Causes of Mesothelioma
Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
It is estimated that nine out of ten cases of mesothelioma are the direct result of asbestos exposure. The link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is well-established due, in great part, to the fact that mesothelioma is such an extremely rare form of cancer among the general population.
An overwhelming number of mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos at their place of employment and may be entitled to compensation for their damages. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Orlando mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible to explore your legal rights and options.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for a variety of purposes since at least the ancient Greek era. It has a high resistance to heat, electricity, corrosion, and has several other desirable qualities which helped make it a common component substance in the manufacture of thousands of different products, particularly in the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900s.
These products included:
- Pipe and wire insulators
- Joint compounds
Several home furnishings were manufactured with asbestos and marketed for their fire-retardant ability. Brake pads and brake shoes contained asbestos for several decades as well.
The military used thousands of tons of asbestos during the first half of the 20th century to fireproof their battleships. As a result, shipbuilders have an inordinately high occurrence of mesothelioma.
Why is Asbestos so Dangerous?
Asbestos particles, while invisible to the naked eye, are too large for the lungs to expel. Over time, these particles work their way deeper into the lungs, causing irritation and cellular change. A similar process occurs when asbestos is ingested. While mesothelioma most often affects the lungs, development of mesothelioma is also common in the digestive tract.
A Complex Area of Law
Frequently, it may take several decades to develop mesothelioma after you have been exposed to harmful levels of asbestos. As a result, it can be difficult to prove negligence or fault in an asbestos claim.
Orlando mesothelioma lawyer Stephen J. Knox has handled many asbestos-related personal injury claims during his 23 year legal career. He understands the complexities of the laws and regulations governing these sophisticated cases, and he can help you hold the proper parties accountable for your injuries.
In order to win a mesothelioma claim, you must be able to prove that the negligent party:
- Was aware of the presence of asbestos in the environment
- Failed to warn you of the dangers this substance presented to your health and well-being
- Failed to take the proper steps to remove the asbestos in order to make the environment safer for those inhabiting it
If you are a resident of the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida area and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our Orlando personal injury office today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.