Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is most often triggered by exposure to asbestos, a group of fibers that have been mined and used in a wide range of products. People who have mesothelioma often begin to exhibit symptoms decades after exposure to the carcinogen.
How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?
The National Institute of Cancer explains that asbestos fibers were used for decades in a variety of products, including building materials, fireproof clothing, and automotive parts. Construction and demolition workers, firefighters, mechanics, and employees in other professions were exposed to asbestos on the job, often on a daily basis for a number of years.
Asbestos fibers can easily be carried on a person’s body and clothing. People who came into contact with asbestos at work frequently brought fibers home and unknowingly exposed their family members to the carcinogen. Some of those relatives developed mesothelioma decades later.
Asbestos has also been used in an array of consumer products. Holiday decorations, cigarette filters, cosmetics, and appliances are some of the common household items containing asbestos that were sold to the general public. People who used those products were sometimes diagnosed with mesothelioma long afterward.
How Can Mesothelioma Affect the Body?
Mesothelioma can be present in several areas. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining that surrounds the lungs. Other forms are peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the abdominal lining; pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the heart; and testicular mesothelioma.
A patient’s prognosis depends on the type of cancer cells, as well as the person’s age and overall health. If mesothelioma is detected at a relatively early stage, it may be possible to treat it with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, mesothelioma generally is not caught at a treatable stage, according to the Journal of Thoracic Disease. Like other forms of cancer, mesothelioma can metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body. By the time it is diagnosed, the cancer has often already reached an advanced stage, leaving patients with few or no options to treat it. Doctors typically focus instead on making people as comfortable as possible during the time they have left.
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Seek Compensation for Your Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be struggling to come to terms with it. You may have been told that the cancer has already progressed to an advanced stage and that there is little or no chance of curing it. You may be facing severe pain, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms that make it impossible for you to work, perform regular household activities, and care for your children. You and your spouse may be unable to cover the medical bills on top of your typical household expenses. You may be feeling helpless and worrying about what will happen to your family.
What We May Be Able To Do To Help
Figuring out who is responsible for an individual’s mesothelioma can be challenging since people with the illness are typically diagnosed decades after being exposed to asbestos. People often have no idea when or how they came into contact with the carcinogen.
We may file a personal injury lawsuit against the company responsible. Even if the business that is liable for your exposure to asbestos went bankrupt, we may still be able to seek compensation for you. Numerous companies that exposed people to asbestos faced a large number of lawsuits, declared bankruptcy, and set up trust funds to compensate people with mesothelioma.
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Contact a Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for Help
People who have suffered personal injuries sometimes hesitate to seek financial compensation because they think they could not afford to hire a lawyer.
You do not have to worry about that since Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. Clients do not have to pay us any money unless we obtain financial compensation for them. This is one way we advocate for victims of asbestos exposure. You deserve to focus on your health and recovery instead of tackling the legal process on your own.
Figuring out how you were exposed to asbestos and seeking compensation may be a long process. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we may be able to get to work. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 307-3113 to discuss your case.