Michigan asbestos claims are not as rare as you would think. Even in the first 10 years of the 21st century the tragedy brought on by the carelessness of the asbestos industry continues, 1,132 Michigan residents were diagnosed with some form of malignant mesothelioma in that 10 year period alone. In that same time frame, asbestosis claimed an additional 417 lives, taking the total known deaths up to 1,549 Michigan residents between the years of 1999 and 2010. These numbers neglect to account for the hundreds and likely thousands of exposed workers who died from Lung Cancer in which no one had looked for an asbestos link. Asbestosis has disabled many more thousands of residents. Michigan asbestos cases are complex. Often our clients have worked at several different job sites, had a half dozen or more employers, and dealt with products from hundreds of manufacturers. When that client finds out they’ve got an asbestos cancer, there is a lot of leg work required to figure out what asbestos containing products were present, when, and where. This is information we’ve been collecting for decades.
Asbestos, which has been used for, literally, many thousands of years as a fire-retardant and insulation material has actually long been linked to sickness and death. Unfortunately, evidence has revealed many of the companies producing asbestos products were well aware of the dangers that asbestos posed but continued to expose workers and laborers to the hazardous asbestos fibers due to greed.
The Federal Government finally stepped in in 1972 through OSHA to begin to regulate the manufacture and sale of asbestos containing products. As more information on asbestos disease which had been hidden by the asbestos industry was uncovered the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission enforced strict regulations on its use in commercial and industrial products. Asbestos cancer diagnosis, including diagnosis of mesothelioma and lung carcinoma, can be difficult due to the fact that symptoms of the illness can in early stages mimic those of various other, more minor, respiratory complications. Signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or chronic dry cough may lead medical professionals to suspect mesothelioma, particularly if the patient has a known asbestos exposure history.
Analysis tools include CT scans and MRIs for patients where asbestos cancer is suspected. In most cases, these imaging scans will be able to provide a picture of the tumor, but a biopsy will likely be needed to determine a conclusive diagnosis of mesothelioma rather than other lung carcinomas. In cases where pleural or peritoneal effusions, liquid build-up have manifested in the patient, draining these and extracting the fluid through pleurocentesis can allow oncologists to test the fluid for the presence of malignant cells.
We understand that this can be a confusing time for you or your loved one. What is this? What do we do now? What happens Next? These are all thoughts that have more then likely crossed your mind since you have been diagnosed. Our partners at the Asbestos Cancer Organization are here for you. We are here to offer a plethora of valuable information, resources, a support community, connections to the best doctors, and the best lawyers. All ready to help you when you need us.
What is Mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer that arises in the cells which line the body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelium. All forms of mesothelioma have one demonstrated cause: Asbestos Exposure. There are three types of mesothelioma recognized by the medical and scientific communities.
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The Asbestos Cancer Organization was founded on the concept of giving the people who have been affected by Asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma piece of mind and a should to lean on in hard times. We are made up of regular people who truly care about you and your loved ones. Let us be the platform you use to get your loved ones the care you need and deserve.
Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers caused by exposure to asbestos are naturally more common in certain industries, certain occupations, and even certain locations. When you’ve been helping the thousands of people injured by asbestos that GPW has, for as long as we have, the number of industries, job sites, and companies with which you’re familiar grows quite big. This familiarity is a very helpful thing for those who subsequently get mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, because asbestos claims are complex. A single case on behalf of one injured person can involve more than 5,000 documents. People change jobs, workplaces, move across state, or out of state altogether. Piecing together all the places a person worked, the occupations they held, and products they worked each step of the way with is crucial to identifying their asbestos exposure history.
Mesothelioma is a sudden and devastating form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This terminal disease occurs unexpectedly usually 20 to 40 or more years after asbestos exposure. Anyone can be exposed from everyday locations, such as homes, workplaces, schools, and even by direct contact with someone who has asbestos dust contamination on their clothes. Wives and children of workers that were exposed to asbestos have also been shown to be at risk of this disease as a result of personal exposure to asbestos dust on their loved one’s clothing. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), there is no evidence of any asbestos exposure level that is considered safe. In conclusion, there is not a certain level of exposure that can decrease your chance of developing the disease. All levels will may lead to this unfortunate disease.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms, seek out a mesothelioma experienced physician as soon as possible in order to receive proper treatment. If diagnosis is early you will have access to a wider array of treatment opportunities with more promising results. Additional information and statistics about mesothelioma can be found within this section.
Despite the fact that mesothelioma’s only known cause is asbestos exposure, the burden of proof is placed on the injured party. Where you worked, what products and materials you worked with, and how you were exposed are all up to the plaintiff to prove. Lung cancer and other asbestos-caused cancer cases are that much more challenging. Decades may have passed between your exposure and diagnosis, yet you’re being asked to remember seemingly insignificant details of your employment history. What color were the bags of insulating material you used? Where in the plant did you spend most of your time? Who remembers you working in that department?
We can assist you with your Michigan asbestos claim. Over the past three decades GPW has accumulated thousands of corporate documentation, a vast knowledge of asbestos products, hundreds of depositions, and an extensive knowledge of job sites throughout Michigan. For a client who couldn’t recall anything beyond the green design on the bag of asbestos material that were delivered to his plant, we were able to locate a picture of the bag and shipping invoices indicating their delivery to the worksite.
To help you understand just a small portion of the information and resources we have accumulated from the thousands of Michigan asbestos claims we’ve filed, we’ve listed many of the Michigan job sites our past and current clients worked at on these pages. You can view a list of companies that have established asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Whether you worked at one or many of these companies, or none at all, we can help you protect your rights against manufacturers who produced, sold, and used asbestos products with little regard for the health and safety of millions of workers and their families. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your loved ones with your Michigan asbestos claim.
For over Forty years, the lawyers at Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. have been winning mesothelioma cases on behalf of their clients. As a firm, we have generated over $1 Billion in compensation for Mesothelioma victims. We are the #1 mesothelioma law firm in Michigan. Click the button below and read about how the lawyers at Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. have been helping Mesothelioma victims for years.