Serving Clients Nationwide
If you have been a victim of serious health issues due to exposure to asbestos, it is critical that you obtain the help of an asbestos attorney in Indiana right away. Our team of dedicated and experienced Mesothelioma Attorneys are ready to help protect you and your loved ones. We serve clients nationwide and will travel to wherever you are in order to ensure that your rights are protected!
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What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a relatively rare condition
- It is a deadly and aggressive cancer
- Its cause is almost always linked to asbestos exposure, typically from a working environment where asbestos is used or encountered
- While increased exposures to asbestos increase the risk of mesothelioma, no safe level of exposure has ever been identified, and even brief asbestos exposures have been linked to cases of mesothelioma.
Asbestos Diseases / Asbestos Cancers
In addition to Mesothelioma, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risk of other major diseases: asbestos related lung cancer and asbestosis. A combination of cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure dramatically increases the odds that asbestos lung cancer will develop.
Asbestosis is a nonmalignant (non-cancerous) form of asbestos related disease. It is also sometimes referred to as asbestos related pulmonary fibrosis and is observed by shortness of breath along with dry cough, loss of appetite, and severe fatigue.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that was widely used in the manufacture of many products beginning in the late nineteenth century. It is a toxic substance that can have dramatic effects on health 10, 20, or even 50 years after exposure.
Asbestos became increasingly popular with manufacturers and builders in the early part of the 20th century because of its sound absorption, strength, resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. If you have been employed in a job where you were exposed to asbestos, you may have significantly increased risk for cancer (Mesothelioma), asbestosis, or other illnesses.
Federal regulation of asbestos began in the 1970s, and by July 1989, 94% of new uses of asbestos were banned in the United States. Most asbestos uses that were established before that date are still allowed and old products containing asbestos still exist. The government strictly regulates these uses.
Toxic Torts / Workplace Hazards
A toxic tort is a type of legal term used to describe personal injury claim in which a person (Plaintiff) claims that exposure to a chemical or toxin caused their injury or disease. Most people are exposed to toxic chemicals from the environment, the workplace, in the home, or from consumer products. Common chemicals include asbestos, coal tar pitch, benzene, silica, and talc.
Being exposed to toxic chemicals can cause many serious and life-threatening medical conditions, including Mesothelioma, cancer, birth defects, and even death. The only way to know if illness is the result of toxic exposure is by consulting with a medical doctor.
As early as the 1930s, railroad companies had evidence that asbestos containing products used regularly in the industry posed a serious threat to their workers. The Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to sue their employers for job-related injuries, including diseases such as Mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, or asbestosis.
Defective Products and Personal Injury
George & Farinas also handles personal injury claims for those who have suffered injury due to someone else's negligence or misconduct. Our personal injury team located in Indianapolis is dedicated to serving clients nationwide. We are here to help you obtain the recovery you deserve, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Shipyard & Navy Ship Exposures
Asbestos was used across all branches of the military for many years. The heaviest forms of exposure were for navy veterans exposed to high levels of asbestos while serving on ships (aircraft carriers, cargo ships, destroyers, submarines, battleships, etc.) in the naval fleet as well as in naval shipyards across the country.
In the unfortunate event you or a loved one are diagnosed with Mesothelioma, asbestos cancer, or asbestosis, George & Farinas, LLP lawyers are available to help discuss your legal options.