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There are extremely high levels of mesothelioma cases in the state of Ohio, when compared to others in the United States. The state has a wide range of industries which put workers at risk for asbestos exposure. Power plants and oil refineries are two of the biggest concerns. Many people have also developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure in public facilities. Hotels, hospitals, and even state universities, especially those that were built before 1970, contained high levels of asbestos in the insulation, wallboard, electrical and piping systems, floor and ceiling tiles, and other areas. During this era, most people were aware of the dangers associated with asbestos and its connection to mesothelioma. If you worked at any of these establishments for a long period of time before safety regulations were enforced, you may need to research the facility to see if other mesothelioma lawsuits were filed.

Information About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare, malignant cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. The disease is diagnosed in 2,000 to 3,000 individuals in the United States each year. It is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer known to man, and usually causes death within two years of diagnosis. Asbestos, a natural mineral found in the environment, is toxic only when individuals breathe it in or ingest it in high concentrations. The shape and flexibility of the asbestos fibers allows them to burrow into the mesothelium, protective sacs surrounding the internal organs of the body, that also serve to promote the organs\' mobility. The minerals remain in the body for years, and most do not develop symptoms of mesothelioma until 20 or 30 years later. By this time, the disease has progressed to an irreversible point.

Since mesothelioma take decades to surface, there have been a growing number of cases recognized in recent years. Unfortunately, Ohio was one of the first states to begin legislative reforms intended to prevent mesothelioma cases from being filed against premises owners. In order for one to file negligence or unlawful death lawsuits, there must be proof that the disease has left one physically impaired. Moreover, impairment is strictly defined by state guidelines, and a qualified attorney is the only one equipped with the knowledge to help those mesothelioma patients gain settlements.

Because of its long latency period, mesothelioma is most common among people ages 65 and older. In recent years, there has been a growing number of cases developing in individuals in their 20s and 30s. Most likely, this is not a result of occupational hazards, since federal laws have made it illegal to use this substance in products. These statistics suggest that secondary exposure is most likely at fault. Secondary exposure can occur if a spouse or loved one works with asbestos materials, because the asbestos dust can cling to clothing and hair. It can also be found in houses built before 1970, as there were few laws enforced that prohibited the use of this product in pipes, walls, insulation, paint, and vinyl floors.

How To File A Claim

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or you have suffered from an unexpected death of a loved one as a result of this disease, gather documents to support your case, and contact an attorney for guidance. Your attorney should have a history of successful mesothelioma lawsuits and should be willing to represent your best interests. Researching attorneys in the state of Ohio is a necessary step. The mortality rates in the state of Ohio are shocking. In fact, between the years 1979 and 2000, there were approximately 1,046 deaths from mesothelioma. If you feel your health has been damaged as a result of employer negligence, it is your responsibility to contact an attorney to guide you through legal matters and fight for compensation. Industries need to be held accountable for lack of safety regulations and protection of workers. Mesothelioma is a serious matter, one you should never have to face alone. An attorney can ensure that your family is financially protected.

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