Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Companies who had or anticipated claims brought against them by victims of mesothelioma put aside funds to protect their financial stability. As a result, significant pools of money were established for victims, allowing patients or their families to file claims to obtain compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and other losses.
Filing an asbestos claim is similar to filing an insurance claim and less like a lawsuit. Typically, a trial and court appearances are not part of the claims process. Because the trusts do not require you to provide live testimony, there is no reason for you to travel to a court or even to our offices. All paperwork can be completed in your own home, through us traveling to you and then continuing research on our own to help build your case.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a fiber used in many construction materials and insulation and is extremely lethal to those who inhale its fibers and dust particles. The inhalation of asbestos can lead to a range of problems, including asthma, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity. The actual cells of the mesothelium become abnormal, dividing without order or control. According to the National Cancer Institute, the mesothelium is a membrane that protects and covers most of our body’s internal organs. The mesothelium has two layers of cells: one layer that immediately surrounds the organ and another that forms a protective sac around it. The two most common types of mesothelioma are peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the abdominal organs, and pleural mesothelioma, which is a type of lung cancer.
It can take anywhere from 20-60 years for someone to begin developing symptoms of mesothelioma. Those who are most susceptible to mesothelioma are people who worked in asbestos mines, people who work in construction, shipyard employees and people who manufactured asbestos products. Men are affected three to five times more by this disease than women. In any given year, around 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
What Are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
In the beginning stages of mesothelioma, there are only a few symptoms. When the cancer becomes more advanced, more symptoms are present. Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chronic coughing
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Infection in the lungs
- Loss of appetite
Is Mesothelioma Treatable?
Like most forms of cancer, if detected early on, mesothelioma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy and/or surgery. Unfortunately, however, there is no cure for this disease, and the life expectancy of mesothelioma patients is poor. The stage of the disease, cell type, and location of the tumor(s) are the most important factors for a patient’s survival. Factors such as the patient’s overall health, age, and whether the cancer has spread also impact prognosis.
When you hire an attorney from Meshbesher & Spence, you will not pay any attorney fees until you receive compensation. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you owe us nothing. This kind of pay structure is called a “contingent fee agreement
Why Choose Meshbesher & Spence?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact Meshbesher & Spence to see how we can help protect your legal rights. The attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. Our highly skilled litigators specialize in personal injury, class action, and civil litigation. The experienced lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence will help you seek compensation for your injuries.
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