Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
In recent years there has been an increased focus on asbestos exposure and some of the serious and negative health consequences that can result. One of the more serious consequences is mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society:
- About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year.
- Most cases of mesothelioma occur in Caucasian or Hispanic males over the age of 60.
- Only about 5% to 10% of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma will live more than 5 years past the date of their initial diagnosis.
You may have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibers if you resided in a Hunterdon County, New Jersey home that was built prior to the 1980s. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos at home or at work and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, compensation may be available to you for your injuries.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos has been used for years as a building and insulation material because it is resistant to fire, electricity, and chemical corrosion. Asbestos contains tiny, microscopic fibers that can become airborne if the material to which the asbestos is attached is disturbed in any way. The inhalation and ingestion of these asbestos fibers is what causes serious health conditions such as:
Which can be cancerous or noncancerous. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare but serious form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, a membrane that lines several body cavities.
Which is another condition that can develop following exposure to asbestos. Unlike mesothelioma (which attacks the mesothelium), lung cancer attacks an individual’s lung cells. Lung cancer can also spread to other parts of the body if not properly treated.
Which can also be caused by inhaled asbestos fibers. The fibers become stuck inside an individual’s lung tissue, causing scarring and inflammation. This in turn can make it more difficult and painful to breathe.
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You may be facing long-term and expensive medical treatments because of your asbestos-related condition. Your family’s financial future may be in jeopardy as a result of your inability to work, your terminal diagnosis, or your ongoing medical needs. Financial compensation is available to help address these concerns, and the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is committed to helping you get that compensation.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
The link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is well-documented and accepted. This alone, however, does not mean you are entitled to compensation. You may mistakenly believe that going to your former employer, asbestos supplier or home builder and announcing you have mesothelioma will result in your immediate compensation. Sadly, it will not. Your claim will need to be investigated to establish that you truly do have mesothelioma or some asbestos-related condition, that this condition developed after exposure to asbestos and that your home contractor, an asbestos supplier or some other person caused you to be exposed to asbestos.
These factual propositions are proved primarily through the testimony of important individuals. Your doctor is one of the most important witnesses as he or she can testify as to your diagnosis of mesothelioma and how this diagnosis was confirmed. Your doctor can also provide your medical history and indicate if and when you began complaining of mesothelioma symptoms. Coworkers or supervisors can also provide helpful testimony if they remember working with you at a certain jobsite and have knowledge that the jobsite contained asbestos. In a similar vein, neighbors, contractors, builders, or others who have knowledge about your home’s construction or asbestos used in your workplace can testify as to whether those places contained asbestos to which you may have been exposed.
Testimony alone is rarely enough to win a claim. That is why documents and other evidence must also be located. Your medical records and other injury reports in which you complain about mesothelioma symptoms or asbestos exposure can be used to corroborate the testimony of your doctors and coworkers. Blueprints, catalogs, or other descriptions of your residence that indicate asbestos was to be used can likewise support the testimony of builders and neighbors. Bills, other mail, and/or time slips can be used to prove you lived at a particular address or worked at a particular employer during a specific period of time.
Do not be intimidated by the scope and nature of the investigation into your claim that must be completed. You do not have to do this on your own. If you hire Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we will put our firm’s resources and experience to work for you and help you collect the witnesses and evidence you need to win your case.
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