Because of the long latency period of asbestos diseases, many workers who were exposed decades ago are only now showing signs of illness.
(PRWEB) February 20, 2012
Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that despite federal restrictions on the commercial use of asbestos, workers who were exposed to asbestos-containing products on the job decades ago may still be at risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is advising workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job and have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer or other illnesses that they may be eligible to file a lawsuit based on their injuries.
Asbestos is a cancer-causing material that was commonly used for commercial, industrial and construction purposes before being restricted in the U.S. during the 1970s. However, because workers may take as many as 50 years after exposure to develop symptoms of an asbestos disease, many workers who worked with asbestos on the job are only now showing signs of mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or other conditions.
The most deadly disease associated with asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the eight states with the highest number of mesothelioma deaths are California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington. These eight states alone account for more than half of mesothelioma deaths in the U.S.
Because of the wide variety of commercial applications for asbestos, workers across many industries may be at risk of developing an asbestos disease. Some of the jobsites most commonly associated with asbestos-related cancers and other conditions include construction sites, oil refineries, power plants, shipyards, chemical plants, aluminum plants, metal works and steel mills.
Veterans of the U.S. Navy or Merchant Marines may also be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases due to the asbestos products that were used onboard ships. Workers at U.S. naval shipyards—as well as private sector shipyards that were used by the Navy—may also have been exposed to asbestos products or protective materials.
Individuals who were exposed to asbestos and have developed symptoms of mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or another asbestos-related disease may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a no-charge legal consultation about how to receive free asbestos testing, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by email at info(at)hkllp(dot)com.
About Hissey Kientz, LLP
Hissey Kientz, LLP (http://www.hkllp.com) represents victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well individuals affected by birth defects linked to the antidepressant drugs Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Effexor, Xanax and Wellbutrin, Propecia sexual side effects, Crestor side effects, problems with transvaginal mesh, DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacements, Depakote birth defects, Actos bladder cancer, birth defects caused by Topamax and other defective drugs and medical devices.