Finding Reliable Mesothelioma Help
Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the protective lining of certain internal organs, most likely the lungs although it can also affect the heart or abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of the disease. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be inhaled and become embedded in the lungs. These fibers lead to chronic irritation of the mesothelium (the lining of the lungs), which can cause asbestosis or mesothelioma.
The symptoms of mesothelioma can take several decades to present. Once they do present, they’re very similar to the symptoms of other less serious health problems, such as bronchitis or asthma. Because of this, the symptoms are often ignored or shrugged off for quite some time, or even misdiagnosed by doctors. By the time symptoms become more serious – chronic chest pain, difficulty breathing, and coughing up blood – the disease is often in its late stages. This late diagnosis can make mesothelioma very difficult to treat.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Many people were exposed to asbestos while on the job. Another common way to be exposed is through do-it-yourself home renovations. Many older homes were built using asbestos-containing materials. In either of these cases, this industry knew of the harmful effects of asbestos and did not properly warn workers or consumers. Therefore, the asbestos-related production, manufacturing, and distribution companies may be held liable for your illness. This is where mesothelioma lawsuits come into play.
Mesothelioma lawsuits provide an avenue for those affected by exposure-related illness to receive compensation that can greatly help reduce the financial burden of medical treatment, lost wages or lost job, in addition to physical and emotional suffering. Mesothelioma lawsuits are a complicated undertaking, so it is strongly recommended that you work with an experienced mesothelioma law firm if you are interested in pursuing litigation.