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Asbestos exposure is the principal risk factor for mesothelioma

You may have heard quite a bit about mesothelioma in the news lately. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers some of the internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, abdomen.

While there are a variety of cancers, mesothelioma encompasses a high prevalence among those who were exposed to asbestos, especially veterans who served between 1935 and 1975.

Depending on where the cancer occurs, the symptoms can vary in a couple of different ways. Pleural mesothelioma, which affects lung tissue, causes signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under your skin on the chest area

Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the abdomen, causes signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss

Mesothelioma misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure

Once symptoms of mesothelioma do occur, they are often mistaken for the signs of non-malignant conditions like pulmonary fibrosis. It's not uncommon for mesothelioma to be misdiagnosed as carcinoma which has an effect on the lungs that closely matches other cancers in terms of symptoms.

Misdiagnosis does happen in part due to the rarity of mesothelioma. Since every malady needs a particular therapeutic approach, receiving treatment for the incorrect condition can have a severe negative impact on treating the ultimate condition. In addition, a false diagnosis can stop you from claiming compensation.

Company trust funds pay cash relying totally on your diagnosis. Seeking a second and even a third opinion is crucial if you've got a history of asbestos exposure. We advise you to get more than one opinion on such an important health matter.

Secondary asbestos exposure

There are multiple scenarios where asbestos exposure could occur, like factories, shipbuilding yards, and even wives cleaning their husband's asbestos-laden garments or youngsters hugging their fathers upon returning home. If you have a loved one with whom you shared living space for three years or longer, you're in danger of a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Victims of secondary asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds. Thus, if you believe your diagnosis is the result of secondary asbestos exposure, we encourage you to ask for experienced legal help.

Often people are unaware of the full extent of their claim until they discuss their circumstances with us. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of experts will maintain close communication with you in regard to your case's eligibility.

See if you are eligible for compensation

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, our expert team can assist you in finding out if you are eligible to seek compensation through a mesothelioma claim. Contact Atraxia Law today to start discussing your case.

The compensation you may be eligible to receive can cover the expenses related to cancer treatment, which are usually very high.