If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s important to speak to a New Jersey Mesothelioma lawyer. Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of a cancer known as mesothelioma. Symptoms of this condition can take many years to manifest.
When these symptoms begin to show, the disease can develop quickly and your health will deteriorate just as fast. This illness will not only ruin your health but also your finances as well as your future.
Many people with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos through no fault of their own e.g. through work related activities. If this is you, you should get in touch with us.
Rosengard Law Group will help you determine the parties you can hold liable for your condition. We will fight to recover compensation for your illness.
What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. It only develops as a result of exposure to asbestos. While there is no cure for the disease, early diagnosis can help to manage its progression and prolong the life of the victim. It is, therefore, best to seek the assistance of a Jersey City mesothelioma lawyer early in order to recover compensation to cover your treatment.
Mesothelioma develops as a result of the ingestion or inhalation of asbestos fibers. Once the fibers are inside the body, they get stuck in the protective lining of the body’s organs. They result in the formation of numerous tumors, hence the name mesothelioma.
Common areas of the body affected by this condition include the lining surrounding the:
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma can develop in different parts of the body. This depends on where the ingested or inhaled fibers have lodged themselves. Our Jersey City mesothelioma lawyers are experienced at representing people with:
This is a form of mesothelioma that affects the lining around the lungs. It is often the result of inhaling asbestos fibers. It results in the buildup of fluid in the lungs which can cause breathing difficulties. It also causes chest pain. Pleural mesothelioma is one of the most common forms of mesothelioma. It is responsible for more than 75% of reported mesothelioma cases.
This type of mesothelioma affects the lining that covers abdominal organs. It causes fluid to buildup in the lining. Victims may suffer stomach pain and swelling of the abdomen. It is the second most common presentation of mesothelioma and accounts for about 20% of reported cases.
This is a rare form of mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the testicles. It causes swelling as a result of the buildup of fluid.
This is also a rare form of mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the heart. Victims suffer symptoms such as shortness in breath, fatigue as well as chest pain. It is often misdiagnosed as other heart conditions. This is mostly because it is such a rare condition.
How is Mesothelioma Diagnosed
Mesothelioma has a long latency period. This is the period in which the disease takes to develop. It often takes several years (and even decades) to become apparent. Many people are therefore not aware of their exposure to asbestos or its effects until much later. Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on the area of the body affected. For example, people whose lungs have been affected may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing blood
- Persistent coughing
The best way to determine if you have mesothelioma is to see a doctor. You will be subjected to various tests as well as a full body examination to determine whether you have mesothelioma and which parts of the body have been affected. Some of the medical tests include CT scans and x-rays to look for tumors as well as a biopsy of the affected areas to identify cancerous tissues.
The diagnosis by your doctor should include information such as the location of the mesothelioma, the cell type as well as the stage of progression of the disease.
Following your diagnosis with mesothelioma, your doctor will provide you with a prognosis. This is what they expect of the progression of the disease. This information is important for preparation and planning.
It is important to note that mesothelioma is a fatal condition. However, with early diagnosis, various treatments can be applied to help lengthen your life and manage symptoms and progression of the disease.
Options for Treating Mesothelioma
There are various treatment options for mesothelioma. The options you will be provided with will depend on the stage of development of the cancer. Some of the most common treatments include:
Treatment is aimed at removing the tumors from the body as well as killing cancerous cells. Therefore a combination of the above treatments is often used.
While treatment options may be straightforward, the costs can quickly add up for patients. You may require more than a few rounds of chemotherapy. This may cost upwards of $80,000 in a year. Surgeries aimed at the removal of tumors and extending your life can cost anything between $100,000 and $600,000.
While insurance can help to reduce the burden, you will still have to pay a portion of these costs. Those patients who are not covered by insurance will have to foot the entire bill on their own. It is therefore important to seek the assistance of a Jersey City Mesothelioma lawyer. We will fight to recover compensation that will help cater for the costs of treatment.
Damages you can recover for mesothelioma
Mesothelioma will not only have a big impact on you physically and psychologically but also on your finances. A Jersey City mesothelioma lawyer can help you recover compensation that will cover past, current and future damages resulting from the development of the condition.
You can recover damages for:
- Medical expenses including medications and procedures used to treat your condition
- Lost income as well as potential for earning future income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages.
Common Ways People are Exposed to Asbestos
According to the National Cancer Institute many people are exposed to asbestos at one point in their lives without even knowing it. This is because asbestos was such a popular product for many decades until its harmful effects were discovered.
Those at high risk of exposure include:
- People living in older homes that were constructed prior to the ban of the use of asbestos in the construction industry
- Shipyard workers
- Motor vehicle mechanics
- Airplane engineers
- Building engineers
- Pipe fitters
- HVAC installers
- Insulation installation and removal workers
- Firefighters and other rescue workers
Determining how you were exposed to asbestos is vital for the success of your claim. Our investigators will identify the source of asbestos exposure. They will also determine who ought to be held liable for the exposure.
Military Veterans with Mesothelioma
Many veterans of the US military were exposed to asbestos during their service. If you are US veteran who has developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during your service, you may be able to recover compensation. Speaking to a Jersey City Mesothelioma attorney will help you explore the legal options available to you.
The law prohibits veterans from suing the government for compensation for injuries sustained while in active service. However, you can still recover compensation for asbestos exposure by:
Seeking compensation through the Department of Veteran Affairs
Veterans that were exposed to asbestos during military service can recover compensation to cover the costs of treatment for any disease they developed as a result. The veterans must not have been discharged dishonorably from service.
Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer
You can recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the products that resulted in your exposure to asbestos.
Filing a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act
You can recover compensation by filing a claim against the military. This is possible under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
It is important to work in close association with an experienced Jersey City Mesothelioma lawyer to help you recover compensation. They will help you navigate the complexities of filing a claim as a US veteran.
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Get in touch with us at Rosengard Law Group today to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. We offer a free case evaluation for mesothelioma victims and their families. We’ll evaluate the merits of your case to determine if you can recover compensation.
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