Mesothelioma is an uncommon type of cancer which most often results from exposure to asbestos. Typically it affects the lungs but can also affect the abdominal cavity lining, the sac which encompasses the heart and the sac surrounding the testis.
Washing Clothes can be Hazardous
Most mesothelioma patients have at some point in their careers worked in jobs where they have had to ingest or inhale asbestos fibers or were exposed to an asbestos dust and fiber-laden environment. It is believed that those who have had to handle the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos are also at risk for developing this potentially lethal condition.
Just Inflating the Symptoms
Mesothelioma is not known to have any association with tobacco smoking but smoking does increase the risk of other cancers induced by association with asbestos.
A Patient Disease
Many people who have acquired asbestos-related diseases have claimed damages and these include mesothelioma sufferers. Compensation has been awarded in many cases through class-action lawsuits. These lawsuits though may not occur until years have passed though because these little fibers do not act against your breathing system until years later.
The First Sign is too Normally Late
Typical early signs of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, pain in the chest, abrupt weight loss for no particular reason, fatigue, wheezing, and blood in the sputum. Unfortunately, the first signs begin to appear only 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos.
An initial diagnosis can be made through an X-ray of the chest and CT scan which is confirmed with a biopsy.
A Bad State
Chances of recovery from mesothelioma in an advanced stage are far from encouraging with cures indeed being rare. Treatment includes radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy. The fight against mesothelioma is protracted, painful, expensive, and most often futile. This is often because the employer does not exist anymore. The money is all gone. You have to dig up records that were produced and made in the 1960s and 1970s. Why would a company hold onto these if they could prove them liable? Why would a company, a government agency, or a manager cooperate from something that happened so long ago? Even with that said, working with asbestos in the 1970s was not even illegal and so on.
An Attorney who is Hungry
If you or a loved one suffers from this condition consult a mesothelioma attorney for your rights. You should be able to recover compensation for this life-threatening condition from those responsible. Consult an experienced attorney with a track record of fighting such cases or negotiating them with insurance companies.