Mineral fibers other than asbestos, radiation, inflammation, and genetics may cause or contribute to mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that can spread to other organs and lymph nodes. It has a long latency period and is often not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. When mesothelioma is finally detected, patients often have limited treatment options. Doctors sometimes do not try to cure the illness, but instead focus on making patients as comfortable as possible.
Other Possible Causes of Mesothelioma
According to the National Institute of Cancer, asbestos exposure usually accounts for cases of mesothelioma, but exposure to mineral fibers other than asbestos may cause a tumor. Archives of Pathology reports that erionite, fluoro-edenite, balangeroite, and carbon nanotubes may be linked to mesothelioma. The journal notes that, in some cases, an individual who has undergone radiation treatments to treat one form of cancer later develops mesothelioma. Cases of mesothelioma in radiation technologists have also been reported. Some illnesses cause chronic inflammation, which may lead to mesothelioma in certain individuals.
A person’s genetic predisposition can influence whether he or she develops mesothelioma. Some people who are exposed to asbestos over a long period of time may not develop cancer, while in other cases, a person who has had less asbestos exposure develops mesothelioma due to an inherited genetic mutation.
Mesothelioma May Be Misdiagnosed
A person who has a genetic predisposition to mesothelioma, who was not exposed to asbestos, but who was exposed to something else that can cause the illness may develop cancer. Since mesothelioma is often associated with exposure to asbestos, a doctor may not perform imaging tests or a biopsy for a patient with no history of asbestos exposure, according to the Journal of Thoracic Disease. The condition may, therefore, be misdiagnosed, the cancer may be allowed to spread, and treatment may be delayed.
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Seek Financial Compensation for Expenses Related to Mesothelioma
If you have mesothelioma, you may be struggling to cope with chronic pain, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms. You may have been told that your prognosis is poor and that you have a short amount of time left to live. You may be unable to work and care for your children, and you and your spouse may be struggling to cover the medical bills and your regular living expenses. You may be worried about your family’s long-term financial security.
A lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses related to mesothelioma, plus lost income and pain and suffering.
Taking Legal Action
You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue financial compensation for expenses and losses related to your mesothelioma diagnosis. We can start by speaking to you to figure out if you were exposed to something other than asbestos that may have caused mesothelioma, such as another type of mineral fiber that has been linked to the illness or radiation from cancer treatment or from your work as a radiologist. If we find that your exposure to another carcinogen caused you to develop mesothelioma years later, we may be able to pursue a financial award from the party that was responsible for your exposure.
Some people developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at work or who came into contact with it through household products or via a family member who worked with asbestos and inadvertently carried fibers home. If you do not know how you may have been exposed to asbestos, a lawyer may be able to figure that out.
You may then file a personal injury lawsuit against the company responsible or seek a financial award through a trust fund established to compensate mesothelioma victims if the company has declared bankruptcy.
Seek Legal Help to Pursue Justice
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to discuss your case. People who have suffered personal injuries are sometimes hesitant to pursue compensation because they think they could not afford the legal costs.
You should not be concerned about that because Pintas & Mullins Law Firm operates on a contingency basis. That means that our firm covers litigation costs and only collects a fee if we succeed in obtaining a financial settlement on behalf of a client.
Mesothelioma can have numerous causes, and identifying which is responsible for causing cancer in a specific individual is often not straightforward. We may need to conduct a substantial amount of research to find the cause, and we will also need time to review your medical records and build a case. Unfortunately, for people who have mesothelioma, time is not on their side. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 307-3113 so our staff can get started as soon as possible.