Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber that is resistant to heat, electricity, and chemicals. For this reason it had been widely used for thousands of years, most recently as a construction and insulation material in the United States up through the 1970s and 1980s. It has been known since the early 1900s that asbestos inhalation can lead to serious complications like mesothelioma:
About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The vast majority of mesothelioma cases occur in adults over the age of 55.
Those of Caucasian and/or Hispanic descent are more likely to develop mesothelioma.
Those who lived and worked in Warren County, New Jersey before the 1980s may have been exposed to asbestos at home or at work. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is but one condition that you can develop after exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. When these airborne fibers are inhaled, they can attach themselves to surfaces in your lungs, diaphragm, heart, and/or stomach. This can lead to chronic or even terminal conditions that can take decades to display symptoms. These conditions include:
Is a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, a membrane found around the lungs, heart, and stomach cavities.
Is distinct from mesothelioma in that the lung cells themselves (as opposed to the mesothelium) are attacked and become cancerous. Lung cancer can spread to other areas of the body.
Which is a noncancerous condition caused by inhaled asbestos fibers. This condition occurs when asbestos fibers scar your lung tissue and cause inflammation. This can lead to chronic breathing difficulties.
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If you worked at certain Warren County, New Jersey employers such as Celanese Plastics or Hoffman Laroche, Inc., or if you lived in an older Warren County home, you may have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. If you develop mesothelioma or any similar, asbestos-related condition, the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. stands ready to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
Claiming you have mesothelioma does not automatically entitle you to compensation. Rather, you must prove through a mesothelioma lawsuit that you were exposed to asbestos fibers while at home or at work and that this exposure caused your mesothelioma. Unfortunately, proving these facts is not always easy. Buildings are renovated and torn down, which can make an onsite investigation of your former home or workplace irrelevant. Individuals who may have observed asbestos in your home or jobsite decades ago may have forgotten what they saw or be difficult to locate. You need a Warren County mesothelioma law firm with the resources necessary to investigate your claim and secure the evidence and testimony you need to win.
Certain individuals will play a crucial role in your mesothelioma case. One of the first individuals that will be contacted is your treating physician. He or she can provide much-needed information about your diagnosis and when and how the diagnosis was made. Your doctor can also provide information about the extent of your injuries and your prognosis. Other medical personnel can speak to the financial toll your condition has taken in the form of medical bills and treatment costs. Coworkers who can verify your employment history may also prove valuable to your case if they can testify you worked at a plant or other jobsite where asbestos was present. Similarly, the contractor or workers who built your home may provide crucial testimony that verifies asbestos was present in your residence.
Testimony alone will not result in a favorable outcome. That is why evidence is obtained to support and corroborate the testimony of witnesses. Your medical history and records can provide near-irrefutable proof of your condition and prognosis. Medical bills, paychecks showing time missed from work, and other such evidence can be used to document the financial hardships your mesothelioma diagnosis has caused you. Depending on the facts of your case, other important evidence can include time slips, work incident reports, complaints, blueprints, worksite inspections, written or recorded communications, records and reports pertaining to coworkers or neighbors who were also diagnosed with mesothelioma, and court records, which can all potentially provide important information that can be used to support your claim.
Locating these witnesses and preserving this evidence is often very time-consuming. It can take twenty years or more for mesothelioma symptoms to develop after asbestos exposure; therefore, many of the records necessary to support your claim will come from the time you were first exposed to asbestos. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. knows how to properly investigate and document your Warren County, New Jersey mesothelioma claim and has the resources to ensure this is done properly.
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