Mesothelioma, in Louisiana and elsewhere in America and around the globe, has just one cause: exposure to a naturally occurring mineral called asbestos, which until recent decades was used in a number of industrial and commercial applications. Asbestos is a pliable, fibrous mineral that can be fabricated into various shapes and forms, and it has insulation properties that are superior to other options on the market.
Even today, when asbestos is highly regulated as a matter of public safety, some applications like brake pads for vehicles still rely on asbestos because of the quality of its fireproofing and heat control.
There are a lot of myths about the causes of mesothelioma, including efforts by asbestos makers to promote the idea that smoking can cause mesothelioma.
This is a way for them downplay the danger of their product, and to shift responsibility from their own worksites, where most asbestos exposure occurred and where retired workers represent the bulk of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, and onto the people suffering from a disease they acquired on the job.
Smoking doesn’t cause mesothelioma. Only asbestos, inhaled into the lungs or swallowed through worksite exposure, causes mesothelioma in Louisiana.
Mesothelioma is often, but not exclusively, a disease of older Americans who spent their working years in job sites that were contaminated with asbestos. There are about 3,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year, but some industries were especially asbestos-intensive, and roles like shipbuilding and oil rig construction hit Louisiana families especially hard.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Louisiana, get the resources you need to fight back against a deadly disease and protect your family’s interests for the long term. Call The Gertler Law Firm at 504-355-0057 today to speak to an experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorney for free.