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What is the Latency Period with Mesothelioma?
Some diseases do not develop immediately after exposure to a toxic substance. This is the case with mesothelioma, which has a latency period of development after asbestos exposure. Consequently, people do not always recognize when asbestos exposure occurred and relate it to mesothelioma. West Virginia mesothelioma lawyers can help clients discover sources of exposure and draw the correlation between the exposure, the resulting disease and negligent parties who can be held accountable for the exposure.

 

 

 

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, researchers conducted a study to determine what the latency period was for mesothelioma. They examined 421 cases of pleural (lung) mesothelioma in a region of Italy. Based on occupational information gathered from patients or their relatives and analysis of lung samples, they determined latency periods for 312 cases. They found that the latency period ranged from 14 to 72 years, and that the type of occupation also affected latency periods. Among different occupations, these were the latency periods:

  • 29.6 years for insulators
  • 35.4 for dock workers
  • 46.4 for non-shipbuilding industry workers
  • 49.4 for shipyard workers
  • 51.7 for women with a domestic exposure history to asbestos
  • 56.2 for maritime trade workers

While the intensity of exposure was a factor, it was not the only factor involved with the duration of latency periods.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, find out how a mesothelioma lawyer in West Virginia can help.

The Prim Law Firm has extensive experience with mesothelioma cases and knows how to handle the complexities involved with these types of cases.

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