You need not have worked with asbestos in order to develop Mesothelioma as it can be caused by only small amounts of exposure. It is not uncommon for people to have been diagnosed who have lived near asbestos factories or who have washed their husband’s clothing.
The risk of developing the disease increases depending on how much asbestos dust you have breathed in, the more you have breathed in the more at risk you are of developing the disease.
Mesothelioma affects the linings of the chest wall (pleural mesothelioma) or the lining of the stomach or abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma).
It is difficult to diagnose and quite often a biopsy needs to be carried out to diagnose mesothelioma.
Unlike lung cancer there is no known connection between cigarette smoking and the development of the disease.
The development of the disease can take between 10 – 40+ years after exposure to asbestos dust.
The courts have adopted a special procedure to deal with mesothelioma cases, which means your case will be dealt with a lot quicker.