What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that originates in the mesothelium, which is a protective lining covering most of the body’s internal organs. It is a rare form of cancer closely linked to asbestos exposure and defined by abnormal or malignant cell growth in the mesothelial membrane. Our law firm is familiar with all types of mesothelioma, including:
- Pleural mesothelioma (cancer in the lungs or chest cavity)
- Peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer in the abdominal cavity)
- Pericardial mesothelioma (cancer of the lining surrounding the heart)
Many victims do not notice symptoms until mesothelioma is in advanced stages. It can be years or decades after exposure to asbestos that symptoms arise. If you have experienced abnormal shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, fatigue or other breathing problems, seek medical assistance immediately.
Our Edwardsville, Illinois, law firm regularly works with doctors across the country who are experts in identifying the symptoms, diagnosing and treating mesothelioma. At Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., we have dedicated and experienced attorneys committed to representing people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos-related health conditions.
- Current status of your diagnosis
- Related medical history
- Where and how you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers or dust
- Legal options in litigation, settlement or trial
How do I get Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure?
The causes of mesothelioma are strongly linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers or dust while working near or with asbestos products.
Generally, workers and tradespeople in such industries as mining, milling, manufacturing, asbestos removal, construction, heating, shipping, railroads and demolition have had the highest risk of dangerous asbestos exposure. However, secondhand exposure can cause mesothelioma and other diseases in people who:
- Handled the clothes of others with occupational exposure
- Lived with others with occupational exposure
- Lived near an asbestos mine
In some cases, it is difficult for our clients to recall where, when and how they were exposed to asbestos fibers or dust. However, thorough investigation of their case and just talking through the many causes of mesothelioma often helps them remember. We also present photos of asbestos-containing products from hundreds of industries to better assist our clients recall how they may have been exposed to asbestos.
Almost everyone in the United States has been exposed to asbestos at some time.
You may have inhaled fibers or dust without even realizing it. Some particles can become lodged in the lungs or other parts of the body. They may attach to the mesothelial membrane and cause scarring and inflammation. As organ tissue scars and thickens, breathing, blood flow or other abdominal functions can become more difficult or restricted.
Powerful Pursuit of Legal Justice and Compensation
It is important to speak to your doctor about these issues, even years after exposure. Treatment of an asbestos-related disease sometimes requires radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or surgery. These are life-threatening diseases for which you deserve justice and compensation for injuries, expenses and wrongful death.