Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
For many years asbestos has been used in various products and trades. Up until the 1970s and 1980s asbestos was commonly found in building materials and fireproofing materials in the United States. But now it has been found that exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health complications such as mesothelioma. The American Cancer Society states:
- About 3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in the United States each year.
- Because the early symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other common and noncancerous ailments, mesothelioma can often go undetected for years.
- It can take anywhere from twenty to twenty-five years or more from the time a person is exposed to asbestos before symptoms of mesothelioma first begin to appear.
Mesothelioma can require expensive, ongoing treatment and can drastically and negatively affect your quality of life and life expectancy. You may have been exposed to asbestos if you lived in a home in Newark or Essex County, New Jersey that was built before the 1980s. You may also have been exposed to asbestos at work if you were employed in Newark or elsewhere at places such as Anheuser-Busch, Power Stations, Western Electric or Celluloid Corp. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe you were exposed to asbestos at home or work, you may be entitled to compensation.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is one of several serious conditions that result from inhaling or ingesting microscopic asbestos fibers. Even the noncancerous conditions can make it difficult or painful for you to breathe, thereby affecting your work and your lifestyle. Smoking and other such activities can aggravate these symptoms. Asbestos exposure has been known to cause:
A rare but aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the body’s heart, lung, and stomach cavities (the mesothelium).
Or cancer that affects the very cells in a person’s lungs. Lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body if it is not quickly diagnosed and treated.
Which occurs when the tiny asbestos fibers become stuck in the lungs of an individual. This causes inflammation and scarring, which in turn makes it more difficult to breathe.
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Once diagnosed, mesothelioma may be able to be treated through chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. This can require expensive medical treatments and require you to miss time from work and your family. Where you were exposed to asbestos at home or work and thereafter developed mesothelioma, the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. may be able to help you secure compensation.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
Time and money. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma chances are these are two resources that you have little of. Yet time and money are necessary to investigate and document your claim for mesothelioma compensation. A poorly conducted investigation – or no investigation at all – wastes precious time and gets you no closer to getting the compensation you need. Fortunately, at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. we have the time, resources, and experience necessary to conduct an investigation into your claim and help you obtain compensation.
Our investigation will identify important individuals whose testimony can help prove you were exposed to asbestos and thereafter developed mesothelioma. Your doctor is one such individual. He or she should be able to testify when and how you were diagnosed with mesothelioma as well as describe any symptoms you complained of that preceded your diagnosis. You must be able to prove that you either lived or worked at a place where asbestos was present and that you may be been exposed to asbestos at that location. This can be done through the testimony of friends, family members, coworkers, home builders or contractors, and other such individuals.
It is important that the testimony of witnesses is supported by documents and other evidence. This helps corroborate their testimony and makes your claim for compensation even stronger. Our investigation will look at your medical and treatment records from the time you may have been exposed to asbestos through the present. If there are any injury reports or workplace incident reports that may shed light onto how or when you were exposed to asbestos, we will discover these as well. Other important evidence can include time slips, pay stubs, home blueprints, contractor notes, and other similar documents.
The investigation conducted into your claim for benefits must be done swiftly and competently. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. possesses the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure this is done. While we strive to complete our investigation as quickly as possible so you can receive your compensation, we devote as many resources as necessary to ensuring your investigation is completed as thoroughly as possible.
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