Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
There was a time when asbestos was a common material used in the construction and shipbuilding industries. Today it is widely known that exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health complications like mesothelioma:
- Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that primarily affects men over the age of 60 and who are of Caucasian or Hispanic descent.
- There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the United States.
- Only about 5% to 10% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma will live more than five years beyond the date of their diagnosis.
You may have been exposed to asbestos if you lived in an older home in Salem County. You may also have been exposed if you worked for certain employers located in or around Salem County. It is important to know that if you were exposed to asbestos because of another person or entity and you developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
When asbestos fibers are disturbed, they can easily become airborne. Because these fibers are often microscopic and can be easily inhaled or ingested, typical asbestos-related conditions affect the lungs and/or stomach. Some of the more serious asbestos-related injuries include:
A cancer affecting the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a slippery membrane found in the chest, heart, and stomach cavities.
A cancer that affects the lung tissue. This form of cancer (like others) should be treated quickly to avoid the cancer spreading to other parts of the body.
Also a serious condition (although it is noncancerous). This occurs when asbestos fibers become implanted inside a person’s lungs, causing irritation and scarring. This can lead to inflammation, difficulty breathing, and painful breathing.
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Treatment for asbestos-related conditions is possible, but it is expensive. A mesothelioma claims lawsuit can provide you with the compensation you need to meet these burdensome medical expenses and provide peace of mind for your family. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today for more information.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
Some mesothelioma victims mistakenly believe that the mere fact they are diagnosed with mesothelioma entitles them to compensation. This is simply not true. Of course, you must show that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. But you must also show that your mesothelioma occurred because you were exposed to asbestos and this exposure was caused by the actions of a third party. This can be shown through testimony and evidence, but a thorough and resource-consuming investigation is necessary to identify all the relevant witnesses and evidence.
Relevant witnesses include those who can speak as to your diagnosis and medical history, your work or residence history, and/or whether asbestos was present in the places you lived or worked. Individuals like your doctors are best suited to speak as to your medical diagnosis and your history of symptoms. Coworkers, supervisors, contractors, and/or home builders all may be sources of information that can verify your residence or employment history and who may possess knowledge as to the presence of asbestos in those places.
Documents and other pieces of evidence can establish important facts, too. Or they may be used as corroborative evidence, bolstering the testimony of other witnesses. Your medical records will most certainly be collected and presented to support your doctor’s diagnosis of you and show a history of treatment. Medical bills can be useful in establishing the financial toll your mesothelioma diagnosis has had on you. Pay records, time slips, and logs may be necessary to prove you worked at a particular location or jobsite at a particular time, while loan agreements and change of address forms may help do the same if you were exposed to asbestos at your home. The results of any building inspections and blueprints can also help in proving that there was asbestos present in your home or workplace.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has the resources necessary to conduct this type of investigation. We believe this type of investigation leads to better cases, which in turn significantly increases the odds of success. We have the know-how and the resources to properly investigate and support your claim.
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