October 27, 2021

Asbestos

New Mexico Mesothelioma Lawyers

Asbestos is a class of minerals of microscopic fibrous silicate compounds. These compounds, when inhaled or ingested lodge themselves in the pleura or peritoneum and can be taken up by the mesothelial cells. This leads to a number of conditions, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos FibersAfter the cells take up the asbestos fibers, they have been shown to tangle in the chromatin, material containing the DNA. Additionally, asbestos fibers are thought to aid in the uptake and integration of foreign DNA into cells. The fibers are also thought to kill NK (natural killer) cells that eliminate mutated and cancerous cells.

All of these properties lead to the following oncogenic pathways:

  • Deletion or inactivation of tumor suppressor genes
  • Activation of oncogenes and proto-oncogenes
  • Activation of telomerase
  • Activation of DNA repair enzymes
  • Suppression of apoptotic pathways

New Mexico is home to six natural deposits of asbestos as well many asbestos-using industries. The following worksites have been implicated in asbestos exposure:

  • Eppsco Inc.
  • Kirtland Air Force Base
  • Kirtland Power Plant
  • Person Power Plant
  • Sandia Air Base
  • Carlsbad Power House
  • Kerr-Mcgee Potash Refinery
  • Southwestern Public Service Power Plant
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Houston Lumber Company
  • Public Service Powerhouse
  • Roswell Industrial Air Center
  • Walker Air Force Base

If you or a loved one lived or worked in New Mexico, especially at one of these high-risk worksites and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today for your free case evaluation.