Personal Injury 101: Mesothelioma

What you need to know about mesothelioma and the personal injury claims that exist.

In this series, we are taking a deep dive into different types of personal injury claims. This week, we are focusing on mesothelioma personal injury lawsuits.

What is mesothelioma and how is it caused?

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that forms in the thin membrane (mesothelium) that protects vital organs in the chest and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the only medically-verified cause of the disease.

The prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, with only 33 percent of patients living longer than a year. There are about 3,000 new cases each year.

Common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Because symptoms appear anywhere from 10 to 50 years after exposure, and people commonly mistake them for the flu or pneumonia, early detection is difficult. Asbestos use was at its highest from the 1930s to the late 1970s.

How do you get exposed to asbestos?

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. It can be present in old buildings, homes, and household items. It was used heavily in insulation and cement products due to its resistance to fire, heat, and electricity.

As they are made up of microscopic fibers, asbestos can become easily airborne and inhaled. Once inhaled, they cling to areas of the respiratory system, leading to scarring and inflammation that can develop into tumors.

At-risk occupations include:

  • Construction workers
  • Farmers
  • Hairdressers
  • HVAC workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Oil refinery workers

What can you do?

In April 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a nearly complete ban on the manufacturing and importing of asbestos. However, for millions of Americans, the damage is already done.

Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of work-related deaths in the world, with 125 million people remaining at risk of exposure to asbestos. Just last year, asbestos-related diseases killed 39,275 people in the United States.

Most mesothelioma lawsuits are personal injury claims. Lawyers that specialize in this are familiar with asbestos manufacturers and can determine who is responsible for the illness.

Different types of mesothelioma claims include:

  • Personal injury claims
  • Wrongful death claims
  • Bankruptcy trust claims
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • Veteran benefits claims

If filing a claim, make sure you meet relevant deadlines and keep all documentation relating to your medical expenses. In addition, provide all detail about your history of asbestos exposure.

Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost income, pain or suffering, and loss of intimacy.

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