Mesothelioma is a progressive and terminal disease that is caused by asbestos exposure.
The American Cancer Society reports that an estimated 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Mesothelioma affects more men than women, and the disease may not show symptoms until years after the exposure to asbestos. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost your loved one to the disease, you may benefit from talking to a mesothelioma lawyer Monroe at Broussard & Hart about your legal rights.
Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma. It is a fibrous mineral that has good fire, heat, and corrosion resistance. Because of these properties, asbestos was widely used as an insulating material in construction products. It has also been used in other industrial and construction applications. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. When they are inhaled, they can cause mesothelioma. The fibers can also cling to a worker’s clothing and be inhaled by his or her family members when the worker goes home. Because of its dangers, asbestos is no longer used in insulation, but it is still used in other types of materials.