Corpus Christi Mesothelioma Attorneys
Fighting for Victims of Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma brings severe damage and even death to victims who were exposed
to asbestos. At the Bandas Law Firm, we have seen firsthand how those
damages can affect the victim themselves as well as the family, friends,
and loved ones.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with any illness linked to
asbestos exposure, do not wait to contact the Corpus Christi mesothelioma
lawyers at our firm. We are here to help you!
Every year, about 3,000 cases of mesothelioma cancer are diagnosed and
the vast majority of these trace back to work-related exposure to asbestos.
The United States government banned the use of asbestos in most ways by
the 1970s. However, many structures still standing today contain the material.
As a result, people are still exposed to it on a regular basis.
Mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in the lungs when small pieces of
asbestos fiber are breathed in and trapped. It is very aggressive and
works very quickly. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain under the ribs
- Lumps in the chest area
- Back pain
It is important that diagnosis is completed early, or cancer can be fatal.
However, due to the nature of the disease, it is often only detectable
when it has reached a late stage.
About Asbestos Exposure
For many years, we have been aware that asbestos is incredibly toxic to
the human body when inhaled. It can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and/or
mesothelioma, as well as other health complications. Unfortunately, many
workers are still at risk for asbestos exposure in the workplace, and
some cosmetics manufacturers still use asbestos in their powder products,
though it is widely known to be a carcinogen.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully exposed to asbestos by your
employer and/or a product manufacturer, you should speak with asbestos
attorneys as soon as possible. If you can prove negligence on their part,
you may be due compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and
Here at the Bandas Law Firm, we have the experience and training to handle
asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cases. When you work with our firm,
we will be involved in every step of the process. We know what matters
most: your overall well-being. We understand that you have other things
on your mind besides a lawsuit. You may be going through medical treatments
or you may be grieving a lost loved one. That’s why we will handle
everything, including the filing process. This way, you will be free to
handle what matters the most.
Asbestos in the Workplace
Though you would think that exposure to asbestos and use of asbestos in
the workplace would have been eradicated by now, it is sadly not the case.
Some jobs that are especially susceptible to asbestos exposure include:
- HVAC equipment repair
- Janitorial services
- Automotive repair
- Construction (particularly demolition and renovation)
The fact that these jobs have an innately higher risk of asbestos exposure
does not relieve employers from the duty to protect workers. If you are
in one of these high-risk fields, you should know your rights as an employee.
Protecting Workers from Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure is supposed to be carefully monitored and regulated,
per standards defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA). Though your job may allow a certain amount of asbestos exposure,
your employer is required to take necessary steps to protect all employees
from the health risks associated with asbestos.
Depending on the level of asbestos exposure in your field, you may be entitled
to protective services and measures such as:
- Proper ventilation in workspaces
- Medical monitoring of asbestos exposure
- Clearly labeled warning signs in areas where asbestos exposure is likely
- Respirators and other protective equipment
- Post-exposure precautions (such as showers and decontamination areas)
If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace
and these precautions have not been taken, our seasoned asbestos attorneys
may be able to assist you. We can discuss your case with you to determine
whether or not your employer is guilty of negligence and what path you
should take to gain compensation, especially if you have developed asbestosis,
lung cancer, mesothelioma, or other health concerns associated with asbestos.
Asbestos in Beauty Products
Another disturbing instance of asbestos exposure comes with exposure over
time through cosmetic products. Just last year, a woman found that she
had developed mesothelioma, a rare and often deadly form of lung cancer
that is almost exclusively associated with asbestos exposure.
The woman had never worked in a field where she would be exposed to asbestos.
There was no asbestos in the insulation or materials of her house, and
the gravel on roads she regularly drove upon was tested for asbestos,
too, with negative results.
The cause of this woman’s severe illness was eventually traced back
to the talcum powder she had been using for most of her life. The cosmetics
company that produced it had known of the existence of asbestos in this
product for decades and had made no changes to their formula. Negligence
was easy to prove in this case.
If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos through a household
or personal care product, consult with a lawyer. It is through no fault
of your own that your health has been put at risk, and a lawyer may be
able to help you get the compensation you need.
Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Depending on how you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos, the mesothelioma
case will be handled differently. There are two primary types of lawsuits
that may apply:
Personal injury, if you are the mesothelioma patient. This includes primary asbestos exposure,
meaning you had direct contact with the material, or secondary asbestos
exposure, meaning you were in contact with someone who was in direct contact
with the material.
Wrongful death, if you are a loved one of someone who is deceased. Because you only have
a limited amount of time to file this type of case, you need to work quickly
in the wake of your loved one’s passing.
What Will Happen
If you file a lawsuit, then it will be up to you and your attorneys to
show that asbestos exposure occurred. You will need to provide medical
records, reports from other employees in your same occupation, proof that
your employer knew asbestos was present, and much more. It can be overwhelming.
However, when you have the Bandas Law Firm working with you, our Corpus
Christi mesothelioma lawyers will be there through every step of the way,
helping you gather the information needed. We will pursue the best possible
outcome in your case, no matter the circumstances at hand.
Contact us today at (361) 238-2789. From our Corpus Christi offices, we serve
Nueces County, all of Texas, and the U.S.