Mesothelioma and Asbestos Injuries
Asbestos exposure has resulted in the illnesses and deaths of tens of thousands of Americans. Exposure to asbestos in the workplace, at construction sites, and even in the home has resulted in asbestosis, mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and other lung diseases. The exposure may have occurred decades earlier, sometimes as much as 35 to 45 years before any symptoms are manifest. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, or if a loved one has been diagnosed, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our practice is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured by exposure to asbestos. With over 30 years of experience, we can help you get the damages you deserve.
Mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker outline the effects of asbestos exposure and symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is an asbestos-caused cancer of the mesothelium, the membrane lining that covers and protects many internal organs in the body. There are three main types of mesothelioma, depending on which part of the mesothelium is involved:
- Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane surrounding the lungs, inside the ribs. The most common form of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma accounts for 75% of mesothelioma.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma, a cancer of the abdominal lining.
- Pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective lining surrounding the heart.
Asbestos-related Lung Cancer
Mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lung. Asbestos-related lung cancer develops in the lung tissue itself. Like mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer takes decades to develop.
Asbestosis is not cancer. It is a scarring of the lung tissue, resulting from the inhalation of asbestos fibers that then lodge in the lungs. A hardened, fibrous tissue results, limiting lung function and predisposing the lungs to cancer. Cigarette smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are most at risk for lung cancer.
Pleural thickening results from the lodging of asbestos fibers in the pleural membrane, causing reduced lung function.
If you have been diagnosed with any of these asbestos-related diseases, The Law Offices of Larry H. Park can help.
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