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Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer in which the cells of the mesothelium divide abnormally. The mesothelium is the membrane that covers most of the body’s internal organs and it has different names, depending on its location in the body. As with any cancer, the diseased cells of the mesothelium may spread and cause damage to other body parts.
Most cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure in the workplace. If you have developed mesothelioma from your job, make certain that your case is in the hands of a North Carolina workplace illness attorney you can trust. For skilled and knowledgeable representation regarding mesothelioma claims, contact Salisbury, NC lawyer M. Reid Acree, Jr., by calling us at (704) 633-0860 or by emailing us at [email protected].
One of only 150 board-certified workers’ compensation specialists in North Carolina, Mr. Acree, in Salisbury, NC, has the legal experience and resources to assist you in getting the money and benefits that you need and deserve. He has handled numerous asbestos-related cancer cases including claims for mesothelioma.
The majority of mesothelioma cases begin in the membrane that lines the lungs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, and the inhalation of asbestos particles most often occurs during the course of a person’s job.
Between 2,000 and 4,000 people every year are stricken with mesothelioma. Incredibly, those people who are currently being diagnosed were actually first exposed to asbestos fibers anywhere from 10 to 40 years ago, due to the long latency period between the time that a person is exposed to asbestos and the time that they start to show symptoms of mesothelioma. Generally, a person with mesothelioma will experience chest pain and shortness of breath. These symptoms may be improperly attributed to other medical problems. A proper diagnosis will likely not be made until a biopsy reveals the cancer of the mesothelial cells.
The following occupations present the highest risk of exposure to asbestos fibers:
For employees with mesothelioma, benefits may be available from the worker’s employer (either through workers’ compensation insurance or self insurance), from the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products or from the landowner where the exposure to the asbestos occurred. Although such compensation will not lessen the severity of the illness, it can ease the associated financial burden like medical bills, lost income, and support for loved ones.
A seasoned attorney, M. Reid Acree, Jr., has handled approximately 3,500 asbestos and asbestos-related cancer claims. Recovery in these occupational disease cases is based on the principles of workers’ compensation law.
As one of only 150 board-certified workers’ compensation specialists in the state, Mr. Acree has the knowledge, experience, and resources to assist you in getting justice. If you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma symptoms or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are entitled to seek monetary compensation from the responsible parties.
Mesothelioma is a complicated issue and can be difficult to fully understand. Salisbury, NC mesothelioma lawyer M. Reid Acree, Jr., is available to address your questions and discuss your concerns, or simply point you in the right direction. Please contact us today by calling (704) 633-0860 or by emailing [email protected].
You may also contact us online about your case by filling out this form. We represent clients throughout North Carolina regarding asbestos-related claims for pulmonary fibrosis and cancers including mesothelioma. In fact, we are often associated by other attorneys in North Carolina, South Carolina and other states as well.