Mesothelioma Lawyers in Dallas
Between 1940 and 1979, approximately 27.5 million American workers were exposed to asbestos. Since that time, there have been approximately 3,000 deaths annually due to this exposure. Asbestos are dangerous fibers that were once commonly used for insulation and fireproofing- while asbestos materials are largely regulated, limited and prohibited today, individuals can still be exposed to these toxic materials. After an individual has been regularly exposed to asbestos, over time, critical health conditions can result.
There are three kinds of mesothelioma including: pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common of the three and is a cancer that occurs in the lining of the lung. These cancers can appear up to 60 years after exposure. Asbestosis is when asbestos cause the lungs to be inflamed and result in scarring. Asbestosis usually appears ten to twenty years after exposure to asbestos.
- Asbestosis makes it difficult to breath and can result in the lungs no longer being able to function
- Mesothelioma can result in malignant tumors which spread rapidly
Treatment for mesothelioma can be long and costly, from surgery to chemotherapy to radiation and if another's negligence is responsible you could be entitled to damages. If you have developed an asbestos-related condition, you will most likely need ongoing care from specialists, physicians and medication. Damages can cover medical costs, future medical care, emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and in some cases you might even be able to collect punitive damages.
Were you exposed to asbestos at work?
The only cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos- if you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, you could file a personal injury claim and fight for compensation. Places that commonly expose individuals to asbestos include:
- Military aircraft or boats
- Commercial or industrial locations: refineries, power plants, steel mills, auto production facilities and construction sites
According to Mesothelioma.com, the most common occupations that expose individuals to asbestos include "electricians, plumbers, boilermakers, carpenters, machinists…" Other workers who could be at-risk to develop mesothelioma include aerospace workers, textile workers, railroad workers, truckers, demolition workers and firefighters. Blue collar workers and their family members are most at risk for asbestos exposure. Individuals who directly mine asbestos or manufacture asbestos products (cement, brake linings, textiles, floor tiles, and roof shingles, for example) are especially placed in harm's way. Because workers who are exposed to asbestos must wash and keep their clothes at their workplace, cases of asbestos-related diseases occurring among family members has diminished.
Was your employer negligent?
Federal regulations of asbestos began in the 1970s and in 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a regulation which has banned approximately 94% of asbestos used in the United States. You are more at risk for developing a dangerous lung condition, if you were exposed to asbestos over a long period of time and if you were exposed to large volumes of asbestos. According to OSHA, "Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition."
When it comes to asbestos exposure, OSHA applies specific standards for various industries (such as the construction industry, shipyard employment sectors and general industries). Employers must provide personal exposure monitoring, risk and hazard awareness training, must make sure asbestos levels never exceed legal worker exposure limits, provide personal protective equipment for workers and reducing exposure levels when need be. OSHA stresses that when legal limits and exposure times are exceeded, medical monitoring must be provided as well. If you have developed an asbestos-related condition and believe it was due to your employer's negligence, you should contact Zinda Law Group today so that a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney can get to work investigating for you and fighting for the damages you deserve!