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Asbestos exposure has long been associated with the development of mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma often do not become apparent until years or decades after exposure. This means that people are still getting sick today despite recent regulations limiting the use of asbestos in several industries. What’s more, many legal uses of asbestos still abound, meaning exposure is still possible today.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the membrane of the lungs and abdomen. Since the disease shows symptoms that mimic other ailments, it can be hard to diagnose.
There are four types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. Those with a mesothelioma-related disease often experience fatigue, difficulty breathing, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, and chest pain, coughing, and shortness of breath, among other symptoms.
What can an attorney do?
Proving a mesothelioma case can be complex. Often it requires collecting and examining evidence – such as medical and employment records – that are years or decades old. It may also involve collecting evidence from different states or jurisdictions. Additionally, there are typically many parties with conflicting interests involved, such as employers, manufacturers, and insurance companies. An attorney who specializes in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses will be familiar with the relevant laws and regulations, as well as the types of evidence necessary to prove a mesothelioma case in Oregon.
Asbestos exposure is linked to a specific type of lung cancer, sometimes called asbestos lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that affects the thin layer of tissue surrounding the lungs, known as the pleura. It’s the most common of the four types of mesothelioma, accounting for about 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases diagnosed annually in the United States.
Although surgery generally offers the best chance for long-term survival, only patients in the early stages of pleural mesothelioma are candidates. For those who aren’t candidates for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the two are the primary treatment options. The initial symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that affects the thin layer of tissue surrounding the lungs, known as the pleura. It’s the most common of the four types of mesothelioma, accounting for about 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases diagnosed annually in the United States. Although surgery generally offers the best chance for long-term survival, only patients in the early stages of pleural mesothelioma are candidates. For those who aren’t candidates for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the two are the primary treatment options. The initial symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
The majority of asbestos lung cancer cases can be traced to occupational exposure to asbestos, leading many patients to wonder if they should pursue litigation. An attorney can help navigate your asbestos lung cancer case.
Laryngeal cancer, or cancer of the voice box, is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the larynx. In most cases, laryngeal cancer is found and diagnosed because of the symptoms they cause. Tests that examine the throat and neck are used to detect, diagnose, and stage laryngeal cancers, including a physical exam of the throat and neck, a biopsy, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, bone scans, and a barium swallow. Once diagnosed, treatment may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy, and a variety of specialists are often involved. The symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:
Laryngeal cancer is often linked to asbestos exposure. Although past investigations of the link between asbestos exposure and laryngeal cancer were somewhat contradictory, the connection was confirmed in a 2006 report sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The report found that asbestos was not only determined to be a definite cause of laryngeal cancer, but that the cancer risk was dependent on the amount of exposure, meaning the risk of developing the disease increases with the duration and extent of exposure.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and have worked as an electrician, mechanic, carpenter, or may have otherwise been exposed to asbestos, our law firm can help you recover losses.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestosis signs and symptoms can include:
Unlike other forms of asbestos-related diseases, every case of asbestosis is directly related to asbestos exposure. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and usually don’t appear until many years after continued exposure. Most people with asbestosis acquired it on the job before the federal government began regulating asbestos in the 1970s.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of any of the illnesses described above and have worked as an electrician, mechanic, carpenter, or may have otherwise been exposed to asbestos, you may benefit from speaking with an attorney.
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Finding a reputable mesothelioma law firm with attorneys who are understanding, compassionate, and willing to fight on your behalf is essential. When choosing a mesothelioma law firm, here’s what to look for:
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- Satisfied clients
- Fair fee structure
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