Mesothelioma is a devastating form of lung cancer that generally develops many years following exposure to asbestos. About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually, according to the American Cancer Society.
Treatment for mesothelioma can help lengthen an individual's life, but there is currently no complete cure. A promising immunotherapy trial of CRS-207 doses has been approved for the next phase trial through the Food and Drug Administration. 32 patients participated with the initial study and the data showed a 94% disease control rate. The treatments require staggered injections over the course of several weeks and months. The trials are organized by Aduro Biotech, a clinical-stage cancer immunotherapy company.
Individuals working in construction or industrial environments are at a greater risk for working in an environment that might have asbestos. Work environments are not the only place where asbestos exposure could occur. Private residences, apartment buildings, daycare centers, and a number of other spaces could have been built with materials that include asbestos. The problem with asbestos occurs when it is moved, such as during construction or renovation projects. The materials release tiny dust-like carcinogenic particles that might be inhaled, which later could lead to lung cancer. If a construction crew has not properly identified and treated a building with asbestos, not only could the workers be at risk, but individuals in or near the construction site as well.
If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might have several opportunities for pursuing compensation.
- Workers comp. Meet with a North Carolina workers' compensation attorney to learn about the application process for a cancer that might occur decades after working in a toxic work environment.
- Social Security. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance might be a lengthy process. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of 'Compassionate Allowances,' which allow individuals with certain conditions to quickly qualify for benefits. Mesothelioma is recognized as one of these conditions.
- Third party claims. Sometimes businesses and individuals act carelessly, and this carelessness causes injuries to an innocent person or persons. For example, a developer hired an unlicensed demolition contractor. The building that was demolished contained asbestos and was improperly disposed of. If a person was injured as a result of this negligence, the contractor could be liable.