Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Asbestos was a very common insulation material used in construction in the middle half of the twentieth century. As far back as 1930 it was known asbestos is a dangerous material that can cause a lot of harm to those who are exposed to it. The National Cancer Institute has reported statistics about asbestos exposure including:
- Asbestos exposure can result in the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer diagnosed in about 3,000 new people each year.
- Two-thirds of the cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed in patients who are over the age of 65.
- Conditions related to asbestos exposure can take decades to manifest in a victim.
- As a general rule, mesothelioma is more common in men than women, as men more frequently held jobs involving asbestos exposure.
Many people develop asbestos exposure related injuries late in their lives after working with asbestos in their early careers, even those living or retired here in Bergen County. When you develop a medical condition due to exposure to asbestos many, many years ago, you should be compensated for your injuries.
Common Types of Injuries Caused By Asbestos Exposure
It takes a very long time for injuries resulting from asbestos exposure to manifest as symptoms in the human body – sometimes it can take up to 30 to 40 years after exposure for symptoms to develop. Some of the injuries associated with asbestos exposure include:
Victims who were exposed to asbestos can develop a rare form of cancer many years later known as mesothelioma. It is a rare form of cancer that affects the thin layer of mesothelium cells that line the lungs, heart and/or abdominal cavity.
Developing Lung Cancer
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of lung cancer, which can then spread to other areas in the body.
Asbestos exposure is known to cause asbestosis, which is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs.
Being Diagnosed With Pleural Thickening
Irritation in the lungs due to asbestos exposure can cause pleural thickening to occur.
Being Diagnosed With Pleural Plaques
Irritation in the lungs due to asbestos exposure can cause pleural plaques to form in the lung membranes, which involves fibrous thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs (also called the pleura), or diaphragm.
Being Diagnosed With Benign Pleural Effusions
Irritation in the lungs due to asbestos exposure can cause an abnormal collection of fluid between the lung tissue and the wall of the chest cavity, which is referred to as a benign pleural effusion.
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Being diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any serious condition, attributable to asbestos exposure can be devastating. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is known for working diligently and closely with our Bergen County mesothelioma clients to secure the compensation they deserve for their asbestos exposure related injuries. We are here to help you.
Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
Due to the complex nature of your injuries, and the lengthy timeline between first exposure and the presentation of symptoms of mesothelioma, developing a winning strategy for your case requires experience, knowledge and financial resources. The mesothelioma lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim, will review your medical history and diagnosis and will work hard to dig into your past and identify the potential source of your asbestos exposure.
Building an asbestos-related injury case involves two main focal points: your medical condition and your asbestos exposure. The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will make sure that a thorough medical examination is conducted that documents your condition, the severity of your mesothelioma, your prognosis and other details concerning the medical conditions you live with now as a result of being exposed to asbestos. Next, our team of renowned mesothelioma lawyers will investigate your past, including examining your work history for any potential instances where you could have come into contact with asbestos. Additionally, interviews with be conducted with potential witnesses, former coworkers, former employers, your family members and your medical care providers.
Your lawyers will also need to collect any and all documentary evidence of your medical condition and your asbestos exposure. Medical reports, scan results, your medical history will need to be collected and evaluated. There might also be evidence concerning your exposure to asbestos in your work history. Your former employer may have documented your exposure in an incident report, which your lawyers can dig up.
While the scope and breadth of a mesothelioma case can be vast, it is a task that the mesothelioma lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are prepared to handle. We have the resources, knowhow and experience it’s going to take to get you the resolution that you need.
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