If you have been watching any amount of television at all lately, you may have noticed several accident lawyers warning about the dangers of mesothelioma and asbestos. Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer that has been linked to occupations or living conditions in close contact with asbestos. The use of asbestos was extremely popular as a building material from the 1940s until it its prohibition in the late 1970s. However, the use of asbestos goes back for more than 2,000 years. It was not discovered until the late 1800s that those working with the material became sick or died. Statistics reveal that in the 20 year period from 1980 to 2000, more than 9,000 men and women died from mesothelioma.
It is believed that somewhere around 2,000 to 3,000 cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. The disease develops in the protective lining that covers the internal organs of the body. Unfortunately, the survival rate after diagnosis is typically less than a year. There are several symptoms associated with mesothelioma and asbestosis; such as chronic shortness of breath, fatigue, anemia, the buildup of fluid between the lung and chest wall, wheezing, chronic cough, abdominal pain, and bowel problems. If you suffer with any of the above problems, consult a primary care specialist as soon as possible.
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Needless to say, power brokers in industry initially resisted the science, but lawsuits over the link between asbestos and mesothelioma date back to 1929. Unfortunately, the association between the material and the disease was not widely accepted by the medical community until 1960. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you will need an accident lawyer with the experience and the resources to represent clients who have been diagnosed. Thorough investigation and documentation of several decades if activity is required; consequently, these cases require significant financial resources to hold corporations, insurance companies, and even the U.S. government accountable.
Nearly one million affected
Asbestos was commonly utilized in a wide-variety of purposes, from flooring tiles, to home insulation, to ship building. To date, the link between asbestos and Mesothelioma has resulted in nearly 900,000 court cases. Those employed in shipbuilding, paper mills, and the U.S. military have been shown to be at the highest risk, making mesothelioma a serious health risk for older North Carolina residents. Do not think that mesothelioma is only an issue for those who spent years and decades of exposure to asbestos. Studies have shown that periods of exposure as short as 30 days have been linked to malignancy decades later.
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If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, please contact the Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC. Even if you are not sure that you have a case, you have nothing to lose by seeking advice from one of their accident injury attorneys. They are available for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your concerns. The Olive Law Firm has been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. They will make sure that you consult with an accident lawyer whether you reside in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, NC, as well as the surrounding areas.