Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Does your work history include exposure to asbestos?
As far back as 1899, the causal connection between exposure to asbestos and certain kinds of lung disease was documented. Over the decades, the connection has become irrefutable: Mississippi asbestos exposure is the cause of asbestosis and mesothelioma.
- Asbestosis: a chronic, progressive, and debilitating disease characterized by interstitial fibrosis, with symptoms that include a dry cough, shortness of breath, and a generalized feeling of illness.
- Mesothelioma: cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells of an organ. Such cells form a protective lining over the lungs, heart, and abdominal organs.
Even the OSHA 1986 permissible level (0.1 fibers/cc PEL) does not fully protect all workers from cancer. Some workers will develop asbestosis or mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos dust at this so-called “permissible” level. The latency period for Mississippi mesothelioma or throughout the United States ranges from 10 to 50 years and can occur after low levels of exposure.
Among the employees at greatest risk are auto mechanics, steamfitters, demolition and textile workers, and those who worked in the heating and drywall industries, and railroad, construction and asbestos workers, and dozens more industries and workers. Not only were the workers themselves at risk, but also, indirectly, their family members.
Hold them accountable.
If you have been diagnosed with lung disease and your work history includes exposure to asbestos, you need a personal injury attorney with experience handling asbestos-related cases. Contact the Pascagoula, Mississippi mesothelioma lawyers at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick. They can maximize compensation for you and your family.