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  • How long do I have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

    Every state has a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after you become injured. Statutes of limitations serve several purposes. In a typical personal injury case, the statute of limitations allows a case to be heard while the evidence is more likely to be available. This time limit also provides a specific deadline when defendants know they can make a motion to the court to have the claims dismissed. Statute of limitations on mesothelioma lawsuits

    Mesothelioma Is Different, but Statutes of Limitations Still Apply

    Generally, the statute of limitations begins when you knew (or should have known) about your injury. In mesothelioma cases, this may mean the date of your diagnosis or the date when your symptoms prompted you to see a doctor. It is not the date when you were exposed to asbestos.

    Each state has its own statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases:

    but no longer than 20 years after asbestos exposure
    State Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
    AL 2 years 2 years
    AK 2 years 2 years
    AZ 2 years 2 years
    AR 3 years 3 years
    CA 1 year 1 year
    CO 2 years 2 years
    CT 3 years * 3 years *
    DE 2 years 2 years
    FL 4 years 2 years
    GA 2 years 2 years
    HI 2 years 2 years
    ID 2 years 2 years
    IL 2 years 2 years
    IN 2 years 2 years
    IA 2 years 2 years
    KS 2 years 2 years
    KY 1 year 1 year
    LA 1 year 1 year
    ME 6 years 2 years
    MD 3 years * 3 years *
    MA 3 years 3 years
    MI 3 years 3 years
    MN 2 years 3 years
    MS 3 year 3 year
    MO 5 years 3 year
    MT 3 years 3 years
    NE 4 years 2 years
    NV 2 years 2 years
    NH 3 years 3 years
    NJ 2 years 2 years
    NM 3 years 3 years
    NY 3 years 2 years
    NC 3 years 2 years
    ND 6 years 2 years
    OH 2 years 2 years
    OK 2 years 2 years
    OR 2 years 3 years
    PA 2 years 2 years
    RI 3 years 3 years
    SC 3 years 3 years
    SD 3 years 3 years
    TN 1 year 1 year
    TX 2 years 2 years
    UT 3 years 2 years
    VT 3 years 2 years
    VA 2 years 2 years
    WA 3 years 3 years
    D.C. 3 years 2 years
    WV 2 years 2 years
    WI 3 years 3 years
    WY 4 years 2 years
      * but no longer than 20 years after asbestos exposure

     

     

    In some cases, the statute of limitations may be shortened or extended. Therefore, it is important to act as quickly as possible.

    Don’t Let Time Run Out on Your Mesothelioma Claim

    Contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer today for a free, no-obligation consultation. You have nothing to lose by talking to a lawyer now. However, if you wait too long, the lawyer will be unable to file a claim on your behalf.

    Our mesothelioma lawyers understand that you are facing a difficult time. When you decide to hire us, we will not charge you any upfront legal fees. Instead, we will be paid a percentage of your mesothelioma settlement. To learn more or schedule your free consultation, please contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303

     

  • Where do I file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

    asbestos lawsuitYou should only file a lawsuit with a court that has the jurisdiction, or legal authority, to hear your claim. This may seem straightforward, but it in many complex circumstances, such as mesothelioma cases, it can be quite complicated.

    You May Have More Than One Choice

    Where you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit depends on many factors, including where you were exposed to asbestos.

    You may have worked in the same industry in different states or you may have moved around a lot if you were in the military. Thus, your asbestos exposure may have occurred in more than one state and you may be unsure where to bring your lawsuit.

    It’s important to get jurisdiction right the first time. If you file your lawsuit with a court that doesn't have jurisdiction, then your case will be dismissed and you won't recover any damages. You will have wasted your time and delayed your eventual recovery.

    Don’t Let This Happen to You

    Instead, contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer as soon as you're diagnosed. Your lawyer will review all of the facts of your case, including where you lived and worked when you were exposed to asbestos. Then, he'll advise you on the different courts where your claim may be heard and on the pros and cons of each jurisdiction.

    You may have lived a long life without ever thinking about legal jurisdiction. Now, this issue and other complicated matters are of major concern. Get the counsel you deserve in order to make decisions that will help you and your family during this difficult time.

    We invite you to do this risk-free. Our mesothelioma lawyers work on contingency fee basis. We won't charge you for our services until after your claim is resolved. You won't have any upfront legal fees to worry about. Contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how to seek your mesothelioma recovery in the right court.

