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Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute has cited asbestos as the leading risk factor for the development of certain cancers later in life. In particular, there is a correlation between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma.:

  • Some three thousand new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, with two-thirds those cases being in patients who are over the age of 65.
  • Mesothelioma is more common in men due to the higher likelihood of their exposure to asbestos materials in decades passed.
  • Manifestations of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure-related illnesses and conditions can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to develop in a victim.

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Mesothelioma Incidents

If you live in Passaic County and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos exposure-related condition, it can be a significant and traumatic experience as these conditions often are coupled with unfavorable prognosis. Patterson New Jersey was once the home of two of the largest asbestos manufacturers in the world. You need help, and Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is the Passaic County mesothelioma injury law firm that can help you.

Common Types of Injuries Caused By Mesothelioma

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, all have reported that asbestos is a known human carcinogen and that it can cause conditions such as:

Cancers, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancers

Mesothelioma can affect the lining of the lungs, heart and/or abdominal cavity, while lung cancer develops in the lung tissue, and can spread to other parts of the body.


Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. It can produce long-term breathing difficulties such as coughing, shortness of breath, and permanent lung damage.

Pleural Morphology Changes

Pleural thickening, effusion and plaques are all tissue morphology (condition) changes that affect lung tissue after asbestos exposure.

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For more than 40 years, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has diligently worked with mesothelioma clients in and around Passaic County to secure recovery for their pain and suffering. Due to the complex nature of your injuries, and the lengthy timeline between first exposure and the presentation of symptoms of mesothelioma, developing a winning strategy for your case requires experience, knowledge and resources. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is here to help you.

Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources

Many instances of mesothelioma injuries are based on the negligence of another. Often a victim was exposed to asbestos while on the job as a result of unsafe working conditions. Evidence of your on-the-job exposure to asbestos will be critical for a negligence claim. Your injury lawyer will dig into your work history and attempt to uncover any evidence or your exposure, such as work or incident reports.

Your lawyer will also conduct interviews with your employer and former co-workers and managers, if possible, in an attempt to demonstrate your claim.


It will also be important to your case to show evidence of your illness, and the extent of the injuries that you have suffered as a result of being exposed to asbestos. This means that you will need to consult with the necessary medical professionals in order to generate and collect medical evidence regarding your condition. This evidence is critical to supporting your claim.

Time takes a huge toll in mesothelioma cases since it is very likely that the time between your exposure and your illness can be many dozens of years. Going back that far in time and tracking down evidence of your exposure to asbestos takes a lot of work and financial resources. The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know what it takes to uncover your past regarding your employment and exposure to asbestos. We will work hard to find the source or your exposure and will fight to bring you the justice you deserve.


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