Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the chest cavity and abdominal cavity. Typically, those who are diagnosed with this illness will have left-sided or right-sided chest pain and a shortness of breath. The patient may also experience abdominal pain or weight loss as a result of the cancer. Statistically, about 90% of all mesothelioma patients suffer from dyspnea (shortness of breath) and chest discomfort. Sometimes victims will also experience nausea, fever, and difficulty swallowing during the beginning of the diagnosis.
In addition to the discomforting symptoms, mesothelioma can be an extremely painful and dangerous illness. If the cancer manifests in the chest cavity, then it is called pleural mesothelioma and the lung’s membrane will thicken. This will make it difficult for the patient to breathe and can eventually cause death if the sickness is not treated. If the illness manifests in the abdominal cavity, then this is called peritoneal mesothelioma. In this form, the membrane around the gut thickens, causing accumulation of fluids in the abdomen.
Mesothelioma is commonly misdiagnosed because it has similar symptoms to many other forms of cancer. Most often, workers receive this type of cancer after they have been exposed to a building material full of dangerous fibers that is known as asbestos. Asbestos is the term that refers to six different fibrous minerals that are comprised of magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, or other trace elements. According to Asbestos Law Firms, there are two different forms of the material: serpentine and amphiboles. Different kinds of asbestos cause different illness and can affect the body in different ways. Most often, construction workers are exposed to serpentine asbestos, which are tiny fibers that can be inhaled during work and can affect the lungs and abdomen in a way that eventually leads to mesothelioma cancer.
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a heartbreaking experience. No one deserves to have their life ruined due to the negligence of another, even if the exposure was years in the past. At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we understand that there is nothing that can undo the loss you are experiencing. We do feel strongly, though, about helping you to get through this with as much help as possible. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we will do all we can toward having you as well cared for as possible, so you should not wait to align yourself with a New York City injury lawyer from our office today.
Asbestos is present in more than 5,000 products and is commonly found at construction sites and factories. It is often in interior and exterior roofing materials, flooring tiles, clutch and brake pads in vehicles, or lining the ceiling crawl spaces. It can also be found in roofing felt and shingles, insulation that is sprayed into the walls of your home, decorative or acoustic plasters, asphalt and vinyl tiles, cement siding, pipes, wall-boards, or texture coatings and paints. Also, asbestos is typically present in any caulking, spackling, or construction glues that are used while building a home. The substance is also in fireproofing materials and heating and electrical ducts. If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos and this led to mesothelioma, then you need to talk to a representative at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., today and seek compensation in your case.
We can help identify the most appropriate party against whom to file suit in relation to your asbestos exposure. We will liaise with medical professionals to gather vital information and present a strong case regarding the damage caused and the compensation required. Compensation can be sought to cover your related medical bills, past, present and future, as well as lost income and lost ability to earn an income into the future. Your pain and suffering is no small part of the equation and deserves to be fittingly acknowledged within this process. In some cases, compensation for loss of enjoyment of life may be awarded, along with punitive damages.
When you work with a personal injury attorney from our firm, you will receive personal attention as well as stellar legal representation. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can meet with you at your home or hospital if needed. If you or a loved one is facing a mesothelioma diagnosis, we want to help. Our 75 years of combined experience will be put to use to fight for your rights and financial needs while you concentrate on the rest of your life and your recovery. Contact our Mesothelioma lawyers today for your free consultation.