     

  • How can I tell if I was exposed to asbestos in the past?

    asbestos_exposureAsbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral with the potential to affect nearly anyone in low levels. However, people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma have typically suffered significantly high levels of exposure over a long period of time.

    Since asbestos was not regulated in the U.S. until the 1970s, people in areas where asbestos use was common may develop mesothelioma, even if their exposure occurred decades ago.

    Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure

    It's important to determine where your exposure occurred so you can hold that party accountable for your medical treatment and costs of care. In addition, mesothelioma patients who were in contact with asbestos prior to 1980 don't have to repay Medicare for their treatment, allowing them to save more of their settlement funds.

    You might have been exposed to asbestos:

    • At work. Many industries rely on asbestos, found naturally in mines, for its fire-resistant properties, and it's still used to insulate industrial pipes. Shipbuilders, dockworkers, miners, power plant workers, electricians, steel workers, mechanics, plumbers, welders, firefighters, and railroad workers are all particularly at risk.
    • In the military. U.S. Navy veterans and other former members of the armed forces may have been exposed to asbestos during service. In these cases, mesothelioma lawsuits may be filed against the companies that made asbestos products—not the government or military—and victims may qualify for disability and other benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • At home. Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials such as insulation and roofing. Anyone living in these homes has the potential for exposure, as well as people renovating or demolishing these structures. Finally, families of workers in trades involving asbestos may have suffered second-hand exposure through contact with contaminated work clothes.

    In order to prove when and where your asbestos exposure occurred, the attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can conduct a thorough investigation of your past employers’ records. Depending on what we find, your former employers may be liable for your medical bills, travel costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.

    Since we represent asbestos injury clients on a contingency fee basis, you won't pay us anything until your case is won.

    To learn more about options, order our free eBook, Mesothelioma and Your Legal RightsContact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 to schedule your free consultation.

     

  • Does OSHA regulate asbestos exposure for workers?

    Today, the answer is yes. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates asbestos exposure for workers. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Asbestos regulations

    U.S. Asbestos Regulations 

    The first OSHA regulations concerning workers’ use of asbestos went into effect in 1971. These regulations were revised throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and into the 1990s. Today, the agency regulates asbestos for the construction industry, shipyard industry, and general industry.

    The regulation of asbestos in these industries specifies that no employee shall be exposed to an airborne concentration of asbestos that exceeds 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter of air as an eight hour time weighted average or an airborne concentration of asbestos that exceeds 1.0 fiber per cubic centimeter of air as averaged over a sampling period of 30 minutes.

    While the specific requirements vary, the regulations also require:

    • Assessment and testing for the presence of asbestos
    • Ongoing monitoring to determine the level of asbestos
    • Hazard communications and warnings
    • Employee training
    • Medical surveillance
    • Records regarding asbestos exposure kept for at least 30 years

    Asbestos Regulations Can’t Prevent All Asbestos Injuries

    The United States regulates, but does not prohibit, the use of asbestos, and there is no known minimum threshold that asbestos exposure is considered safe. Additionally, even with regulations in place, you may still be at risk of asbestos exposure that is above the regulated amount.

    You are particularly at risk of serious health consequences of asbestos exposure if you worked in or lived with someone who worked in an asbestos-related industry in the 1980s or earlier. These health consequences, including mesothelioma, often do not appear for decades, and you may just now be experiencing symptoms of this serious cancer.

    If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related health condition, it is important to learn more about your legal rights. Please contact our experienced asbestos injury lawyers today for a free and confidential consultation. If you choose us to represent you, we will work on a contingency fee basis. That means, you won’t be charged any upfront fees for our services, and our fee will be an agreed on percentage of your settlement. Don’t spend another day wondering if you have a case or if you should take action. Get the reliable answers you need by contacting us online or calling us directly at 318.588.6303 today.

     

  • How can I prove asbestos is the cause of my medical condition?

    patient_and_doctorFrom the late 1800s through the late 1900s, asbestos was used in a wide variety of ways. People who worked in the military, construction, automotive, and shipbuilding industries—and the people they lived with—were often exposed to asbestos products.

    At the time, they may not have suffered any health problems. However, the ill effects of asbestos exposure often don’t appear for decades.

    Today there's not a definitive medical test to see if you were exposed to asbestos years ago.

    You Deserve Compensation If You Can Prove Exposure

    Even without a blood test or other diagnostic tests, you may be able to prove that asbestos caused your medical condition. You can do this if you were:

    • Diagnosed with mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of this aggressive type of cancer.
    • Diagnosed with lung cancer or COPD, absent other risk factors. Without other potential causes, such as smoking, a doctor may determine your condition was caused by asbestos exposure.

