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Mesothelioma Diagnosis In New York

Oct 11, 2007
When you have received a Mesothelioma diagnosis, one of your first thoughts should be to contact a top New York Mesothelioma lawyer to help you bring your case to court and to get the money that you will soon be needing for your care and treatment in the near future. Mesothelioma is not a cancer that you contract through fault of your own, but rather through the fault of employers or landlords and their negligence, and you should not have to bear both the financial and emotional burdens of this disease on your own.

If you are feeling a bit wary about filing a Mesothelioma lawsuit, then there is a little bit that you need to know about the disease and how it is contracted. Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer, but it is not caused by exposure to smoke, smog, or soot. Instead, Mesothelioma can only be caused by exposure to a material known as asbestos, which has been known for some time to be dangerous, and which was banned from use in new buildings in 1989 by the United States government.

You may be wondering how you are just now developing a reaction to this material if it has not existed for almost two decades, however this is not actually the case. The asbestos material was banned from use in new buildings, however it was not mandated by the government that the dangerous insulation material be removed from existing structures, which means that it still exists in many buildings in New York State and elsewhere in the country as well.

Asbestos is highly dangerous, and can cause a number of lung maladies, including Mesothelioma. The danger comes from the microscopic fibers that make up this fire retardant material and which can be easily released into the air by any disturbance to the asbestos. The fibers, once released into the air, are breathed in by anyone in proximity to the disturbed material, and from there lodge in the lungs of the victims.

Many construction workers from before 1989 have contracted Mesothelioma because of this exposure since the material is disturbed in the process of installing it in buildings. The fibers lodge in the lungs where they cannot be removed, and are a constant source of irritation to the lining of the lungs in which they stick. Over the course of several years, sometimes as many as ten or more, the irritation stimulates the growth of the Mesothelioma cancer cells, which grow up and around the asbestos to cause the deadly cancer.

Construction workers are not the only people in much danger from exposure to asbestos, either. Many people who worked in and around ships were exposed to the material because of the applications of asbestos in ships, and the many military applications of asbestos mean that many military personnel have been exposed to asbestos as well.

If you experience any of the classic early Mesothelioma symptoms, including a dry cough, difficulty or pain breathing, or pain in your chest, you should ask your doctor to test you for this deadly cancer as soon as possible. This goes double for anyone who has worked in an industry that is likely to have caused exposure in the past, or if you know that you have been exposed to asbestos in your past.

Mesothelioma is hard to track because a single exposure to asbestos can cause you to develop the cancer ten or more years later, however an experienced New York Mesothelioma attorney can help you track the source of your exposure and therefore the cause of your cancer. Your Mesothelioma lawyer will be more than happy to help you file a Mesothelioma lawsuit to help you to get the treatment that you need and the care that you deserve without becoming a financial burden or imposition to your family, and will help you reach a Mesothelioma settlement if it is appropriate.

Your contraction of this deadly cancer is not your own fault, nor is it fair. Allow a top New York Mesothelioma lawyer help you to bring the cause of your exposure to justice through a financial compensation, and you will ensure that you are at least well cared for and that your family will be provided for after you are gone. New York Mesothelioma lawyers have experience dealing with people in exactly the same situation as you are, and they will be able to help you come to a settlement that allows you to move on with your life.
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
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