Mesothelioma is an aggressive and often-fatal form of lung cancer, most frequently stemming from exposure to asbestos. The symptoms of mesothelioma often mimic other conditions, resulting in a delay in diagnosis which can result in a poor prognosis.
A large percentage of mesothelioma patients developed this condition as a result of on-the-job asbestos exposure. Many individuals were never warned of the dangers of asbestos exposure; as a result, these people were placed at risk unknowingly. This has led to millions upon millions of dollars in settlements; funds have also been established to compensate mesothelioma victims.
Asbestos is a mineral that is resistant to heat, water, chemicals and electricity. Before its dangers were apparent, asbestos was widely used in construction materials like concrete, bricks, pipes, drywall, roofing, siding, paints, sealants, appliances, insulation and even furniture and mattresses.
Some of the most common industries associated with mesothelioma cases and asbestos exposure include:
- ship-makers and ship yard workers
- miners (especially asbestos miners)
- auto and aircraft mechanics
- cement and chemical plant workers
- construction workers and carpenters
- insulation installers
- HVAC technicians
- factory workers
- railroad workers
- steel mill workers
- textile and paper mill workers
- power plant and oil refinery plant workers
- linotype technicians
- blacksmiths and metal workers
- ….and many others.
Mesothelioma is associated with a period of latency, which resulted in a delay in the identification of the connection between asbestos exposure and this form of lung cancer.
It’s estimated that approximately half of the individuals who were exposed to asbestos in the course of industrial occupations from 1940 to 1970 currently suffer from or have passed away as a result of mesothelioma.
This aggressive form of cancer, formally known as pleural mesothelioma, impacts the lining of the lungs and chest cavity. This form of mesothelioma accounts for three quarters of all cases. There are also two other variants of this disease: peritoneal mesothelioma, which impacts the abdominal cavity, and pericardial mesothelioma, which impacts the pericardial sac around the heart.
There is no cure for mesothelioma. Treatment usually consists of chemotherapy and surgery, which can improve quality of life and lengthen life expectancy. But mesothelioma patients endure terrible physical symptoms, sky high medical bills and profound emotional distress.
At Meldofsky Law Firm, we work to help mesothelioma victims and family members of those who are suffering from or passed away as a result of mesothelioma. We work with clients across the U.S., providing free and confidential case consultations.
The statute of limitations places a limit on the amount of time you have to seek compensation, so contact us today to ensure you receive the money you’re entitled to receive.
Contact the compassionate team at Meldofsky Law Firm to discuss your case by phone at (877) 274-8672.