    Since there's not a definitive medical test for asbestos exposure, your doctor and your lawyer will each ask questions about:

    • The jobs you held
    • The jobs of your family members and people you lived with throughout your life
    • Other risk factors for your medical conditions

    If it can reasonably be determined that you were exposed to asbestos and that you developed cancer or another serious health condition as a result, then you may have the legal right to pursue damages.

    Work With an Experienced Asbestos Injury Lawyer

    You're going to need both evidence and persuasive arguments in order to make a fair and just financial recovery. Our experienced asbestos injury lawyers would be pleased to meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation.

    During our initial meeting, we can discuss your possible asbestos exposure and, if together we determine that moving forward with a claim is in your best interest, then consider representing you on a contingency fee basis. This means you won't owe any legal fees upfront. Instead, we'll only be paid for our services when your claim is settled.

    Contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 to schedule your free consultation.

     

  • Do I need a lawyer to pursue a mesothelioma case?

    If you are considering filing a mesothelioma claim, you will need a legal advisor to represent you and offer advice throughout the process. An attorney who has handled these kinds of cases before can be invaluable to you and your family, especially if your diagnosis is interfering with your family’s financial security. 

    Benefits of Hiring a Mesothelioma Injury Attorney

    Mesothelioma cases are not like typical personal injury cases. It may take a significant amount of investigation and litigation to obtain a fair settlement. The right attorney can take on most or all of the duties involved, giving you the time you need to focus on your health.  Hiring an attorney for your mesothelioma case

    Your mesothelioma attorney can:

    • Determine where the exposure occurred. The asbestos exposure that caused your mesothelioma may have happened decades ago, making it difficult to know who could be responsible. Your mesothelioma lawyer will perform an in-depth investigation of your work history to see which company may be at fault.
    • Calculate your losses. Mesothelioma treatment can cause a significant financial burden for many patients. Your attorney will calculate the amount of your lost wages, medical bills, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering, as well as funeral costs if a loved one with mesothelioma has died. Depending on the details of your case, your lawsuit may include punitive damages to punish a former employer or asbestos manufacturer for putting your life in danger.
    • File your claim on time. Patients have a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma injury lawsuit. Since these time limits vary from state to state, it is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after being diagnosed.
    • Ease your burden. Attorneys who are familiar with mesothelioma know how overwhelming and expensive treatment can be. They can see if you qualify for disability, Medicare, or other public benefits until your claim is settled (and in some cases, you may not have to pay these providers back with your settlement).

    If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can determine who is liable for your medical bills and pain and suffering. We represent asbestos injury clients on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront costs, and you will not pay us anything until we win your case. Simply fill out the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation, or call us. To learn more about your options, order our free eBook, Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights or call us directly at 318.588.6303.

     

  • What factors influence the value of my mesothelioma case?

    While many mesothelioma claimants were awarded a million dollars or more, others received amounts to cover medical costs only—and those unable to prove their cases didn't recover anything. The amount a person receives in a mesothelioma lawsuit varies widely depending on the details of the case and the ability of his or her lawyer to link asbestos exposure to the defendant.

    Factors That Impact Damages in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

    couple_with_lawyerMesothelioma lawsuits are similar to other injury claims in that the goal is to compensate the victim for any losses caused by the illness. The first consideration is your economic damages or the amount you've lost as a direct result of your condition.

    If you were forced to retire early or were unable to earn a living, your lost wages must be calculated into your damages.

    In addition, the amount you've spent on past and future medical expenses can form a significant portion of your settlement, especially if you needed mesothelioma surgery, chemotherapy, or other expensive treatments.

    In addition to economic damages, the amount you might receive depends on:

    • The number of defendants. In most cases, more than one company or former employer is liable for damages. If you're seeking payment from multiple defendants, the amount paid by each can be significant.
    • Proof of negligence. The compensation you receive is directly related to the strength of your case. Your attorney has to prove the extent of liability for each defendant, including whether the company was aware of the potential risk of using asbestos.
    • Your diagnosis and medical history. The defendants may attempt to escape liability based on the details of your claim. Your overall health, your specific diagnosis, your potential to have suffered exposure somewhere else, and even your status as a smoker or former smoker can all be called into question.
    • Settlement or trial. While trial awards are often higher than settlements in mesothelioma cases, most of these lawsuits are settled out of court. Your attorney will help you determine whether settling or proceeding to trial is the best option for you.

