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Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare but serious form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, which maintains key statistics regarding mesothelioma:

  • Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year;
  • Mesothelioma is more common in older males (over the age of 65 years old) and is more common in whites and Hispanics than in Asian-Americans or African-Americans;
  • The median survival time for an individual diagnosed with Stage IV malignant mesothelioma is only 12 months.

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Mesothelioma Incidents

People are typically exposed to asbestos – and thus develop a risk for mesothelioma – if they live in older homes or are exposed to asbestos at work Some of the largest asbestos factories in the world were once located in Patterson and Passaic.. If you live in an older home in Paterson or worked for companies such as Unarco,raybestos manhattan , Styles Sportswear, Paterson Gas Works, or Cedar Cliff Silk Company, there is a chance you may have been exposed to asbestos. If you develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The prognosis of an individual diagnosed with mesothelioma improves if this aggressive form of cancer is detected and treated early. Unfortunately, early symptoms of mesothelioma are often misdiagnosed or confused with other ailments. You should ask your doctor about mesothelioma if you believe you were exposed to asbestos in the past and you notice the following symptoms:


Mesothelioma attacks the mesothelium, a membrane that lines the chest, abdominal and heart cavities. Pain in the side of the chest or lower back could indicate early mesothelioma.

Breathing Difficulties

Patients with asbestos-related conditions will find it difficult or painful to breath and will become easily tired and winded.

Other Common Symptoms

Other symptoms such as a cough, a fever, excessive sweating, unexplainable weight loss, and trouble swallowing can all indicate possible mesothelioma.

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If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, your thoughts will likely center on your health and your family. How will you provide for your medical treatment and care? Who will take care of your loved ones if you are not able to work? A mesothelioma claim filed and pursued with the assistance of a skilled Paterson, NJ mesothelioma attorney can help you obtain financial compensation for your expenses, treatment costs, and the future needs of your family.

Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources

Just because you are diagnosed with mesothelioma does not mean that you are automatically entitled to compensation. Instead, you must present testimony and evidence that links your mesothelioma diagnosis with exposure to asbestos in your home or on a jobsite. Locating and collecting the necessary witnesses and testimony is labor- and time-intensive and requires the involvement of a law firm with the necessary resources.

One of the most important witnesses to your mesothelioma case is the doctor who made your diagnosis. He or she will need to testify as to your medical history and symptoms, when and how you were eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma, and how he or she confirmed that diagnosis. Any other doctors or specialists who confirmed your diagnosis would also need to be available to testify. Lay witnesses – individuals such as coworkers or supervisors, neighbors or contractors who inspected your house – are often used to establish when and where you were exposed to asbestos. It is important these people are located quickly since mesothelioma can take decades to manifest symptoms and people’s memory tends to fade over time.

Testimony from key witnesses will be substantiated by objective evidence. Your medical records can be extremely powerful evidence that can corroborate your doctor’s testimony as well as establishing when your symptoms began manifesting. Documents such as pay stubs and utility bills can be used to show where you worked during a certain time or where you lived during certain years. Other evidence such as internal company communications and workplace safety inspections can establish that asbestos was present at your workplace during the time you were working at that jobsite. Notes from contractors or inspectors, receipts from asbestos removal companies , and other similar evidence can accomplish the same goal if you allege you were exposed to asbestos in your home or work.

Most mesothelioma patients lack the financial resources to undertake such a thorough investigation. Even if they do have the resources, most lack the knowledge as to how to obtain these records and how to locate the necessary witnesses. The Paterson, NJ mesothelioma attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. possess not only the resources to investigate your mesothelioma claim but also the knowledge and experience necessary to make such investigation efficiently.

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