Mesothelioma Claims: What You Need To Know!

Fighting for Victims Diagnosed with Mesothelioma in Texas & Nationwide

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects approximately 3,200 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:

  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Ironworkers
  • Construction workers
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Heating and air conditioning experts
  • Mechanics
  • Laborers

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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. The 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 a 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 four forms:

Pleural Mesothelioma

As 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.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

  • Unrelenting cough with blood (hemoptysis)
  • Chest pains
  • Swollen face
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Although the prognosis for every type of this disease is generally grim, patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma often have a better chance at a longer survival rate due to the extensive research being done to help patients. Depending on the stage at which a patient is diagnosed, he or she could live for over three years. With chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy, months or even years can be added to one’s life expectancy.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma and comprises 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
  • Tissue build-up in the abdomen

Only about 40% of patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma qualify for surgery with heated chemotherapy (HIPEC), but 50% of those who undergo this treatment live for more than five years.

Like pleural mesothelioma, occupational and environmental asbestos exposure is responsible for this fatal disease.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

As 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.

Symptoms associated with pericardial mesothelioma may include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough

Few successful treatment strategies exist, with little to no benefit from radiation and chemotherapy. As such, the prognosis for it is also quite poor. 50% of patients live for about six months, though surgery can help extend life expectancy.

Testicular Mesothelioma

The rarest form of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the testes. There are fewer than 100 cases of testicular mesothelioma reported in medical literature.

Symptoms associated with testicular mesothelioma may include:

  • Scrotal swelling
  • Painless testicular lumps

The average prognosis for this form of mesothelioma is 2 years, but with surgery and chemotherapy, it is possible to live longer than the two-year average.

Determining If You Have a Mesothelioma Claim

There are a number of situations that come into play when determining whether or not a person is capable of seeking compensation from a potentially negligent party. These are some of the factors that are considered:

  • How and where the exposure to asbestos occurred
  • Whether or not another party was responsible for the exposure
  • When you are officially diagnosed with mesothelioma

It’s often difficult for individuals to figure all this out on their own, so it’s important to hire a legal professional who can work with you and help you determine if you have a legal right to file a claim against the negligent party.

Can a Family Member Seek Compensation?

Unfortunately, mesothelioma is a terminal condition and many of the individuals who are diagnosed end up passing away as a result. This doesn’t necessarily negate the opportunity for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

For families of the decedent, there may be possible legal action under a wrongful death lawsuit. You must understand the statute of limitations on these types of cases, which typically allow up to two years following the death for the family to take action.

Reach Out to Learn About Legal Recourse - Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Today!

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 mesothelioma cases involve asbestos exposure—meaning someone was clearly negligent and should be held responsible.

We offer free case evaluations. Call (877) 958-7920 to meet with us and discuss your situation.

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