    When so many factors can affect the amount you'll receive for the rest of your life, you need an attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf. The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can explain your options. To learn more, please contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. 

     

  • I've been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Do I have a case if I don't know how my asbestos exposure occurred?

    While the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, it's a little more difficult to know where and when your exposure to asbestos took place. If you're going to pursue a mesothelioma claim, you'll have to identify the most likely place and time where your exposure occurred—but you don't have to do it alone.

    Pinpointing the Time and Place of Your Asbestos Exposure

    asbestosA knowledgeable attorney can be a vital resource in determining the source of your asbestos exposure.
    In addition to filing your claim and explaining your options at each step of the case, your lawyer will review your history and identify who's responsible for causing your mesothelioma.

    Only after a thorough investigation will your attorney be able to tell you which party or parties are liable for damages.

    Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, so an investigation may go all the way back to your distant past. The most common places people are exposed to asbestos include:

    • Work. The majority of mesothelioma sufferers were exposed to asbestos in their former workplaces. Many occupations such as mining and construction involved handling asbestos materials, which wasn't regulated until the 1970s. Your attorney should closely examine all work history, dating back to the first job you ever had.
    • Military service. All branches of the armed forces use asbestos as an industrial insulator, and many veterans have developed mesothelioma because of daily exposure during their service.
    • In the home. Although its use in homes and public buildings is now limited, asbestos was once commonly found in building materials. If you live in an older home, you may have inhaled asbestos fibers that became airborne due to disrepair or renovation.
    • Through close contact. There weren't work safety regulations for asbestos in the past, so there was nothing to prevent workers from carrying asbestos fibers home on their clothes and exposing family members. If someone else in your family suffered from lung cancer or asbestosis, you could have been exposed by the same source.

    The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can identify which party is at fault for your condition and gather all the information needed to file your lawsuit. We won't charge anything for our services until your claim is settled.

    Please contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 for a free consultation. basis. 

    To learn more about options, order our free eBook, Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights.

     

  • Which products contain asbestos, and how do I know if I have been exposed?

    Warning for area containing cancer-causing substance asbestos If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you probably have a lot of questions and fears about your condition, including how you acquired it and what the treatment and prognosis of your disease will be.

    For some people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, taking legal action against the party responsible for the exposure to asbestos—the only proven cause of mesothelioma—makes sense.

    If you are suffering from mesothelioma but are unsure of its origin, the following guide—and our experienced mesothelioma attorneys—may be able to help.

    The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Connection

    The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Asbestos may also cause lung cancer.

    Asbestos is a collection of minerals that naturally occur in the environment. Because the nature of these minerals makes them resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals, the minerals were once popular in building materials. In fact, the NCI reports that asbestos was used in buildings as far back as the late 1800s.

    However, asbestos was banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the late 1970s. The building materials that may contain asbestos are discussed in more detail below.

    Products That Contain Asbestos

    Asbestos was most commonly used in the construction and building industries. However, it is occasionally found in other industries as well.

    It was used primarily for the purposes of fireproofing, insulation, roof and sound absorption. Specifically, products that have been found in the past to contain asbestos are:

