Despite all that is currently known about the link between asbestos exposure and cancer, cases of mesothelioma have continued to increase worldwide over the past 30 years. According to a recent study published in Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hematology, there were approximately 34,000 cases of mesothelioma and 29,000 deaths from the disease in 2019. Those rates are double what they were in 1990.
The main reason why there are so many new cases is because unlike some other types of cancer, mesothelioma symptoms often occur years after exposure to asbestos. As a result, we are seeing the effects of asbestos exposure that may have happened 20, 30, even 60 years ago.
The study also revealed that mesothelioma diagnoses were higher in men than women. This is because fewer women worked in jobs that had asbestos exposure risks. Additionally, mesothelioma rates were higher in high-income countries. This might be because there was greater industrial use of asbestos in high-income countries.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma, but medical treatment can possibly extend a patient’s life. However, that care comes at a high cost. Legal remedies may be available for many people living with the disease.
Mesothelioma claims are complex because they require lawyers to make the connection between asbestos exposure that happened years ago to the health challenges their clients face today. However, it can and should be done to bring justice to those living with cancer through no fault of their own.
Lawyers who focus their practice on helping clients with mesothelioma understand the unique challenges that come with these types of claims. They have the resources and the experience needed to investigate when and where exposure occurred.
They have connections with medical professionals and other experts who can assist in this regard and explain causation for this form of cancer. Also, personal injury claims may be subject to a statute of limitations. A lawyer can determine how much time is left to pursue compensation.
Mesothelioma lawyers also know how to accurately assess damages. An individual with mesothelioma should consider all of the ways their condition has impacted their life, from their ability to work, to the pain and disability caused by the disease and cancer treatments. From there, a lawyer can build a compelling case for compensation and advocate for the client.
If you are living with cancer that was caused from exposure to asbestos, speak with one of our Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler. Call us at 215-569-4000 or contact us online to schedule a free case review today. Located in Philadelphia, we assist clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County.