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Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and asbestos has been found in various locations around Atlanta over the decades. Unfortunately, there was a time when individuals did not understand the harm asbestos could cause. Remnants of asbestos remain, and property owners should take steps to remove asbestos or keep individuals away from asbestos-affected areas. At Butler Prather, LLP, our team is here to help if you need an Atlanta asbestos and mesothelioma attorney about your side. If you have been affected by this substance and cancer, we want to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Most asbestos exposure cases revolve around the workplace. Those who work hard every day for themselves and their families should never have to worry about becoming exposed to a cancer-causing material on a regular basis. Unfortunately, how many older buildings have not been remediated properly or at all, leaving individuals exposed to this cancer-causing asbestos. The most common types of industries affected by asbestos exposure include:
Asbestos exposure is not relegated to employees. Any individual who regularly has contact with asbestos could end up suffering from mesothelioma. This can include school children (most schools have taken care of asbestos exposure, but that does not mean that students from the 70s, 80s, and 90s were adequately cared for). Additionally, according to the Cleveland Clinic, individuals who laundered clothing containing asbestos fibers, or those who live in areas with a high level of airborne asbestos, are also at risk of contracting mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma refers to tumors that affect the mesothelium, which is a tissue that makes up the lining of hollow areas or cavities protecting certain organs. Mesothelioma can affect the following:
There are different types of mesothelioma, including malignant mesothelioma, which is cancerous. This type of cancer is associated with exposure to asbestos, and men in the age range of 50 to 60 represent most diagnoses of this cancer. Often, it takes more than two decades for symptoms of mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure.
Depending on the location of the mesothelioma that has developed, symptoms will vary. The most common form of mesothelioma that individuals know about is the type of cancer that affects the pleura around the lungs. Individuals who have developed this mesothelioma will likely experience the following symptoms:
Those that develop mesothelioma around the lining of their abdomen may experience a loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and swelling in the abdominal area. Anyone who experiences mesothelioma around the pericardium surrounding the heart will likely experience chest pain or discomfort, heart palpitations, normal heartbeat disruptions, and chest pain.
It may be possible to recover compensation after asbestos exposure. For those who have developed mesothelioma, there will undoubtedly be a high financial cost to this type of diagnosis. This is a cancer, and it requires various types of treatment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma. There are often significant lifestyle changes individuals have to undergo, and these changes must be taken into account.
Our goal is to recover economic and non-economic compensation for clients affected by mesothelioma. We want to build a strong case and help clients recover the following:
Mesothelioma claims can be challenging, mainly because individuals do not realize they have been affected by asbestos until decades after the exposure. There will need to be an extensive investigation into the incident in order to determine liability for the asbestos exposure.
A skilled attorney will work to backtrack the individual’s steps through the decades. They will examine their employment history and any other area where they could have been exposed to asbestos. The goal is to definitively show that a person was exposed to asbestos at some point and that they later developed mesothelioma. It is very likely that any alleged at-fault party will put up a fight from having to pay out compensation, but that may not be possible if the company, entity, or agency has already been a party to asbestos-related lawsuits. A lawyer may be able to show a pattern of exposure and mesothelioma cases with a specific entity.
If you or somebody you care about has been exposed to asbestos and is suffering from mesothelioma, you need to turn to an attorney immediately. At Butler Prather, LLP, we have extensive experience handling asbestos exposure cases, and we know what it takes to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Act quickly so we can get to work investigating your claim. When you need an Atlanta asbestos and mesothelioma attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by filling out our contact form or calling us at (866) 615-8140.
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