When you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer, your life changes in an instant. Your focus suddenly becomes about getting the best treatment and doing everything possible to eliminate the cancer and move on with your life. With so many people being diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis, it’s hard to know where the cancer came from or what caused it. However, in the case of certain types of lung cancer, it can almost always be traced back to exposure to dangerous materials in the workplace.
What Is Mesothelioma and What Causes It?
Mesothelioma is a specific type of lung cancer that originates from asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used widely in a variety of workplaces prior to the 1970’s, especially in construction jobs, shipyards, and general labor facilities. Asbestos was highly regarded due to its flame retardant properties, however, it wasn’t until many years after using it that it was discovered that breathing in tiny asbestos fibers could cause a fatal form of lung cancer, now known as mesothelioma. Asbestos was outlawed in the late 1970’s, however, the damage was done.
This specific type of workplace cancer takes decades to manifest symptoms, and individuals who were exposed to asbestos years ago when it was still in use are even now being diagnosed with lung cancer for the first time. Families of workers who were heavily exposed to asbestos in the past may also be at risk, since the small fibers often traveled home on the worker’s clothes.
Your Next Step
Tracing mesothelioma back to the workplace where asbestos exposure was likely to have occurred is a critical part of handling a workplace cancer diagnosis. Not only will it give you and your family peace of mind to know what happened to cause the cancer, but it may also give you access to benefits and compensation that you and your loved ones might not otherwise have. By proving your exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you may be able to obtain medical benefits that help you get much-needed treatment and benefits for your family.
Contact McDermott & Hickey, LLC Today
As experienced mesothelioma lawyers, Attorneys McDermott & Hickey can go to bat for you after being diagnosed with workplace related lung cancer. We’ll fight for the compensation you deserve, so you can focus on getting treatment and spending time with your loved ones. Call now for a consultation at (877) 303-6379.