Former industrial workers and veterans have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma
As a form of cancer, which affects the lungs, mesothelioma occurs in approximately 3,000 people in the United States every year. Unlike lung cancer, which develops inside the lungs, mesothelioma develops on the outer lining of the lungs, medically known as the mesothelium, hence the name of the disease.
The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure occurs when a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers from the air. It was a very frequent occurrence in industrial facilities and in the military, particularly in the Navy, during the last century, between 1920 and 1980. As a consequence, former industrial workers and veterans are now at the highest risk of developing it.
Over 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans will develop a disease as a result of asbestos exposure at some point during their lifetime, including mesothelioma.
It is worthy of note that mesothelioma develops within 20 to 50 years from the first asbestos exposure, as it has a long latency period. Over the decades, the asbestos fibers which attached themselves to the outer lining of the lungs gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring which will, in turn, give way to the development of malignant tumors. There are four types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common form, develops on the outer lining of the lungs and accounts for over 80% of cases. Responsible for 15% to 20% of the cases, peritoneal mesothelioma occurs on the outer lining of the abdomen, known as the peritoneum, and has the most favorable prognosis. Accounting for 1% of cases, pericardial mesothelioma develops on the outer lining of the heart, the pericardium, whereas testicular mesothelioma, the rarest form, occurs on the outer lining of the testicles.
Which former industrial workers are susceptible to developing mesothelioma?
In addition to veterans, who are at high risk of developing mesothelioma as a consequence of asbestos exposure which occurred in the military, former industrial workers are also likely to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, as asbestos was employed by over 75 industries during the last century for the convenient properties it has, such as fire resistance. Asbestos exposure is responsible for 1 in 3 occupational cancer deaths. The following are the occupational groups which are at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma since they were heavily exposed to asbestos:
- construction workers
- power plant workers
- chemical plant workers
- oil refinery workers
- asbestos products manufacturers
- paper mill workers
- textile mill workers
- shipyard workers
- sheet metal workers
However, these are only some of the former industrial workers who may develop mesothelioma as a result of occupational asbestos exposure. Therefore, if you worked in another industry, which used asbestos and came to struggle with mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure, you are still eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds. Established by asbestos companies, which filed for bankruptcy due to the increasing number of former employees who took legal action for developing serious diseases as a result of workplace asbestos exposure, asbestos trust funds are the primary source of compensation for former industrial workers and veterans today.
Our attorneys will help you recover the compensation you deserve
Specializing in toxic exposure cases, particularly in asbestos exposure cases, our attorneys have been providing quality legal assistance to the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members since 1990. Thereby, if you are a former industrial worker or a veteran who developed mesothelioma as a result of occupational or military asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our law firm and we will promptly review your situation. After a thorough discussion with our attorneys, during which you need to describe the circumstances under which you were exposed to asbestos, they will prepare your claim, which will be filed with one or multiple asbestos trust funds, depending on the number of employers who exposed you to asbestos. If you are a veteran, we will also file a claim for disability compensation with the VA, as they offer compensation as well.
However, most of your compensation will come from asbestos trust funds, whether you are a former industrial worker or a veteran, as they provide victims of asbestos exposure with the largest sum of money. Because mesothelioma is the most severe and life-threatening disease which stems from asbestos exposure, your claim will be expedited so that you can receive the compensation you are eligible for within the shortest time possible. It is important to know that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in most states, which should make taking legal action a priority for you. If the statute of limitations is exceeded, you will no longer qualify for compensation. Finally, you should know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay our attorneys anything unless they recover compensation for you.