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Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the abdomen, lining of lungs, heart, and major organs of the body. Mesothelioma cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos through the ingestion or inhaling of toxic microscopic asbestos fibers.
Once Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers get lodged in body tissue, causing inflammation which leads to the development of Mesothelioma cancer. These microscopic asbestos fibers can lay dormant in your body for 10-50 years.
Asbestos manufacturing companies knew of the deadly effects of asbestos exposure as far back as 1924 when the first Mesothelioma case was recorded in medical journals.
Asbestos manufacturers also knew as far back as the early 1960s that secondhand asbestos exposure to the families of workers could also cause Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Symptoms Can Include:
Abdominal Pain & Swelling
Chest Pain Under Rib Cage
Chronic Cough (Can be wet or dry cough)
Fluid in the Lungs
Lumps of Tissue in the Abdomen
Painful When Coughing
Shortness of Breath
Unexplained Weight Loss
Quick Facts About Mesothelioma Treatment
Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years.
Epithelioid Mesothelioma cell type is the most responsive to Mesothelioma treatments.
Mesothelioma tumors are most likely to develop in the lining surrounding a patients lungs or abdomen.
Mesothelioma Treatment is specific to a patients type of Mesothelioma, including the microscopic cells that make up cancer.
The average life expectancy for a malignant Mesothelioma patient is 6-18 months from date of diagnosis (American Thoracic Society and the British Thoracic Society).
The statute of limitations for filing and an asbestos claim starts at a, not at the point of exposure
Since Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, it is essential for patients to have an examination done by a doctor who specializes in Mesothelioma cancer. Common Misdiagnoses of Mesothelioma is bronchitis, pneumonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.
Mesothelioma Diagnostic Methods
Blood Tests (Tumor Markers)
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laparoscopy
Medical History and Physical Exam
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Open Surgical Biopsy
PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
Pulmonary Function Tests
Removing Fluid for testing
Test of Tissue Samples
Tests of Fluid Samples
Types of Mesothelioma
Pleural Mesothelioma [Lungs]
Peritoneal Mesothelioma [Abdomen]
Pericardial Mesothelioma [Heart]
Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma
Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma
There are about 3500 Mesothelioma cancer cases diagnosed in the U. S. each year.
4 Steps in the Mesothelioma Claim Process
Step 1: Filing of Case – This will determine which asbestos companies are liable to file your claim. Claimants will need to provide evidence of their workplace asbestos exposure.
Step 2: Review of Case – Trustees will review your claim, medical history, and asbestos exposure, allowing them to determine if you a candidate for financial compensation.
Step 3: Liquidation – Trustees will determine how much financial compensation to payout. A Mesothelioma lawyer can negotiate an individual claim for a larger settlement than the fixed amount set up by asbestos trust funds.
Step 4: Compensation Payment – When an agreement is reached with an asbestos company or asbestos trust fund, the settlement amount is paid to the victim.
The measure of Mesothelioma Life Expectancy is in months.
The median life expectancy for Mesothelioma Cancer patients is 12 to 21 months. Some patients have lived 5-10-15 years after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma life expectancy also varies with cell type, tumor location, years of asbestos exposure, and the variety of treatments.
Mesothelioma Life Expectancy Based on Stages 1-4
Stage 1 — 21 months
Stage 2 — 19 months
Stage 3 — 16 months
Stage 4 — 12 months
More than 15,000 Americans Will Be Diagnosed With an Asbestos Disease Each Year.
If you have a Mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. It is essential to show that you have developed Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure from your military service.
Our Mesothelioma lawyers will come to you, gathering all the information needed to file your lawsuit. Many of our clients never have to leave the comfort of their home to receive compensation for asbestos exposure.
Who is Eligible For Asbestos Trust Funds?
Asbestos manufacturers of products and materials have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate workers for their asbestos exposure.
There are more than 30 billion dollars in asbestos trust funds for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, asbestos lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. If you know someone who has Mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your legal rights for asbestos compensation.
Workers diagnosed with Mesothelioma have legal rights and may be eligible to recover compensation from negligent asbestos companies and asbestos trust funds.
Get a free consultation from an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer to know if you have a valid legal claim today.
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