Are you or one of your loved ones dealing with a disease you believe was caused by prolonged asbestos exposure? Although such debilitating diseases can take years to develop, the consequences are extreme, and you may well be entitled to legal compensation.

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Some of the most common types of such disease include:

  • Asbestosis – Originally found in textile workers
  • Mesothelioma – Cancer affecting the chest, lungs, pericardium (sac around the heart), and/or abdominal cavity’s mesothelial lining.
  • Other cancers have been linked to asbestos exposure, including cancers of the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, larynx and kidneys.

Disease Development

Asbestosis may not show up for ten to twenty years. Mesothelioma may take even longer to develop – anywhere from twenty to fifty years, and it’s almost always fatal within one year of diagnosis. Other cancers connected to asbestos exposure might have a latency period of fifteen to thirty years.

Medical Solutions are Few and Far Between

In certain instances, surgery might extend the life of a mesothelioma sufferer. Currently, however, there’s no cure and many cases result in death. Skyrocketing numbers of people are being diagnosed with these asbestos-related diseases.

Legal remedy is a possible course of action, even for latent injuries. Medical costs compounded by additional pain and suffering associated with these diseases is astronomical. Most patients dealing with asbestos related injuries can no longer work.

Available Legal Action

mesothelioma-lawyerFinding and hiring an attorney who has expertise in this specific type of case might result in an award of a claim or settlement. This could alleviate at least some of the financial burden. Pain and suffering connected with these diseases, particularly mesothelioma, might result in substantial compensation. These court proceedings would be handled via civil suits. Therefore, retaining a law firm that handles these types of claims is recommended. The devastating impact of these injuries entitles you to some financial compensation.

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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