Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a building material made of mineral fibers. It is a strong, affordable, and fire-retardant material, making it ideal for use in insulation, ceilings, tiles, and many other products used in construction.
Unfortunately, chronic exposure to asbestos is highly toxic. This fact was unknown for many years, partly due to the fact that a good deal of time must pass before an exposed person becomes ill.
This time lag between exposure and illness also complicates matters from a legal perspective.