Asbestos was once considered a miracle material due to its heat retardant properties, but even in ancient Greek times, it was noted that there were irreversible health risks associated with the use of asbestos. The exploit of asbestos containing material continued for centuries and even though the effects of asbestos exposure were formally noted in the 1930's, this information was withheld from the common knowledge pool until well into the 1970's. As a result, every year more than 3000 people of all generations die in the United States from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. Whether contact occured in shipyards during World War II or from centuries of exposure while working in steel plants or in construction and automobile trades, the level of industry negligence in regards to the dangers of asbestos is unacceptable.
There are three general asbestos disease categories. The most devastating of the asbestos related diseases is mesothelioma, which in most cases results in death. Mesothelioma is a malignant form of cancer that attacks the thin membrane that surrounds the lungs and abdominal cavity. Lung cancer, or a malignant tumor that originates in the lung tissue and in most situations is life-threatening, can also be attributed to asbestos exposure. A third asbestos related disease is asbestosis. This is the scarring of lung tissue that is caused by asbestos fibers becoming lodged in the small airways of the lungs and can cause shortness of breath and impairs the lungs ability to transfer oxygen into the blood stream.
Other cancers can be attributed to asbestos exposure as well. Simply breathing or swallowing asbestos fibers has been linked to cancers that originate in the throat, esophagus, stomach and colon. This exposure is not limited to the workplace, as many workers who were exposed to asbestos, brought fibers back to their homes at the end of each work day, exposing family members. There are still other asbestos victims who have been exposed environmentally by careless demolitions and asbestos harvesting companies.
As the effects of asbestos exposure are uncovered, more people are looking to the negligent industries responsible for compensation and liability. If you suffer from an asbestos related illness and decide to pursue mesothelioma or asbestos litigation it is important to find an experienced asbestos attorney. One of the greatest difficulties in presenting an asbestos claim is in the area of product and exposure identification as the law requires that asbestos lawyers prove the brand name and manufacturer of asbestos products that caused a client's mesothelioma, cancer or asbestos disease. Due to the long latency period of most asbestos related illnesses, the passage of time can make identification of specifics difficult, but far from impossible for an experienced asbestos mesothelioma law firm.
The asbestos mesothelioma attorneys of The Ruckdeschel Law Firm, LLC feel strongly about an individual's personal choice to pursue justice through the legal system in regards to asbestos exposure lawsuits and are true advocates of the rights of workers and their families who have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Our asbestos and mesothelioma litigation practice in Maryland is multi-jurisdictional and since 2004 we have been dedicated to aggressively pursuing compensation for victims of mesothelioma and other forms of asbestos disease. Our ultimate goal is to help the many unsuspecting victims of asbestos exposure get the financial compensation they need for the treatments and the continued care of their families.
If you are an asbestos victim who would like to pursue an asbestos claim, asbestos lawsuit or mesothelioma law suit, contact our offices today. We offer comprehensive asbestos legal help while allowing you to concentrate on your health and family.