Asbestos in Glassblower Mitts

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If you check around on the Internet you soon discover lists upon lists of dangerous products and sources of asbestos. Glassblower mitts are on that list. Those who have worked in the glassblowing field in the last 50 or more years may have been exposed to asbestos. The dangerous mitts, along with hundreds of toxic asbestos products, are the reason many are filing lawsuits today after falling ill with mesothelioma, lung cancer or other forms of asbestos-related lung disease.

How do I know if I qualify for a settlement?

Each state has its own set of deadlines, called statutes of limitation, for allowing victims of asbestos disease to file lawsuits. This means that there are strict deadlines for filing claims or lawsuits after becoming aware that you have an asbestos disease or after a loved one dies from an asbestos disease.

What are the two types of Mesotheliomas?

Mesothelioma is classified into two types, pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type and it is a very rare and aggressive form of lung cancer. The “pleura” is a thin membrane found between the lungs and the chest cavity, which serves as a lubricant to prevent the lungs from chafing against the chest walls. Peritoneal mesothelioma, although less common, is more invasive and therefore results in a shorter life expectancy for the patient.

What are some of the symptoms related to Mesothelioma?

The glassblower mitts, like other products containing asbestos, can rub off and be breathed through the lungs causing, over the years, cancerous tumors to form. Mesothelioma, when diagnosed early, allows a patient to prolong his or her life with proper treatment. Many with the aggressive type of tumors only survive four to twelve months from the onset of symptoms, which include, but are not limited to, coughing, difficulty breathing and sleeping, as well as shortness of breath, pain in the chest and the abdominal area. Those experiencing these symptoms often lose their appetite and weight loss occurs.

How do you know if you should be examined?

Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job or at home via a family contact should inform their physician of their exposure history and any symptoms. Asbestos fibers can be measured in urine, feces, mucus or material rinsed out of the lungs. A thorough physical examination, including a chest x-ray and lung function tests, may be recommended.