Mesothelioma cancer law is really personal injury law applied to people who have contracted mesothelioma cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma is an otherwise very rare form of cancer which invades the mesothelial cells in the membranes in the chest and abdominal cavity. Because asbestos is highly carcinogenic, and easily inhaled, asbestos exposure is a leading cause of mesothelioma, which in turn has given rise to the mesothelioma law practice.
The American Cancer Institute explains that “The main risk factor for mesothelioma is contact with asbestos. In the past, asbestos was used for insulation because it does not conduct heat well and doesn’t easily melt or burn. It was also used in other products such as floor tiles, door gaskets, roofing, and patching compounds. Since asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, it can also be found in dust and rocks in certain parts of the United States.
If asbestos fibers are breathed in, they travel to the ends of the small air passages and reach the lining of the lungs. There they can damage the cells lining the lungs, which can lead to pleural mesothelioma. If swallowed, these fibers can also reach the lining of the abdominal cavity where they play a part in causing peritoneal mesothelioma.”
As more and more asbestos mesothelioma medical cases came to light, the personal injury law cases started flowing, and the practice of mesothelioma cancer law was born. There are now lawyers who specialize in mesothelioma cancer law cases. For example, the Paul, Hanley and Harley firm in San Francisco says right on their website, “We are proud of the fact that we are California mesothelioma cancer asbestos attorneys and act as effective legal advocates for mesothelioma victims and families forced to face this terrible disease.”
Another firm, the offices of Shephard A. Hoffman in Baltimore, says that it “limits itself to representing a small number of clients with mesothelioma, while also serving as trial counsel for law firms across the country handling asbestos cases.”
Again, what these cases really are is a very specialized form of personal injury practice.
What’s important to remember from a legal perspective is that with lawyers out there who are specializing in mesothelioma cancer law, if you are victim of mesothelioma you should get someone who has the experience you need to represent you. And if you are an attorney with a mesothelioma client, and you have no experience yourself with mesothelioma cancer law, you are well-advised to associate in as counsel an attorney who does have the necessary experience.