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How do I know if I have a mesothelioma claim in Kentucky?

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A diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer is devastating. Being diagnosed with a disease that lacks a cure is always an awful moment, but the tendency of mesothelioma to show up early in someone’s retirement years adds insult to injury as their future dreams are snatched away. 

Loved ones of mesothelioma victims are left with more questions than answers after a diagnosis, most importantly “who is to blame?” Sadly, decades of mesothelioma-related litigation has shone a bright light on a disturbing answer: the blame lies with asbestos producers and companies who profit from industries that utilized asbestos in their products; far too often they placed profitability ahead of worker safety even after it was clear that asbestos exposure was resulting in terminal illnesses.

The first step in determining whether you have a viable mesothelioma claim in Kentucky is examining your loved one’s circumstances over the past years and decades. Where have they worked? Where have they lived? What are the possible sources of exposure to asbestos?

Mesothelioma Vs. Other Cancers

If your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to know whether it is a more common form of cancer such as lung cancer or whether it is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by direct or indirect exposure to asbestos; the fact that a rare cancer has been linked to a specific substance has aided in determining the sources of mesothelioma and holding negligent parties accountable.

Mesothelioma develops from the mesothelium, the protective lining responsible for covering many of the body’s vital organs. A cure has yet to be developed but early diagnosis and treatment options provide a fighting chance at prolonging life.

Common Sources Of Asbestos Exposure

In a terrible irony, exposure to asbestos and contraction of this deadly disease has long been linked to making a living. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 1.3 million people in the United States are exposed to asbestos at their workplace.

It is not uncommon for industrial workers and their spouses to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, as a working spouse who brought clothes and other materials home could expose a spouse who is a homemaker to asbestos. Sadly, older school buildings have also been linked to asbestos.Industries linked to asbestos exposure include shipbuilding, construction, skilled trades, and a wide array of manufacturing.

Related Diseases

Other diseases linked to asbestos include asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural plaques and pleural disease. While these diseases will not lead to a mesothelioma claim, victims of these illnesses may be able to pursue a personal injury claim if they can demonstrate their exposure was the result of negligence or a willful cover-up of asbestos exposure.

The Bottom Line

The only way to be certain you have a viable mesothelioma claim is to take action and speak to a knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney about your situation.

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