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What Causes Mesothelioma?

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Asbestos exposure is the cause of mesothelioma, a particularly devastating cancer that has no known cure, as well as other serious and life threatening diseases. Thousands of residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are victims of asbestos exposure, developing asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. Our legal team at Shein Law has helped many of these victims to obtain the financial compensation to which they are entitled from those responsible for their exposure.

Beginning in the 19th century, many industrial and commercial uses for asbestos were developed, and asbestos became a vital part of the U.S. economy. In the 1970s, U.S. government consumer-protection agencies exposed the deadly properties of asbestos and began to tighten restrictions on its use. Today, although restricted, asbestos can still be found in many products and worksites and still poses serious risks to those who come in contact with it.

Many Pennsylvania and New Jersey victims of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer contact our legal team for help recovering medical costs, obtaining compensation for pain and suffering, and achieving justice for themselves and family members. Our very knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Shein Law provide expert representation for victims and their families. Read on to learn more about the hazards of asbestos.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos, a fibrous mineral composed of thin, needle-like fibers, was used in many industries before it was found to cause cancer. It was valued for its heat and chemical resistance, and insulating properties.

A Brief History of Asbestos

Although asbestos has been used in the United States since before the turn of the 20th century, it was used much more extensively from World War II on. Up until recently, asbestos was used in construction, shipbuilding, and steel making. It was also frequently used by chemical plant, power plant, and oil refinery workers. Workers in these and other industries that were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis are those most likely to suffer its harmful effects. People whose homes, schools, or office buildings are made with asbestos-containing flooring, walls, or ceilings may also be at risk. Unfortunately, even innocent victims such as wives, children, and grandchildren of workers exposed to asbestos are at risk when workers bring asbestos into the home on clothing. Exposure to this deadly substance throughout the country, especially in historically industrial areas such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has caused asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Our legal team at Shein Law has represented local victims of asbestos exposure and their families, successfully achieving substantial compensation for their suffering.

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos fibers are extremely dangerous when inhaled. Because asbestos fibers are not easily broken down by the body, they remain in the lungs where they cause the formation of scar tissue. This build up of scar tissue reduces the amount of oxygen that can be taken in by the body, often causing chronic shortness of breath and frequent lung infections. Large quantities of asbestos fibers lodged in the lungs can additionally lead to the development of asbestos lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other serious diseases.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey victims of asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma can be assured a lawyer from our firm has expert knowledge of the permanent damage to health that asbestos exposure can cause. The Shein Law team of attorneys has successfully recovered substantial compensation for the pain and suffering victims of asbestos exposure and their families have been forced to endure.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer that can affect the pleura (the lining of the chest wall, lungs, and diaphragm) or the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity). Lung cancer and other types of cancer have also been associated with asbestos exposure. In most cases, mesothelioma or other types of cancer do not show up for as many as 15 to 60 years after the person was first exposed. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, and the medical costs of providing treatment can be enormous. This insidious cancer can destroy a family both emotionally and financially. You can find more information about mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer by exploring our informational pages on Mesothelioma & Cancer Diagnosis and Mesothelioma & Cancer Treatment Options.

If mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer has impacted your family, you need strong legal representation to help you pursue compensation so that your family can continue to function through this terrible ordeal. Contact the Shein Law mesothelioma lawyers in New Jersey or Philadelphia to speak with an asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma lawyer who will stand by your side and fight for you.

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