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Mesothelioma Diagnoses May Entitle You To Compensation

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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
You May Be Entitled to Compensation For Your Medical Expenses!

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma means cancer of the mesothelium, the protective lining of the body’s organs. It is an aggressive form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

There are several types of Mesothelioma. Cancer of the lining of the lungs or pleura is called pleural Mesothelioma. Cancer of the abdominal lining or peritoneum, is called peritoneal Mesothelioma, while cancer of the pericardium or lining surrounding the heart, is called pericardial Mesothelioma.

How do you get Mesothelioma?

Epidemiological studies have shown that in the United States and developed countries, exposure to asbestos is considered to be the main cause of Mesothelioma. In fact, exposure to  asbestos has been found to be associated with Mesothelioma, lung cancer and many other asbestos-related diseases.

How is asbestos a health risk?

Asbetos is a mineral that consists of fine fibers. When these fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the airway system and settle into the lining of the lungs where they can not be coughed or breathed out. These trapped fibers in the body’s lining cause inflammation and subsequent cell damage. Over a period of time, asbestos-related diseases such as pleural plaques, asbestosis, and cancers, begin to develop causing pain, breathing difficulties and eventually lead to death!

Millions of workers and their families were exposed to asbestos prior to the 1970s when the government realized that asbestos was an occupational hazard and caused asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos has been used for years in occupations such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and construction. Due to its ability to resist fire, it has also been used in many products such as brake linings, and fire resistant clothing.

Unfortunately, asbestos-related diseases are not just acquired by occupational exposure. Second-hand exposure can occur when family members are exposed to asbestos fibers by simply handling or washing the clothes of an industrial worker or inhaling the asbestos fibers that have adhered to the worker’s hair, skin or shoes.

Tell me about other asbestos-related diseases.

Besides Mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos can cause non-malignant respiratory and pleural (lung) disorders such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, and pleural effusions.

 Asbestois or pulmonary interstitial fibrosis is a scarring of the lung tissue which prevents the lungs from expanding and contracting like healthy tissue resulting in an impaired gas exchange. This produces difficulties in breathing and sometimes a cough. Asbestosis develops slowly but it can lead to severe disabilities and/or death. 
 Pleural thickening or pleural plaques is a scarring of the pleura or lung membrane. This scarring is seen in chest x-rays and indicates that you have been exposed to a large amount of asbestos. Although this condition is not as serious as asbestosis, it is possible that asbestosis or Mesothelioma can develop.
 Pleural effusion is the development of excess fluid in the pleural cavity- the fluid-filled space that surrounds the lungs. This fluid compresses the lungs and makes breathing difficult.

Am I at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma or other asbestos-caused diseases?

Your risk of developing Mesothelioma or other asbestos-caused diseases depends on a number of factors. These factors include; length of exposure to asbestos, concentration of exposure, type of asbestos, as well as individual genetic factors.

Occupational or work-related exposure to asbestos occurs when workers who are involved in the mining or manufacturing of asbestos where it is inhaled into the respiratory system.

However, Mesothelioma has a long latency period, which means the symptoms may not even appear until 20-40 years after the initial exposure.

Unfortunately, the risk of developing mesothelioma cancer does not decrease with time after exposure to asbestos.

Incidence of Mesothelioma

Currently, the incidence of Mesothelioma is 2500-3000 cases per year. This number may grow higher as the latency period for many people is ending and symptoms of asbestos-related diseases are emerging. Over 10,000 people die of asbestos-related diseases every year just in the United States alone!

What is the prognosis of Mesothelioma?
The prognosis for Mesothelioma depends on how early it is diagnosed and how it is treated. Currently, however, the prognosis is usually poor, with some studies reporting survival of less than on year. Many who are diagnosed with the disease die within months.
Research continues however, especially in the area of genetic susceptibility. Researchers are trying to identify the gene that makes certain families susceptible to mineral fiber cancers.
What if I have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-caused disease?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it is important to know that the asbestos can not be removed and the disease is not reversible. However, there are steps you should take to slow the progression of the disease.
 Stop smoking.
 Recognize the signs and symptoms of cancer. It is still possible to develop cancer if you have asbestosis.
 Minimize your risks of infection by getting a yearly flu shot and avoiding people who are ill. Remember your respiratory system has been weakened so even minor infections can become very serious.
 Avoid any further asbestos exposure.
 Call The Mulligan Law Firm to speak to an attorney about your situation.

 

 

 

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