San Diego Injury Law Center Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers
Fighting for the rights of Asbestos and Mesothelioma victims.
San Diego Injury Law Center Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers provide legal advice for those going through difficult times following the diagnosis of an Asbestos-Related Disease. San Diego Injury Law Center feels it’s important to educate our clients about the dangers of Asbestos and Mesothelioma as well as their legal rights.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in some rocks and soil. Asbestos comes in the form of long fibers that are strong, heat-resistant, and flexible enough to be woven; these fibers can be white, green, blue, or gray-green. Asbestos has no taste or smell. Asbestos is also a mineral fiber found in older building materials and can cause cancer. Asbestos has been used in building materials such as insulation and fireproofing; roofing shingles; ceiling and floor tiles; electrical insulation; furnace and hot pipe coverings; cement products; and coatings.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral once used in many products. Due to its strength and ability to resist heat, as well as insulate, Asbestos was widely used in the 20th Century. Asbestos was used for decades in textile products, friction products such as automobile brake parts, and gaskets. Asbestos was used in homes, commercial buildings, naval ships, and more. Because of health concerns, all new uses of Asbestos in the United States were banned in July 1989. Most Asbestos uses established before that date are still allowed. The use of Asbestos in hand-held hair dryers was voluntarily stopped in 1979. Schools are required to test for Asbestos and remove it or cover it up if found. If Asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation.
What is a safe level of exposure?
- Lung Cancer
- Other Cancers
Who is at Risk For an Asbestos-Related Disease?
You can be exposed to high levels of Asbestos at work if you are a miner, demolish buildings containing Asbestos, remove Asbestos from buildings, work in the construction industry, repair and service automobile brakes, or work in shipbuilding and ship repair. You can be exposed to Asbestos if you work or live in a building where asbestos has been incorrectly or poorly removed. Your exposure can be higher if materials containing Asbestos are disturbed during demolition work, building or home maintenance, repairs, and remodeling.
Exposure to Asbestos is common among those who work in the trades or do manual labor. Occupations listed below may pose higher risk for Asbestos-Related Diseases.
- Automobile Mechanics who work on older vehicles
- Boilermakers who work on boilers or furnaces built prior to 1990
- Construction Workers
- Drywall Workers/Plasterers
- Factory Workers
- Refinery Workers
The tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs is called mesothelium. Mesothelioma also called Malignant Mesothelioma is a tumor of that tissue. It usually starts in the lungs, but can also start in the abdomen or other organs. It can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer.)
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare but serious type of cancer. Most people who get it have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. After being exposed to Asbestos, it usually takes a long time for the disease to form.
- Trouble breathing
- Pain under the rib cage
- Pain, swelling, or lumps in the abdomen
- Weight loss for no known reason
Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Your doctor uses imaging tests and a biopsy to make the diagnosis. Malignant mesothelioma is often found when it is advanced. This makes it harder to treat. Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
Our Lawyers and Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we may be able to pursue a case on your behalf. Our law firm has over 30 years of experience and no other office can match our legal team’s ability to take a case through trial and receive the same results. Our record of success includes numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the nation. We know that time is of the essence and with that in mind; we dedicate ourselves to securing a trial date as quickly as possible and pursuing the compensation our clients deserve.
Unlike other Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers in San Diego, we do not focus solely on quick settlements. Our Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers do not shy away from the courtroom. They spend time with clients and get to know them and their needs, both now and in the future. Throughout the course of a case, our lawyers are ready and willing to litigate in order to protect clients’ rights and maximize compensation. If you’ve been exposed, please allow our lawyers to give you Free Advice.
Call Us Today for Free Advice 619-338-8230. No Upfront cost – No Fee Until We Win.