Mesothelioma and Personal Injury Claims
Many people wonder, what is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a cancer that appears after someone has inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers. When the fibers get into the lungs, they can lodge themselves in the lining, or pleura, to damage cells and eventually cause cancer. Asbestos is the cause in about 80 percent of mesothelioma cases.
What Causes Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related disease. This toxic substance damages DNA when inhaled, causing scarring and inflammation. Mesothelioma usually appears after decades of exposure to asbestos.
Most mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure. The majority of people who develop this malignant cancer were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military or working certain blue-collar jobs.
Until the 20th century, mesothelioma was very rare. As industries expanded their use of asbestos, the rate of mesothelioma incidences rose. There are now about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the U.S. every year.
What Kind of Asbestos Cancer Were You Diagnosed With?
Asbestos fibers can travel to various parts of the body, resulting in different kinds of mesothelioma and cancers. For example, when they lodge in the stomach lining, it’s peritoneal type, and when they lodge in the lining of the lungs, it’s pleural mesothelioma. Here are some well-known types of mesothelioma cancer:
- Testicular – very rare
- Pericardial (heart) – very rare
- Peritoneal (abdominal) – somewhat rare
- Pleural (lungs) – most common
What Are Your Treatment Options?
Mesothelioma is treated based on its aggressiveness, type, and other pertinent factors. However, in most cases, doctors will use a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery to treat it.
The reasons it usually takes all three types of treatment to combat mesothelioma are because the abnormal cells divide and migrate within the mesothelium membrane with ease, and the symptoms of the disease mimic many other conditions. Thus, by the time your doctor finds it, you may already be in the advanced stages.
What Are Your Legal Options?
Once your doctors define prognosis, it’s time to call a personal injury lawyer. Yes, your health and quality of life are the most important concerns right now, but your time to seek justice is limited. The legal team at Jorgensen Law is standing by, ready to act on your behalf. We’ll give you the opportunity to fight back in a court of law within nine months of filing your lawsuit.
Call Jorgensen Law for a Free Case Evaluation
The personal injury attorneys at Jorgensen Law have years of experience handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease cases, obtaining millions of dollars for our clients. For a free consultation, please call us at the above number or contact us online. Our skilled lawyers are available to answer your questions, discuss a potential lawsuit, and address any other concerns you may have.