Have You Or A Loved One Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?
Every year in the U.S. more than 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and over 2500 succumb to the disease annually. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. Exposure to asbestos dust is the primary, and almost exclusive, risk factor for mesothelioma. This risk increases for people exposed to high levels of asbestos or for an extended period of time. However, even individuals exposed for short periods of months or even weeks have developed mesothelioma. Those most at risk have worked in trades or professions where they came in contact with asbestos, such as construction, mining, and shipbuilding. Families of workers have also been exposed through asbestos fibers inadvertently carried home on clothing, skin, and hair.The disease is one of the least-diagnosed cancers, and it is often misdiagnosed. Because the number one risk factor for developing mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, this is a disease than can be prevented by maintaining safe, asbestos-free work environments.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the asbestos exposure and mesothelioma attorneys at Munley Law. We can provide you with a free, no obligation consultation on your case and we will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Give us a call today at (855) 866-5529!
What Are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Though mesothelioma usually starts in the lungs, mesothelioma can occur anywhere in the abdominal or chest area.The symptoms of mesothelioma depend on the location of the tumor and vary by patient, but the most common symptoms of mesothelioma are the same as other, less serious, disorders, so mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed. Not everyone experiences the same (or even any) symptoms of mesothelioma. But some common symptoms seen in patients with the disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Unexpected weight loss
More specific symptoms occur based on where the tumor is growing, though many patients can experience any of the symptoms listed below.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of the disease, are caused by the growth of the tumor in the chest cavity, which can compromise the function of the lungs. The symptoms include:
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarse voice
- Pain under the ribcage
- Fluid in the chest cavity
Symptoms of peritoneal mesotheliomaare caused by the growth of the tumor in the abdomen:
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Intestinal blockage
Additional symptoms seen with the rarest form of the disease, pericardial mesothelioma,include heart palpitations and extreme fatigue.
Diagnosis of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms can develop up to 30 and 50 years after exposure to asbestos. If you have a history of exposure to asbestos and start to develop some of the above symptoms, a doctor will conduct various tests to determine whether you have mesothelioma. Tests may include lung function tests, blood tests, X-ray, CT scan, MRI and biopsy.Once the diagnosis is made, your next steps can be determined. One of those next steps should be to call the experts at Munley Law to see what your legal options are. You can call us at (855) 866-5529!
Why You Need Pennsylvania’s Top Mesothelioma Lawyers
Because mesothelioma may develop as many as 30-50 years after exposure, proving asbestos exposure can be a difficult task requiring extensive research and investigation. The law firm you choose must have the staff, resources, and dedication necessary to engage in this in-depth, and sometimes prolonged, investigative process. Munley Law has the expertise and the resources you need. Our law firm has helped mesothelioma victims for over 50 years and won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
The decision to take your case is an expression of our total commitment. All of the firm’s resources, including a full investigative team, will be dedicated to producing maximum results for you. If you are considering legal action on a mesothelioma case, the time to act is now, as there is a statute of limitations from the time of diagnosis.
Contact the attorneys at Munley Law today. To schedule a FREE consultation, contact us by calling (855) 866-5529 or fill our our online form. We do not recover a fee unless we win your case for you.