While mesothelioma diagnoses tend to cluster among older residents, generally in the 50-70 year old range, in New Orleans and across Louisiana, our firm has represented victims much younger. In rare cases across the country, children have been diagnosed with the disease, though childhood cases are usually considered to be unrelated to asbestos exposure.
The reason that so many Louisiana senior citizens end-up battling mesothelioma is that the effects of asbestos exposure can take decades to appear. People who worked in construction, ship building, the military, plumbing, and other high risk fields in their 20s, 30s, or 40s may experience no warning of trouble for as long as fifty years.
The spouses and children of those who worked in these industries or in the job sites known to have had heightened risk of exposure were often unwittingly subjected to asbestos fibers through the clothing of the employed household member. Kids rushing up to hug dad when he came home from work would have unleashed a cloud of miniscule fibers, flooding their lungs day after day. Spouses shaking out dusty work clothes on laundry day had no idea how toxic that dust could be, and late in life, a mesothelioma diagnosis may confirm the severity of the asbestos exposure of a spouse who is already sick.
The bottom line is that New Orleans is home to many thousands of people whose occupation or home life may have exposed them to asbestos. Some of those individuals will ultimately develop symptoms that indicate mesothelioma, and they should be certain to explain to their doctor that they are at heightened risk. Once a diagnosis is made, we can help you get the compensation you need to protect yourself and your loved ones. Call the Gertler Firm today at (504) 581-6411.