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How Does Mesothelioma Develop and What Are Your Legal Options?

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can develop in the linings protecting our internal organs, called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma usually develops in one of three places: the pleura, or the lining of the lungs; the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdomen; or the pericardium, or the lining of the heart. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The victims of mesothelioma usually are workers who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Members of the worker’s family can also suffer from secondhand asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Exposure at Work

In most cases, mesothelioma is a disease contracted at work. People typically experience asbestos exposure while employed at the following risky occupations:

  • Steel workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Utility workers
  • Millwrights
  • Plumbers
  • Insulators
  • Mechanics
  • Pipefitters
  • Drywallers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Laborers
  • Iron workers

Some of the common asbestos exposure sites in Michigan include Dow Chemical Midland, Consumer Power plants, Detroit Edison power plants, McLouth Steel, Great Lakes Steel and Ford Rouge steel plants.

Exposed Worker’s Families Can Also Be Affected

Unfortunately, workers who are exposed to asbestos can spread secondhand mesothelioma to their families. Asbestos fibers stick to clothes and fabrics and can be brought from the factory into the worker’s home, where it can expose the entire family to the dangerous substance.
To further complicate the situation, mesothelioma often takes decades to reveal itself. A diagnosis of mesothelioma can occur 20, 30, 40, or even more than 50 years after the initial exposure took place.

How an Experienced Lawyer in Mesothelioma Cases Can Help

Lawyers experienced in mesothelioma are familiar with the products that cause the disease and know the companies involved in mesothelioma cases. An experienced attorney knows how to find the companies contributing to the asbestos exposure and can establish liability in seeking compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits.

What if the Liable Company Has Gone out of Business?

Due to the delayed effects of mesothelioma, victims often were exposed to asbestos decades prior. Over those many years, businesses have closed, memories have faded, and evidence has disappeared. This causes many victims of asbestos-related diseases to grow concerned about their legal options.

Experienced mesothelioma lawyers can overcome these obstacles to get compensation for mesothelioma victims. Despite many businesses closing over the years, some are still open in different forms. Others may have set aside trusts for victims of asbestos exposure. Although memories grow hazy and evidence disappears over time, attorneys experienced in asbestos exposure cases have encountered these issues before and have proven methods to overcome such barriers.

About the Author
Mr. Gene Zamler is the founder of the law firm of Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman. He has been a practicing partner for 41 years, with expertise in Michigan personal injury law. Contact our Michigan Mesothelioma lawyers. At Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, PC, we know how to use the law to pursue compensation for people who have been diagnosed with this disease. We have helped over 150,000 people and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in personal injury cases.

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