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What you should know about mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically appears in the lungs as well as the abdomen. This type of cancer was considered extremely rare until industries began using a fibrous material known as asbestos back during the 20th century. This material was once commonly used as a type of insulation since it was known to be both fire and heat resistant. Unfortunately, after a period of investigation, it was found that people who developed mesothelioma all had one thing in common. They had been exposed to asbestos.

Although asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, most people who have been exposed to it and developed mesothelioma came into contact with the asbestos while they were on the job. Some of the more common occupations for this type of exposure to occur are for those who work in occupation, such as shipyard workers, industrial workers, chemical plant workers, auto-mechanics, construction workers, boiler workers and insulators.

If you were exposed to asbestos during your employment and developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. There is a time limit on filing a lawsuit once you have been diagnosed, however, so it is important to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires. Interestingly, unlike some types of lawsuits, in some cases, you may actually be able to choose from multiple states as to where you file your lawsuit.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may find that learning more about the legal process and how it pertains to their individual situation may be beneficial to them if they wish to file a claim or seek compensation.

Source: Asbestos.com, "Mesothelioma Causes," accessed May. 07, 2015

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