Many Tennessee residents suffer due to adverse health conditions. In some cases, illness is directly related to on-the-job incidents, such as asbestos exposure. Some workers have been sick for years before they receive correct diagnoses. Such situations can lead to mass torts litigation when groups of workers learn that their symptoms are similar and may have been caused by incidents that could have been prevented.
Mesothelioma, which typically affects the lungs or abdomen, is an incurable cancer that often doesn’t show symptoms for years. As time passes, the symptoms often worsen to the point that those afflicted need assisted-living care. Suffering from a terminal illness can cause emotional and economic stress, not only for the person who is ill but for his or her family, as well. Employers are obligated to notify workers of asbestos risks and to provide proper training and equipment to maximize safety efforts; when workers suffer because employers were negligent, it is a grave injustice.
Injured workers often first notice symptoms of asbestos-related diseases that include a lingering cough or chest discomfort. Unexplained weight loss is also a sign that warrants immediate medical examination, especially if additional symptoms are present. Abdominal swelling, nausea, shortness of breath or unexplained lumps or rashes on the body may also signal mesothelioma cancer.
It is critical that Tennessee medical patients inform their doctors if they believe they were exposed to asbestos on the job and are suffering the symptoms mentioned. An attorney experienced in asbestos litigation understands mass torts and can provide guidance and support to anyone wishing to pursue such claims. This type of litigation allows collective claims to be heard concurrently to maximize efficiency and economic feasibility.