Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer of the lung that comes from inhaling tiny asbestos fibers.
Most of the compensation the victim in a personal injury case receives is tied directly to his or her actual losses. However, that's not how punitive damages work.
If you worked in an industry that exposed you to asbestos fibers at any time in the past, you have good reason to worry about mesothelioma in your present.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disorders are some of the unexpected consequences of military service -- particularly among veterans of the navy.
Asbestos? Isn't that the stuff that people stopped using ages ago -- back in the 1970s? Is there really any reason to worry about asbestos exposure these days?
Exposure to asbestos can be extremely damaging to your health. Unfortunately it is difficult to know whether you have been exposed to the dangerous substance or not. However, it is more likely that you have suffered exposure to asbestos if you have been working in a building that contains asbestos while it was being renovated.
Asbestos exposure among miners, millers, factory line workers and construction workers was relatively high until the 1960s and 1970s. Little did they know at the time just how deadly exposure to the mineral would prove to be later in life. It's largely due to the fact that asbestos has a latency period of 10 to 40 years that it's only now that the true harmful effects of exposure to it are being experienced by so many.
Do you work in construction? If so, you probably think a lot about the dangers of the job -- slips, falls and electrocutions are a constant threat.
There's no question that cancer, including mesothelioma, is a traumatic diagnosis to hear -- and the treatments are often brutal in their own way.
As a follow-up to a recent blog post discussing the dangers of vermiculite insulation, we thought it was a good idea to talk more on this subject. Specifically, we wanted to address this type of insulation in the hopes of helping residents in Illinois and other areas recognize whether their homes contain this substance.