A NEW LEVEL
The Devastating Impact Of Mesothelioma
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is almost always a death sentence. An aggressive form of cancer, mesothelioma typically attacks the lungs and the abdominal membranes (called the mesothelium). There is no cure for it. There are no effective long-term treatments. Once it takes hold, mesothelioma leads to a downward decline that ultimately impacts the entire body.
It is all the more tragic that this terminal disease is preventable. It primarily results from exposure to asbestos. In the vast majority of cases, the patient had a work history involving asbestos. The risk is especially high for several prominent industries in West Virginia such as:
Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure
In addition to mesothelioma, which is a cancer affecting the pleural lining of the lungs, asbestos can cause regular lung cancer. When asbestos fibers settle in the lungs, they can build up and damage the lung tissue. Lung cancer can be difficult to diagnose, so people affected by it typically have to undergo numerous medical tests. This may lead to a delay in the diagnosis, which may give the cancer time to spread. Be advised that it can take at least 15 years after the exposure for the symptoms to develop.
If you have been exposed to asbestos—even if it was many years ago—you need to be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer:
- Difficulty breathing
- Continual coughing
- Pain in the chest area
- Repeated cases of pneumonia
- Unexplained weight loss
See a doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have a history of asbestos exposure.
What To Do Next: Explore Your Rights
After a mesothelioma, lung cancer or other cancer diagnosis, you and your loved ones may feel like life has spun out of control. You cannot undo the years or decades of asbestos exposure that gave the disease a foothold. What you can do, however, is provide for your loved ones and gain the peace of mind that comes with pursuing accountability and closure.
There are several legal steps you can take to accomplish those objectives. First, you may need to file for appropriate government benefits. You may also have civil personal injury claims against various parties responsible for your exposure — for example, manufacturers and employers. Over the long term, financial vehicles such as trusts and structured settlements can continue to provide for your family.
Get Compassionate, Experienced Legal Help
Swift action is essential in these situations. Time is of the essence, and the sooner you get started by exploring your legal options, the better.
You will find proactive, compassionate and experienced legal guidance at New, Taylor & Associates. Based in Beckley, we help families navigate the legal aspects of these tragic cases. Our goal is to be your advocate and voice. Our lawyers and staff will work tirelessly to help you recover fair compensation.
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