Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
If you have been exposed to asbestos fibers at home or at work, you are at risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that has been linked to inhaling airborne asbestos fibers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society have found:
- In New Jersey, between 2001 and 2010 there were between 11 and 22 deaths from malignant mesothelioma per 1 million people. These were deaths of individuals age 15 years old and older.
- Nationwide there are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year.
- Risk factors for developing mesothelioma include being over the age of 60, being of Caucasian or Hispanic background or ethnicity, and being male.
Asbestos was widely used as a construction material in residences prior to 1980. Not only this, but several employers in Toms River such as Ciba Geigey and Toms River Chemical Company and elsewhere may have had asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is only one condition that can develop after being exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Other conditions can also develop that can impact your quality of life and ability to breathe freely and without pain. Common injuries attributable to asbestos exposure include:
A form of cancer that affects the mesothelium that lines several of the body’s cavities. The prognosis for individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma is poor but improves if the cancer is detected early.
A condition in which airborne asbestos fibers scar your lung tissue. This causes swelling and inflammation, which in turn makes it more difficult and painful to breathe.
Which can also develop following exposure to asbestos. Lung cancer affects the lung tissue itself and can spread to other areas of the body if not promptly treated.
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Any one of these conditions is serious and can require expensive and continuing medical treatment. Your quality of life can be severely impacted and your family’s financial future threatened. When you have been injured after being exposed to asbestos at work or home, the Ocean County, New Jersey law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
In order to recover compensation for your asbestos-related injuries, either you or someone acting on your behalf must be willing to invest the time and resources necessary to prove you are entitled to damages. This involves showing that someone other than yourself – an asbestos supplier, contractor or home builder, for example – exposed you to asbestos and that asbestos exposure caused your mesothelioma or other asbestos-related condition. This is not always as simple as it may sound.
People like doctors, coworkers, neighbors and others will need to be located and interviewed to help build your case. Your doctor will obviously have information about your diagnosis and the tests he or she performs to confirm that diagnosis, but your doctor may also be able to speak as to your medical history. If you complained of mesothelioma symptoms in the past or informed your doctor you think you may have been exposed to asbestos prior to your doctor diagnosing you with mesothelioma, this can be important in establishing a timeline. Coworkers and neighbors, as well as supervisors and home builders or home inspectors, can all be useful in that they can verify whether asbestos was found in your workplace or home. For example, a worker who worked beside you for many years who also developed mesothelioma following asbestos exposure can support your own claim for compensation.
Testimony from witnesses is corroborated by documents and other hard evidence that is collected during the course of an investigation. These documents include copies of your medical records, time slips, home purchase agreements, blueprints, workplace incident forms, and other such records. The purpose of this evidence (like the purpose of witness testimony) is to establish that you were exposed to asbestos in the past and then connect that asbestos exposure to your current diagnosis of mesothelioma.
The law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has experience in conducting these investigations and the resources necessary to ensure they are conducted properly. When you hire our attorneys to represent you in your mesothelioma claim, we will put our resources to work ensuring the people and hard evidence necessary to prove your claim are located.
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