Exposure to asbestos over time can result in mesothelioma, an unusual form of cancer that afflicts individuals who have inhaled asbestos dust and fibers typically through their jobs. Unfortunately, it may be years or even decades before those who have been exposed develop mesothelioma, which generally occurs in the abdomen or chest lining. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed after being exposed to asbestos, it is important to seek legal guidance immediately. The O'Connor Law Firm urges you to contact our Kansas City personal injury lawyers to learn if you may be entitled to compensation of costs related to your condition.
There are a myriad of products and materials that contain asbestos or did contain it at one time. These include cement wallboard, home insulation, acoustical panels, plaster, or tile, cement pipes, pipe insulation, heating ducts, electrical cloth, spackling products, stucco, HVAC equipment, aircraft adhesives - the list goes on and on. Certain industries or environments leave those employed at an even greater risk of asbestos exposure; these include:
Those who become victims of mesothelioma often face a slow, agonizing death. You must consult with a skilled and experienced asbestos exposure attorney in Kansas City so that those who were negligent will be held responsible.
Manufacturers have been aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos fibers for decades, although workers and the general public were not made aware of these risks until the 80s. Asbestos is a mineral that is comprised of microscopic fibers, and was used beginning in the 50s and continuing into the 1970s in many products because of its flexibility, strength, and the fact it is heat resistant. The problem arises when those exposed to asbestos inhale the fibers, which become airborne. Not only may employees breathe in these fibers, they may also adhere to clothing and therefore be transported to the employee's home, where family members are exposed. Every person is different when it comes to being diagnosed with mesothelioma; for some it may take years, while others may develop the cancer after only weeks or months of contact with asbestos fibers.
Symptoms of mesothelioma may include pain/swelling in the abdominal area, shortness of breath, and chest pain. If you have been diagnosed with this devastating condition, take action to protect your legal rights now.
At The O'Connor Law Firm we understand how devastating it is to be diagnosed with a deadly disease. We also know that any type of cancer, including mesothelioma, is expensive to treat, and that manufacturers who may be responsible will go to great measure to protect their own reputations and interests. Whether through negotiating for a fair settlement with insurance companies or taking those who are liable to court, we will fight vigorously on your behalf. Contact a qualified Kansas City injury attorney with our firm now for a free consultation at 816-842-1111.