A recent report within the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health focuses on the sarcomatoid pleural mesothelioma contracted by an Italian carpenter. It is most likely that the 70-year-old man was exposed to asbestos during his six-year tenure working as a carpenter at a furniture company. Thirty years after leaving the position, the man died of the uncommon form of mesothelioma. A case like this signifies the importance of any mesothelioma patient to disclose all details of their life and work experiences, even if the importance is not noticed at the time.
Asbestos exposure in the furniture industry is not common. If not for the physicians that treated the 70-year-old Italian man, the source of the man’s mesothelioma may have remained a mystery. Upon close scrutiny of the patient’s work history, doctors discovered that he was exposed to asbestos from cement tubes. These tubes were used to create reproductions of classical columns. The furniture company had not complied with safety measures to protect workers from asbestos contact.
This case of sarcomatoid pleural mesothelioma is notable to the further study of mesothelioma diagnosis. Since the man had no history of working in an industry with a high risk of asbestos exposure, this case signifies the importance of the physician taking on the role of an investigator. If it had not been for the doctors’ expansive line of questioning, the diagnosis of the patient’s cancer as mesothelioma may not have been discovered.
Any patient experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma needs to give their physicians as much information as possible about their employment history, residential history, and life history. Legally, it is important for a correct diagnosis of mesothelioma. Any employer that has neglected laws concerning asbestos exposure could be held financially liable.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being negligently exposed to asbestos by an employer, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Contact Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler to learn more about your options. Our experienced and caring Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers serve clients throughout the region, including New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Fill out our online contact form or call our firm at 1-215-569-4000 or toll free at 1-800-369-0899 to get started today.