If you or a loved one have suffered the devastating effects of Mesothelioma contracted from asbestos exposure, contact us today. Asbestos manufacturers sold deadly products to thousands of companies jeopardizing their workers. If this affects you, please read the following information.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a disease that forms tumors on the lining tissues that protect the heart, lungs, stomach and vital organs. You contract mesothelioma by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a group of minerals with long, thin fibers naturally occurring in soil and other rocks. The word “asbestos” comes from the Greek word for “inextinguishable,” which refers to the material’s ability to withstand high temperatures. The ancient Egyptians used asbestos cloth in the embalming of pharaohs. Ancient Roman slaves also mined the deadly material.
Where was I exposed?
The most common area for this exposure is at work. The most dangerous part about this tumorous growth is that it might not manifest for ten to forty years after exposure.
The three types of Mesothelioma, so named based on the tumor location:
- Pleural (Lungs)
- Peritoneal (Stomach)
- Pericardial (Heart)
With each different location, the symptoms vary.
Symptoms can include fatigue, hoarseness, difficulty breathing or swallowing, fever/night sweats and fluid buildup.
Symptoms could include nausea, fever, anorexia, anemia, blood clots, fluid buildup, unexplained weight loss and low blood sugar.
Possibly the most dangerous, symptoms can include chest pains, fever, night sweats, coughing, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats/palpitations. The pericardial tumors are, unfortunately, usually diagnosed post-mortem.
Another danger with Mesothelioma its symptoms are sometimes confused with with those of other diseases. This could result in a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Symptoms can also vary based on the type of Mesothelioma that a person contracts. Several factors also influence the development of this asbestos-related disease. These include duration and amount of exposure, and the type of asbestos.
With a proper and early diagnosis, life expectancy increases as well as quality of life while living with the disease. Once it has spread beyond the original tumor location, symptoms multiply and gradually worsen.
Should I File a Claim?
Workers deserve a safe environment to work in. It becomes painfully obvious that safety was gravely ignored when asbestos is involved. Asbestos’s dangers have been known for well over 100 years and companies that have failed to provide safe environments for their workers need to be held accountable.
Perhaps you distrust the legal system or have had poor experiences with it in the past. However, the legal system gives justice to wronged parties. You may receive a reprieve from overwhelming medical expenses, lost wages due to the disease, compensation for your pain and suffering and ongoing care. With thousands of companies defending themselves from lawsuits, the importance of having an experienced team by your side cannot be overlooked.
How Do I File?
The first step that will help set you on the right path is getting the details of your diagnosis. Start gathering your records dating back from when you first started feeling the symptoms. Next, detail who you saw, what tests performed and any diagnoses. You should keep record of important impressions that may not be in your record.
Next, figure out when exposure to asbestos occurred. Look to your occupational history. Industrial workers, veterans and miners are some of the most exposed to this deadly material. If that doesn’t apply to you, look to your surroundings. Experts found asbestos in homes, schools and office buildings. Ask your loved one as well. Exposure from asbestos dust on clothing can also cause this deadly disease.
Lastly, get legal help. The offices of Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys are also now accepting cases for review. With so many years of experience under their belt, they will help get you the compensation you deserve. With our firm, you pay no fee for a consult and no fee unless you win your case.
Lastly, How Long do I Have to File?
Every case has a certain time frame that they must adhere to, upon discovery of a diagnosis. Every state differs in their statute of limitations.
More About Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, contact us today. Our law firm provides no cost case evaluations for those who have mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related cancer. We will help you determine the likelihood of a claim against those involved with asbestos production, installation and manufacturing.