Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a variety of a diseases, including a dangerous form of cancer, mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is not the only cancer that asbestos can cause, or contribute to, but mesothelioma is a particularly difficult to treat cancer, and one whose long term prognosis is particularly poor.
Because mesothelioma is understood to have just one cause – exposure to asbestos – regulatory changes over the last several decades have made many worksites and industries much safer for employees today. The problem for retired workers from these sites and industries is that mesothelioma has a latency period that can last as long as many decades.
It is not unusual for a person whose asbestos exposure happened in their twenties or thirties to develop the disease in their sixties or seventies.
While asbestos can contribute to a number of diseases, including lung cancer and a condition known as asbestosis, where inhaled asbestos fibers cause significant scar tissue in the lungs, creating chronic shortness of breath, the most dangerous disease that can result is arguably mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, which means that most cases are relatively advanced when it comes time to determine a treatment plan. This can often mean that options for mesothelioma like surgery are off the table, because the cancer has spread too far.
Add in the fact that many mesothelioma patients are older and often have other health problems, and it’s easy to understand why mesothelioma is so deadly.
If you’ve developed an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma in Louisiana, the attorneys at The Gertler Law Firm can help make sure that you and your family have the resources you need.
Call us today at (504) 581-6411 and talk to an experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorney for free.