New Mexico Mesothelioma Lawyers
Asbestos is a natural mineral once used in a number of industries, such as textiles, paper and steel mills, shipyards, automotive industries, material refineries, metal casting facilities, chemical production, and construction. The substance gained acclaim in all these sectors and many others because it was strong, versatile, fire resistant, abundantly available, and inexpensive. Unfortunately, asbestos has also proven to be deadly, which is why it has been largely banned with the exception of a handful of applications.
According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos is responsible for upwards of 15,000 deaths across the United States each year with tens of thousands more suffering from the effects of exposure. Though mesothelioma is the most widely known, and the deadliest, of asbestos-related illnesses to date, a number of other conditions have been linked to exposure to this element. Some of these include:
- Asbestosis: Scarring of the lung tissue preventing normal expansion and contraction during breathing
- Pleural Effusions: Buildup of fluid in the cavity between the lungs and the protective membrane covering them
- Pleural Plaques: Solidified buildup on the membranes surrounding the lungs
- Pleuritis (Pleurisy): Severe inflammation of the membranes encasing the lungs
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening: Excessive thickening of the pleural membranes caused by damage from asbestos fibers
- Atelectasis: Collapsed lung caused by contracting scar tissue
- COPD: Inflammation of the airways accompanied by excessive amounts of mucus and/or degradation of air sacs in the lungs (bronchitis and emphysema)
- Lung, Ovarian, Laryngeal, and Other Cancers: Asbestos fibers can embed themselves in organs, causing tumors
With most of these asbestos-related conditions, the symptoms are difficulty breathing, chest pain, and coughing, but more severe issues can also ensue. Those who exposed men, women, and children to the dangers of asbestos in a wide range of settings should be held accountable for their actions as well as the repercussions for victims. At Robins Cloud LLP, our New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to making that happen.
Asbestos is made up of tiny fibers, and these help provide the strength, versatility, and other qualities for which the mineral became popular. As fate would have it, these fibers are also the cause of asbestos-related illnesses. Mesothelioma is the result of those fibers being inhaled and becoming embedded in the protective membranes surrounding all our internal organs, known as the mesothelium. While mesothelioma is most commonly associated with the lungs, our New Mexico mesothelioma attorneys have seen cases where the illness has affected the heart, stomach, and other organs as well.
Though some illnesses can develop relatively quickly following exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma typically takes 20 years or more to manifest itself. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing, fever, body aches, fatigue and weight loss in its early phases with pain growing worse and being accompanied by anemia, difficulty swallowing, and coughing up blood in its more advanced stages. Since early warning signs mimic those of other ailments, such as asthma and the flu, mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed until the disease progresses.
A cure has yet to be found for mesothelioma, but chemotherapy and radiation are two common treatments for the disease. Procedures can be performed to drain away fluid accumulating as a result of this and other asbestos-related illnesses. For some victims, surgery may also be necessary, such as:
- Pneumonectomy: Removal of the affected lung
- Extrapleural Pneumonectomy: Removal of the diseased lung and its surrounding tissues
- Pleurectomy: Extraction of the lining of the lungs
Each of these surgical procedures is highly invasive and can be extremely risky. All require hospital stays, lengthy recovery periods, as well as follow-up care, which are typically experienced in conjunction with other treatments. While these measures may not eliminate mesothelioma entirely, they often lead to an improved quality of life for sufferers. Still, our New Mexico personal injury lawyers stand ready to help you fight those responsible for your physical and mental stress.
You probably received a considerable amount of medical care before even realizing you’d developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related conditions. Diagnosis comes with expenses of its own, including tests, digital imagery, biopsies, and numerous other procedures. From that point, chemo, radiation therapy, medications, surgeries, hospital stays, inability to work, and an entire array of other hardships are likely to ensue.
Of course, not all the costs involved come from a financial angle, and that’s a point of which our New Mexico personal injury attorneys are well aware. You’re suffering physically as well as emotionally. The asbestos once surrounding you, whether you were aware of its presence or not, is now the reason your entire way of living has been altered. It’s taking its toll on your loved ones, too. What will your family do if asbestos ultimately claims your life as it has so many others?
Intricacies of Asbestos Exposure Cases
Mesothelioma doesn’t surface until decades after you’ve been exposed to asbestos. This, combined with the widespread use of this element in the past, has a way of making the person or company responsible for your exposure difficult to pinpoint or even track down in many cases. In all likelihood, the accountable company has probably merged with others, undergone numerous transformations, or even gone out of business between the time you were exposed and when symptoms became apparent.
For these reasons, mesothelioma and asbestos exposure cases are particularly challenging, but we welcome the adversity. Our legal team has an exhaustive supply of resources from which to draw, and we have the knowledge it takes to follow even the most remote trail of bread crumbs to the responsible party. We’ve also developed a strong professional relationship with expert medical witnesses in a number of fields. All these tools are at your disposal, and our New Mexico personal injury lawyers have extensive trial experience.
Place Your Case in Our Hands
At Robins Cloud LLP, our New Mexico personal injury attorneys have built a solid reputation through our unwavering representation of victims of asbestos exposure and by securing the compensation they deserve. These efforts and success stories have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, and Fortune Magazine to name a few. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions, email us or fill out the form on our website and let our legal team help. We offer free consultations, and you don’t pay us unless we win your case.