Asbestos / Mesothelioma Lawyers Malden, Boston

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Frequently Asked Questions

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is a difficult event for any family to cope with. It is normal to have many questions about the disease, its causes, and other related matters. At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, serving Malden, Boston, and surrounding communities, our mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers have been leading the charge in asbestos litigation for decades. We can provide you with forthright, clear answers to your questions.

Below you will find answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked about asbestos and mesothelioma.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral common in many parts of the world. Until the 1970s, when its use was strictly controlled, it was popular in the United States as an insulant in a wide variety of applications. Asbestos is also a carcinogen, meaning that exposure to unsafe levels of asbestos can cause cancer.

For many years after asbestos was known to be dangerous, unscrupulous companies profited by mining and processing asbestos without providing for the safety of their employees. Others manufactured and marketed consumer and industrial products containing this hazardous substance. Our firm represents the victims of this unethical conduct, including asbestos workers who developed mesothelioma. Lawyers from Rodman, Rodman & Sandman have been at the forefront of mesothelioma litigation for years, helping honest, hardworking people get the money they deserve.

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining known as the mesothelium that surrounds the lungs, heart, and other internal organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. The cancer develops as asbestos fibers make their way from the lungs into the mesothelium and collect into plaques, where tumors eventually form.

Mesothelioma often does not show itself for decades after exposure occurred, which means that many workers and consumers who were exposed before laws were enacted to restrict asbestos use are only now becoming ill. At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, we represent individuals affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions aggressively. Our lawyers believe strongly in holding reckless businesses responsible for their unethical decisions.

What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma symptoms vary depending on the area of the body that is affected. Individuals with pleural mesothelioma, which affects the mesothelial lining around the lungs known as the pleura, display mostly respiratory symptoms. These may include chronic cough, shortness of breath, persistent chest pain, fatigue, and weight loss. Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the peritoneal lining surrounding the heart, is characterized by chest pain and irregular heartbeat, among other symptoms. Peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the abdominal lining, is distinguished by abdominal swelling, pain, and problems with bowel function.

How is mesothelioma treated?

In most cases, mesothelioma treatment involves a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. There is no effective cure for the condition, but an aggressive approach to treatment can slow its progress significantly. Some mesothelioma patients live for many years after they are diagnosed.

What other health problems are caused by asbestos?

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos causes lung cancer and asbestosis. Our lawyers handle litigation for victims of these illnesses with equal skill and determination, and we have secured numerous large settlements for lung cancer and asbestosis patients. If you are suffering from lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, contact our lawyers today. We represent residents of Malden, Boston, Medford, and all of Massachusetts.

How do I know if I am at risk of asbestos exposure?

Tradesmen of many kinds worked for years mining, processing, manufacturing, and otherwise using asbestos on the job without adequate protection. Prominent at-risk occupations include mining, construction, firefighting, shipyard work, and more. Many of our early mesothelioma and asbestos clients were employed at the Boston Naval and Bethlehem Steel Shipyards, but we have represented asbestos exposure victims from many fields and many parts of the country.

Consumers who purchased products containing asbestos are also at risk. Many contaminated consumer products were available, from a host of construction materials used in countless residential homes to cigarettes, hair dryers, and duct tape. Many of these products - particularly construction materials - are still present today in homes and other buildings around the country. Our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers understand the human costs of this ongoing contamination, and we have dedicated our lives to ensuring that those who profited unfairly pay what they owe.

Contact the Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman

The asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, located near Boston in Malden, Massachusetts, have been leaders in this important area of law for many years, winning many millions of dollars for our deserving clients. To get honest answers to your questions about asbestos and mesothelioma, contact us to speak with one of our lawyers about your case.