What is Mesothelioma?



Work is important to us as it is the main source of income for most of us. Most of the time, the more risky the job is, the higher the compensation and benefits are. However, if one's job exposes the employee to certain risks which lead to serious and deadly disease, will the compensation still matter?

According to Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com, 2, 400- 2, 800 people in the United States are diagnosed with Mesothelioma each year, based on a 2017 report by Centers for Disease Control. It takes about 20-50 years for its symptoms to appear.

But what is mesothelioma?




Mesothelioma:

  • A rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart
  • caused by asbestos, it has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis

Types of Mesothelioma: 

Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs)
Cause: Inhalation of asbestos
Location: Lung/chest lining
Common Symptoms: 
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid buildup
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
Treatment:  
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation  
Prognosis: 6-12 months

Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)
Cause: Inhalation or Ingestion of asbestos
Location:Abdominal lining
Common Symptoms: 
  • Abdominal/stomach pain
  • Ascites/swelling
  • Fluid buildup
  • Anorexia/Weight loss
Treatment:  
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • HIPEC
  • Radiation  
Prognosis: 6-12 months

Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)
Cause: Inhalation or Ingestion of asbestos
Location: Heart lining
Common Symptoms: 
  • Chest pain
  • Pericardial effusuion or Fluid buildup
  • Arrhythmia
Treatment:  
  • Surgery

  • Chemotherapy
Prognosis: 6 months

Mesothelioma lawyers can help you file lawsuits and get compensations

According to the source, there are two primary types of claims that can be filed:
  • Personal Lawsuits, which can be submitted by the patient after receiving the diagnosis, this can be filed against companies responsible for the patient's exposure to asbestos leading to disease. Claims specific damages due to illness caused by asbestos exposure and allows the patient to recover money for treatment travel, lost income, pain, suffering, and related costs
  • Wrongful Death, can either be individual lawsuit, class action lawsuit, or multidistrict litigation

Mesothelioma lawsuits can be a tedious process since each process varies from another. It is best to find a lawyer in Mesothelioma law firms who knows the procedure and can help you through the filing phase up to the mesothelioma compensation/claims stage.

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Source: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com