What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma (malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer that develops from genetic mutation within the cells of the body. Cells originating in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body, mutate and cause healthy cells to become malignant cells. These cells can then form tumors that interfere with the body's functions, which can ultimately cause death.
Asbestos is the major cause of mesothelioma in the United States. Asbestos is a mineral that appears as a long thin fiber in the environment. Until the 1980s, when asbestos was banned due to its health dangers, asbestos had been used in many industrial and insulation materials as a fire retardant. Some of the jobs in which people have been exposed to asbestos directly or indirectly are those that involve electrical work, factory work, demolition, insulation, carpentry, and brake lining installation. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement and building textiles. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health problems such as malignant mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms may take decades to occur; however after the symptoms become evident, most victims' conditions rapidly deteriorate in a matter of months. The symptoms of mesothelioma can vary widely depending on the type of mesothelioma from which the person is suffering. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Painful breathing and coughing
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Lumps or unusual growth of tissue under the skin of the chest
- Rapid or unexplained weight loss
What Can a Victim Do?
If you have experienced any of these symptoms and you think you may have come in contact with asbestos, contact your health care provider to start the testing process. According to the American Cancer Society, between 2,000 and 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the United States.
Additionally, if you or someone you know has mesothelioma, please do not hesitate to contact one of the mesothelioma attorneys at Reich & Binstock. A claim settlement derived from a mesothelioma lawsuit will help you to recoup medical expenses, among other damages. Timing is crucial, and Reich & Binstock's process is focused on getting you the compensation you deserve as soon as possible.
Contact Reich & Binstock for a free case evaluation to determine whether there is an entitlement to compensation. Either use the electronic contact form on this page or call toll-free at 1-866-LAW-2400.