Mesothelioma & Asbestos
The Mesothelioma lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. in Houston accept cases throughout Texas and all of the United States. Our experienced, dedicated attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your family seek the compensation you deserve for your disease.
Types of Mesothelioma
Thousands of Americans used products in the workplace containing asbestos during their careers without being told that even casual contact with the substance can result in serious diseases. One of the worst work injuries, Mesothelioma is a life-threatening cancer that attacks the lining of your abdomen and the lining that surrounds each of your internal organs. Caused by exposure to asbestos, the disease takes several forms:
- Pleural mesothelioma, cancer of the linings around the lungs
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, cancer of the abdomen lining
- Pericardial mesothelioma, cancer of the lining around the heart
The most common type of this disease is pleural mesothelioma. The resulting tumor has a severe impact on your ability to breathe, and it can spread to organs around the lungs, causing additional complications.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is less common but more aggressive. Its tumor spreads to other internal organs, including the pancreas and stomach. Because of its ability to affect so many other parts of your body, life expectancy is short.
Pericardial mesothelioma is the type that is most rare. It occurs when fluid accumulates inside the sac that surrounds the heart. The excessive liquid disrupts the heart’s rhythm, causing chest pain and breathing disorders.
Texas Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers
The asbestos cancer attorneys of Michael P. Fleming & Associates is dedicated to helping those who suffer from mesothelioma and their loved ones seek compensation. We believe that the more you know about the causes and remedies for your disease, the more likely you will be to take action.
Industries Creating Products Containing Asbestos
In July of 1989, the United States banned all new uses of asbestos, because exposure to this fibrous material is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a form of cancer in the internal linings of organs in the human abdominal cavity.
However, most of the industries using asbestos prior to 1989 are still allowed to use it, under strict government regulation. The industries that continue to expose workers to asbestos include:
- Asbestos mining
- Building demolition
- Cement product manufacturing
- Consumer garden products (vermiculite)
- Construction product manufacturing (roof shingles, piping, insulation, ceiling and floor tiles)
- Automotive product manufacturing (brake parts)
You May Be At Risk
Although mesothelioma and related lung cancer, asbestosis, or heart disease may not become evident for decades, you may be at risk for developing these devastating medical conditions if you have been exposed to asbestos. This is one reason why at least 20 countries have banned the sale and import of asbestos.
If you worked in an asbestos-rich environment or used asbestos materials, you should contact a mesothelioma physician to arrange for diagnosis and treatment options.
To explore the possibility of compensation for your exposure to asbestos and your resulting physical suffering,contact the lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. We will be happy to meet with you in your home, evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.