Mesothelioma is a serious, often deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Despite the known risks, the asbestos industry continued manufacturing asbestos-containing products and materials for decades—without warning the public. As a result of this outright negligence, the asbestos industry has rightfully come under fire for failing to warn consumers about the risks of asbestos exposure.
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Common signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
Signs of peritoneal mesothelioma may include the following:
Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma and can be a contributing cause of lung cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known to be strong and heat-resistant. Asbestos was used throughout the 20th century in thousands of products including insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, and some molded plastics.
Asbestos exposure occurs when these products are worked with or disturbed in other ways, liberating the individual microscopic asbestos fibers, which are then inhaled. Mesothelioma and lung cancer can take 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure.
For families in Buffalo, New York, mesothelioma diagnoses are more common than you might expect. According to a report from the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, the Buffalo area has a particularly high rate of asbestos-related illnesses and fatalities. In fact, asbestos-related deaths in Niagara County are approximately three times the rate of the national average, and Erie County has a rate of asbestos-related deaths that is 65 percent higher than the national average. Between 1999 and 2013, New York State experienced a total of more than 12,000 asbestos-related deaths. Even if the company that is responsible for your mesothelioma when out of business, you still have options: read more!
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If you or a loved one received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. We may be able to help you recover compensation for the losses you and your loved ones have suffered. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo mesothelioma lawyers have extensive experience in this area of law. Over the years, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and we are ready to fight for you and the recovery you are owed.