Mesothelioma Lawsuits

While lawsuits concerning mesothelioma don’t garner as much media attention as a few years ago, they are still occurring because workers are still contracting the deadly cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos on the job. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).
Mesothelioma symptoms may not appear for 20-50 years after initial exposure to the asbestos! Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.
Mesothelioma that affects the pleura can cause these signs and symptoms:
chest wall pain
pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
shortness of breath
fatigue or anemia
wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up
Diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult because the symptoms mimic other diseases. However, it is usually found through a chest x-ray.
Exposure to asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma and could have been avoided if workplaces had been free of the deadly asbestos. However, companies allowed workers to be exposed for years to the deadly asbestos without warning or precaution.