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Mesothelioma is a rare and the aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This is a disease that can strike anyone who has worked in an industry that uses asbestos products, as well as individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in their homes. Unfortunately, this disease is not always diagnosed until its later stages, leaving individuals with a decreased chance of survival. However, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation to help with medical expenses and other costs associated with the disease.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. The cause of mesothelioma is through exposure to asbestos, which is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. Asbestos was commonly used in commercial and residential building materials such as floor tiles, insulation, and roofing in the years before the dangers of asbestos were known. Asbestos has been banned in many countries; however, exposure to it is still possible through the disturbance of older buildings and materials. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become lodged in the lining of organs and over time can cause mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
The symptoms of mesothelioma can vary depending on where the cancerous cells are located. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, individuals may experience chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, weight loss, and fatigue. These symptoms may mimic other respiratory illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose mesothelioma until it is in its later stages. The time between exposure to asbestos and the onset of symptoms can range from 10-50 years. So it is important to be aware of any potential exposure to asbestos and to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience any of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma so that you might catch it early.
Making a Claim for Mesothelioma
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to the compensation. Contacting an experienced and knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney should be your first step. A professional can help guide you through the process and determine what legal options are available to you. Lawyers will be able to ensure you get adequate compensation for the illnesses caused, even if it is something other than mesothelioma. The compensation may include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to the diagnosis.
The only known cause of the mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. As such, it is important to take precautions to prevent exposure. If you live in an older home, it is possible that asbestos may be present in the materials used in construction. Calling in a professional to test for asbestos is the best step forward in prevention. If asbestos is present, it is important to hire a professional to remove it to ensure it’s done thoroughly and correctly to ensure you and other members of the household are safe from continuous exposure.
Mesothelioma is a serious and devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation. Talking to a lawyer is the best way to understand what legal options may be available. To prevent mesothelioma, it is important to take precautions and have your home tested for asbestos. While mesothelioma may be a rare disease, it is a very important issue to be aware of, not only in understanding its severity but also in preventing its occurrence.
By Rachelle Wilber
who is a freelance writer and residing in San Diego, California area. Rachelle finds an interest in all topics and have Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.
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