Do You Have Mesothelioma or Other Asbestos Disease?
If your life has been turned upside down by mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you’ve come to the right place.
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Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos over the years in their work environments. At Ward Black Law, our goal is to help educate and assist them with pursuing compensation for their injuries.
Asbestos is a silent killer. Most individuals who are exposed won’t discover the devastating effects until years, or even decades, down the road. While some medical treatments may help, nothing can fully take away the physical and emotional suffering these honest workers have to endure.
Ward Black Law partners with you, and your family, to minimize the burden.
Asbestos Disease Overview
More than mesothelioma
The dangers of asbestos are not a recent discovery.
Doctors first linked working with asbestos to health problems by the early 1900s. By the 1920s, word was out; however, manufacturers relied so heavily on the material that they continued to use it for decades without proper safety precautions. This information was often hidden from workers and consumers. Finally, in the 1970s, the government began limiting the use of asbestos, but not until 2002 did the last U.S. asbestos mine close.
Cancers and other diseases related to asbestos exposure tend to have long latency periods. That means it can take 10 or more years before the first symptoms show up. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is related to your exposure to asbestos in years past, and the companies that knowingly exposed you should be held accountable.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure.
It develops in the lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, stomach, or heart.
This is likely the asbestos-related disease you hear most about on television, in newspaper ads, or online. However, there are several different diseases and health problems linked to asbestos exposure. These include:
Asbestos– Asbestosis is a scarring of delicate lung tissue. This chronic scarring can spread through the lungs and cause breathing problems and may later cause cancer.
Pleural Effusions or Plaques – Pleural effusions (fluid on the lungs) or pleural plaques (scarring on the lining of the lungs) can make breathing difficult and cause chest pain.