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Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawyers

Mesothelioma Attorneys Representing Clients throughout Texas and Nationwide

Many forms of cancer exist, and mesothelioma is rare in occurrence compared to other cancers. It has the distinction of being caused only by asbestos exposure. No other proven cause exists for mesothelioma. The asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys at Bush Lewis, PLLC are devoted to helping mesothelioma cancer victims and their families recover compensation to deal with the high costs of cancer treatment and lost income.

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer that affects the lining of certain internal organs. “Mesothelium” is the medical term for an internal organ lining, and hence the name for the cancer “mesothelioma.”

There are three main types of mesothelioma that are identified by the organ lining they affect.
  • The most common type of mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and is called pleural mesothelioma. An estimated 70 percent of mesothelioma patients have this type of cancer.
  • The next most prevalent form of mesothelioma affects the abdomen lining and is called peritoneal mesothelioma.
  • The third most prevalent type of this cancer affects the heart lining and is called pericardial mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral known for its chemical and fire resistant qualities and is classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). When asbestos fibers are released into the air, people can inhale them, and when the fibers contact and irritate the mesothelium of certain organs, mesothelioma can develop. Mesothelioma is a preventable disease and many manufacturers that used asbestos knew of the dangers associated with asbestos and failed to warn their employees. The awareness of asbestos perils goes back as far as the 1920s. Yet, it was not until the 1970s that the media created a public outcry and the Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed to regulate asbestos. Although manufacturers were required to issue adequate warnings and limit asbestos exposure, for many people it was already too late.

Mesothelioma often takes years to develop—sometimes as much as five decades before it is observable and able to be diagnosed. Approximately 3,000 people every year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. To this day, the EPA has no general ban of asbestos.

Occupational exposure is the most common type of asbestos exposure. People in the following industries often have contact with asbestos, putting them at risk:
  • Construction
  • Firefighting
  • Power plants
  • Automotive industry
  • Automobile repair
  • Mining
  • Shipyards
  • Railroads
  • Steel Mills
  • Oil refineries

Consumer exposure to asbestos can also occur. The National Cancer Institute reports that consumers who are the most affected are those with regular contact and heavily concentrated exposure to asbestos fibers. The following types of products often contain asbestos:
  • Cement
  • Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Fireproofing
  • Sound absorption materials
  • Boilers
  • Steam pipes
  • Hot water pipes
  • Brake shoes
  • Clutch pads
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Paints
  • Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Plastics
  • Vermiculite-containing garden produces
  • Some talc-containing crayons

According to research undertaken by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund, approximately 10,000 people die every year because of asbestos-related diseases.

Texas Asbestos Exposure

In 2005, another EWG Action Fund investigation disclosed that 675,000 tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite was shipped to 24 locations in Texas between 1963 and 1992 from W.R. Grace Co., a Montana mining company. This company was indicted for Clean Air Act violations in 2005. Between 1989 and 2005, asbestos related deaths in Texas tripled.

Mesothelioma Treatment

The medical profession has no known cure for mesothelioma at this time, but there are cancer treatments that prolong life and make people suffering from mesothelioma more comfortable by improving their quality of life. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are traditional treatments used and clinical trials are also available.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers Trace Exposure to Responsible Sources

Tracing your exposure to asbestos often requires obtaining skilled asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys who have the resources to conduct investigations. In many cases exposure occurred 20 or more years ago, and determining which companies were responsible for the exposure can involve considerable efforts. Hiring experienced trial lawyers who know how to handle this type of cancer case is often vital for achieving a favorable outcome.

Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Mesothelioma Lawyer

Please contact our mesothelioma attorneys at Bush Lewis PLLC for a free initial consultation. Our firm represents clients who suffer from mesothelioma in lawsuits throughout Texas and nationwide. We can discuss your options and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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