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A Brief History of Mesothelioma

In this day and age, occupational health and safety standards are an essential component within any legitimate manufacturing environment, though this has not always been the case. The discovery and identification of mesothelioma as a distinct occupational hazard took over 60 years to be established.

Free Mesothelioma Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Asbestos has been used for centuries in fireproofing, insulating, and other industries. Although malignant mesothelioma was not linked to asbestos exposure until the 1960s (and the information was not released to the general public until the 1970s), medical experts throughout the world began speculating about health concerns associated with asbestos exposure as early as the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In the early 1900’s, workers at asbestos factories in Britain were experiencing an extremely high rate of lung disease. By the late 1920’s, lung disease problems associated with asbestos mining and production were becoming well known, so much so that the British government commissioned a study in 1930. The study results showed that asbestosis was an occupational disease and was associated with asbestos exposure.

The link between mesothelioma and asbestos emerged slowly. As many asbestos workers were dying of lung cancer in the 1930’s and 1940’s, there was also high growth rate of tobacco use and a high occurrence of tuberculosis. Unless an autopsy was performed, it was difficult to determine the exact type of lung cancer that caused death. During this time period, it appears that the asbestos industry officials made hardly any effort to establish the link between asbestos and mesothelioma, even though a lot of evidence suggested this link.

To date, even with the intense scrutiny this form of cancer draws, no effective mesothelioma treatment has been discovered. With a near 100% fatality rate, victims of this deadly disease can only hope to prolong their life after their diagnosis.

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The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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