According to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, there are approximately 3,000 people per year in the United States who are newly diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a very serious disease, and takes the lives of approximately 2,500 people each year, as reported by the same source. Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be life changing, and the prognosis can be grim. If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma or have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a cause of action. The mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help you to learn more.
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains that mesothelioma is a tumor, or cancer, of the tissues that line the heart, organs, stomach, and lungs. These tissues are known as the mesothelium. The cancer usually begins in the lungs, but can quickly spread to other tissues and organs. In some cases, non-malignant mesothelioma occurs – this is a tumor of the mesothelium tissues that is not cancerous.
Mesothelioma is most often caused by exposure to asbestos, which is set of six naturally occurring minerals. Prior to a change in law, asbestos was used in many construction and building projects, and thousands of workers were exposed to the minerals on a routine basis. Today, asbestos can still be found in some homes and buildings, especially those that are more than a decade or two old. If a person inhaled asbestos particles, especially on a routine basis throughout his or her life, then he or she is at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
PROGNOSIS AND OUTLOOK FOR MESOTHELIOMA
The prognosis and outlook for mesothelioma is not good. However, that is not to say that survival is not possible. The survival rate for mesothelioma depends upon a number of factors, including:
- The stage of the cancer at which it is first identified;
- 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; and
- The form of mesothelioma from which the patient is suffering.
The American Cancer Society reports that the five-year survival rate for mesothelioma is very low – approximately five to 10 percent. Furthermore, the American Cancer Society states that the average median survival length is:
- Stage I – 21 months;
- Stage II – 19 months;
- Stage III – 16 months; and
- Stage IV – 12 months.
Usually, the survival rate is higher for those who have mesothelioma tumors that are operable.
It is also important to note that one of the reasons for the low mesothelioma survival rate is the fact that the age for a person being diagnosed with mesothelioma is usually later in life, with the average age being 74 for males and 71 for females, according to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Those who are aged are usually at a higher risk of death due to the natural deterioration of the body that comes with age, as well as decreased strength and immunity. Older bodies are less resilient, especially when it comes to undergoing extensive medical therapy, such as surgery or chemotherapy. Early detection of mesothelioma is a key part of improving chances of survival.
WHAT TO DO AFTER RECEIVING A MESOTHELIOMA DIAGNOSIS OR LOSING A LOVED ONE
Based on the statistics above, it can be concluded that while a personal can survive mesothelioma, the chances are grim. For this reason, receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be devastating for both the affected individual and his or her family members. In some cases, a person diagnosed with mesothelioma may pursue all treatment options available to him or her, but may still experience a fatal outcome regardless.
When you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have recently lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, you may be feeling emotionally drained; an event such as this is very traumatic. While legal action is likely the furthest thing from your mind and likely the last thing that you want to deal with, pursuing a claim for damages can help you to live with mesothelioma, or can help you family members maintain a high qualify of life after you are gone.
HOW LEGAL ACTION CAN HELP
Treating mesothelioma is very expensive. While the exact expenses will vary on an individual basis, you may face expenses for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, in-patient hospital stays, alternative therapies, and medications. In addition, there are a number of hidden costs that you may encounter, ranging from in-home healthcare to lost wages from having to quit your job. All of these expenses, and more, can quickly burden you and your loved ones down.
If your mesothelioma would not have been incurred but for exposure to asbestos, you may have a claim against a past employer or other negligent party. If you pursue legal action, you may be able to recover the compensation necessary to help you to pay for all of your medical expense, as well as your day-to-day life expenses, like your rent or mortgage, food, clothing, and other basic necessities. 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. Living with mesothelioma can also be very painful. An attorney can help you recover damages for physical pain and suffering, as well as emotional anguish, too.
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.
MEET WITH AN EXPERIENCED LOUISIANA MESOTHELIOMA ATTORNEY 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. To help your family recover damages during or after this tough time, reach out to the experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault today. You can call us at 318.541.8188, or fill out a contact form for a free consultation online.