Asbestos has permeated just about every aspect of the construction industry. The toxic material was widely used throughout the middle part of the twentieth century during many phases of commercial and residential construction projects. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure has caused many construction workers to develop mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period and often takes between 20 and 50 years to develop after initial exposure to asbestos. As a result, many construction workers who came into contact with asbestos decades ago are now first developing the disease. Many of these people are senior citizens and most likely have not worked in the field for years.
When asbestos fibers are released into the air, people working in the vicinity will inevitably inhale the toxic substance, unless they are wearing protective gear. Unfortunately, for decades, construction companies did not provide their employees with the proper gear to prevent the damage caused by asbestos exposure. As a result, construction workers have been placed at a vastly above average risk of developing mesothelioma.
Asbestos fibers will become lodged in your mesothelium, the membrane surrounding your internal organs and lining your body cavities. Over time they become malignant, resulting in mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer most commonly affects the chest wall lining and the lungs, although it can also affect the stomach or heart. Mesothelioma patients generally have less than two years to live once diagnosed.
If you have worked in the construction industry, it is crucial that you inform your doctor so that you can receive the proper testing for mesothelioma.
The Washington, D.C. asbestos personal injury lawyers at Brown | Kiely, LLP have recovered millions of dollars for mesothelioma victims over the years. These claims are highly complex, and it is essential that you work with a law firm specializing in this area of personal injury law.
If you have a mesothelioma claim in the Baltimore, Maryland or Washington, D.C. area, please contact our Maryland mesothelioma lawyers today to schedule your initial consultation.