Answers To Common Questions About Mesothelioma And Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is microscopic fibrous crystals that are thin, long and mined from the earth. When manipulated, this mineral can break down into smaller, durable fibers. If inhaled into the lungs, it cannot easily be removed by the body. Asbestos is proven in peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature to cause asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos was once used as a heat- and fire-resistant binder in certain products used for construction. It is very strong and withstands heat, chemicals and corrosive environments.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer proven to be caused by asbestos. It attacks the thin membrane that protects organs, including the lungs, stomach and heart. Many industries have used asbestos in materials for manufacturing, construction and the military. Veterans are at higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
If I have a mesothelioma diagnosis, what legal action can I take?
You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit that seeks financial compensation, but a variety of factors can affect the value of the claim. The courts will take into consideration where and how you were exposed to asbestos, who was responsible for the exposure and the date of your mesothelioma diagnosis. Settlements for mesothelioma can reach over a million dollars. Contact a deeply knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney who can evaluate your case.
Why do I need an attorney to sue for compensation?
Highly skilled, yet compassionate, attorneys experienced in handling mesothelioma cases can best advocate for you. We, at the firm of DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP, know how to investigate these specific types of cases to uncover or confirm who is responsible and what and where was the cause of your exposure. Learning all you can about the disease can help you be an advocate in your case.
I believe I was exposed to asbestos while in the military. Who would I take action against?
Typically, mesothelioma lawsuits are filed against the company that produced the asbestos materials that caused your illness. The military is generally not sued. You will want to be sure to check for benefits eligibility through the Department of Veterans Affairs, no matter what your legal actions may entail.