MESOTHELIOMA AND ASBESTOS INFORMATION

Asbestos: What is it? Where is it found?

Asbestos is a dangerous and obsolete relic of construction materials used in the early and mid-20th century. Nowadays, we are fully aware of asbestos’ life threatening consequences. Unfortunately, this extremely hazardous material wreaks havoc on those who have worked in old buildings, or at some construction sites where large corporations obviously care more about their profit than the well being and health of workers themselves.

The Three Primary Causes of Asbestos Exposure

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    Asbestos as the Occupational Health Risk

    This potentially dangerous construction material is still being used in certain industries. Failure to comply with the rigorous safety measures in these fields can result in asbestosis or even worse, full-scale asbestos cancer. Worse yet, asbestos related diseases can take decades to affect the victims who have been exposed.

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    Secondary Asbestos Exposure

    It’s a sad fact that your loved ones can be exposed to asbestos and its related diseases, with no awareness about it at all. Harmful asbestos dust and particles can be brought home to your family members on your work clothes, and even your hair.

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    Asbestos Buildings

    Despite the fact that it is no longer permissible to use asbestos as a building material, there are still quite a few residential buildings with a considerably high level of potential asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Mesothelioma

Worker holding Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos exposure, especially the type that can take decades to affect victims, can result in severe health and life threatening conditions, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is the first serious sign that you may become one of mesothelioma’s victims. As time passes, your prognosis after the initial diagnosis can dramatically radicalize and eventually lead to the worst-case scenario – mesothelioma lung cancer.

It should be emphasized that an exposure to asbestos doesn’t necessarily lead to mesothelioma. However, any exposure to asbestos particles, dust, or fibers will likely cause lung complications or diseases. The type and the severity of the disease depends on many factors, including your current health condition and certain genetic predispositions. The longer you’re exposed to asbestos without proper protection, the higher the probability you’ll face one of the following health threatening conditions:

This condition is when your lung tissue thickens and hardens. This is called the pleura. As a result, this causes some serious difficulties while trying to breathe normally.

Mesothelioma

In this case, the asbestos fibers contribute to the creation of additional fluid pockets in your pleural space.

 

Asbestos Mesothelioma Towers

This is the final step before your scarred lungs develop full-scale asbestos related lung cancer.

Asbestos Mesothelioma Xray

With 2,000 to 3,000 annual cases reported in the United States, the malignant disease is a rare cancer that can be found on the thin tissues within the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to affect a person exposed to asbestos. Although mesothelioma is not always caused by asbestos exposure between 70-80% of cases are a direct cause of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma to develop later in life when microscopic fibers from the asbestos are inhaled and become trapped in the lungs. The lungs have a difficult time expelling or destroying them and over decades the fibers cause scarring, inflammation, and more serious diseases like mesothelioma.

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What is Helsinki Criteria?

Sometimes, it is hard to differentiate whether or not asbestos is the main cause of a lung cancer, especially if an asbestos victim had an unhealthy habit of smoking. For this specific reason the Helsinki Criteria were established in 1997, with the main purpose of determining if asbestos exposure is responsible for the victim’s lung cancer. Here are the main criteria in this field:

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    The Latency Period of Asbestos Exposure

    It’s necessary for lung cancer to develop no less than 10 years after the initial asbestos exposure. In cases where a person exposed to asbestos suffers from a lung cancer within a ten-year period of their first exposure, then asbestos is not considered the primary cause of the cancer according to the Helsinki Convention.

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    There must be a Reliable Diagnosis of Asbestosis

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    The Concentration of Asbestos Fibers in the Patients Lungs

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    Proof of Exposure

    The victim must prove that they have been exposed to asbestos. Most victims were exposed while on the job, but some were exposed in a residential setting.

You may think that this criteria is outdated, but both medical and legal practice have proven it to be strong in real-life situations. The mesothelioma compensation claims road is quite a long and complex one. However, so is the disease itself. Regardless if you are a smoker, you deserve a fair legal process, which has to determine undoubtedly whether or not asbestos exposure was a contributing factor to your disease. Unglesby and Williams Collaborative Law Firm will be your best ally in seeking rightful compensation for your asbestos exposure and related diseases.

Asbestos and Heavy Industry

In the 1950s to the 1970s, the refineries and industrial plants all were insulated with and contained large amounts of asbestos insulation. Many individuals who worked in these plants were exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos that could have led to severe health problems later in life.

Amongst other locations, we are currently reviewing cases of individuals who worked at the following plants in Louisiana from the 1950s to the 1970s:

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    Exxon Baton Rouge

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    Allied Chemical/Honeywell Geismar

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    Shell Norco and Geismar

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    Entergy Baton Rouge & Willow Glenn

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    Avondale Shipyards

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    Dow Chemical

MESOTHELIOMA AND ASBESTOS INFORMATION

In the 1950s to the 1970s, the refineries and industrial plants all were insulated with and contained large amounts of asbestos insulation. Many individuals who worked in these plants were exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos that could have led to severe health problems later in life.

