The Washington, D.C. area is one of the most notorious epicenters of asbestos exposure in recent news. A report from the Government Accountability Office noted that maintenance workers who worked underneath the buildings on Capitol Hill have been inhaling asbestos fibers for a number of years.
These workers typically service the water lines and HVAC lines underneath the buildings on Capitol Hill. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin brought this issue to the congressional floor in December 2006. Subsequently, police have refused to patrol the area because of the dangerous working conditions.
All mesothelioma patients are encouraged to seek medical care from an experienced doctor or specialist as soon as possible. The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is the top cancer treatment center in Washington D.C. and provides cutting-edge medicinal treatment for their patients. Clinical trials through this Georgetown hospital also offer hope for their patients.
The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the pleura, the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma can lie dormant for 20 to 40 years, and as a result, many people who have the disease do not show symptoms. This results in an often-late diagnosis, which minimizes the success of treatment options.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in Washington, D.C. or a surrounding area, please contact the mesothelioma attorneys at Brown | Kiely, LLP today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.