Mesothelioma is a fatal lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Certain work environments are more prone to causing mesothelioma.
Power Plant Workers
Chemical Plant Workers
Types of mesothelioma
Pleural mesotheliomas start in the chest.
Peritoneal mesotheliomas begin in the abdomen.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Shortness of breath and
A heavy feeling in the chest area.
Pain under the rib cage.
Pain or swelling in the abdomen.
Lumps in the abdomen.
Weight loss for no known reason.
Mesothelioma Comes from Inhaling Asbestos For Long Periods Of Time
When a person breathes in the small asbestos fibers, they remain in the lungs and cause scar tissue to form on the the tiny air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. The amount of oxygen that is available to the body is reduced through asbestos exposure and worsened through repeated inhalations for long periods of time.
Notable asbestos verdicts in the United States include:
– In May 2011, the current largest plaintiff's asbestos verdict was awarded to a former oil refinery worker. Union Carbine and Chevron Phillips Chemical were instructed to pay the man $322 million.
San Francisco, California
– Alfred Todak, a former Navy electrician, was awarded $22.7 million, and his was wife was awarded $11 for loss of consortium.
Madison County, Illinois
– Madison County's asbestos verdicts have typically favored the plaintiff, including the 2000 Hutchinson v. Shell Oil Company case in which a man was awarded a total of $34.1 million.
Incidence of Mesothelioma
State/Region Incidence per 100,000
New Jersey 1.52
Seattle-Puget Sound 1.44
Greater California 1.06
New Mexico 0.99
The six states with the highest mesothelioma death rates include: Maine, Wyoming, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos related cancer call our mesothelioma helpline today. We will connect you with an experienced mesothelioma, mass tort lawyer. Mesothelioma lawsuits are mass torts and must be handled by an experienced mass tort lawyer.