If you live in Delaware, you may be at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma than most people. Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and is almost always fatal. This cancer can develop when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested and then become trapped in the linings of vital organs such as the lungs, abdomen, and heart, where the cancer cells grow over time. It can take 20 to 50 years before a person who was exposed to asbestos experiences symptoms of mesothelioma, and the cancer may have grown significantly before a diagnosis is made.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Delaware is one of twelve states where the death rate from mesothelioma is greater than 16.6 per million people. If you become ill with mesothelioma, you will need expensive medical treatments and will most likely be unable to work due to your illness. You may have a right to compensation from an employer or other negligent party who caused your exposure to asbestos. The experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard, & Arsenault are here to investigate your case and aggressively fight for the settlement you deserve.
Industries in Delaware That Exposed Workers to Asbestos
Asbestos is a natural mineral that was widely used in many industrial and consumer products from the late 1950s until the early 1980s. After that, the cancer-causing properties of asbestos became known. As a result, many workers in Delaware were exposed to asbestos and then put their families in danger by bringing asbestos into their homes on their clothes.
The one natural deposit of asbestos in Delaware is in New Castle County at the Mount Cuba serpentine body site. However, asbestos was widely used in many industries in Delaware, including:
- Chemical plants. The chemical plant E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) superfund list. Because of its low cost and heat and chemical resistance, asbestos was widely used in this plant.
- Construction. Asbestos was also extensively used in the construction industry, and many of Delaware’s historic homes, churches, mansions, and other historic buildings were built with products containing asbestos. Although no longer used in this industry much, asbestos exposure continues to be a risk for construction workers when they repair older homes and buildings throughout the state.
- Manufacturing. Many factories and other manufacturing plants used asbestos in their operations, exposing workers and their families to this toxic substance.
- Oil refineries. Getty Oil Refinery in Delaware City and other oil refineries used asbestos widely because of its ability to resist the high heat and chemicals used in refinery operations.
- Military. Many veterans in Delaware were exposed to asbestos at bases where asbestos was used in the construction of ships and for other purposes. Dover Air Force Base is a 3,700-acre property where members of the military and their families may have been exposed to asbestos. It is another Delaware site listed on the EPA superfund list.
Mesothelioma Treatment Centers in Delaware
Because mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer, there are not as many cancer treatment centers that specialize in treating it. In Delaware, there is one cancer center and a few doctors who specialize in treating mesothelioma patients. These include the following:
- Christina Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Newark, DE
- Dr. Charles Mulligan who can be contacted through the Christina Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
- Dr. Gregory Masters who also can be contacted through this cancer center
In addition, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should consider traveling to a nearby state for treatment at one of the following top cancer treatment centers where you can receive specialized treatment and have more access to clinical trials:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA
- Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA
Getting the Support You Need to Handle Your Mesothelioma
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be devastating, and you might find that joining a support group can help you cope with your disease. Benefits of a support group include:
- Helping you stay positive
- Sharing information about your treatments
- Reducing stress
- Receiving support from people going through what you are experiencing
- Making you feel like part of a community
Because mesothelioma is a rarer form of cancer, it may be impossible to find a mesothelioma support group in Delaware. However, there may be a cancer patient support group that you could join. In addition, there are a few online and conference call support groups that connect patients suffering with mesothelioma throughout the country. You may be able to find one through the following organizations:
Get Legal Help to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
If you have developed mesothelioma, it is very likely caused by asbestos exposure. You may have a claim for compensation for your expensive medical treatments, travel expenses if you must travel in Delaware or another state for treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, you only have a certain amount of time to file your lawsuit in Delaware. This time period is known as the statute of limitations. You must file your lawsuit within two years of your diagnosis or within two years of a loved one’s death if he died from mesothelioma. If you do not meet this deadline, you waive your right to compensation.
However, don’t wait this long to pursue your claim, as this could weaken the value of your case. You need to retain an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible, so he can conduct a thorough investigation of your claim and begin the settlement process. These cases are very challenging to prove due to the long period of time between exposure and the development of mesothelioma symptoms. Additionally, because of the catastrophic nature of this disease, your claim can be worth significantly more than other personal injury claims. This means, the negligent party and its insurance company will fight longer and harder to deny or reduce your claim.
Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. We handle these cases throughout the country on a contingency fee basis, so you owe no out-of-pocket expenses and only owe attorney fees when we settle your claim. To learn more about our experience in these cases and your legal options, contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.