Mesothelioma

The Lampin Law Firm L.L.C. is a nationwide Mesothelioma law firm.

Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure leads to the very serious disease of Mesothelioma.  For years, companies have known of the risks of asbestos exposure but nonetheless exposed their workers to this deadly material. Attorney Charles Lampin has been practicing law for over 30 years. The last 16 years have been dedicated to asbestos and mass tort litigation.

 

Our mesothelioma lawyers have over 150 years of combined legal experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that was used for decades in thousands of products ranging from insulation and floor tile to household appliances and even some makeup. Asbestos has not been banned in the United States and is still being used in some industries and products. The industrial popularity of asbestos was mostly due to its ability to resist heat and chemicals and because it does not conduct electricity. When it is disturbed in any way, the fibers break away easily into tiny particles of dust, most of which are invisible to the naked eye, that can float in the air and stick to clothing, hair and skin. The most common exposure to asbestos occurs through the inhalation of these fibers, although, they may also be ingested.

How is Asbestos Used?

Asbestos has been mined and used in the commercial industries of North America since 1880, but its peak usage was during World War II. There are over 3,000 manufactured products that are known to contain asbestos. For many years the manufacturers of asbestos and many of the companies who used asbestos products knew that asbestos could cause serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, many of those same companies continued to make, sell, and use asbestos products without informing individuals or their family members about the potential risks they faced as a result of being exposed to asbestos throughout the years.

The following is a partial list of the types of products that presently contain asbestos or have contained asbestos in the past:

  • Pipe insulation
  • Packing
  • Block insulation
  • Caulk
  • Refractory cements
  • Asbestos cloth
  • Millboard
  • Heat resistant clothing
  • Plaster
  • Plastics
  • Cement Pipe
  • Brakes
  • Roofing products
  • Clutches
  • Floor tile
  • Drywall Joint Compounds
  • Gaskets
  • Cements

What are the Dangers of Asbestos?

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they settle in the lungs and air passageways. Some of the fibers make their way to the deepest layers of the lung and can remain there for many years, sometimes permanently. This causes scarring of the lungs called asbestosis. Over time, these asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and/or pleural mesothelioma, a very rare and incurable form of lung cancer. In some individuals, the asbestos fibers travel into the abdominal cavity causing peritoneal mesothelioma.

What are the Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure?

The Lampin Law Firm L.L.C. represents clients throughout the country. Individuals exposed to asbestos may not experience symptoms for many years which is why mesothelioma is referred to as a progressive disease. Symptoms may not occur for 20, 30 or even 40 or more years after exposure to asbestos, and therefore, it is critical to inform your doctor if you think you may have been exposed to asbestos so that continuous monitoring may be performed. Early detection of lung abnormalities is vital.

Some of the symptoms often occurring in individuals exposed to asbestos include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic and persistent cough, sometimes with the presence of blood
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling of the face and/or neck
  • Sudden fever and night sweats

The presence of asbestos in the body may result in the following:

Asbestosis – A chronic inflammatory lung condition occurring in the tissue of the lungs that develops after prolonged intense exposure to asbestos. Symptoms include shortness of breath and an increased risk of developing lung cancer and/or mesothelioma. There is no cure for asbestosis.

Lung Cancer – Studies have shown an increased risk of lung cancer among workers who are occupationally exposed to asbestos and an even greater risk among those workers who also smoke. Asbestos-related lung cancer usually begins in the lining of the lungs but may also begin in the trachea, bronchioles, or alveoli (lung air sacks). The early stages of asbestos-related lung cancer may be asymptomatic.

Mesothelioma – A rare form of cancer that affects the thin membrane lining of the chest and/or abdomen. The most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis (the lining of the testis). Pleural mesothelioma starts in the lining of the chest cavity near the lung and heart and may advance beyond the lining of the chest into the lymph nodes, continuing to spread into the chest wall, the center of the chest, heart, diaphragm or abdominal lining. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may not exist until decades after exposure and consist of shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and abdominal swelling and pain due to a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever.

Who is at Risk?

Asbestos was commonly used in the building and construction industry to strengthen cement and plastics as well as for heat insulation, fireproofing and sound absorption. The shipbuilding industry used asbestos to insulate boilers, turbines, steam pipes, hot water pipes and nuclear reactors on ships. Mechanics are exposed to asbestos-containing brakes and clutch pads installed in various cars, trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment. Virtually anyone who breathed asbestos dust has an increased risk of developing cancer. Exposures occurred at major construction sites, shipyards, onboard navy vessels, in refineries and chemical plants, and during the remodeling and renovation of commercial and residential buildings, to list just a few. Equally at risk were the families of these workers who brought asbestos fibers home on their clothing and in the family car. Some individuals have been exposed to asbestos from living and/or working near contaminated areas.

Those workers who experienced the highest risks of exposure include:

  • Ship building trades
  • Asbestos mining and manufacturing
  • Refinery workers
  • Foundry workers
  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers involved with insulation work, demolition work, drywall, floor and ceiling tile, and other building related trades
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Power plant workers
  • Welders
  • Roofers
  • Ship building trades
  • Asbestos mining and manufacturing
  • Refinery workers
  • Foundry workers
  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers involved with insulation work, demolition work, drywall, floor and ceiling tile, and other building related trades
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Power plant workers
  • Welders
  • Roofers

Who Should Be Examined?

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, or suspects exposure to asbestos dust on the job or at home through a family member, you should inform your physician of the work history and any symptoms. Your doctor may perform chest x-rays and lung function tests to determine the presence of asbestos. Oftentimes this involves the help of a specialist who is experienced with asbestos-related diseases and conditions. Other tests may be necessary and follow-up care and monitoring will be required. You should stop smoking as studies have indicated that a combination of smoking and asbestos exposure increases your chances of developing lung cancer. If you continue to work around asbestos, please be sure to use all necessary protective equipment and follow all safe work practices and procedures.

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