Home » Health

Diagnosing Mesothelioma In California

Oct 11, 2007
A Mesothelioma diagnosis in the state of California or anywhere else can feel like the end of your life, however it does not have to be. This tricky lung cancer, which is caused by exposure to a material known as asbestos rather than by exposure to smoke, soot, or smog, is often highly deadly, however there are Mesothelioma treatments that can help you to extend your life and keep you comfortable, too.

Still, even with the possibility of living a more comfortable life for the time that you have left can be sadly diminished by a lack of funds to maintain your medical treatment and care. This money can be obtained through a Mesothelioma lawsuit, which you can initiate by contacting one of the top Mesothelioma lawyers in California through this site. To learn more about filing a Mesothelioma lawsuit or reaching a Mesothelioma settlement, you should first know more about the material that has caused your disease in the first place.

Mesothelioma only has one cause, and cannot be contracted through environmental pollution or through activities like smoking. Mesothelioma is only caused by exposure to the material known as asbestos, which was often used in buildings as a form of insulation because it is highly fire retardant. Research discovered that the fibers of asbestos were actually quite dangerous to breathe, however, and the material was banned from use in new construction years later.

Although asbestos was banned for use in new buildings in 1989, many people who worked in industries like construction were exposed before that time, and many people who were in the United States military were also exposed due to the many military applications that were found for asbestos. Many of those who were exposed were not warned of the danger, even after the exposure, and these people find themselves feeling lost or confused when a Mesothelioma diagnosis blindsides them many years later.

This disease is no laughing matter, and although it is a very rare form of lung cancer, it is also a very dangerous one. It is caused by breathing in the fibers of the asbestos material, which become dislodged any time the asbestos is disturbed. The fibers are released into the air, anyone within range can breathe them in, causing the fibers to lodge in the tissues of the lungs. The fibers can be spread farther by things like ventilation systems, making them extra dangerous when they are exposed in old buildings unknowingly.

Once lodged in the lungs, the asbestos fibers cannot be removed. They continue to sit in the lungs and to irritate the lining of the lungs until cancerous cells begin to form and the Mesothelioma takes hold of the lungs. This cancer grows up around the fibers, and can quickly take hold with unpleasant symptoms that are difficult to diagnose.

Unfortunately, early Mesothelioma symptoms are very much like the symptoms of pneumonia, causing chest pain or pain and difficulty breathing as well as a dry cough in some cases. The difficulty in diagnosing this disease can lead to years of delay in treatment, which is why it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms and you know or suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos in your past.

Although the ban on asbestos has been in place for almost two decades, the cases of Mesothelioma continue to show up for either of two reasons. One of these reasons is that the disease can take as many as ten or more years to manifest in people, meaning that an exposure many years ago can cause you to develop this rare form of cancer much later in life.

The other reason is that the ban on new constructions using asbestos did not involve a requirement to remove asbestos from existing structures unless it becomes exposed and therefore a threat. Many landlords are less than cautious about their buildings, and asbestos from many years ago might be exposed for quite a while before it is dealt with by landlords, causing many exposures in the interim.

Your exposure to asbestos and your subsequent Mesothelioma diagnosis is not your fault, and you should not have to bear the financial and emotional burden all by yourself. An experienced California Mesothelioma attorney can help you to file a lawsuit and potentially to reach a settlement with your former employer or landlord, allowing you to get the cash that you both need and deserve in order to pay for your treatment and care.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources