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Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma

The American Cancer Society, which is a U.S. health organization dedicated to raising awareness about cancer in an effort to fight it, provides information and statistical data about various forms of cancer, such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can develop after exposure to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma affects the linings surrounding the lungs, heart and chest cavity, and could affect any or all of these organs.
  • Individuals with mesothelioma are slow to present signs and symptoms of the cancer and it can take anywhere from 20-30 years after exposure to asbestos for the symptoms of mesothelioma to develop.
  • Roughly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. annually.
  • Scans and periodic evaluation for signs and symptoms of mesothelioma are recommended for individuals who are known to have had exposure to asbestos. However, there is no widely used screening protocol for mesothelioma in low-risk individuals, meaning that detection could be delayed.

Exposure to asbestos can happen anywhere at any time. Nearly half a century ago, asbestos was a favored insulator material for many homes and buildings. Older buildings and homes in West Chester could have asbestos insulation, and exposure may have been inadvertent.

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Injuries Caused By Mesothelioma

Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has worked with many mesothelioma clients in and around West Chester in obtaining compensation for their asbestos exposure related injuries. Due to the complex nature of your injuries, and the lengthy timeline between first exposure and the presentation of symptoms of mesothelioma, developing a winning strategy for your case requires experience, knowledge and resources. We are here to help you.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure

A number of federal and health research organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, are all in agreement that asbestos is a known human carcinogen and it is known to cause a wide variety of injuries, including but not limited to:

Malignant Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the thin layer of mesothelium cells that line the lungs, heart and/or abdominal cavity. There is no cure for mesothelioma, and prognosis is usually poor.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer develops in the lung tissue, and can spread to other parts of the body. A dry cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and chest pain are all symptoms of lung cancer.


Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Long-term breathing issues including coughing fits, shortness of breath and permanent lung damage are symptoms of asbestosis.

Pleural Thickening

Pleural thickening is a lung disease where extensive scarring causes the pleura (i.e., lining around the lungs) to thicken, resulting in chest pain and reduced breathing ability.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are a fibrous thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs (also called the pleural), or diaphragm. Plaques are non-cancerous, appearing 20-30 years after exposure.

Benign Pleural Effusions

An abnormal collection of fluid between the lung tissue and the wall of the chest cavity is often a benign pleural effusion. The fluid accumulation causes coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain.

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While a mesothelioma lawsuit cannot prevent individuals from acting carelessly, a lawsuit can provide monetary damages to compensate you for the injuries such conduct causes. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. at 215-567-3500 to for a free consultation.

Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources

Investigating a case of mesothelioma is no easy feat. It requires work, time and a great deal of financial resources. As an initial matter, your mesothelioma diagnosis must be confirmed and your prognosis must be determined. Next, investigating attorneys will need to identify when and where you were exposed to asbestos. The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have what it takes to conduct a thorough investigation into your past, and can track down your asbestos exposure.

In preparation for building your case, you will need to consult with our renowned team of mesothelioma lawyers. Our team will put you into contact with a number of medical experts in the field, who will evaluate your condition. We will also need to investigate your past, including conducting interviews with former coworkers, former employers, your family members and your medical care providers.


In addition to conducting numerous interviews to identify potential witnesses, investigating attorneys will also need to procure evidence of your mesothelioma claim. Medical evidence of the severity of your mesothelioma, as well as any sort of documented evidence of your exposure to asbestos, such as work reports, must be collected and reviewed.

Investigating a mesothelioma case is a huge effort, but you deserve justice and compensation for your injuries. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has the resources, knowhow and experience it takes to obtain a successful resolution for our mesothelioma clients.


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