Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that contain strong, flexible and easily separated fibers. A poor conductor of heat and electricity, asbestos is a multipurpose material used in a number of building, manufacturing and commercial applications.Asbestos exposure has been known to cause a number of cancers, the most notable being mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
There are spaces, called cavities or sacs, in the body that hold different internal organs. For example, the lungs sit in the pleural cavity, the stomach in the peritoneal cavity and the heart in the pericardium sac.
All of these cavities are lined with a membrane called the mesothelium. This thin lining produces fluids that lubricate the space between the organ and the cavity wall, which allows for movement during processes like breathing, when the lungs fill up with air. Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects these linings.
What You Should Know
People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma due to working with asbestos (or, if they are deceased, their spouse) have an excellent chance of achieving substantial money awards, either from the company that manufactured or installed the asbestos, or from an insurance company or asbestos victims’ trust fund that has assumed liability for the company. And this is true even if the original manufacturer has since closed down, or even gone bankrupt, thanks to the formation of asbestos victims’ trust funds.
Injuries Resulting from Exposure to Asbestos
• Lung Cancer
Mesothelioma Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of asbestos exposure,you should contact The Falkowitz Law Firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an asbestos-related lawsuit and we can help.