Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs (known as the mesothelium). The most common area affected is the lining of the lungs and chest wall. Less commonly the lining of the abdomen and rarely the sac surrounding the heart, or the sac surrounding the testis may be affected. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may include shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, and weight loss. These symptoms typically come on slowly.
More than 80% of mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to asbestos. The greater the exposure the greater the risk. As of 2013, about 125 million people worldwide have been exposed to asbestos at work. High rates of disease occur in people who mine asbestos, produce products from asbestos, work with asbestos products, live with asbestos workers, or work in buildings containing asbestos. Asbestos exposure and the onset of cancer are generally separated by about 40 years. Washing the clothing of someone who worked with asbestos also increases the risk. Other risk factors include genetics and infection with the simian virus 40. The diagnosis may be suspected based on chest X-ray and CT scan findings, and is confirmed by either examining fluid produced by the cancer or by a tissue biopsy of the cancer.
A reputable mesothelioma lawyer will help you receive compensation to pay for treatments, living expenses and other costs related to your mesothelioma diagnosis. The ideal mesothelioma lawyer or law firm should have a solid track record of top jury awards and mesothelioma settlement amounts, demonstrating their familiarity with asbestos laws and litigation in your state.
Finding an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. A good mesothelioma lawyer should have drive, dedication and determination to fight hard on your behalf, for the best financial compensation possible, all while demonstrating compassion and understanding for you and your family as you go through the legal process together.