Since 1964, people who have been exposed to asbestos have treaded lightly as the first diagnosis of mesothelioma linked to asbestos was made that year. It is expected that the number of mesothelioma cases will peak in 2020 and between 14 and 30 people out of every million are affected by this complex disease each year.
Mesothelioma has a dormancy period of 25 to 50 years, and victims will not experience symptoms for many years. By then, it may be too late.
The National Institute of Health estimates that between 1940 and 1978 more than 10 million people were exposed to asbestos. Although asbestos was widely used in the 1970s, once the dangers of the minerals were known, standards were established. Millions have been exposed and many more are still being exposed due to the established allowable level of exposure.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of asbestos exposure and are now suffering from mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The nationally recognized injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys help mesothelioma victims across the country, and we’re ready to assist you.
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Types of Mesothelioma
As mesothelioma is a type of cancer it is diagnosed in stages ranging from one to four with the higher stage numbers indicating the victim is in a more advanced stage of the cancer.
Beyond the stages, there are three main categories:
- Pleural Mesothelioma
About 75% of mesothelioma cases are pleural. This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lungs, specifically in the mesothelial lining also known as the pleura. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Developed in the lining of the stomach, known as the peritoneum, this accounts for about 20% of mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of this type of mesothelioma include abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting, abdominal swelling, and more. It is important to note that peritoneal mesothelioma does metastasize quicker than the other types of mesothelioma.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
Growing on the lining of the heart, or pericardium, pericardial mesothelioma accounts for about 5% of all diagnoses. When fluid builds up in the spaces between the layers of the heart’s membranes the victim begins to experience an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and more.
Less than 1 percent of mesothelioma victims suffer from testicular mesothelioma which develops in the lining of the testes. The only indicators of this rare form of mesothelioma are testicular lumps and swelling of the scrotum. Individuals exposed to asbestos could also develop benign mesothelioma tumors which are non-cancerous.
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It is estimated that more than 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. If you or a loved one were the victim of asbestos exposure that led to a mesothelioma diagnosis, you have legal rights. The mesothelioma lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We can help to guide you through the entire legal process. Call (877) 562-0000 to schedule a free legal consultation.