Benefits And Lawsuit Compensation For Retired Louisiana Shipyard Workers Who Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma
Louisiana workers who spent some or all of their careers in shipyards are likely to have been exposed to asbestos, a mineral that causes mesothelioma cancer in humans.
Especially prior to the 1980s, shipyard workers of all types risked asbestos exposure from the point of origin – unloading material for use in shipbuilding and maintenance – to completion of any project aboard ship.
Because of the potentially catastrophic results of a fire at sea, nearly every component that could include asbestos as an insulator and fire proofing agent, did.
Gaskets, pipe fittings, boiler dressings, insulation, and many more of the materials used aboard ship included asbestos as a component.
The inclusion of asbestos is beneficial from the point of view of fire risk, but extremely damaging when it comes to the long term health of Louisiana shipyard workers and even the crew of a ship outfitted this way.
Personal Injury Lawyer For Shipyard Workers Suffering From Mesothelioma In Louisiana
When asbestos, or asbestos-containing materials, become exposed to air, damaged, or degrade over time, they can emit a fine dust that contains miniscule fibers of the asbestos material.
These fibers are rigid and easily inhaled or swallowed by crew members and shipyard workers, where they can become lodged in body tissue.
Over a period of years or even decades, nearby cells will be irritated by these foreign particles, and eventually the cells can undergo genetic changes that make them cancerous.
When the cells that line our organs or body cavities develop cancerous tumors, this is known as mesothelioma.
Workers and retirees who develop mesothelioma can nearly always trace their exposure to asbestos to their jobs, and this is especially true for shipyard workers.
When you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Louisiana, call The Gertler Law Firm at 504-581-6411 to learn about your rights to compensation due to a mesothelioma diagnosis and a free consultation with an experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorney.