The dangers of asbestos exposure are well known; exposure to airborne particles is the only known cause of mesothelioma. The link between asbestos and mesothelioma has been recognized for decades, but the manufacturers of asbestos products failed to warn users about that link, exposing millions to deadly asbestos fibers.
Despite the known dangers, the use of asbestos continued to expand in the 20th Century. It was used in the manufacturing of vehicles, as insulation, and in all types of construction materials, including cement, shingles, tiles, stucco, siding, and other products. It was used to insulate pipes and boilers, as a tank lining, and in numerous applications in the shipbuilding industry.
Even today, asbestos use is not banned in the USA, but federal regulations place restrictions on its manufacture, use and disposal, and legal protections are in place for workers who could be exposed, whether in manufacturing, removal, construction, mining or other industries.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Louisiana Asbestos Exposure
Nearly every person living and working in Louisiana has been exposed to asbestos at some point because it is used in so many products. Workers in these industries face exposure to asbestos fibers because of asbestos products in their workplace:
- Asbestos mining
- Floor installation/removal
- Construction trade
- Plumbing trade
- Electrical trade
- Shipbuilding, shipyard workers
- Asbestos textile workers
- Oil refinery workers
- Salt plant workers
- Katrina cleanup workers
There are various job sites that are known to have exposed workers to asbestos, including oil refineries in Shreveport, Princeton and Lake Charles, the Port of Baton Rouge, in Plaquemine and other locations throughout the state.
Treatment For Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma victims have a longer survival rate if the cancer is detected in its early stages. Some tumors can be successfully removed. The age and health of the patient is also an important factor in recovery.
Once mesothelioma has been diagnosed, health care professionals must determine if the cancer has spread. Various tests, including a CT scan, PET scan, and Endoscopic Ultrasound are performed to determine the condition of the lungs and the other parts of the body. The extent of the cancer and its spread will be the determining factor in how a case of mesothelioma is treated medically. The treatments vary, based upon where the cancer is found and the stage of the progression of the disease.
Treatment Options For Mesothelioma Include:
- Surgery to remove the cancerous area and the tissues surrounding it
- Surgery to remove part of the lung covering and lining of the chest and outside surface of lungs
- Surgery to remove an entire lung lobe as well as lining of the lungs, the diaphragm, and the lining of the heart
- Removal of fluid from the lung lining and chemicals used to create scar tissue in this area so that fluids can no longer build up in the area
Recent advances in medical science for the treatment of cancers may be used and mesothelioma patients may choose to seek out a clinical trial as an option.
Contact Our Louisiana Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have limited time to take action. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault represents mesothelioma victims throughout the state of Louisiana and can assist you immediately. We come to you. We will handle all of the critical details, including access to Social Security Disability benefits on an expedited basis.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have limited time to take action. Contact us at (318) 561-2500 today to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Mesothelioma Questions
- What products may have asbestos in them?
- What industries come in contact with asbestos?
- Where does mesothelioma cancer occur in the human body?
- How long should a person expect to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma?
- Is mesothelioma curable?
- How long does it take for mesothelioma cancer to develop in the human body?
- What are the most common treatment options for mesothelioma patients?
- Is asbestos illegal in America?