The mesothelium is a fluid lining that covers most organs in the human body. Its job is a lubricant to allow movement. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that invades the mesothelium. It can show up in various areas of the body, such as the lungs, stomach, heart, and testis,
Once commonly used in building materials, car parts and household items, asbestos was considered fascinating stuff. In the late 1960’s scientist linked asbestos to people becoming sick. Asbestos was banned for a short time between 1989-1991. However, as of 2018, a ban against this harmful material still doesn’t exist.
What are some of the Symptoms
Depending on which area is affected, some symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and other respiratory complications are the most common in the pleural region. Other symptoms may include fatigue, abdominal swelling, and loss of appetite. No matter where the disease appears in the body pain is present.
Sick By Association
Second-hand exposure occurs when fibers from the asbestos are transferred by way of touch. A loving hug could become potentially deadly. The person who is exposed initially becomes a carrier. Sadly, when these carriers came home after a hard days work, they unintentionally put their loved ones at risk.
What’s the Good News?
It may be worth including some additional facts here to offer a positive spin. Most people who are exposed to asbestos don’t get Mesothelioma. It’s unclear why there is a 20-50 year latency period for those who do get the disease. Experts postulate that a person’s lifestyle and health of the immune system may have an impact.
Should You Seek Compensation?
Unfortunately, many companies never ceased using asbestos materials once its potential dangers were discovered. It’s not the worker’s fault that he or she was working in a dangerous environment. The workplace should be a safe zone, and those companies who didn’t take immediate action to eradicate the harmful situation is at fault.
Fortunately, there may be an opportunity for victims who contracted Mesothelioma due to company’s diligence to receive compensation. Hiring the right lawyer for this type of case is vital. Not just any lawyer will suffice.