Mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure can be devastating for the injured person and their family. At VanNess & VanNess, P.A., our attorneys serve people throughout central Florida and help obtain compensation for the harm they have suffered.

What Is Asbestos? What Are Its Effects?

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in industrial and household products until the mid-1970s. From industrial uses to household appliances, clothing, art supplies and cars, asbestos was used in many products. There are some products that still contain asbestos — even today. The simple truth is that asbestos causes diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

  • Mesothelioma: Malignant mesothelioma is a cancerous tumor in the lining of the lung, the abdomen or the heart. Approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States, and asbestos is the only established cause of mesothelioma in humans. Generally, the diagnosis of mesothelioma is made after a biopsy is done and a pathologist reviews the lung samples. If someone you love has been diagnosed, it may be time to talk with a lawyer about your legal options.
  • Lung cancer: Epidemiological studies have established that there is a dose-response relationship in asbestos-induced lung cancers. This means that the longer the exposure to asbestos and the greater the concentration, the more likely it is that the cancer is caused by asbestos. Lung cancer is still the deadliest cancer known. Its symptoms include cough, spitting up of blood, shortness of breath, development of chest pain, build up of fluid and other symptoms.

Who Is Affected By Exposure To Asbestos?

While nearly everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time in their life, certain occupations are at a higher risk for diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma. These include people who have manufactured asbestos textiles and other products, mill workers, demolition workers, drywall removers and firefighters.

Many large law firms handle lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of these injured workers. They are located in faraway places, like New York, Ohio and Texas. When these law firms take a case, they combine it with thousands of other cases. The result? The injured person does not receive the personal attention they require to get the best possible results.

VanNess & VanNess, P.A., understands the importance of having local counsel in these matters. We will assemble a team of legal professionals and medical experts and explain the logistics of pursuing legal action in another state. We will be your advocate from start to finish, making sure that your case never becomes just another file to a big city lawyer.

Work With Us

At VanNess & VanNess, P.A., we have experience working with the largest asbestos law firms in the country, from New York to Texas and California. To begin working with us, call us at 866-697-6221 or simply complete our online contact form.