Mesothelioma Diagnosis in Illinois - Asbestos Exposure is Deadly

This article will follow a question-answer format regarding what residents in Illinois with asbestos exposure can expect.

Q: How long after exposure to asbestos can Mesothelioma develop?

A: Because mesothelioma symptoms mimic those of the common cold or flu, many people in Illinois with asbestos exposure that actually have mesothelioma are misdiagnosed for decades. Believe it or not, some exposure taking place in the mid-20th century is just receiving an accurate diagnosis of mesothelioma. The disease does take decades to develop which can lead to difficulty in identifying as exact source of exposure. Another factor in leading to delayed diagnosis is investigations involving asbestos in products that consumers and employers were not aware contained asbestos such as clothing, joint compound, insulation, gaskets, construction materials, and consumer products. An experienced mesothelioma law firm will be able to investigate a client’s source of asbestos exposure and find documents to determine sources of exposure.

Q: Years ago I was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. This exposure occurred during the course of a job that I left long ago. Can I still seek damages?

A: Mesothelioma patients that know they were exposed to asbestos on their jobs — even if that exposure occurred long ago — could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The rules and treatments of these rules do vary by state. Some jurisdictions will handle mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease claims with strict guidelines such as placing a statute of limitations on when claims can be made after a mesothelioma diagnosis. It is important to note that workers could also file a lawsuit against their employers for their exposure to Illinois asbestos and workplace-related asbestos diseases. Because the rules and results vary by state and the situation, it is important to consult with a mesothelioma attorney with proven experience in tort law cases. They should be willing to share their history of successfully handling mesothelioma and asbestos-related cases. It is important they have a long track record for obtaining successful results for their clients. A quality mesothelioma attorney will be able to determine if you have a legal claim against other potentially accountable parties including an asbestos manufacturer, former employer or insurance company.

Q: What are mesothelioma treatment options that yield results?

A: Treatment options depend on each individual’s own mesothelioma prognosis. Location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, age and general health are all factors considered by dedicated medical teams for each individual treatment plan. Most standard treatment options involve surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Some methods recommend all three in combination for optimal results. There are also various clinical trials underway to develop new and better methods of treatment. Mesothelioma patients should know that these treatments normally yield up to two years of life and five years as a maximum.