    • Roofing products made from asbestos cement, such as Gold Bond Corrugated Roofing, Century Asbestos Corrugated Roofing, Panelstone Asbestos Cement Sheeting, and others.
    • Side shingles made from asbestos cement, including Ambular Corrugated Roofing and Siding, Transite Corrugated Roofing and Siding, and others.
    • Building insulation such as Zonolite, Hi-Temp, Gold Bond, and others.
    • Ductwork connectors made by companies such as Johns Manville, Celotex, Nicolet, and others.
    • Textured paint.
    • Acoustical and decorative plaster.
    • Wall and ceiling patching compounds.
    • Ceiling tiles and lay-in panels.
    • Ashes and embers manufactured for gas fireplaces.
    • Stovetop pads.
    • The floors and walls surrounding wood burning stoves which may have asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.
    • Vinyl floor tiles, sheet flooring and wallpaper made by companies such as Sears-Roebuck, Amtico Floors, GAF Corporation, and others.
    • Felt flooring such as Hydrocord Flooring Felt, Fiberock Felt, FlexFelt, and others.
    • Asphalt floor tiles.
    • Hot water and steam pipes.
    • Oil furnaces.
    • Coal furnaces and door gaskets.
    • Vehicle brakes pads, clutch facings, and gaskets.
    • Gaskets used to seal pipes and machinery such as Chempro Gaskets, Palmetto Folded Asbestos Packings and Gaskets, Target Gasket Sheet, Melbesto Superheat Gaskets, and others.
    • Cigarette filters in the Kent Micronite cigarette which was sold in the United States from 1952 through 1956.
    • Children’s cosmetics sold by Claire’s.
    • Electrical panels and wire installation including Deltabeston wires, Ebony Electric Boards, Bakelite Panels, and others.
    • Fireproofing spray including Monokote, Cafco, Limpet, Spraycraft, and others.
    • Molded plastics made by companies such as Armstrong World Industries, Mobile Oil Corporation, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, and others.
    • Textiles including things such as aprons, canvas, carpeting, fire curtains for theaters, gloves, ironing board covers, prison cell padding, upholstery and more. Brand names include Therm-A-Gard, Fire King Protective Clothing, 3M Rubber Coated Asbestos Cloth, and many more.
    • Construction adhesives such as Hydroseal, Stic-On Cement, Armorcote Adhesives and others.
    • Cement pipes, wallboards, and siding.
    • Laboratory equipment such as hoods, tables, and gloves.
    • Elevator equipment panels and brake shoes.
    • HVAC duct insulation.
    • Boiler insulation.
    • Heating and electrical ducts.
    • Chalkboards.
    • Thermal paper products.
    • Fire doors.
    • Caulking and putties.
    • Joint compounds.
    • Spackling compounds.

    If you live in an older home or have worked in an industry where exposure to the above materials was common, then you may have been exposed to asbestos. This is especially true if any of the above materials were disturbed, causing the asbestos to enter the air. Inhaling asbestos is particularly dangerous.

    Common Work Environments Where Asbestos Is Found

    As mentioned above, those workers who have worked in the construction or building industry may have been exposed to asbestos—particularly if building new homes or buildings prior to the year 1970. However, construction workers who performed home or building remodels or demolition on older homes after 1970 may also have been exposed to asbestos.

    Other workers who may have been exposed to asbestos include those who were employed in the manufacture or distribution of asbestos-containing products such as insulation, textiles and building materials and workers who were employed in automotive brake and clutch repair work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

    Other Possible Causes of Mesothelioma

    The American Cancer Society reports that other possible risk factors for mesothelioma include:

    • Zeolites. Zeolites are minerals that are chemically related to asbestos. They are found in the rocks and soil of certain geographic areas, specifically in the country of Turkey.
    • Radiation. Evidence indicates that those persons who are exposed to high amounts of radiation are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma, the ACS states. For example, patients who have been treated with radiation therapy may be at a higher risk.
    • SV40 virus. Evidence also suggests that those who have contracted the SV40 virus (simian virus 40) may also be at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. However, this belief has been illustrated only in laboratory studies involving hamsters.

    A person may also be more at risk for developing mesothelioma if he or she is of an older age. Two-thirds of persons who develop mesothelioma are older than the age of 65.

    Mesothelioma is much more common in men than it is in women, although this is believed to be mostly due to the fact that men more commonly are employed in industries where exposure to asbestos is common.

    How Do I Prove That My Mesothelioma Was Caused by Asbestos Exposure?

    If you believe that your mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos, you may have a claim against the responsible party—be it your employer or the manufacturer of an unsafe and asbestos-containing product.

    To prove that your mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure at work or elsewhere, a thorough investigation is necessary. You need a legal team on your side that has the resources to conduct an exhaustive and in-depth investigation that demonstrates how your mesothelioma would not have incurred but for your exposure to asbestos in a particular location.

    If you are not sure if you were exposed to asbestos, a mesothelioma and asbestos attorney can help you to find out.

    Reach Out to an Experienced Mesothelioma and Asbestos Attorney Today

    If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our experienced Louisiana mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Attorneys at Law, are ready to work with you to help you to explore your recovery options. We are ready to get to work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay any legal fees until after your claim is settled. Please call 318.541.8188 at your earliest convenience or fill out our contact form online for a quick reply.

  • What is mesothelioma?

    Impact Of Mesothelioma

    According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year.

    Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that begins in the tissues, known as the mesothelium, that line the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs.

    While there are different forms of mesothelioma, there are some things that are true for all forms of the disease. It's almost always caused by asbestos exposure decades prior to diagnosis; it's difficult to treat; and patients have the right to explore their legal options.

