El Dorado Hills Mesothelioma Attorney
Mesothelioma is a deadly disease that is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers, which are naturally occurring minerals found around the world, including in California. While natural exposure is possible, exposure is typically the result of the minerals’ use in building and manufacturing materials, such as pipes, insulation, gaskets, auto parts, and more. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, I want to help you. I’m Ed Smith, your El Dorado Hills mesothelioma attorney.Asbestos Exposure: Naturally Occurring Asbestos and Asbestos in Building & Manufacturing
As stated above, asbestos is a collection of naturally occurring minerals that, in the past, were used in building and manufacturing. As such, there are two primary ways that a person can be exposed to asbestos:
- Through the natural environment - if asbestos fibers are present in air and soil, these fibers may enter a person’s airway and lungs, leading to mesothelioma; and
- Exposure in the home or workplace - because asbestos was previously used in building and manufacturing, those who lived in homes with asbestos-containing materials, or handled asbestos-containing materials during their working years, are at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
California happens to be one of the places in the nation where asbestos in the environment is particularly common. Three of the top sites for asbestos are:
- Coalinga Asbestos Mine, Coalinga, CA: From 1962 to 1975, the Coalinga Asbestos Company owned an asbestos mill site spanning 120 acres. The nearest town - Coalinga - is located a mere 16 miles away from the site, and could have been exposed to the asbestos fibers due to the frequent transport from the Coalinga Asbestos Mine to another mine site - the Atlas Asbestos Mine.
- Atlas Asbestos Mine, Coalinga, CA: Another mine owned by the Coalinga Asbestos Company was the Atlas Asbestos Mine, which was more than three times bigger than the Coalinga Asbestos Mine. Some of the asbestos that was mined from the Atlas mine was transported to the town of Coalinga. Thankfully, the EPA declared that in both cases of asbestos mines, the health of the citizens of the city of Coalinga was protected and that no further action is necessary.
- South Bay Asbestos Area, Santa Clara, CA: A 550 acre-sized area on the bay of San Francisco served as an active dumping site for asbestos for companies in the asbestos cement pipe manufacturing industry for more than three decades. This dumping site affected the level of asbestos in the soil, which also meant that the local water sources became contaminated as well. Clean up of the site is still ongoing.
The area of El Dorado Hills is also rife with asbestos fibers. According to research published by the UC Davis Cancer Center, the prevalence of naturally occurring asbestos fibers in the area is high, and that while risk of exposure (resulting in disease) is low, it is still very real and should be taken seriously. Even scarier, the EPA concluded that everyday activities, such as biking or jogging, can stir up asbestos fibers, resulting in concentrations of asbestos that are 43 times higher than background levels.
If you live in these, or surrounding, areas and have developed mesothelioma, you need to contact me immediately for your free consultation.Your Rights if You Are Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, the tissues that cover the body’s internal organs. The cancer is extremely aggressive, and the prognosis is grim.
With a few exceptions, mesothelioma is almost always the result of preventable asbestos exposure. However, the time and location of asbestos exposure can be hard to pinpoint, as the disease may develop decades after asbestos exposure.
If you have developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you have the right to take action. If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, you can file a wrongful death action to recover the compensation that your family deserves, including compensation for the costs of funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and medical bills associated with mesothelioma treatment and related complications.
I will open a thorough investigation to determine the cause of your - or your loved one’s - mesothelioma and the location and time of asbestos exposure. Then, I will build a case that holds the party responsible for asbestos exposure liable for the harm that your family has suffered. Liable parties may include a previous employer, a manufacturer, a large company (such as the mining company discussed above), or even a city government for failure to warn of the presence of asbestos in soil.Contact Your El Dorado Hills Mesothelioma Attorney Today
When you or your family member is diagnosed with the terrible disease that is mesothelioma, you deserve to have an advocate on your side that cares about you. While I am not a doctor and cannot assist you from a medical perspective, I can help your family seek the justice you deserve when preventable exposure to asbestos damages your life and wellbeing. I am a seasoned personal injury and mesothelioma attorney, and have the experience and skill set that is necessary to build a mesothelioma case and recover the compensation that your family deserves. I also have experience in the courtroom, am a skilled litigator, and know what it takes to obtain a successful jury verdict.
I’m Ed Smith, and I care about you. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have recently lost a loved one to this tragic disease, please contact me today at 916.921.6400 for free, friendly, and compassionate advice.
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