Nationwide Mesothelioma and Asbestosis Lawyers
If you, or a family member, suffer from mesothelioma or asbestosis, a form of cancer or lung damage linked to asbestos exposure, you should contact Bailey & Galyen immediately to learn about your rights and the possible availability of compensation for you and your family.
From the 1940’s until today, millions of people have been exposed to asbestos dust. Unfortunately, mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases do not show symptoms for decades (it is not uncommon for symptoms to appear 20-50 years after exposure). For that reason, you need to receive annual check ups and inform your doctor that you may have been exposed to asbestos.
What Is Mesothelioma or Asbestosis?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust or asbestos particles. Typically the cancer is in the chest, abdomen or lungs.
Asbestosis is a lung disease associated with exposure to asbestos dust or asbestos particles.
Signs of asbestosis or mesothelioma include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory ailments. If you have been exposed to asbestos, whether it was through direct contact at work, or a family member who may have brought asbestos dust into the home through their exposure to asbestos, you should seek a thorough medical check-up and inform your doctor that you may have been exposed to asbestos dust.
What Occupations May Have Exposed Someone to Asbestos?
There are many occupations which could have exposed you, or a family member, to asbestos. Some of the more common occupations include the following:
- Workers in the ship building trade
- Asbestos miners (individuals engaged in asbestos mining)
- Workers in factories that manufactured asbestos or asbestos products
- Construction and building workers who handled insulation
- Plumbers and electricians who were exposed asbestos insulation, including asbestos pipe insulation
- Automotive mechanics engaged in brake repair
- Demolition workers
- Drywall removers
- Floor construction workers from older buildings
- Floor removers or building renovators
These are just some of the workers who may have been exposed to asbestos dust, and possibly exposed their families to asbestos dust.
How Do I Recognize the Symptoms of Mesothelioma or Asbestosis?
The symptoms of mesothelioma or asbestosis are difficult to describe because they affect individuals differently. Moreover, it is not uncommon for the symptoms to show up 20-50 years later, after exposure to asbestos dust or asbestos particles.
Although the symptoms can be delayed, and can vary among individuals, some of the more common symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Persistent coughing
- Chest and/or abdominal pain
- Bowel trouble
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pneumonia or fluid in the lungs
- Dramatic weight loss and loss appetite
- Difficulty swallowing
- Change in voice
- Anemia or hypoxia
- Heart palpitations
As you can see, many of these symptoms can be mistaken for other causes, such as cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. For that reason, if you may have been exposed to asbestos, you will want to see a doctor who is familiar with mesothelioma and asbestosis and inform that doctor of your possible exposure to asbestos dust, so the proper tests can be run.
If you, or a family member, are diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, a form of cancer or lung damage linked to asbestos exposure, contact Bailey & Galyen for a free consultation immediately. You may possibly be entitled to compensation for you and your family. Call 844-402-4530 today.
Testing for Mesothelioma or Asbestosis?
If you have told your doctor about your history and potential exposure to asbestos dust, then your doctor should order an X-ray to determine if there is a possibility of mesothelioma (lung cancer) or asbestosis (lung damage) from your exposure to asbestos dust or asbestos particles.
After examining your X-ray, your doctor will determine if additional tests should be run. If your doctor determines that additional tests are not warranted by the results of your X-ray, then you likely are not showing signs of mesothelioma. However, if you are not sure about your doctor’s diagnosis, or if your doctor seems hesitant with his or her diagnosis, have your X-rays sent to another doctor and request a second opinion.
If your doctor determines that you have mesothelioma or asbestosis, then that diagnosis may trigger your right to compensation. You should call an experienced lawyer who is familiar with mesothelioma and asbestosis to discover your rights and the process for obtaining compensation for you and your family.
Contact an Experienced Mesothelioma and Asbestosis Lawyer
We have extensive experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims, including mesothelioma and asbestosis claims stemming from asbestos exposure. We will be happy to provide you with a free, confidential consultation to discuss your claim, the legal process and answer your questions. We take all cases on contingency, meaning there is never a fee until we recover a settlement in your favor. Please email us or call us at 844-402-4530 today. Time is important, so please call today. You and your family need to understand your rights and the availability of compensation. We can help.
At Bailey & Galyen, we provide comprehensive legal counsel to individuals across Texas including Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana and Weatherford.