Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by using or being exposed to asbestos fibers that affect the mesothelial (surrounding) linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart. For many victims, mesothelioma symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and weight loss may not present for up to 50 years after exposure – making early diagnosis difficult and treatment options nearly impossible.
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Sadly, the prognosis for mesothelioma cancer is grim – most patients die within a year or two after diagnosis.
Other diseases associated with asbestos exposure include asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue from an acid produced by the body’s attempt to dissolve the fiber) and various cancers that affect the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, ovaries, testicles and larynx.
Anyone who worked with, or was exposed to, asbestos in the past is at an increased risk of contracting mesothelioma. For decades asbestos use was common in power plants, auto plants, shipyards, chemical plants, aluminum plants, oil refineries, steel mills, paper plants, asbestos manufacturing plants and on construction job sites.
It is widely recognized that asbestos manufacturers and suppliers knew that working with, or being exposed to, asbestos had a serious risk of injury or death. However, most manufacturers and suppliers failed to warn about these known risks and failed to provide proper safety gear, putting thousands of innocent workers and their families in danger of contracting a cancer which often cannot be detected early on or successfully treated.
Over one million people have filed mesothelioma injury lawsuits against thousands of asbestos manufacturers and suppliers. Many more lawsuits are likely in the future as victims continue to be diagnosed with this fatal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, 60,000 more people will die from malignant mesothelioma by the year 2030.
Many mesothelioma lawsuits have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, and defendants have already paid out billions of dollars. While the facts and circumstances of every case are different, mesothelioma victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for damages that include: medical costs; lost income; loss of spousal support and companionship; loss of earning capacity; loss of consortium; loss of enjoyment of life; physical impairment or disfigurement; costs of rehabilitation; emotional distress; end of life expenses; pain and suffering; punitive damages and more.
Having an experiencedmesothelioma lawyer on your side can make all the difference when seeking to prevail in your mesothelioma illness lawsuit. In addition to advising you on your rights and determining the types of compensation for which you may be entitled, an experienced mesothelioma lawyer knows which industries, companies and job sites have already been implicated in asbestos-related injuries, which asbestos manufacturers and suppliers have been found liable and in which legal venues to pursue your claim.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our goal is to provide you with professional legal representation in personal injury, wrongful death and product liability litigation. Over the past 30 years, we have recovered over $800 million in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for our clients – including 200 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.
We understand the pain associated with being diagnosed with mesothelioma years after being exposed to asbestos or to lose a loved one you never imagined could have contracted the disease. If you’ve developed mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos-related injury, let our experience work for you.
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