Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Approximately thirty to forty years ago asbestos was a widely-used material found in homes and businesses throughout the United States. Certain industries such as the shipbuilding industry and construction industry also routinely used asbestos because of its fire-resistant properties. It has well accepted that exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of mesothelioma:
- There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States each year.
- Mesothelioma can take twenty years or more to develop and show symptoms after exposure to asbestos.
- Of those diagnosed with mesothelioma, only 5% to 10% will live more than 5 years after the initial diagnosis.
If you lived in an older home in Hudson County or worked in Hudson County and were exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to a compensation award to help you with medical bills, lost wages, and future lost earnings. The law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that can produce fine, microscopic fibers. When these asbestos fibers are disturbed (such as by removing ductwork insulated with asbestos), the fibers become airborne and can easily be inhaled or ingested by individuals who are not wearing the proper protective equipment. These fibers can then find their way into the lungs, body cavities and/or stomach of a person and cause serious health concerns such as:
Or cancer of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a slippery membrane that lines the body’s heart, lung, and abdominal cavities. Mesothelioma can appear in any one or all of these cavities.
Which is also attributable to asbestos exposure and can be deadly if left untreated. Early detection and treatment is necessary in order to prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
Which is a noncancerous disorder in which asbestos fibers become lodged in a person’s lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. This can make it difficult and painful for a person to breathe and almost certainly results in a limitation on physical activity.
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If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related injury, you may be faced with serious financial hardships and a loss of the quality of your life. The law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you recover compensation through a mesothelioma compensation lawsuit.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
When you begin your claim for mesothelioma compensation, you must conduct an investigation in order to identify witnesses and documents that can prove you were likely exposed to asbestos and this resulted in your mesothelioma or other condition. This investigation can be lengthy and require a significant amount of resources to complete.
For instance, you will want to identify important individuals who can speak to your diagnosis of mesothelioma, your exposure to asbestos, or who can create a causal link between the two. Obviously your doctors and other medical professionals will be important witnesses as they can testify as to your diagnosis, how it was determined you had mesothelioma, and your medical history leading up to your diagnosis. If you were exposed to asbestos at work, coworkers, supervisors, and workplace inspectors who can verify you worked at that particular location and/or who knew that place had asbestos can also provide valuable testimony. If you were exposed to asbestos at home, home inspectors, contractors, and other similar individuals can provide the necessary testimony.
You will also want to support the testimony of witnesses with documents and other hard evidence. This makes your witnesses more credible and increases the odds of a successful compensation suit. Medical records, injury reports, medical bills and other similar documents can corroborate your diagnosis, help paint a picture of your health from the time you were exposed to asbestos to the present, and illustrate the financial impact your diagnosis has had on you. Building inspections, code violations, building reports, blueprints, internal memoranda and other documents can help prove your workplace or home had asbestos in it and you were likely exposed to it.
Most mesothelioma patients do not have the financial resources to undertake an investigation of this magnitude on their own. But at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we not only know how to conduct these investigations but we have the resources to make sure such investigations into your case are completed quickly and thoroughly. A complete and thorough investigation will increase the chances that you will receive compensation quicker than you would without such an investigation being completed.
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