serious illnesses as well:
- Lung cancer
- Breathing problems
- Asbestosis (an inflammatory lung condition)
- Nonmalignant lung and membrane problems
If you were exposed to asbestos and were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another illness as a result of that exposure, our experienced attorneys can determine if you have a claim against those responsible. During your free case evaluation, we'll consider the details of your situation and explain what your options are moving forward.
For your free case evaluation, please call Clark & Clark at 732-303-7857 . Our experienced and compassionate mesothelioma attorneys serve all of Jersey City, Newark and the surrounding areas of New Jersey.