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Mesothelioma Fact Sheet: Information for mesothelioma victims who have the legal right to financial recovery

Asbestos has been regularly used in construction materials and equipment for a long time, with medical professionals only recently realizing the extremely hazardous nature of the substance. When asbestos fibers become lodged inside an individual’s body, malignant tumors may develop including mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer with no known cure. The following are some statistics related to mesothelioma victims in the United States:

  • Mesothelioma is only caused by asbestos exposure and approximately 125 million people are thought to have been exposed to asbestos in their workplaces or homes.
  • Between 2,000 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed on an annual basis.
  • The large majority–80 percent–of mesothelioma victims are male.
  • Some victims do not suffer the signs and symptoms of developing mesothelioma for two to five decades.

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Mesothelioma Incidents

Anyone who believes they have been significantly exposed to asbestos in Abington, Pennsylvania should undergo a medical examination whether or not you have experienced any symptoms. This can help lead to early diagnosis and a better prognosis. You should also discuss a diagnosis with an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.

Types of Mesothelioma Cases

Malignant mesothelioma comes in four primary forms, each affecting a different area of the body. These four types are as follows:

Pleural Mesothelioma

This is by far the most common form of mesothelioma and originates from asbestos fibers in the lungs.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

This kind of mesothelioma is caused by asbestos fibers that have settled in the abdomen, causing tumors to form and often spread through the abdominal cavity.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

This type of cancer forms near the heart due to asbestos fibers in the lining that surrounds the heart.

Testicular Mesothelioma

This is the rarest form of mesothelioma and medical professionals know less about how it develops than any other type of mesothelioma.

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No matter what type of mesothelioma you have, the prognosis is generally poor and treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and in some cases surgery usually only prolong your life. Most cases of mesothelioma are ultimately fatal, though victims deserve to recover for all of the losses they suffered from the party responsible for their asbestos exposure.

Investigating a Mesothelioma Claim Requires Resources

Simply filing a legal claim does not necessarily mean that a mesothelioma victim will automatically recover. Instead, obtaining a favorable settlement or a jury award at trial requires a significant amount of evidence, which can be obtained by conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your asbestos exposure and the losses you suffered as a result.

First, you must present evidence that you were exposed to asbestos and who was responsible for that exposure. In addition, obtaining and properly presenting your medical records is essential to any mesothelioma claim, as these records demonstrate your diagnosis and the nature of your treatment course. This can not only prove your financial costs of treatment, but also the pain and suffering you experienced throughout your treatment.


Different experts may have to testify regarding your future medical needs, your lost earning capacity, your loss of enjoyment of life, and the further effects of mesothelioma on your life. Asbestos experts can analyze your level of exposure and can testify to the connection between your exposure and your mesothelioma.

The experienced lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have extensive resources to investigate every individual claims and to fully prove your losses in court. As a result, we are able to fight for the maximum amount of compensation every one of our mesothelioma clients deserves.


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