Mesothelioma Fact Sheet
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. At one time just a few decades ago, the use of asbestos was prevalent and asbestos was used as insulation in residential and commercial buildings. The American Cancer Society notes:
- Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other related diseases and disorders.
- It can take up to 50 years following asbestos exposure for signs and symptoms to begin to manifest.
- Being male and over the age of 60 years old increases the risk of developing mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer – only about 3,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
- Delays in detection and treatment have resulted in a poor prognosis. Only about 5% to 10% of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma will live longer than five years following diagnosis.
Even though mesothelioma is rare, being diagnosed with this disease can be devastating news. Aside from questions about how they may have been exposed to asbestos, what treatment would consist of, and what their individual prognosis is, those diagnosed with mesothelioma also worry about how they will pay for treatment costs and if their family will be financially secure. These latter two concerns can be addressed through a Newark mesothelioma lawsuit.
Asbestos fibers can be found in older buildings and homes, and construction workers who built or remodeled these structures prior to the 1980s likely came into contact with asbestos. Not only this, but asbestos was frequently used in shipyards like those in Newark, and there have been several cases of shipyard workers developing mesothelioma.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is characterized by cancerous tumors that begin in one part of the body (typically the lungs, heart, or abdomen) but can then spread to other parts of the body. Like other forms of cancer, the earlier a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis. But because the early signs of mesothelioma can be symptoms of a wide variety of other conditions such as pneumonia, asthma, and even the common cold, many individuals delay seeing a doctor.
Pleural thickening, caused by scarring of the lung’s lining. This causes the lungs to lose their elasticity, causing shortness of breath similar to tuberculosis.
Pleural effusions, or buildup of fluid in the lungs, which can cause discomfort and chest pain similar to pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Asbestosis, which, although not cancerous, can lead to serious breathing problems.
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If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to be examined by a doctor on a regular basis. This helps ensure that any mesothelioma or other condition that develops is caught quickly. Then contact the mesothelioma law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. for a free consultation at 888-475-9353 to discuss what compensation you may deserve.
Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
Any lawsuit involves an investment of time and resources by both the injury victim and his or her attorney. A mesothelioma lawsuit is no different. Unfortunately, your diagnosis of mesothelioma is not sufficient to earn you compensation; instead, evidence and witnesses must be found and produced to show your mesothelioma diagnosis is related to your exposure to asbestos fibers.
To do this, we will need to interview and consult with the doctor that made your diagnosis and review your medical and treatment records. If you do not have a doctor and have not been diagnosed, you will need to see one and begin building a medical record. In some cases, you may need to see an independent doctor to have your diagnosis confirmed.
You will also need to show that you were, in fact, exposed to asbestos. Because of the time that typically passes between exposure and diagnosis, oftentimes you cannot simply go down to your former workplace or job site and look around. Nevertheless, coworkers and supervisors who knew of the presence of asbestos can be interviewed, and sometimes the presence of asbestos in a particular structure has been documented in government or other investigative reports.
Tracking down witnesses and evidence to support your claim takes time and effort. However, the more supported your claim is, the better your chances at recovering the compensation you deserve. That is why we work hard to locate and interview the necessary witnesses and secure the evidence and records needed to win your case as quickly as possible. Let the team of dedicated mesothelioma attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., put their time and resources to work for you. The process starts by contacting us for a free consultation.
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