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Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart cavity. This lining, called the mesothelium, is made of two cell layers. Mesothelioma causes fluid, inflammation, scar tissue and tumors to develop in the tissue lining and can disrupt organ function.
The symptoms of mesothelioma do not occur immediately after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma does not typically appear until 10 to 50 years after exposure (known as a latency period). Most mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease victims were exposed to asbestos through their work. The companies who manufactured, sold and used asbestos knew about its hazardous nature, yet continued to use it for years – exposing workers to this dangerous substance.
There are also many cases of mesothelioma caused by bystander exposure to asbestos – where the victim of mesothelioma lived with someone who worked around asbestos and brought it into the home from work on their clothing.
Workers in the following trades and occupations may have been exposed to asbestos:
- Automobile Mechanics
- Automobile Manufacturing Plant Workers
- Boilermakers / Boiler Operators
- Brick Masons / Cement Masons
- Chemical Plant Workers
- Crane Operators
- Drywall Finishers / Plasterers
- Foundry Workers / Furnace Men / Iron Pourers
- Industrial Plant Workers
- Insulators / Steam Fitters
- Iron Workers
- Machine Operators / Machinists
- Maintenance Workers
- Oil Refinery Workers
- Operating Engineers
- Paper Mill Workers
- Pipe Fitters / Plumbers / Welders
- Power Plant Workers
- Railroad Workers
- Sheetmetal Workers / Tinsmiths
- Shipbuilders / Shipfitters / Ship Yard Workers
- Steel Mill Workers / Steel Workers
- Tile Setters
- Tool and Die Makers
- U.S. Navy Veterans / Merchant Marines
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if a family member has died as a result of this disease, you may be entitled to compensation. Since 1988, Mazur & Kittel, PLLC, has been handling cases for mesothelioma victims and their families in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing and Traverse City, Michigan to ensure that the companies who created these products are brought to justice. Contact Mazur & Kittel, PLLC for a free consultation in our office or in your home. Our experienced legal team has the expertise and compassion to help you get the compensation you deserve.