It may not come as a surprise to many that where you work affects your risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a word plaguing television commercials and highway ads and has become something close to a household name as lawyers vie for the chance to represent victims in court. The disease that used to be a mystery to many can now be easily identified and people generally understand it is caused by exposure to asbestos, often while working in particular industries.
Close to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. People are going to the doctor complaining of shortness of breath, chest pain, and fluid in the chest and are being misdiagnosed with benign conditions, only later finding they have incurable cancer. It's this medical phenomenon that's causing people to be diagnosed at a stage too late to really leave many treatment options open.
The only solace for mesothelioma victims is they can hire a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma cases who will fight to win them significant compensation, at times as much as millions of dollars. And because mesothelioma has affected so many thousands of people and families, trust funds have been set up to pay for their damages, making the process of filing a lawsuit as effortless as possible for them.
The industries most typically affected by asbestos exposure are shipbuilding, manufacturing and construction. If you or someone you know worked in any of these industries, it is important for you to seek the medical and legal care you may need after developing mesothelioma.