Each year, about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer, are diagnosed in the U.S. In cases of Mesothelioma, cells of the mesothelium (a membrane that covers and protects a majority of the body’s internal organs) become abnormal and malignant.
At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we are often asked by victims who are diagnosed with or affected by this disease how they contracted it in the first place. In the majority of cases, the common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the term for six different, naturally occurring mineral fibers: Chrysotile, Anthophyllite, Grunerite (amosite), Riebeckite (crocidolite), Tremolite and Actinolite. These fibers, in turn, can separate quite easily into fibers that are literally hundreds of times thinner than a human hair. As a result, they can easily invade the lungs. Over time – usually decades – these fibers collect, leading to serious illness such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Asbestos was used extensively for applications such as building insulation and electrical insulation for hotplate wiring. In 1973, most spray-applied asbestos products were banned for fireproofing and insulating purposes under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act. In 1989, the EPA issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, which hoped to impose a full ban on the manufacturing, importation, processing and sale of asbestos-containing products.
How does Asbestos Exposure Usually Occur?
Three occurrences primarily lead to asbestos exposure: (1) working with or in close proximity to asbestos-laden products; (2) working in an environment that has a high risk of asbestos exposure; or (3) living with a person who has carried asbestos fibers into the home on work clothes.
Can Mesothelioma Be Cured?
Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive form of cancer, and sadly, it is often diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease. Generally speaking, the prognosis for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma is not good. As a result, many people diagnosed with Mesothelioma, along with their loved ones, focus on prolonging that person's lifespan and maintaining the best possible quality of life.
What Options are Available for Victims of Mesothelioma?
Even though Mesothelioma is often diagnosed at advanced stages, options for treatment have advanced and expanded greatly in recent years. People who are diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or loved ones who are affected by the disease, should consult with their treating physician and examine all possible treatment options in order to develop the best treatment plan moving forward.
Treatment options generally include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, photodynamic therapy, and gene therapy. Oftentimes, more than one treatment is used. Additionally, clinical trials are available for eligible candidates.
Can Mesothelioma Victims Sue for Compensation?
It is critical to act quickly if you believe you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos, leading to Mesothelioma or lung cancer. Time truly is of the essence, because the statute of limitations sets the clock in motion against you the moment you are diagnosed. Once the statute of limitations has expired, any claim is forfeited that you may have had against negligent parties.
Additionally, Mesothelioma is often caused as a result of work activity, so a Workers’ Compensation (WC) claim could be filed as well.
What Type or Types of Damages Can Be Included in a Mesothelioma Case?
Victims who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos can sue for damages. Such damages can include past, present and future medical bills; lost wages and loss of earning capacity; pain and suffering; and emotional distress.
Can a Wrongful Death Claim Be Filed Due to Mesothelioma?
If you have a lost a loved one due to Mesothelioma, you may still have a wrongful death claim. Damages in the case of wrongful death can include funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of consortium, as well as pain and suffering.
Every Mesothelioma case is unique, and each one requires the analysis and tactical execution that only a skilled attorney can provide. The right Mesothelioma attorney can help secure just and fair compensation for medical bills and other damages for you or your loved one.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, your rights are at stake—you need to seek immediate legal advice. At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., our personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to help you pursue compensation for the pain and suffering that you have been forced to endure. The experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at NRS are highly knowledgeable in Mesothelioma litigation. We fight side by side with victims to make sure they and their families receive compensation for negligence that caused them harm. We will aggressively pursue your case and work to help you obtain the medical care and compensation you need to rebuild your life.
In the event you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at NRS Injury Law by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form, or call (855) GOT-HURT and speak with one of our trained staff members.