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People Who Struggle with Mesothelioma Will Have Their Claims Expedited

Posted on 15th September, 2020

by Legal Staff

Every year, approximately 3,000 people lose their lives to mesothelioma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops on the outer lining of the lungs, medically known as the pleura. Nevertheless, mesothelioma can also occur on the outer lining of the heart, the abdomen and the testicles, but more than 75% of cases affect the lungs.

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, which was highly prevalent in more than 75 different industries during the last century. It is estimated that 24 million people were exposed to asbestos on the job between 1940 and 1980, out of whom 20% will develop a serious disease. Furthermore, veterans were also exposed to asbestos while serving in the military, which is why today, over 30% of them suffer from terrible diseases. The following are some of the most important facts about mesothelioma:

  • mesothelioma accounts for 0.3% of all cancer diagnoses
  • it takes between 20 and 50 years for mesothelioma to occur
  • the average life expectancy for mesothelioma is 12 to 22 months
  • men are more likely to develop mesothelioma than women
  • the largest number of mesothelioma cases occur in Washington, Alaska, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maine
  • white and Hispanic Americans are more susceptible to develop mesothelioma than African and Asian Americans
  • the average age of diagnosis for mesothelioma is 72
  • between 2% and 10% of people with a history of asbestos exposure will develop mesothelioma
  • women with mesothelioma have higher survival rates than men

Occupational Groups at High Risk of Developing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma has a long latency period, as once inside the body, asbestos fibers will attach themselves to the lining of the lungs, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring. These symptoms may, over the decades, turn into cancer. Nonetheless, it is worthy of note that mesothelioma is asymptomatic in the early phases, so people with a history of asbestos exposure need to keep a close eye on their health. The following are some of the occupational groups with the highest risk of developing mesothelioma:

  • construction workers
  • insulators
  • power plant workers
  • boilermakers
  • chemical plant workers
  • welders
  • oil refinery workers
  • carpenters
  • textile mill workers
  • millwrights
  • shipyard workers
  • electricians

Veterans who served in the Navy are the members of the military at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma, as on every ship, there were over 300 different asbestos products. Thereby, exposure was bound to occur to a certain extent. The areas of the military ships with the heaviest asbestos exposure were the engine room, the propulsion room, the damage control room and the pump room.

Expedited Claims for Mesothelioma Patients

In the regrettable event that you came to struggle with mesothelioma, please contact Atraxia Law for a free of charge case review to determine whether you are eligible for compensation. The case evaluation will take approximately 10 minutes over the phone. If you are eligible for compensation, we will begin preparing your claim for submission, which will eventually result in fair compensation for your diagnosis. Because mesothelioma is the most serious disease caused by asbestos exposure, we will expedite your claim so that you can receive the money you deserve within the shortest time possible.

It is important to know that if you are a veteran who is already receiving compensation from the VA, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the liable companies as well. Receiving money from the VA does not disqualify you from filing a personal injury claim with the companies that exposed you to asbestos in the military. Having your claim expedited will give you access to the money you need faster, which will help you afford better healthcare and treatment for mesothelioma, as the medical expenses are quite high for this disease.

Contact the experienced and knowledgeable team of experts at Atraxia Law today to see if you meet the preliminary requirements for a claim.