Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Compensation for Indiana Mesothelioma Victims
Asbestos, a fiber used in many construction materials and insulation, has been extremely lethal to those who have inhaled its fibers and dust particles. The inhaling of asbestos can lead to a range of problems, some including asthma, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. The Indiana laws governing mesothelioma lawsuits are very strict and must be carefully followed in order to bring a viable claim, so engaging an attorney experienced with these claims is critically important. The NLKJ mesothelioma lawyers stand ready to provide legal advice and protections to those who think they or their loved ones have been afflicted by this crippling disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a disease that attacks the membranes around the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. The actual cells of the mesothelium become abnormal, dividing without order or control. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that can take decades for someone to begin to develop symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
In the beginning stages of mesothelioma, there are only a few symptoms. When the cancer becomes more advanced, more symptoms are present. Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chest pains and infections in the lung
- Chronic coughing including coughing up blood
- Fatigue and Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
What are the protections against Mesothelioma?
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration set limits for appropriate and acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. People who work with asbestos today should be required to wear personal protective equipment in order to lower their risk of exposure to asbestos. However, the risk of diseases associated with asbestos increases as the exposure to asbestos is heavier and longer.
How is mesothelioma contracted?
Those who are most susceptible to mesothelioma are people who worked in asbestos mines, employees in construction companies, employees in shipyards, and people who manufactured asbestos products. Asbestos can look similar to fiberglass and the material is heat resistant and very durable. Men are affected three to five times more by this disease than women. There have been cases where individuals having a little exposure to asbestos still develop mesothelioma. Sometimes the victims may not have been exposed in the factory or construction site. For example one common example we have seen is that of a homemaker who for years washed her husband’s clothes that contained asbestos fibers on
What are the treatments?
Like most forms of cancer, if detected early on, mesothelioma can be treated with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and/or photodynamic therapy. Surgery is one of the most common treatments for mesothelioma.
What are the sources of relief?
This is where the counsel of an experienced lawyer is critically important. In some cases, punitive damages may be available to punish the defendants if they had advanced knowledge of the asbestos dangers but failed to protect or warn others of these dangers. Victims of asbestos exposure may be entitled to damages such as costs of medical bills and lost wages because many of the manufacturers of these asbestos containing products knew of asbestos dangers but failed to adequately warn purchasers, employers and their employees. In asbestos lawsuits or mesothelioma lawsuits, typical parties that may be responsible include leasing agents, landlords, asbestos manufacturers, employers, and asbestos installers.