Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the membrane covering the internal organs, known as the mesothelium. The most common cause of mesothelioma is the inhalation of harmful particles in asbestos. Asbestos, a substance commonly used in industry and construction until the 1970s, was outlawed decades ago. Unfortunately, for many people, asbestos production wasn’t halted soon enough. The disease can take up to 40 years to develop, meaning that even today thousands of new cases are reported every year.
Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms
There are two types of mesothelioma; pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lungs and chest, and closely mimics other conditions that affect the same area of the body. One of the most common complications of the disease, pleural effusion, involves a buildup of fluid in the chest cavity.
Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Chest pain
- Painful breathing or shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Difficulty swallowing
- General weakness
- Weight loss
- Severe back pain
The other type of mesothelioma develops in a membrane that lines the abdominal cavity. Peritoneal mesothelioma can cause swelling of the abdominal area, resulting in severe pain.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Pain in the abdomen
- Buildup of fluid in the abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
Due to the substantial number of confirmed cases over the years, settlement awards can be quite high. Many have been in the millions. This is also true for families left behind after the death of a loved one. Many asbestos manufacturers and companies that installed asbestos have shut down or gone bankrupt since asbestos production became a thing of the past. In response, asbestos trust funds have been set up to provide funds to help those injured in the future.
Statute of Limitations
These cases are time sensitive. You typically have one to four years after diagnosis to file a claim. A skilled lawyer can help you successfully navigate the process, and ensure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires. In addition, if you are eligible to file from multiple states, your attorney can help you determine which state will give you the most favorable outcome. The majority of these lawsuits are settled out of court, which means the claimants avoid being dragged through a lengthy trial.
The Goldwater Law Firm – Helping People with Mesothelioma Nationwide
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is help. The Goldwater Law Firm has successfully represented multiple people afflicted by this dangerously aggressive disease. We understand how to maneuver through the complex system to help you obtain the compensation you deserve as quickly and painlessly as possible. With the establishment of asbestos trust funds, there is substantial money available to people who have been harmed by asbestos exposure. The amount of compensation available to you depends on several factors, including the severity of the disease, the timeline, and the funds available in your specific trust fund. Contact the Goldwater Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.