Most people who are exposed to asbestos do not even know that asbestos is present at all or are aware of the actual risks of the exposure. However, it is important for all those who may have been affected by asbestos exposure at any time to know that they have legal rights.
Those hurt by asbestos usually only find out when they diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you or someone you know may have been harmed by asbestos, the attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. are here to help. By representing cancer patients all throughout South Florida, we have seen the pain and suffering that mesothelioma causes victims and their families. This aggressive form of cancer often hurts the hard working, labor intensive employees of our state such as firefighters, construction workers and mechanics. Others are exposed from their older built homes, workplaces, or apartments. We want to assist employees and anyone else diagnosed with mesothelioma so that they can understand their legal rights and hopefully, be able obtain compensation for their injuries.More about Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a term that refers to six types of fibrous materials. As a form of cancer, mesothelioma develops from long term exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was often used in building materials, brake linings, electrical insulation, fire proofing and thermal insulation. Through inhaling asbestos, the protective tissue that lines internal organs such as the lungs, stomach and heart can be negatively affected. The name of the tissue is called mesothelium. When cancer develops, doctors describe it as mesothelioma. The term is further specified with the part of the body where the cancer has developed, such as the lungs.
Mesothelioma patients often experience a shortness of breath or chest pain as well as unexplained weight loss. Doctors may suspect that the cancer is present by viewing a chest x-ray and computed tomography (CT) scan but a biopsy must be taken to confirm the diagnosis. Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have to undergo unpleasant treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Many patients have to be treated with all of these remedies and some do not survive. In the most unfortunate case, a patient will only have a lifespan of only a few months after being treated. There is no cure for mesothelioma and the treatments are only intended to help the patient achieve some level of comfort.Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency have regulations in place to prevent harmful asbestos exposure, but these rules are not enough to protect people from the risk of mesothelioma.
Victims often feel cheated out of life because they were never told that their jobs or homes could expose them to asbestos. There have been cases of mesothelioma in victims who have been exposed to asbestos for only one month.
We know how difficult it may be to consider hiring a legal professional when those exposed to asbestos have to deal with the risk and diagnosis of this deadly disease. Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. has helped thousands recover compensation when they needed it the most and at the worst times of their lives. We use our years of experience to benefit our clients and their families so that they can focus on the precious time that life has awarded to them and not worry about money. Contact our office today for a free legal consultation so that we can explain how responsible parties can be held liable for a disease that kills dozens of people per year.