March 8, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Massachusetts Mesothelioma Cancer Since the founding of our city, the people of Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area have been in the process of building, structuring, and re-purposing their living and work environments. Many of these constructions, including factories, office buildings, public facilities, and shipyards, were built using materials that contained asbestos. during World War II. Unfortunately, its effects and consequences on the human body, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, were not known until much later. Today, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), limits the amount and conditions under which workers are exposed to asbestos. The government’s limits on asbestos exposure starting in the 1970s came too late for many individuals and families; the damage has already been done. In addition, workers are often unknowingly exposed to asbestos today during demolition or repair of old asbestos-containing buildings and machines. Types of Treatment The most common types of treatment for an individual diagnosed with mesothelioma include the following: Surgery. While this method alone traditionally has yielded poor results, it has been found increasingly effective when used in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation. Often given to patients with localized disease, this treatment is commonly dispensed post-operatively along with other treatments. Occasionally, it is used palliatively to relieve the symptoms of mesothelioma. Chemotherapy. Currently, this is the only treatment that has been shown to produce curative results in certain patients when used either alone, or in combination with other types of treatments. Massachusetts Mesothelioma Law Although OSHA provides certain protections for those still at risk of asbestos exposure in their work environments, this does not protect you from the cancer called mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure to any substance that causes cancer. OSHA regulations also do not always mean that employers follow OSHA regulations. You or a family member may collect compensation if it can be proven that your employer did not routinely monitor your exposure risk, or provide you with respiratory equipment, protective clothing, safety training, or health exams. For claims against the manufacturers, sellers and distributors of the asbestos products you were exposed to, the statute of limitations in Massachusetts is short: only three years from the date of diagnosis. By seeking the advice of a Massachusetts mesothelioma lawyer at Thornton Law Firm, we can help you: Determine who is at fault for your diagnosis File for compensation on your behalf Pursue settlement or litigation of your case Give us the opportunity to serve your best legal interests Call 888-632-0108 or contact us here to speak for free with a Thornton Law Firm Massachusetts mesothelioma attorney. We look forward to answering any questions you may have after this visit to our website. We are here to help.