Mesothelioma Causes

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Unlike other forms of cancer, asbestos is the only definitive cause of mesothelioma.

When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important that they consult with an attorney who focuses on asbestos lawsuits. In many instances, the mesothelioma patient is entitled to compensation from the companies that manufactured the asbestos products they were exposed to, and in some situations, money from their employer as well.

Asbestos was widely found in products used in homes and in workplaces for decades. Occupational exposure to asbestos was quite common into the 1980s. What makes asbestos so poisonous to the body is its shape. Asbestos fibers are small, long and thin, which enables them to slip past many of the body’s defense mechanisms to keep foreign substances from making it into the lungs.[1] Asbestos fibers travel to the tiny air sacs in the lungs, where the oxygen-carbon dioxide transfer takes place, and the asbestos fibers cause scarring and sometimes cancerous mesothelioma tumors.

It usually takes decades for asbestos to cause mesothelioma. That is why the average age of a person diagnosed with mesothelioma is 69. Over 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.[2]

Asbestos-manufacturers knew for years mesothelioma is caused by asbestos, but they chose to hide the science and deny their products were causing health problems. Then in in 1976, letters between executives at two asbestos companies were uncovered.[3] The documents showed that Johns-Manville and Raybestos-Manhattan had known about the health effects of asbestos dating back to at least 1934. Instead of acknowledging that their products caused mesothelioma, the companies instead manipulated scientific studies and turned a blind eye to workers across America. Attorneys at RPWB were among the first in the nation to successfully hold asbestos manufacturers financially liable for mesothelioma.

Because we know asbestos is the lone cause of mesothelioma, it is possible to hold the manufacturers of asbestos and asbestos products liable for the mesothelioma they caused. We urge you to consult with a lawyer who focuses on asbestos cases.

Our attorneys have been helping asbestos victims since the 1970s, even before those infamous asbestos papers were uncovered.[4] Since then, we have helped thousands of people in nearly every U.S. state and territory who were diagnosed with mesothelioma. We understand the challenges mesothelioma patients and their families are going through. That’s why our attorneys will come to you no matter where you live to walk you through the process for obtaining the compensation you are entitled to.

RPWB is a nationally recognized asbestos and mesothelioma law firm. US News & World Report lists us a 2019 Best Law Firm.[5] Twelve of our attorneys were named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list, making us the top-rated mass tort law firm in the country as well as the top-ranked product liability firm South Carolina a.[6] For the past five years, The Legal 500 has named RPWB as one of the top six law firms in the United States for asbestos litigation and other toxic torts.[7] Many of our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers as being among the best in their practice areas. Our experience is so well established that we serve as national trial counsel for other law firms’ asbestos and mesothelioma cases.

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