September 26 marked the official day of Mesothelioma Awareness in the United States. Mesothelioma affects 2,000 to 3,000 people each year and is caused primarily by exposure to asbestos. Many construction workers, as well as those rescue crews who were exposed to toxic dust during the 9/11 attacks, are at risk of developing mesothelioma. Some of them already have.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart and in some cases, the testicles. Because symptoms can arise years after exposure and can mimic symptoms of other, more common medical conditions, this type of cancer can be difficult to diagnose.
While there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are numerous treatments which may extend the life of a patient afflicted with the disease. The rate of survival depends on a number of factors, including which stage of cancer the patient has, the patient’s overall health, age, and other factors. Typically, the survival rate of mesothelioma patients is roughly four to eighteen months, but again, various factors contribute to how treatments will affect a patient.
Many older buildings contain asbestos and newer buildings must adhere to strict guidelines pertaining to worker exposure to the material. In cases where employers do not follow federal regulations and an employee is exposed to asbestos or other toxic materials, the employer may be held liable for their negligence and be legally responsible for all medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by asbestos exposure.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos which caused the development of mesothelioma, you may be able to recover compensation for your illness. The skilled Pennsylvania mesothelioma attorneys at Anapol Weiss have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you hold negligent parties responsible for their actions that caused you to be unnecessarily exposed to asbestos. To learn more about your rights and options, call Anapol Weiss at (866) 735-2792.