Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It develops in the tissue that covers the internal organs, called the mesothelium. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this deadly and aggressive disease, the mesothelioma lawyers with Harrell & Nowak, serving the state of Louisiana, can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
During much of the 19th and 20th centuries, asbestos was used in a variety of construction and industrial applications because of its heat resistance and durability. The carcinogenic properties of asbestos were discovered in the 1960s, yet it remained a commonly used material through the 1990s. As a result, construction workers, iron workers, shipyard workers, miners, and many other professionals remained exposed.
In a landmark 1972 case, an asbestos manufacturer was found to have withheld knowledge of the harmful effects of asbestos. Since then, many individuals and their families have posed successful lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers, securing compensation for vast physical and emotional devastation suffered as a result of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Contact a Louisiana mesothelioma lawyer with Harrell & Nowak today to learn how you and your loved ones can receive maximum compensation in the wake of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
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There is no known cure for mesothelioma. This disease develops at a very gradual rate, and those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are often given a projected six to eighteen months to live. Needless to say, the repercussions of a mesothelioma diagnosis are devastating and far-reaching. We firmly believe that mesothelioma victims and their loved ones deserve the greatest possible compensation to cope with the effects of asbestos exposure.
We can help you to accomplish this by building a powerful case on your behalf. We will discuss your history of asbestos exposure, as well as your mesothelioma diagnosis, in great detail and chronological order. Bring all documentation, including medical records, pay stubs, and other work records, along to your consultations. This process helps us to determine who may be responsible for your asbestos exposure, and to create a case that will clearly substantiate that responsibility in court.
Who Is at Risk?
Mesothelioma most commonly develops as a result of on-the-job asbestos exposure. The history of asbestos use in construction and industry is well-known, but other professions carried a significant risk of asbestos exposure as well. For instance, nearly one-third of all mesothelioma victims are United States Navy veterans who served between the early 1930s and late 1970s. Many teachers diagnosed with mesothelioma developed the disease because of exposure in buildings with damaged asbestos reinforcement and corkboard that contained asbestos. Many mechanics have been exposed to asbestos used in certain brands of brake pads manufactured through the late 1990s. In other words, if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos at work, even if you were not working in a construction or manufacturing environment. Other occupations that carried a risk of asbestos exposure include:
- Oil Refinery Workers
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Demolition Workers
- Telephone Repair Workers
- Railroad Workers
Contact Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Today
Louisiana residents deserve exceptional representation in mesothelioma cases, and Harrell & Nowak in New Orleans are here to provide that caliber of service. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.