Mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer that forms in the thin layer of
tissue that surrounds your body’s major organs, which is called
the mesothelium. One of the most common types of mesothelioma is found
in the lungs, known as pleural mesothelioma. This type of cancer is typically
the result of negligence and has resulted in a number of massive lawsuits
around the country. Because Maryland borders the Atlantic Ocean, it is
home to a number of shipyards, some of which have had issues with exposure
to asbestos. In addition, Baltimore was home to a number of industries
that carried a high risk of exposure to asbestos as well, especially after
World War II.
The time limit to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma is short, so it is imperative
that you contact a skilled
Maryland personal injury attorney right away.
Some occupations have a higher risk of asbestos exposure than others. Some
of these include:
- Constructions workers
- Steel mill workers
- Automobile mechanics
- Sheet metal workers
- Flooring installers
- Chemical plant workers
- Tile installers
- Power plant workers
- Military service personnel
It can take many years for malignant mesothelioma to form. There are additional
risks for people who live with someone who worked with or worked near
asbestos, as those workers often carry asbestos fibers home on their clothing.
How Asbestos Exposure Creates Cancer Risk
Dust is created when asbestos is used. If that dust is ingested or inhaled,
the particles will settle in your lungs or stomach. It is not guaranteed
that you will get cancer, but it can eventually lead to mesothelioma.
It can take as long as 30 to 40 years to develop mesothelioma from direct
exposure. Secondhand mesothelioma is a risk for whomever washes the worker’s
clothes or anyone who has been in close contact with an exposed worker.
How Employers are Liable
Many employers, once they learned of the risks of asbestos exposure, continued
to use it, thereby exposing thousands of workers to the dangers. The courts
have established asbestos trusts to help compensate these workers and
other exposed individuals due to many companies’ efforts to profit
off something they knew was life-threatening. Settlements help cover medical
expenses, but in cases in which a victim can prove the manufacturer purposely
concealed the dangers, or did not provide workers with adequate protection,
the settlement amount can be much higher.
Statute of Limitations in Maryland
If you are affected by asbestos or had a loved one who passed away due
to asbestos exposure, you need to contact a Maryland personal injury attorney
right away. You have a limited time to file an asbestos-related lawsuit
in Maryland. If you miss the deadline, you lose any right to receive financial
compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering,
etc. In Maryland, the statute says you have three years from the date
of diagnosis or three years from the date of death.
Retaining a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If you have questions about asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits,
or any other type of personal injury, contact the Law Office of Robert
R. Castro at 301-870-1200 to schedule a consultation.