Did you or a loved one develop mesothelioma after asbestos exposure?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops on the mesothelium—the sac lining the internal body cavities, including the lungs, which is why it is also sometimes referred to as “asbestos lung cancer.”
While mesothelioma often develops around the lungs, it is not the same as lung cancer and having a mesothelioma lawyer with experience can make all the difference for your case. Lung cancers occur inside the lung itself; mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lung.
Asbestos was used in multiple industries, including construction, shipbuilding, and the oil and plastics industry. The armed forces used asbestos extensively in the 20th Century, and because of the long latency period, only now are many veterans being diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease. People were exposed in all branches of the service and in a variety of jobs.
Approximately 100,000 people have died or will die from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in shipyards. That number does not include those exposed to asbestos on construction sites, mining asbestos, in the workplace, or in their homes.
If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you need an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer to fight for your rights. Contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at McDonald Worley today for a FREE case review.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Most people who were exposed to asbestos worked on jobs where it was inhaled. Others were exposed to asbestos in a household environment, often without knowing it.
Asbestos, once regarded as a miracle mineral, was popular due to its lightweight but tough characteristics as well as for its heat and fire resistant properties.
This naturally occurring mineral was used in many commercial and consumer products, from construction materials such as cement, roofing shingles, and insulation, to consumer and industrial applications such as hair dryers, automobile brake pads and pipe insulation.
TYPES OF MESOTHELIOMA
Pleural Mesothelioma is cancer caused by asbestos exposure, affecting the thin membrane of the lung and is the most commonly encountered form of mesothelioma.The tragedy is that if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma it can typically be traced back to work-related exposure or industrial exposure.
The major symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath caused by expanding pleural effusion
- Persistent dry cough
Pericardial Mesothelioma is an asbestos irritant caused lining tumor that occurs in the lining of the heart. Though rare, this form of meso is insidious as the symptoms associated with the tumors include chest pains, shortness of breath, and is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to a heart attack. Mesothelioma attorneys can help if you feel everything has not been done medically after asbestos exposure and you suspect you have this disease.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma is the occurence of mesothelium cancer found in the abdominal cavity typically caused by asbestos ingestion. Similar to cases of pericardial mesothelioma cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma is commonly misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or indigestion. An experienced mesothelioma law firm fights to ensure you receive the proper medical treatment in addition to seeking asbestos lawsuit compensation.
Very little exposure can result in a mesothelioma diagnosis, and often the development of the cancer can be many years after the initial exposure to the asbestos fibers. Sometimes people who worked with asbestos for as little as one or two months develop mesothelioma.
The “latency period” refers to the time between asbestos exposure and diagnosis of the disease. For mesothelioma, the latency period can be decades long, and people exposed in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s are now being diagnosed and may be entitled to settlement compensation.
FILING AN ASBESTOS MESOTHELIOMA LAWSUIT
Asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits are filed every year in the United States due to diseases such as mesothelioma that were caused by asbestos exposure. Some recent asbestos cases allege that mesothelioma is even caused by what is called second-hand asbestos exposure by the wives of men who laundered asbestos-laden clothing.
If you or a loved one developed cancerous tumors from asbestos exposure, you could be entitled to compensation that can help support you in your fight against this aggressive asbestos lung cancer.
A mesothelioma lawsuit can help you pursue compensation so you can focus on your health.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our mesothelioma attorney can fight for your interests, get your legal options from one of our trial lawyers.
Our mesothelioma legal team is ready to represent you in your asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit, and you can rest easy knowing you have experienced trial lawyers fighting on your behalf.