Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma has been linked to exposure to asbestos. Prior to the 1980s asbestos was widely used in the constructing and shipbuilding industries as well as insulation material. Those who were exposed to asbestos at any time are at risk for developing mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium membrane.
- About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year.
- Those most at risk for developing mesothelioma include males over the age of 60 and of either Caucasian or Hispanic descent.
You may have been exposed to asbestos if you lived or worked in Union County, New Jersey. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation to help you with medical bills, family needs, and other expenses.
Common Injuries from Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fiber used in the construction and shipbuilding industries (mainly). The asbestos fiber is microscopic and can easily become airborne if it is disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these microscopic fibers can become lodged in the lung tissue or mesothelium (the slippery membrane lining the lung, heart, and abdominal cavities) and cause a number of health problems, including:
An aggressive cancer that has a relatively poor prognosis. Early detection and treatment of mesothelioma increases the chances of survival.
Which can also be caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. If not detected early and/or not treated, lung cancer can spread to other body parts and systems.
A noncancerous but painful disease caused when asbestos fibers scar lung tissue, causing inflammation. This makes it painful and difficult to breathe.
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Those who are exposed to asbestos and develop mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions later in life are entitled to compensation if their exposure to asbestos came as a result of the actions of an employer, a homebuilder, or other similar third party. The Union County mesothelioma attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can evaluate your case and determine if you qualify for compensation.
Investigating Mesothelioma Cases Requires Resources
A successful mesothelioma lawsuit begins with a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your particular case. We must understand and be able to show that a third party exposed you to asbestos and that as a result of this you developed mesothelioma. This may not be as simple as it sounds. You must prove the connection between your exposure to asbestos and your mesothelioma using the testimony of witnesses and documents from the time of your exposure to asbestos and your diagnosis of mesothelioma. These can sometimes be difficult to find, meaning your investigation is going to require a great deal of resources to complete successfully.
Testimony from important witnesses can support your claim for compensation if they have information about your diagnosis or your exposure to asbestos. Your doctors will likely be able to testify as to when you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and what tests were completed in order to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctors can also discuss your treatment history, including any statements you made to your doctors concerning exposure to asbestos or symptoms of mesothelioma prior to your diagnosis. Coworkers, neighbors, home builders, and other similar individuals can also be interviewed if they possess information about where you worked and/or lived during the time you were allegedly exposed to asbestos. They may also possess firsthand knowledge that the building in which you lived or worked had asbestos in it.
Documents and other evidence can be used to corroborate the testimony of your witnesses, further strengthening your claim. Medical records and bills are some of the most persuasive evidence supporting a mesothelioma diagnosis. Medical bills also support the amount of compensation you are claiming in that they clearly document your expenses. Other documents such as injury reports, building inspections, time slips or pay stubs, blueprints, and other similar documents can act as evidence that a particular workplace or home contained asbestos and/or that you were present in that location.
The Union County mesothelioma injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have both the knowledge to ensure your investigation is conducted thoroughly and the resources to make it happen. A strong and thorough investigation can significantly increase the chances of receiving a favorable settlement and/or verdict.
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