La Follette Mesothelioma & Toxic Exposure Lawyer
Tennessee Mesothelioma & Toxic Exposure Lawyers Serving Clients in La Follette
Learning that you have been injured on the job can be devastating, especially when your illness or injury is the result of years of exposure to a toxic substance. Employers have a duty to make workplaces safe for their employees, and this includes limiting exposure to toxic substances. Unfortunately, many companies did not know about the dangers of asbestos through much of the twentieth century, and workers were exposed to asbestos on a daily basis through their jobs. It can take years and even decades for asbestos exposure to lead to mesothelioma, but it is important to know that you can still file a claim for compensation.
A dedicated La Follette mesothelioma & toxic exposure lawyer can speak with you today about your options. At Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC, we have been helping clients with mesothelioma claims for decades and can get to work on your case today.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically results from asbestos exposure. According to the Mayo Clinic, malignant mesothelioma is a “type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs.” That layer of tissue is known as the mesothelium. There are different types of malignant mesothelioma, including the following:
- Pleural mesothelioma, which occurs in the tissue around a person’s lungs;
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the tissue in a person’s abdomen;
- Pericardial mesothelioma, which occurs in the tissue surrounding the heart; and
- Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which occurs in the tissue surrounding the testicles.
Toxic Exposure and Mesothelioma in La Follette
When a person develops mesothelioma, they usually realize that they were exposed to asbestos and other toxic substances for many years on the job. What is asbestos? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos is a toxic yet naturally occurring “mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.” For many years, due to “its fiber strength and heat resistance,” it was used in different types of building materials, including roof shingles, floor tiles, cement, paper products, automobile parts, and heat-resistant fabrics and packaging materials.
Asbestos exposure occurs when asbestos fibers get released into the air and a person breathes in the fibers. This can occur during construction products, building demolition, and even home repairs. While asbestos exposure is most common at worksites, it can also happen at schools and even in privately owned residences.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, according to the Mayo Clinic, can include:
- Chest pain;
- Painful coughing;
- Shortness of breath;
- Lumps under the skin on the chest;
- Abdominal pain;
- Abdominal swelling;
- Lumps in the tissue of the abdomen; and
- Unexplained weight loss.
Other forms of mesothelioma are extremely rare, but they can also produce symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and lumps or swelling.
Seek Advice from a La Follette Mesothelioma & Toxic Exposure Lawyer
Were you recently diagnosed with mesothelioma? You should learn more from a La Follette mesothelioma & toxic exposure lawyer about filing a claim for compensation. Our aggressive personal injury lawyers have years of experience assisting clients who have been exposed to toxic substances. Contact Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC today.