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Mesothelioma Lawyers to the Rescue

Date Added: May 14, 2008 01:44:47 PM
Author: Patricia Williams
Category: New York: Personal Injury
Some people today are experiencing a terrible condition known as mesothelioma. Most cases of mesothelioma are related to inhaling asbestos fibers. As a result of working around asbestos for years, many are now suffering as the mesothelial cells that form a protective lining over the lungs, heart and abdominal organs are affected. The most common type of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma. The pleura is a thin membrane between the lungs and the chest cavity. This membrane provides lubrication so that the lungs do not rub and cause damage against the chest walls.

It is said that mesothelioma can spread extremely fast through the mesothelial cells to the heart and abdominal organs. Although the life span for those diagnosed with mesothelioma is 24 months, much can depend on what stage the cancer is detected, the overall health and strength of the patient, and other factors.

How are lawyers getting involved?
Mesothelioma Lawyers are coming to the rescue of thousands across the nation who are or have been exposed to asbestos. Although asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, it has a latency period after exposure that could last 15 to 50 years. Even if a person no longer works around asbestos and hasn't in 35 years, the individual can still be developing mesothelioma. Experts say that anyone who has been exposed to loose asbestos fibers should be tested regularly for mesothelioma.

Do I have a case against a factory or employer?
If you are suffering from mesothelioma, you are entitled to compensation from asbestos manufacturers. If you are the spouse or child of someone who has died from mesothelioma, you are entitled to file a claim and seek compensation. A mesothelioma lawyer can help you determine the right course of action for you and your family.

What exactly is asbestos?
It is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. This substance has been used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.

Are there any good law firms that can help?
The Johnson Law Firm is one of many law firms offering assistance to victims of this condition. For victims concerned about how much it might cost to get help, the Johnson Law Firm says on their website, "We get paid for results, not the amount of time and effort we can spend on a case. Our compensation is based on a contingency fee primarily. This means we are paid a percentage of the recovery we achieve for the client. We are also willing to explore other fee arrangements with clients such as fixed fee arrangements with a contingent fee bonus for a successful outcome and other outcome based arrangements. Sharing the risks with the clients provides great benefits to our clients and us.

Our criteria for taking a case are based upon our evaluation of the potential risks and rewards presented by the case. Once we have accepted a case, our clients know our incentives for success are aligned. We are rewarded when we are successful but suffer the risk if we are not. Please feel free to openly discuss fee arrangements with us."

Symptoms and Conditions
The Johnson Law firm provides excellent information on their website both about the condition and their practice.

"The early symptoms of mesothelioma are generally non-specific, and may lead to a delay in diagnosis. Sometimes resembling viral pneumonia, pleural mesothelioma patients may present with shortness of breath, chest pain and/or persistent cough; some patients show no symptoms at all. A chest x-ray may show a build-up of fluid or pleural effusion. The right lung is affected 60% of the time, with involvement of both lungs being seen in approximately 5% of patients at the time of diagnosis. Less common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include fever, night sweats and weight loss. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include pain or swelling in the abdomen due to a build-up of fluid, nausea, weight loss, bowel obstruction, anemia or swelling of the feet." http://www.nationwidejustice.com/mesothelioma_asbestos/symptoms.html

What to do next
If you know you're a victim of mesothelioma, contact a physician right away. Next, contact a lawyer specifically trained to deal in this area. A trained mesothelioma lawyer can make a financial difference in your life and in your family's. Even if the condition is fatal, in many cases, a settlement fully arranged by a mesothelioma lawyer will help your family survive financially in the years ahead. These thoughts may seem morbid, but affected individuals need to know their options, especially as their condition progresses. Treatment for this condition, depending on how advanced it is, can include surgery, radiation and chemo.

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