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February 28 is Rare Disease Day - Harty Jewell, PLLC Wants to Raise Awareness for Mesothelioma

February 28 is Rare Disease Day. Join us at Harty Jewell, PLLC in raising awareness about mesothelioma, a disease that impacts 3,000 people per year in the United States.

A few facts about mesothelioma:

  • Mesothelioma is a signal cancer, caused by asbestos exposure.

  • Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the United States.

  • Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type, but four types of mesothelioma are: pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular.

  • Symptoms of mesothelioma typically do not show in an individual until 20 to 60 years after a person has asbestos exposure.

  • Asbestos exposure may occur in shipyards, power plants, chemical plants, railroads, and other industrial sites. Workers who handled asbestos-containing products are at risk, as are workers who worked nearby others who were handling, installing, removing or cutting asbestos-containing products.

  • Occupations at greatest risk for asbestos exposure: military/veterans, ship building, chemical refining, manufacturing, and power generation.

  • Family members of those who worked with or in environments where asbestos products were handled cut, installed or removed are at risk for asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

  • Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for mesothelioma, but surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy are also treatments in some mesothelioma patients.

  • Financial compensation is available for mesothelioma victims and their families - read more at our blog here:

The Virginia mesothelioma lawyers at have handled mesothelioma cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, including for victims who worked at Newport News Shipyard, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth), Norshipco, Virginia Electric and Power Company Power Plants, Amoco Oil Refinery, Dupont, Allied Chemical, Hercules, and other industrial sites. The mesothelioma attorneys at Harty Jewell have handled cases in Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Richmond and other surrounding areas. We are here to help and to answer your questions about a potential mesothelioma claim. Strict time limits apply for making a claim. For a free consultation about your legal rights, contact us at 757-568-9633 or fill out our contact form here:

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