The emotional and physical pain that victims of asbestos exposure and their families face is unimaginable. While it's likely that the damage can't be reversed, with the help of Schuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, they can still seek the justice they deserve.
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How Asbestos Fibers Cause Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that attacks the linings of specific tissues, most often the pleura (lining of the lungs) and peritoneum (lining of the abdomen). One of the major causes of this form of cancer is exposure to asbestos, a fibrous material widely used in buildings and industries.
Asbestos fibers often create dust or powder. When it becomes airborne, it can be easily inhaled or swallowed. These fibers can then stay in the lining of the lungs or abdomen for years or even decades before causing tumors to form.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer might take 10 to 50 years or more to appear after initial asbestos exposure. This long latency period is one of the factors that make it difficult to identify and treat. Furthermore, most patients get their diagnosis when they are already in the late stages of the disease. As a result, treatment options may be limited.
Pleural mesothelioma can cause chest pain, painful coughing, shortness of breath, and unexplained weight loss. Meanwhile, peritoneal mesothelioma can cause abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, and nausea.
Other than those conditions, people should also watch out for these symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Lumps of tissue under the skin on the chest
The symptoms of malignant mesothelioma may also resemble those of other respiratory or digestive issues, such as the flu, pneumonia, or inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore, it's important to contact a medical professional as soon as someone is experiencing any of those symptoms.
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How Mesothelioma Is Treated
Treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. Depending on the type, location, and stage of the malignancy, the usual treatment for mesothelioma may comprise one or a combination of these therapies.
How Common Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer. In 2018, it was reported that there were approximately 2,875 mesothelioma cases recorded in the United States. This means that there were 0.7 cases for every 100,000 people.
Men are more likely than women to get mesothelioma. Since mesothelioma is frequently identified at a late stage, the 5-year relative survival rate in the United States is pretty low, which is 12%. In 2018, mesothelioma was also responsible for 30,443 new cancer cases and 25,576 cancer deaths worldwide.
Who Are at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?
Since low quantities of asbestos can be found in the air, water, and soil, everyone is exposed to asbestos to some degree. However, people who are the most at risk of asbestos exposure are those who work in specific industries or occupations.
Those occupations typically deal with a high concentration of asbestos fibers. These include construction trades, shipyard workers, vehicle mechanics, demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, and many more jobs.
People can also get asbestos-related diseases from secondary exposure or indirect exposure. This means that even though they never work with or near the toxic substance, they may still be equally at risk as those who often deal with it.
Secondary exposure is also sometimes known as "para-occupational exposure." This can happen when a person who works with asbestos brings home asbestos remains. Those remains may be attached to their shoes, clothing, skin, and hair, putting their family members at risk.
Who Is Responsible for Asbestos Exposure?
Among those who are responsible for asbestos exposure, here are two of the most commonly liable groups of people:
Employers: Many employers have been found liable for intentionally allowing their employees to deal with asbestos materials without the proper knowledge or training. This is against the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which requires them to educate staff about the dangers of asbestos. Employers are also required to train them how to handle it in a way that minimizes the risk of asbestos-related disease.
Asbestos manufacturers: Many asbestos manufacturers failed to warn people about the dangers and health risks of the particles, and this has held them accountable. This has resulted in a number of cases against them. A substantial amount of financial settlements and verdicts for asbestos exposure victims and their families have also been issued.
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Can Mesothelioma Patients Get Compensation?
Patients of mesothelioma and other victims of asbestos-related diseases may be entitled to compensation, but certain conditions must be met. This may include meeting claim deadlines, providing proof, and meeting other requirements.
Many of the companies responsible for asbestos exposure no longer exist. However, there are still a number of companies that can be held liable for paying victims of asbestos-related diseases. Compensation funds can be obtained from various sources, including insurance coverage, bankruptcy trusts, and assets.
People who suspect they have mesothelioma should seek immediate medical treatment and consult with a professional mesothelioma attorney. Asbestos exposure may cause serious and often fatal illnesses. Mesothelioma attorneys can help victims and their families fight for justice and financial assistance to pay the costs of medical treatment.
How Can a Mesothelioma Lawyer Help a Victim Seek Justice?
Schuerger Shunnarah Trial Lawyers will go to any length to assist mesothelioma patients in relieving their financial and emotional burden. Upon hiring a lawyer, a thorough investigation will be conducted to determine who is legally accountable for the victim's asbestos exposure.
The lawyer will collect evidence and file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim and negotiate a reasonable payment with the liable companies. Furthermore, if necessary, they will take the case to court. No matter how it takes, the lawyer will help victims get the compensation they deserve.
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Mesothelioma is a very serious condition, and the treatment can be expensive. However, our personal injury law firm is here to help. It's not fair for the patients to endure it alone while somebody else is truly responsible. Therefore, the first step they can take is to contact Shunnarah Trial Attorneys for a free consultation. Their journey of seeking justice will begin from there.