Fighting for Victims of Asbestos Exposure Nationwide
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer which affects approximately 3,000
people a year. Due to the nature of its rare occurrence, malignant mesothelioma
is often referred to as an orphan disease. Mesothelioma is linked directly to
asbestos exposure and is caused by breathing in
asbestos fibers. These carcinogenic fibers can be found in thousands of asbestos containing
materials used in plants, refineries, shipyards, and mills.
Asbestos fibers are in products used by the following:
- Iron workers
- Construction workers
- Heating and air conditioning experts
For experienced legal counsel, call (877) 958-7920. We are award-winning
mesothelioma lawyers with a proven record of success handling mesothelioma cases.
Mesothelioma in the Workplace
Asbestos occurs naturally and is a mineral highly valued for its commercial
purposes. Commonly used in construction prior to 1975, these fibers can
cause malignant mesothelioma if inhaled. Rapid development of mesothelioma
occurs the longer one is exposed and the volume of fibers one inhales.
The latency period of mesothelioma is so great that a person may not show
symptoms for 25 to 40 years. The age range of typical person diagnosed
with mesothelioma is between 50 and 70 years.
The mineral’s ability to resist heat and fire is what has made asbestos
so valuable in many manufacturing and fabrication products. These fine
fibers are flexible and have often be woven into flame-resistant clothing
that is tough to tear, and is valued for its insulation properties. Families
of electricians, shipyard workers, and other industrial workers have often
been exposed to these fibers.
Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed due to its rarity and nonspecific symptoms.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, please see your
physician immediately to discuss your health risks.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma comes in three forms:
pleural mesothelioma (chest cavity),
peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen), and
pericardial (heart lining).
The most common form affecting three fourths of those diagnosed, pleural
mesothelioma attacks the lungs and respiratory areas of the body. The
only known cause of this malignant mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
This type of mesothelioma is often associated with the following symptoms
including: unrelenting cough with blood (hemoptysis), chest pains, swollen
face, shortness of breath, fever, and weight loss.
The second most common form of malignant mesothelioma, peritoneal comprises
of only 20 to 30% of all cases. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the tissue
that lines the abdominal wall, which is composed of mesothelial cells.
This lining protects the contents of the abdomen and lubricates the organs
to move and function properly. Symptoms associated with peritoneal mesothelioma
may include: abdominal pains, abdominal swelling, bowel obstruction, fever,
weight loss, and tissue buildup in the abdomen. Like pleural mesothelioma,
occupational and environmental asbestos exposure is responsible for this
An extremely rare form of malignant mesothelioma cancer, pericardial mesothelioma
represents approximately 5% of all cases. Pericardial tumors are known
to spread over the surface of the heart, superior vena cava, the root
of the aorta and the pulmonary trunk. The spread of the tumors can only
be diagnosed through surgical exploration. Few successful treatment strategies
exist, with little to no benefit from radiation and chemotherapy.
Reach Out to Learn About Legal Recourse
Shrader & Associates L.L.P. consists of a team of carefully selected
mesothelioma attorneys handpicked by our founder. You do have options
if you have been diagnosed with this disease, as almost all cases involve
asbestos exposure—meaning someone should be held responsible.
We offer free case evaluations. Call (877) 958-7920 to meet with us and
discuss your situation.