According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control, over 2,500 people died from Mesothelioma in 2015. From 1999–2015, a total of 45,221 deaths with malignant mesothelioma mentioned on the death certificate as the underlying or contributing cause of death were reported in the United States. Mesothelioma is a very serious problem, and according to the CDC, isn’t going away anytime soon.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops over a long period of time in the linings of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It can take as long as 20-50 years to appear. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of Mesothelioma. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma.
There are three types of mesothelioma:
- Pleural Mesothelioma
Plerural mesothelioma is mesothelioma that has developed in the lining of the lungs. This is the most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for 80-85% of diagnosed mesothelioma cases. Pleural mesolthelioma is caused by the inhalation of tiny asbestos fibers. The common symptoms for pleural mesothelioma are pain in the side of the chest or lower back, shortness of breath, pleural effusions, dry cough, fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss, trouble swallowing and hoarseness
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Peritoneal mesothelioma is mesothelioma that has developed in the abdomen. This type of mesothelioma accounts for 15-20% of diagnosed mesothelioma cases (400-500 patients a year). Peritoneal mesothelioma is also caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include Pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite, blood clots, fatigue, build up of fluid, nausea, swelling of the abdomen, fever, sweating, anemia, seizures, and bowel issues.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
Pericardial mesothelioma is mesothelioma that has developed in the heart area. It is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma, accounting for less than 1% of diagnosed mesothelioma cases. No one know exactly how pericardial mesothelioma develops and many healthcare professionals believe there are many cases that go undiagnosed. Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling, irregular heartbeat, cough, night sweats, weight loss, and dyspnea.
What Is Asbestos?
Mesothelioma almost always develops as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for thousands of years for its fire and heat resistance, strength, and low cost. Asbestos fibers are tiny fibers that can be inhaled or ingested while handling asbestos or products created with asbestos. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers become lodged in the lining of organs and cause inflammation and disruption of normal cell growth. Asbestos fiber related inflammation and cell growth issues are suspected to be the cause of mesothelioma.
Until the early 1980’s, asbestos was widely used in several industries and thousands of products, including cars, ships, pipe, construction, military, and many others. In the early 1980’s, The United States began to recognize the link between asbestos and mesothelioma and started to regulate its use. Tragically, records indicate that many companies who used asbestos in their facilities and products knew that the material was dangerous. As a result, many lawsuits have been brought against these companies on behalf of mesothelioma victims.
Faced with this mass of litigation, many of these companies found they could not sufficiently pay the settlements and jury awards that came out of these lawsuits and were forced to set up trust funds that provide compensation to victims of asbestos exposure. These trusts are set up to pay mesothelioma claims quickly and efficiently. Most of these trusts make it easier for people suffering from mesothelioma to receive the compensation they deserve.
How Can Statesman Law Group Help Mesothelioma Victims?
Special trust funds have been set up to provide money for mesothelioma victims and their families. Estimated at over $30 Billion, these trusts provide money that can be used to help cover the high costs of mesothelioma cancers, including hospital bills, medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to recover money from companies that caused you to be exposed to asbestos. Statesman Law Group will make sure you have an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lawyer to guide you, explain your options, and maximize the compensation you receive. Contact us today for a free case review.