Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, a slippery membrane that primarily lines the chest, heart, and abdominal cavities. According to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance:
- Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and approximately 2,500 people previously diagnosed with mesothelioma die.
- Only 5% to 10% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma will live five years or more after their initial diagnosis.
- The average age at which a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma is 74.
Mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fiber-like mineral that can easily become airborne. Once airborne, it can be ingested through the mouth or nose and cause mesothelioma and other health conditions. If you live in an older home in Toms River, or if you worked at certain job sites like Ciba-Geigy or Toms River Cincinnati Chemical Company, you may have been exposed to asbestos Many trade union workers also live in Toms River who were exposed to asbestos in the construction trade. . If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation through a mesothelioma claim for medical bills, treatment costs, and other losses you have experienced.
Common Injuries Related to Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is one of the most serious health issues that can result from exposure to asbestos, but it is certainly not the only health complication that can result. In some cases, certain noncancerous health issues can alert an individual and his or her medical team that the person was in fact exposed to asbestos and is therefore at risk for developing other complications such as mesothelioma. Some common conditions include:
Lung cancer affects the tissues of the lung itself and is thus distinct from mesothelioma. If left untreated, lung cancer can spread and affect other parts of the body.
This is a thickening of the membrane that covers the lungs, which is called the pleura. Asbestos fibers can scar the pleura, causing it to develop scar tissue and thus grow. As the pleura thickens, it can cause chest pain and breathing difficulties.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition caused by asbestos fibers and can also cause difficulty in breathing, significant chest pain, and other health problems.
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If you suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related health condition, the future may look daunting – or even terrifying. You will likely incur significant expenses in paying for medical treatment, ongoing health monitoring, and other expenses at a time when your condition limits your ability to work. A mesothelioma lawsuit brought by the experienced Toms River mesothelioma law firm Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you meet your immediate expenses and provide for your family’s future.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
Before a mesothelioma lawsuit can be filed, it is important that your claim be thoroughly investigated so that important evidence can be identified and preserved and crucial witnesses can be located. The individuals that you bring your lawsuit against – the defendants – will argue that either you do not suffer from an asbestos-related condition and/or they are not responsible for your asbestos exposure. The witnesses and evidence will be necessary to establish not only that you suffer from mesothelioma but also to help pinpoint where you were exposed to mesothelioma and who is responsible for that exposure.
Important witnesses like your medical providers and the doctor who initially diagnosed you with mesothelioma (as well as any other doctor who has confirmed this diagnosis) can establish that you do in fact suffer from mesothelioma through their testimony. Your doctors can describe when you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, the symptoms that preceded the diagnosis, and how your diagnosis has been confirmed since the initial diagnosis. Other witnesses like supervisors, coworkers, contractors, and other such individuals can be useful in describing your home or jobsite and the presence of asbestos at these locations.
It is important to corroborate or support witnesses’ testimony through evidence. Your medical records will support your doctors’ testimony regarding your diagnosis, symptoms, and course of treatment. Medical bills and other invoices can be very persuasive in establishing the extent of your financial loss. Paystubs or attendance rosters can verify where you worked during a particular time period just as utility bills, tax records, and other such documents can establish your residence at a particular point in history.
Locating these witnesses, learning what they know, and preserving crucial documents – some of which can be 30 years old or more – takes a significant amount of time and resources – time and resources that mesothelioma patients rarely have. That is why it is important to retain a law firm that does have the time and resources to investigate your claim for you. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we not only have the resources necessary to investigate your claim and assemble the documents and witnesses necessary to support your claim, but our decades of experience in handling New Jersey mesothelioma claims means that we can perform these investigations efficiently.
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