Mesothelioma Attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the lining of major organs, such as the heart and lungs. When mesothelioma is diagnosed, patients are normally given a life expectancy of less than one year. This time period can vary depending on the type of treatment and how early the cancer is detected.
Mesothelioma treatments vary. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the most common and recommended treatment plans. Experimental treatments are also being tested on volunteer patients. At the present time, there is no cure for mesothelioma.
Asbestos: The Leading Cause of Mesothelioma
The majority of mesothelioma cases result from exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used in construction building due to its fire resistant qualities. Despite its fire resistance, it is extremely detrimental to a person's health. This is because the asbestos particles in the air can be easily inhaled or ingested. Once the body takes in the asbestos particles, the particles will then lodge in various body cavities, particularly a person's lungs. Because of asbestos' destructive qualities, asbestos is no longer widely used in construction building.
Types of Mesothelioma
There are five different types of mesothelioma. Four forms of mesothelioma are cancerous, and one form is non-cancerous.
- Pleural Mesothelioma – Develops in the lining of the lungs; it is the most common form of mesothelioma.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma – Develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity; it is the second most common type of mesothelioma.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma – Develops in the lining of the heart; it is the third most common type of mesothelioma.
- Testicular Mesothelioma – Develops in the tunica vaginalis of the testicles; it is the rarest form of mesothelioma.
- Benign Mesothelioma – Is a non-cancerous tumor that develops in the lining of the heart and lungs.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms do not occur immediately after the exposure to asbestos. It usually takes between twenty to fifty years before the symptoms begin to show. The symptoms of mesothelioma will vary depending on what part of the body is being affected. Since the following symptoms mimic less serious ailments, the correct diagnosis is difficult to obtain. Common symptoms by type of mesothelioma include:
- Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Chest pain caused by pleural effusion (accumulation of fluid between the layers of lung tissue and chest cavity)
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Abdominal pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Distention of the abdomen
- Weight loss
- Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart palpitations
- Night sweats
- Persistent coughing
- Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Swelling of the scrotum (it may or may not be painful)
- Testicular lumps
- Benign Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Chest pain
- Chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
Legal Issues Surrounding Mesothelioma
The dangerous health effects of asbestos were known to the companies who produced asbestos products; however, no effort was made to protect their workers. Thousands of innocent people have been exposed to asbestos and will experience asbestos-related health complications or, possibly, death. Companies who were aware of the risks of asbestos exposure failed to protect their workers.
Claims against Government Agencies or Public Entities
When a government or public employee or agency is negligent and causes an injury, there is a markedly different process involved as compared to a claim against an individual or private business. There is a much shorter time frame to bring a claim and a lawsuit. Therefore, there is an increased urgency to obtain legal counsel to timely submit a claim against a government agency or public entity. A more detailed explanation is available on our Government or Public Entities Claims Pages.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure please contact our Mesothelioma Attorneys for a free consultation. They will help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injury. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
Our attorneys not only work on mesothelioma cases but in other Personal Injury areas, as well as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, product and premises liability, and criminal defense and DUI, so please contact your local Phoenix attorneys for a free, personal, and confidential consultation.
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