Fighting For West Virginians Affected By Asbestos And Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses are devastating and deadly. What makes it more devastating is that many companies knew of the risks and exposed employees and consumers anyway. If you or a loved one is suffering from one of these diseases, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced asbestos and mesothelioma legal team knows how to fight for what you deserve.
Satterley & Kelley PLLC has been representing people suffering from asbestos-based illnesses for over 20 years. Based in Louisville, we help individuals and families throughout the region, including West Virginia. Our successful trial attorneys will fight for you throughout your case.
The Link Between Asbestos And Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a mineral that people have used throughout recorded history, but its use increased during the Industrial Revolution. Although the illness it causes has been known since ancient times, many industries continued to use asbestos in their products until the late 1970s in the U.S.
The public finally became aware of the link between asbestos and a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. Workers in the following areas seem to be most at risk:
- Oil refining
Although use of asbestos has dropped dramatically, the U.S. has not banned asbestos, and some companies still use it in their products. Therefore, many workers still suffer from continuous asbestos exposure, and the products put the public at risk as well. Asbestos is found throughout schools, commercial buildings and even homes.
The dangers of asbestos have been well known and documented throughout history for causing a disease of the lungs we now call mesothelioma. This is a rare type of cancer the develops in the mesothelium, which is a protective lining covering your organs. The disease takes years to develop, often between 10 and 50 years, and can take different forms. Early symptoms include:
- A persistent cough
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight loss
Doctors base their diagnosis on a variety of tests, such as X-rays, blood tests and MRIs. Later symptoms depend on the type of mesothelioma that develops. Unfortunately, survival rates are still low, at around 15 months. This has not changed much in the past 30 years.
Other Asbestos-Based Health Problems
Mesothelioma is not the only disease caused by asbestos. Asbestos fibers that are trapped in the lungs can cause several other severe lung issues, including:
- Lung cancer: The risk of lung cancer increases with the amount of exposure to asbestos.
- Asbestosis: This lung disease develops from long-term exposure to asbestos fibers and causes scar tissue on the lungs, limiting lung function.
- Pleural plaques and pleural disease: Asbestos can cause fibrous tissue deposits in the chest cavity, and these can eventually limit lung function.
No West Virginia family deserves to go through the suffering brought on by asbestos-related illnesses. Satterley & Kelley PLLC is here to help you pursue justice and recover any money to which you are entitled.
Discuss Your Case For Free
Reach out to us risk-free to discuss your options. We only charge a fee if we recover damages on your behalf. Schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys by calling 502-785-8758 or toll-free at 855-385-9532. You may also contact us online.