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Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma

The U.S. health organization dedicated to raising awareness about cancer in an effort to fight it is the American Cancer Society. This entity annually provides information and statistical data about various forms of cancer, like mesothelioma, which develops after exposure to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the linings surrounding the lungs, heart and chest cavity.
  • Symptoms take a very long time to develop in victims, sometimes taking as long as 20 or 30 years after an initial exposure to asbestos material.
  • For those who have known exposure to asbestos in the past, scans and periodic evaluation for signs and symptoms of mesothelioma are recommended.
  • Yet, screening for mesothelioma in low risk individuals virtually doesn’t exist.

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Mesothelioma Incidents

Exposure to asbestos can happen anywhere at any time and could have happened to you when you didn’t even know it. Fifty years ago, asbestos was one of the most popular and commonly used insulating materials for new construction projects, and asbestos has been handle by a number of unsuspecting employees in the past – from ship builders to construction workers to boiler makers.

Common Types of Injuries Caused By Mesothelioma

Asbestos has been linked to a number of serious medical conditions that affect the heart, lungs and body cavity linings. Some of these conditions include:


Asbestos exposure can cause a chronic lung disease called asbestosis which comprises symptoms such as inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Those with asbestosis often have long-term breathing difficulties.


Asbestos has been linked to various cancers, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. While mesothelioma is rare, with just about 3,000 new cases diagnosed every year, it is a devastating and serious condition. Lung cancer is also fairly common in asbestos exposure cases, which can spread to other parts of the body.

Pleural Effusions, Plaques and Thickening

Exposure to asbestos causes the lungs to attempt to protect themselves. This results in three conditions – pleural effusions (fluid collection), plaques (localized fibrous thickening of lung tissue), and thickening (scarring causes the lining around the lungs to thicken). Each of these conditions cause the victim pain when breathing.

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For more than 40 years, our firm’s mesothelioma lawyers have been closely with our clients residing in Middlesex to obtain financial compensation for their asbestos exposure-related injuries. mesothelioma injuries are complicated, and due to the length of time between first exposure and the presentation of mesothelioma symptoms, it takes a certain level of skill and experience to develop a winning strategy for your case. The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know what it takes to get you the recovery you and your family deserve.

Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources

Investigating mesothelioma claims requires time, effort and financial resources. As an initial matter, your mesothelioma diagnosis must be confirmed by medical professionals and demonstrated with medical evidence. Additionally, your investigating attorney will need to identify when and where you were exposed to asbestos – this can involve digging very far back into your past. The team of quality mesothelioma injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has years of experience handling mesothelioma claims and knows how to conduct a thorough investigation into your claim.

Building a mesothelioma case requires working with others outside of the case. This means consulting with doctors, other medical professionals, experts in the field, former employers, former coworkers, and your family members to get a full picture of when you were exposed to asbestos, how you were exposed to it, and the extent that the exposure has caused you harm. A thorough investigation is key building a strong mesothelioma case.


It is equally important to gather up all of the available documentary evidence related to your mesothelioma claim and to review it all carefully. This includes medical evidence, such as medical histories, records and doctor’s notes, in addition to work incident reports, employment agreements and other evidence proving your exposure to asbestos.

The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will do whatever is needed to thoroughly investigate your mesothelioma claim. We will work hard to identify your exposure, and get you the justice you deserve. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is dedicated to fighting for your rights. Contact us today.


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