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.
There are not many public health issues that have attracted as much attention -- or cost as much money -- as asbestos. The substance's use as an insulator in the middle of the 20th century ensured that much of the rest of the century was spent arguing over its ill effects in court. Thousands of people suffering from respiratory disease or injury have lodged complaints in courts across the country.
Louisiana has a long history of litigation over asbestos, and the end is not yet near. A 71-year-old veteran of local politics is suing parts of Jefferson Parish and other related defendants for exposure to asbestos during his decades of experience as a school board and parish council member. The suit alleges their culpability for his mesothelioma, which was diagnosed within the last year.
Mesothelioma, a specific and aggressive type of cancer, has caused woes for thousands of Americans. The danger passed with the peak of asbestos use in American building, but hazards remain. Identifying mesothelioma as early as possible maximizes your options and may safeguard your family's future.
Asbestos has become a catchword for a hidden danger in the last few decades after the mineral's fine fibers and crystals were proven harmful to people and animals. Years of work finding and removing these hazardous materials has given rise to a whole new industry within construction, with hundreds of Lousiana workers putting efforts into asbestos remediation.
Thousands of people suffer from mesothelioma in Louisiana because of the industries in which they used to work. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Most of the industries that used to use this building material no longer do so because it has been almost been entirely banned. Let's take a look at long-term care options for those coping with mesothelioma.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) typically begins in the chest's inner lining. While is it certainly possible to be diagnosed with mesothelioma in other locations, this is most common form of this cancer.
Often, mesothelioma takes 20 years or more to fully manifest and develop in the human body. In some cases, it can take as long as 50 years. While this deadly cancer often acts aggressively once it develops, taking lives quickly, it can be decades after the exposure that it really develops.
A diagnosis of mesothelioma tells you what the underlying issue is, but that alone does not tell you what treatment options will be used or what chances you have to beat this disease. Mesothelioma can be either resectable or unresectable. What is the difference?
Peritoneal mesothelioma develops after a person is exposed to asbestos and the fibers are either inhaled or swallowed. The cancer grows in the thin membranes around that person's abdomen, called the peritoneum.