Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
A diagnosis of mesothelioma can be devastating. Putting aside the emotional and mental burdens of such a diagnosis, you are now forced to confront new concerns. How will you pay for your medical expenses and treatment costs? What if you are no longer able to work? What can you expect now that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma? According to statistics from the American Cancer Society:
- Mesothelioma is connected to exposure to asbestos fibers.
- There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma that are reported each year.
- Men are more likely to be diagnosed than women, and being over the age of 60 significantly increases the chance of developing mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma signs and symptoms can easily be mistaken for signs and symptoms of other, noncancerous conditions.
- The prognosis for mesothelioma patients is poor – only about 5% to 10% of individuals newly diagnosed with mesothelioma will live for more than five years after diagnosis.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos – even indirectly or through another person – and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation through the filing of a mesothelioma lawsuit in Trenton.
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Early detection and treatment of mesothelioma improves the odds of survival. Do not put off going to the doctor because you believe you may not be able to afford the costs. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, compensation may be available to help cover these and other costs associated with mesothelioma.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is actually one of several conditions that can affect the lungs, heart, and/or stomach following exposure to asbestos fibers. Making matters worse, the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma and these mesothelioma-related conditions are similar to other, non-life-threatening conditions. Because these early signs and symptoms are common to other conditions, diagnosis and treatment are usually delayed. Therefore, if you or a loved one believes you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past and you begin to exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should visit your doctor right away:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, especially if this occurs with little or no exertion.
Chest pain, such as a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the chest, may or may not be accompanied by difficulty breathing. The chest pain may be constant or may come and go.
Persistent coughing is an early sign of mesothelioma, but it can also be indicative of pneumonia, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A medical examination is needed to determine whether your cough is due to mesothelioma or some other condition.
Weight loss, especially if the weight loss is sudden and unexpected or if you are not attempting to lose weight.
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Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources
When you decide to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, it is important to realize that you will be investing a significant amount of time and resources in preparing your case. It is important that your Trenton mesothelioma attorney be committed to investing his or her own time and that your attorney has the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. In order for your lawsuit to be successful, a number of individuals will need to be interviewed and records obtained.
For instance, because a common tactic amongst defendants (those accused of exposing mesothelioma patients to asbestos) is to challenge your diagnosis, your doctor will need to be interviewed and your medical records obtained. If you have not been diagnosed yet but are only exhibiting symptoms, you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional. Even if you have been diagnosed, you may need to be evaluated by additional medical personnel depending on the accuracy and completeness of your records.
Part of your claim also requires you to prove you were exposed to asbestos. Unfortunately, by the time many people begin to show symptoms, the buildings in which they worked have been torn down and coworkers with knowledge of working conditions have died. A resourceful Trenton mesothelioma lawyer may need to spend a considerable amount of time finding depositions of coworkers and taking the depositions of the defendants as well as tracking down documents such as inspection reports to prove you were exposed to asbestos.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., has helped numerous Trenton mesothelioma victims recover compensation. Let us show you how our knowledge and experience can benefit you or your loved one by contacting us for a free consultation.
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