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Mesothelioma

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral of strong, flexible fibers. Its strength and resilience has made it a popular construction material and it is used in more than 5,000 items, particularly building products. Materials that contain asbestos include flooring products, insulation, heating ducts, fire proofing products, cement, roof shingles, elevator brake shoes, textiles and adhesives. When products containing asbestos are manufactured or disturbed, they may release microscopic fragments of the mineral into the air. These fragments can be inhaled into a person’s lungs or can settle onto a person’s body and later inhaled by someone else. Once they’re inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause irreversible harm. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the cells of the membranes surrounding the body’s internal organs such as the lungs. If you or anyone you know has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the product injury attorneys at Gemma Law Associates, Inc. immediately. We’ve been helping Rhode Island mesothelioma victims for decades – and we can help you. The longer a person is exposed to asbestos, the higher the risk becomes for developing mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure Risks:

  • Auto brake repair.
  • Construction and building.
  • Demolition.
  • Oil and gas refineries.
  • Power plants.
  • Railroads.
  • Ship building.
  • Steel mills.
  • Textiles, asbestos mining, and milling.
  • The Merchant Marines.
  • The U.S. Navy.

Workers in these occupations may also have unknowingly put their family members at risk for mesothelioma by bringing home the toxic asbestos fibers on their clothing, skin or hair. Despite years of strict limits on asbestos use, new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every day. It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma symptoms to appear. Thus, people who were exposed to asbestos starting in the 1950s are just now being diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is extremely important that people exposed to asbestos secure legal representation because there is a time limit for filing a claim. The clock begins ticking when the diagnosis of mesothelioma is made. An experienced attorney is familiar with the rules about time limitations and can help you prove that you were exposed to asbestos by a specific product at a specific place. The attorneys of Gemma Law Associates, Inc., understand that a mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming. We have been through the experience with many clients. If you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma symptoms or has been diagnosed with this dreadful disease, contact us to discuss your legal rights. It is your right to seek monetary compensation from the responsible parties. We’ve been helping Rhode Island injury victims for 45 years – and we can help you.