Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that has been linked to exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society paint a grim prognosis for those diagnosed with this terrible disease:
- 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year.
- Because it can take twenty years or more from the time of asbestos exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma to develop, it is oftentimes difficult to detect mesothelioma early.
- Of those diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, only about 5% to 10% will live five or more years past the date of their initial diagnosis.
Asbestos was a popular building and insulation material for many years. You may have been exposed to asbestos fibers at work or at home in Somerset County, New Jersey. If you developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to a compensation award.
Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is, by far, one of the worst conditions that can develop following asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, the lining found in the heart, lung, and stomach cavities in the body. The sooner mesothelioma is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis becomes. Early detection is key, and so the following symptoms of mesothelioma should be investigated right away if you were ever exposed to asbestos:
Pain in the side of the chest or in the lower back
Shortness of breath
Unexplained weight loss
Swelling of the face, arms, or abdomen
Nausea and vomiting
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Workers and residents of Somerset County who ever lived in a home built prior to the 1980s may have been exposed to asbestos. Somerset county was once the home of some of the largest asbestos companies in the world including Johns Manville, GAF and Union Carbide. If you later develop mesothelioma, the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you will need to cover your medical and treatment costs and provide for your family.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
Despite the clear evidence linking exposure to asbestos with the later development of mesothelioma, a mesothelioma lawsuit will not be successful if the supporting evidence and testimony is missing. Because of the delayed onset of mesothelioma, however, many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma lack the time and resources necessary to carry out the investigation necessary to support their claims. Your experienced Somerset County mesothelioma attorney should have demonstrated experience in locating the witnesses and evidence you need to win your case.
For example, testimony from your doctors will be necessary not only to establish your diagnosis of mesothelioma but also your history of symptoms of mesothelioma. This may require records or testimony from your doctor 20 to 30 years ago. Testimony will also be needed to establish where you were exposed to asbestos and who is at fault for this. Coworkers can provide testimony as to your work history and verify you worked at a jobsite where asbestos was found. Or a neighbor, former contractor or construction worker can provide much-needed information about who constructed your home and whether asbestos was present at the time it was constructed. Each of these individuals needs to be located, interviewed and/or deposed, and be made available to testify if a trial occurs.
The link between your exposure to asbestos and your diagnosis of mesothelioma can also be established through evidence. Time slips and pay records can be used to establish your work history and jobsite location. Blueprints and diagrams, if available, can help illustrate how a dwelling was constructed and what materials were used. One of the most important written record for your mesothelioma claim is your medical record. Your medical record can corroborate your doctor’s testimony and can be useful for showing the progression of the disease from the time you were exposed to asbestos to the present. It can be difficult – if not impossible – to locate some of these records. The sooner that you retain counsel to represent you in your mesothelioma claim, the sooner protective orders can be entered to preserve what evidentiary documents exist.
The Somerset County mesothelioma law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the knowledge and resources necessary to locate the people and documents you need to establish when and where you were exposed to asbestos and to link that exposure to your later mesothelioma diagnosis. Do not take a chance and gamble with your opportunity to obtain compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis – utilize the services of the Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. to maximize your chances for recovery.
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