Christopher T. Tucker
Attorneys at Law
Barbour, Sokolowski & Tucker, L.L.C.

474 HWY P
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Office: (636) 294-8181
Facsimile: (636) 294-6001
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Asbestos Exposure/Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. With this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, which is a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs. This disease most commonly affects the pleura which is located in the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall. Less commonly it occurs in the peritoneum or the lining of the abdominal cavity, and in the pericardium which is a sac that surrounds the heart.

Most individuals who develop this disease have worked in environments where they have inhaled asbestos particles. Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos was widely used in many industrial products including brake linings, cement, flooring products, insulation, roof shingles and textiles. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air they may be inhaled or swallowed. Workers in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, shipyard workers, and the heating and construction trades and other trades people were at increased risk of inhaling asbestos particles. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can include shortness of breath and chest wall pain. These symptoms may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos.

The first claims against asbestos manufacturers were filed in 1929. These claims were filed against asbestos manufacturers and employers for neglecting to implement safety procedures after links between asbestos and mesothelioma became known.

Consultation with an attorney soon after an individual has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can help the individual determine their rights and responsibilities.

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