    Different Types of Mesothelioma

    The different types of mesothelioma are identified based on where the cancer originated in the body. These types include:

    • Pleural mesothelioma. This is the most common form of mesothelioma. It develops in the lining surrounding the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma may develop 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure. Symptoms of this type of cancer include shortness of breath, persistent cough, fluid around the lungs, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and lower back pain.
    • Peritoneal mesothelioma. This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen, called the peritoneum. It can be caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, night sweats, fever, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Pericardial mesothelioma. Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the pericardium, which is the lining surrounding the heart. The pericardium is thin and the tumors may grow into the heart and spread to other parts of the body. Asbestos is the only known cause of this type of cancer. Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma may include chest pain, difficulty breathing, cough, fever, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, heart murmurs, fatigue and night sweats.

    If you experience symptoms of mesothelioma, then your doctor may suggest medical tests so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. These tests may include medical imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans and PET scans, blood tests to look for proteins that would be consistent with mesothelioma, and biopsies to confirm the diagnosis and identify the specific type of cancer in your body so that a treatment plan can be developed.

    Mesothelioma Prognosis

    The prognosis and outlook for mesothelioma is grim and difficult to accept. However, people with mesothelioma should not give up hope. The survival rate for mesothelioma depends upon a number of factors, including:

    • The stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis.
    • Whether or not the tumor is operable and removable.
    • Whether or not the patient is suffering from any other disease or illnesses.
    • The treatment that a patient receives.
    • The form of mesothelioma from which the patient is suffering.

    Currently, the American Cancer Society only reports mesothelioma survival rates for people with pleural mesothelioma. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for people with pleural mesothelioma is as follows:

    • Stage IA – 16%.
    • Stage IB – 13%.
    • Stage II – 10%.
    • Stage IIIA – 8%.
    • Stage IIIB – 5%.
    • Stage IV – 1%.

    Early detection of mesothelioma is a key part of improving chances of survival. Thus, if you may have been exposed to asbestos and you experience any symptoms of mesothelioma then it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

    Mesothelioma Treatment

    While your prognosis may be frightening, there are treatments available for mesothelioma sufferers. Treatment options include:

    • Surgery. Surgery may be recommended to remove mesothelioma from your body or to alleviate your symptoms. For example, cytoreductive surgery or removing an entire lung may be recommended to eliminate or reduce the cancer in your body. If this is not possible, then surgery to remove fluid from your lungs or other surgeries to manage your symptoms may be recommended.
    • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells. It may be used to shrink tumors or to kill any cancer cells that are not surgically removed.
    • Radiation. Like chemotherapy, targeted radiation treatments may be used to kill cancer cells. Radiation can also be used to manage pain by reducing the size of mesothelioma tumors.
    • Complementary treatments. Alternative treatments may help you control your pain and manage your symptoms. These treatments could include acupuncture, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, therapeutic touch therapy, homeopathy, massage, meditation, and cannabis.
    • Experimental treatments. Researchers are working on new treatments to treat mesothelioma. You may qualify for a clinical study or be able to receive experimental treatment. Some of the experimental treatments that are being tried include gene therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, virus therapy, targeted therapy, and new chemotherapy medications.

    More than one of these treatments may be useful for you. All treatment options should be discussed with your doctor who can make individualized recommendations that are in your best interests.

    Legal Action Can Help After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

    Treating mesothelioma is very expensive. While the exact expenses vary from patient to patient, you may face significant medical costs, the need for in-home healthcare, lost wages, and other financial and emotional losses.

    Mesothelioma is not known to be a cancer that develops without an external cause. If you developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure then you may have a legal claim against your past employer or another negligent party and you may be able to recover the compensation that you need and that you deserve. Financial compensation can help you to live with your mesothelioma more comfortably, and provide you with the resources you need to explore all relevant treatment options.

    In the event that you have recently lost a loved one to mesothelioma, a lawsuit can help you to recover compensation for the decedent’s lost wages, medical expenses, funeral and burial expense, and loss of guidance, consortium, and companionship.

    Call Our Experienced Legal Team Today

    Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be scary and emotional. This devastating news can be very traumatic to deal with, and the treatment process can be painful, exhausting, and expensive.

    Let us help you through this difficult time. We would be pleased to meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation and to work for you on a contingency fee basis. That means that you won’t pay any up-front legal fees for our services and instead, your legal fees will only be paid as a percentage of any settlement that we recover for you. Call us today or reach out to us via this website to learn more.