Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Although it is rare, mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that usually has a poor prognosis. It is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. The American Cancer Society has acknowledged that:
- Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other diseases affecting the lung and chest cavity.
- Signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure and its subsequent injuries can take 20 to up to 50 years to present themselves.
- The typical candidate for developing mesothelioma is a male over the age of 60 years old who has been exposed to asbestos earlier in his life.
- Only about 5% to 10% of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma live more than five years after diagnosis.
While only about three thousand new cases of mesothelioma are identified in new patients every year in the U.S., they do happen, and they can happen to residents of Gloucester County. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or some other asbestos exposure-related disease, you should get in touch with a Gloucester County mesothelioma attorney immediately.
Common Asbestos Exposure-Related Injuries
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer and early detection and diagnosis is important. However, because many of the symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos exposure-related disease are similar to other, less serious respiratory conditions, such as a cold, lung infection or pneumonia, many people delay seeking treatment or diagnosis because they think it is not something to be too concerned about. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause:
Asbestosis, although not cancerous, can cause a person immense breathing difficulties and shortness of breath.
Scar tissue can develop in the lining of the lungs, which degrades the lung’s elastic abilities, making it harder and harder to breath.
Fluid can accumulate in the lungs, producing discomfort and chest pain.
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Asbestos exposure can occur while a victim is working, or performing construction or remodeling. Because asbestos was a popular building material, many people were exposed to asbestos fibers, and have yet to develop conditions from that exposure. Asbestos could have been used in homes, buildings and worksites in Gloucester County.
Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
Injury claims are a significant legal undertaking. They require investigation, gathering of supporting evidence, and consultation with a number of experts in order to build the strongest case possible. The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been working with mesothelioma clients for more than 40 years, and we have the resources, knowledge and experience it takes to resolve your mesothelioma injury claim to your satisfaction.
The first step is to demonstrate your illness or condition. While you already have a diagnosis, it is important to gather supporting medical evidence and a prognosis so that your lawyers can have a full picture of how serious your injuries are. We will help you consult with medical experts and obtain medical records, scans, test results and all other relevant medical evidence to support your case.
The next step in your case investigation will be to identify how and when you were exposed to asbestos. If handling asbestos was part of your job a long time ago, our lawyers will look into your work history and see if there is any available evidence concerning your on-the-job exposure to such a hazardous material. We will track down work reports or incident reports about your exposure, and will attempt to conduct interviews with your former employer and coworkers.
Collecting all of the evidence and tracking down potential witnesses can take time, effort and resilience. Regardless, evidence and support for your claim are crucial elements for a successful mesothelioma resolution. Our team of experienced mesothelioma lawyers work hard to quickly and efficiently obtain evidence and witnesses to help move your case along so that you can get the compensation you deserve in a timely manner.
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