Mesothelioma Fact Sheet: A Dangerous Disease
According to the American Cancer Society, malignant mesothelioma is a type of fatal cancer that affects the abdominal or chest cavity, including the heart and lungs. The following are some additional facts regarding mesothelioma and its victims:
- Mesothelioma is a result of exposure to asbestos, which has been used in many types of building materials.
- Though mesothelioma is a relatively rare type of cancer, an estimated 3,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease on an annual basis in the United States.
- Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma generally do not manifest for 20 to 30 years after an individual is exposed to asbestos, often leading to late diagnosis.
- Prognosis for mesothelioma usually ranges from five years of life for patients who are diagnosed in Stage 1 to only a couple months for patients diagnosed in Stage 4.
- Symptoms of mesothelioma include coughing, shortness of breath, pain in the chest or back, fatigue, weight loss, and more.
Though asbestos use in the United States is now highly regulated, the fibrous material may still be found in many homes and industrial settings in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This means that residents of Monmouth County or surrounding areas can find themselves facing the frightening prospect of mesothelioma.
The attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are committed to helping individuals in Monmouth County suffering from mesothelioma receive proper compensation from the parties responsible for their exposure to asbestos. This type of case requires a legal team with extensive knowledge regarding mesothelioma and its signs and symptoms to ensure you receive the settlement or award you deserve.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, asbestos has been classified as a dangerous carcinogen that has the potential to cause the following types of injury to victims:
As mentioned above, mesothelioma is a type of deadly cancer that affects the lining of parts of the body. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and recovery is highly rare.
Pleural effusion is the hazardous build up of excessive fluid in the area between the chest wall and the lungs, known as the pleural space.
Pleural plaque refers to the thickening and hardening of the pleura, which is tissue surrounding the diaphragm and lungs.
This disease results from the scarring and inflammation of the lungs due to asbestos fibers, which causes chronic symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, and additional damage to the lungs. This condition also leads to an increased risk for lung cancer.
Lung cancer generally originates in the cells that line an individual’s air passages and other lung tissue.
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The attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are committed to helping individuals in Monmouth County suffering from mesothelioma receive proper compensation from the parties responsible for their exposure to asbestos. This type of case requires a legal team with extensive knowledge regarding mesothelioma and its signs and symptoms to ensure you receive the settlement or award you deserve.
Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
Mesothelioma cases require an extensive amount of investigation and a substantial amount of work and preparation. These cases involve numerous complex medical and legal issues. First, in order to recover, you must provide proof that you do indeed have mesothelioma and that you had previously been exposed to asbestos, whether at work or at home. However, since mesothelioma is often not diagnosed for decades after exposure, you can imagine that collecting proof from your past can sometimes be challenging. We have the resources to make that easier.
As part of the investigation of your mesothelioma case, your attorney will have to discuss your situation with your doctor or other medical professional regarding your diagnosis. Additionally, people who you previously worked with may have to be tracked down from years past. Such people can corroborate that you were exposed to asbestos in your work environment or in other locations. Though locating such witnesses from your past may be challenging, they can significantly improve your chances of recovery. This type of investigation may require the help of private investigators and other professionals.
In addition to tracking down records, your lawyer will have to gather a substantial amount of evidence to use in your case. Such evidence can be used to negotiate a settlement or presented in court if your case goes to trial. Evidence can include medical records, past employment records, and proof of your past and future medical costs based on your particular type of treatment plan. Evidence must be collected, handled, and admitted in court in a very particular manner in line with all relevant rules of evidence.
There are many steps to preparing and investigating a personal injury mesothelioma claim. The attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC in Monmouth County have the resources and skills necessary to fully investigate mesothelioma claims and advocate on the behalf of injured mesothelioma patients. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, we offer free consultations so that you may discuss a possible case with no obligation. Call our office today at 215-567-3500 for assistance.
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