Amongst other locations, we are currently reviewing cases of individuals who worked at the following plants in Louisiana from the 1950s to the 1970s:

Asbestos: What is it?
Where is it found?

Asbestos is a dangerous and obsolete relic of construction materials used in the early and mid-20th century. Nowadays, we are fully aware of asbestos’ life threatening consequences. Unfortunately, this extremely hazardous material wreaks havoc on those who have worked in old buildings, or at some construction sites where large corporations obviously care more about their profit than the well being and health of workers themselves.

The Three Primary Causes of Asbestos Exposure

  • Connector.

    Asbestos as the Occupational Health Risk

    This potentially dangerous construction material is still being used in certain industries. Failure to comply with the rigorous safety measures in these fields can result in asbestosis or even worse, full-scale asbestos cancer. Worse yet, asbestos related diseases can take decades to affect the victims who have been exposed.

  • Connector.

    Secondary Asbestos Exposure

    It’s a sad fact that your loved ones can be exposed to asbestos and its related diseases, with no awareness about it at all. Harmful asbestos dust and particles can be brought home to your family members on your work clothes, and even your hair.

  • Connector.

    Asbestos Buildings

    Despite the fact that it is no longer permissible to use asbestos as a building material, there are still quite a few residential buildings with a considerably high level of potential asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Mesothelioma

Worker holding Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos exposure, especially the type that can take decades to affect victims, can result in severe health and life threatening conditions, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is the first serious sign that you may become one of mesothelioma’s victims. As time passes, your prognosis after the initial diagnosis can dramatically radicalize and eventually lead to the worst-case scenario – mesothelioma lung cancer.

It should be emphasized that an exposure to asbestos doesn’t necessarily lead to mesothelioma. However, any exposure to asbestos particles, dust, or fibers will likely cause lung complications or diseases. The type and the severity of the disease depends on many factors, including your current health condition and certain genetic predispositions. The longer you’re exposed to asbestos without proper protection, the higher the probability you’ll face one of the following health threatening conditions:

This condition is when your lung tissue thickens and hardens. This is called the pleura. As a result, this causes some serious difficulties while trying to breathe normally.

Mesothelioma

In this case, the asbestos fibers contribute to the creation of additional fluid pockets in your pleural space.

 

Asbestos Mesothelioma Towers

This is the final step before your scarred lungs develop full-scale asbestos related lung cancer.

Asbestos Mesothelioma Xray

With 2,000 to 3,000 annual cases reported in the United States, the malignant disease is a rare cancer that can be found on the thin tissues within the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to affect a person exposed to asbestos. Although mesothelioma is not always caused by asbestos exposure between 70-80% of cases are a direct cause of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma to develop later in life when microscopic fibers from the asbestos are inhaled and become trapped in the lungs. The lungs have a difficult time expelling or destroying them and over decades the fibers cause scarring, inflammation, and more serious diseases like mesothelioma.

Banner_Asbestos

What is Helsinki Criteria?

Sometimes, it is hard to differentiate whether or not asbestos is the main cause of a lung cancer, especially if an asbestos victim had an unhealthy habit of smoking. For this specific reason the Helsinki Criteria were established in 1997, with the main purpose of determining if asbestos exposure is responsible for the victim’s lung cancer. Here are the main criteria in this field:

  • Connector.

    The Latency Period of Asbestos Exposure

    It’s necessary for lung cancer to develop no less than 10 years after the initial asbestos exposure. In cases where a person exposed to asbestos suffers from a lung cancer within a ten-year period of their first exposure, then asbestos is not considered the primary cause of the cancer according to the Helsinki Convention.

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    There must be a Reliable Diagnosis of Asbestosis

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    The Concentration of Asbestos Fibers in the Patients Lungs

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    Proof of Exposure

    The victim must prove that they have been exposed to asbestos. Most victims were exposed while on the job, but some were exposed in a residential setting.

You may think that this criteria is outdated, but both medical and legal practice have proven it to be strong in real-life situations. The mesothelioma compensation claims road is quite a long and complex one. However, so is the disease itself. Regardless if you are a smoker, you deserve a fair legal process, which has to determine undoubtedly whether or not asbestos exposure was a contributing factor to your disease. Unglesby and Williams Collaborative Law Firm will be your best ally in seeking rightful compensation for your asbestos exposure and related diseases.

Asbestos and Heavy Industry

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    Exxon Baton Rouge

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    Allied Chemical/Honeywell Geismar

  • Connector.

    Shell Norco and Geismar

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    Entergy Baton Rouge & Willow Glenn

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    Avondale Shipyards

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    Dow Chemical