Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. It has also been suggested that washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking, but smoking greatly increases risk of other asbestos-induced cancer. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma.
The symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) or chest wall pain, and general symptoms such as weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected with chest X-ray and CT scan, and is confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopic examination. A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsies. It allows the introduction of substances such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (called pleurodesis), which prevents more fluid from accumulating and pressing on the lung. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.
An Asbestos Lawyer represents cancer victims with the diseases known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Personal Injury Lawyers then bring a cause of action on behalf of the family or beneficiaries for compensatory damages.
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
An Asbestos lawyer must prove exposure to asbestos, where and who is responsible. Asbestos is the name for a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals that can be separated into fibers. The fibers are strong, durable, and resistant to heat and fire. They are also long, thin and flexible, so that they can even be woven into cloth.
An Asbestos Lawyer represents victims of asbestos exposure who are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis.
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum). The only known cause of mesothelioma in the U.S. is previous exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos manufacturers knew about the hazards of asbestos seventy years ago – but they kept this knowledge to themselves.
What does asbestos have to do with mesothelioma?
The only known cause of mesothelioma in the U.S. is previous exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos manufacturers knew about the hazards of asbestos seventy years ago – but they kept this knowledge to themselves. The first warnings to workers exposed to asbestos were given in the mid-1960s, and they were terribly inadequate. Even today, workers are not always told they are working around asbestos and are at risk for asbestos disease.
What can someone with mesothelioma do?
- Seek out the best and most up-to-date information
- Seek out the best medical care.
- Stay in close contact with your doctor.
- Consider whether or not you want to bring a lawsuit because of this asbestos-related injury.
- Remember that resources are available to you through community and medical support groups, asbestos victims’ organizations, your place of worship, as well as your family and friends.
ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES:
ASBESTOSIS – PULMONARY ASBESTOSIS
Inhaled asbestos particles can cause a scarring of the lung tissue called pulmonary asbestosis. Over a long period of time (the latency period is 10 to 30 or more years), microscopic asbestos fibers that are retained in the lung tissue can cause scarring to occur in the alveoli; the tiny balloon-like structures in the lungs where oxygen is distributed to the blood vessels. It takes many years for this scarring to become visible on an x-ray or CT-scan.
Probably the most common asbestos-related illness is asbestos-related pleural disease. Also called pleural asbestosis, pleural plaques or pleural thickening, it is a scarring of the lining of the lung caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related pleural disease has a long latency period (10 to 30 or more years from first exposure) and can be detected on a chest x-ray or CT-scan. Like pulmonary asbestosis, asbestos-related pleural disease is untreatable and incurable.
Lung cancer (also known as bronchogenic carcinoma) is a disease that can be caused by asbestos exposure, particularly in people who also smoked cigarettes.
WHAT ARE THE DAMAGES?
An Asbestos Lawyer brings a compensation claim alleging the loss of life was the result of negligence. Negligence(or other liability) on the part of the defendant’s), and that the surviving dependents or beneficiaries are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the defendant’s conduct.
An Asbestos lawyer bring years of professional experience to calculate the extent of monetary damages.