Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
The American Cancer Society, which is a U.S. health organization dedicated to raising awareness about cancer, provides information and statistical data about various forms of cancer, such as mesothelioma.:
- Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the linings surrounding the lungs, heart and chest cavity. Mesothelioma is slow on-set, meaning that signs and symptoms of the cancer can take as long as 20-30 years for symptoms to develop after exposure to asbestos.
- Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year in the United States.
- While scans and periodic evaluation for signs and symptoms of mesothelioma are recommended for those individuals with known exposure to asbestos, no widely used screening protocol exists for low risk individuals, meaning that detection of mesothelioma could be delayed.
Asbestos was a common insulating material used in homes and other buildings in the middle half of the twentieth century. This means that asbestos can commonly be found in older buildings and homes in Cumberland County. As such, residents of Cumberland County could have inadvertently been exposed to asbestos.
Common Types of Injuries Caused By Mesothelioma
It is known that asbestos is a human carcinogen. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all publicly taken the position that asbestos can cause the following injuries:
Mesothelioma is very serious and rare cancer affecting the thin layer of mesothelium cells that line the lungs, heart and/or abdominal cavity.
Lung cancer can develop in the lung tissue, after exposure to asbestos, which can later spread to other organs in the body. Symptoms of lung cancer include a dry cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and chest pain.
Asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis, which is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Byproducts of asbestosis include breathing issues such as coughing fits, shortness of breath and permanent lung damage.
Pleural thickening is a lung disease where extensive scarring causes the pleura (i.e., lining around the lungs) to thicken. This can cause chest pain and reduced breathing ability.
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Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
Since most cases of mesothelioma stem from exposure to asbestos that occurred many years ago, investigating a mesothelioma claim and pinpointing the source of the exposure requires a lot of research, financial resources and manpower. Not only must the source of your asbestos exposure be identified, but it will also be important for you to receive a thorough medical examination that details how serious your condition is. The mesothelioma lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have access to numerous resources and trusted experts who can contribute to the investigation of your claim.
Through the course of the investigation, a number of different individuals will need to be consulted or contacted regarding your mesothelioma claim. The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will work with you to obtain a medical evaluation of your mesothelioma, and will ask you questions about where and how you could have come into contact with asbestos. We will delve into your past, looking for people to interview, such as former employers and coworkers, who may have something to contribute to your case.
Evidence will play a critical role in your mesothelioma case. Medical evidence demonstrating the severity of your mesothelioma and what your prognosis is will be helpful for your case. Additionally, evidence relating to your asbestos exposure will help identify who is liable for the injuries you have suffered.
Investigating a mesothelioma case is big undertaking, yet don’t be discouraged or overwhelmed. You deserve to be compensation for your injuries, and the mesothelioma lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know exactly how to help. Let us handle your mesothelioma claim.
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