Learning that you or a loved one has cancer is a devastating life-altering experience. Mesothelioma is a particularly horrible and deadly form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. The progressive and fatal nature of mesothelioma takes a heavy toll on victims, as well as on those who love them.
Why Jacoby & Meyers?
At Jacoby & Meyers Mass Torts, we are committed to working with you through this incredibly difficult process. We have the attorneys, the resources and the experience to fully prosecute your case. The attorneys who would be handling your cases are recognized as leading asbestos/mesothelioma trial attorneys who have the experience and resources to properly represent you and your family.
For over 43 years, Jacoby & Meyers has been on your side in providing personal and quality legal service, while treating you with respect that you deserve. Call Jacoby & Meyers at 1-800-977-5614, or request a free legal consultation to learn more about how our attorneys can provide you with the best representation for your case.
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, which can be found in insulation, roofing materials, car brakes, flooring, and a number of other products, mostly within the manufacturing and building industries. Those who have exposed to asbestos for long periods of time – typically through work – have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. In the majority of cases, mesothelioma does not develop until years after exposure, even decades after exposure, making it a very hard to detect or predict early on.
The National Institute of Health studies on asbestos indicates that approximately 3,000 people each year die from asbestos-related mesothelioma.
What are the symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Early symptoms of Mesothelioma are difficult to diagnose because there are similar to other common ailments. Over time, these symptoms because more pronounced and debilitating such as:
- anemia back pain
- chest pain coughing
- fever enlarged abdomen
- shortness of breath fluid in the lungs
- pleurisy inflammation of the tissues lining the lungs
If you suspect that you or a family member has had prolonged exposure to asbestos, you should consider being examined for potential symptoms of asbestos-related diseases.
Who is most likely to be exposed to asbestos?
According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos was widely used in construction materials since the 1940s. The following are people who face a higher risk of exposure to asbestos include:
- Construction and demolition workers
- Airplane and motor vehicle mechanics
- Shipyard workers
- Electricians, pipe fitters, welders, and building engineers
- HVAC installers and insulation removal workers
Firefighters and other rescue workers also face increased risks, including those who responded to rescue efforts during 9/11. In some cases, even family members may be affected, as asbestos fibers can be brought into the worker’s home on clothes, hair, and skin.
How long does it take for asbestos exposure to result in Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can take 10-50 years to show signs and symptoms in patients, with an average of about 20-30 years after exposure to asbestos for symptoms to develop.
There are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States each year, which is a fairly low number in comparison to the general population.
For individuals who have had exposure to asbestos, scans and periodic evaluation for signs and symptoms is recommended.
What are the different types of cancers associated with Mesothelioma?
This is the most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which is commonly referred to as lung cancer. It occurs in approximately 75 percent of mesothelioma cases. This form of cancer starts in the chest cavity and lungs, and may spread to other organs including the brain. Early symptoms include chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, these symptoms often do not appear until the disease is in advanced stages.
Approximately 10 to 20 percent of mesothelioma cases are peritoneal mesothelioma. This starts in the abdomen and can spread to the liver, spleen or bowel. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include pain or swelling in the abdominal region, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the feet, fever, constipation, diarrhea, anemia and unexpected weight loss.
A rare type of mesothelioma is pericardial mesothelioma, which occurs in about 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases. This mesothelioma starts in the membrane surrounding the heart. The symptoms for pericardial mesothelioma include heart palpitations or murmurs, chest pain, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue and fever.
What kind of treatments are available for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive type of cancer, and unfortunately has a very low survival rate. Chances of survival are much greater when the cancer is caught early on. Treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, pain medications, targeted therapy, and surgery to remove cancerous cells/tumors.
If you have been exposed to asbestos fibers, it is important to visit a qualified doctor to see whether you have any of the signs of malignant mesothelioma. Your doctor can recommend testing or monitoring if you are at a high risk of getting Mesothelioma.
What should I do if I am diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos related disease, you should contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney right away. Your attorney can help you determine when and where the exposure occurred, and advise you on whether you may be entitled to compensation through workers’ compensation, through a lawsuit against a manufacturer, or by filing a claim through asbestos trust funds set up to help employees of companies that are no longer in business.
How long does it take to settle an asbestos related claim?
The length of time it takes to settle your claim varies depending on your attorney and the factors involved such as your medical diagnosis, how and when asbestos exposure occurred, and who is ultimately responsible.
What if I have a loved one who has died as the result of mesothelioma or lung cancer?
Unfortunately, the life expectancy for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 12 to 18 months. While no amount of compensation can bring back a loved one, a mesothelioma settlement can help cover medical expenses and ensure your family’s financial security for years to come. As early as the 1930s, many corporations that used asbestos knew that their products were deadly and thereafter covered up the evidence in the name of profits. Our civil justice system gives plaintiffs and their families the opportunity to hold accountable those who caused injuries and provide financial compensation to victims and their families. Our commitment is to represent you to provide just recoveries for you and/or your family.
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