Asbestos, once touted as a wonder-material, is now known to cause mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer. Asbestos was used for years in construction, shipbuilding, and even in flame-retardant fabrics. The miniscule asbestos fibers are fire-resistant, and incredibly efficient insulators. Even though asbestos has been considered a possible cause of lung cancer for well over 100 years, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that a definitive link became clear. Especially challenging is the fact that individuals may not develop mesothelioma for decades after asbestos exposure.
Early signs of mesothelioma may include cough, chest pain or discomfort, fatigue, night sweats, and weakness. As the disease progresses, individuals may experience anemia, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, weight loss, nausea, and peritoneal effusion. If you exhibit these symptoms, especially if you have been exposed to asbestos, it is critical that you seek medical attention right away. Mesothelioma is diagnosed by imaging procedures such as x-rays and CT scans and biopsies. The prognosis varies greatly depending upon the stage at diagnosis. That is why it is critical to seek medical attention right away.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, first, get the most aggressive medical treatment possible. Treatments are still evolving in this case, and although it is a particularly aggressive disease, there are treatments available. Asbestos trust funds, created when numbers asbestos manufacturers went out of business, are available to help compensate victims of mesothelioma. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have received compensation in these cases and billions of dollars are available. This money is available because corporations failed to take immediate action and stop using asbestos in their products, even after they knew of the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is an especially dangerous disease, and individuals may lose their ability to work and may require expensive medical procedures and support. In addition, some individuals will lose their lives to this aggressive disease. At the Ochs Law Firm, we believe that individuals and families affected by mesothelioma should receive substantial compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, and extreme pain and suffering inflicted in these cases. We will fight vigorously to help you get the recovery due to you and your family. Contact the Ochs Law Firm today for a free consultation.