Many citizens and workers in Louisiana experienced health problems due to the use of asbestos in construction and insulation in the second half of the 20th century. In fact, asbestos-related illnesses have become the largest and most expensive class of lawsuits and other tort actions in U.S. history. But the problem persists, partially because of the complexity of these health problems.
What are the problems that asbestos exposure can cause?
The fibrous mineral substance can be inhaled, which can cause lung damage that can lead to lung cancer. One type of lung problem that many people associate with asbestos is mesothelioma, a complex type of lung cancer that can be fatal.
What are the problems with discovering an asbestos-related illness?
The early stages of mesothelioma may also resemble other problems, both serious and passing ones. As a result, some doctors may not identify it until early treatment is no longer possible. If a misdiagnosis occurs, treatment could be delayed for months.
How can patients be sure if they have mesothelioma?
A conclusive test may not happen at the first diagnosis. It is important for people with a history of asbestos exposure to request a second opinion. "Mesothelioma is so complex, and its care so specialized, that a patient really needs the best care in the world," said one specialist in the disease."
What can I do if I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma?
Victims of asbestos exposure may sue for financial damages to help with treatment and recovery. An attorney can help victims file their own lawsuits or join possible class-action lawsuits against users and manufacturers of hazardous materials.