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Mesothelioma is A Terrible Disease

Oct 11, 2007
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of lung cancer, and a diagnosis of Mesothelioma can often leave people wondering how and where they contracted such a terrible disease. The truth is that Mesothelioma is not like other forms of lung cancer, which can be caused by exposure to things like soot, smoke, and smog. Instead, Mesothelioma can only be caused by exposure to a material known as asbestos.

Asbestos is a very dangerous material, in that it cases several kinds of lung disease including the Mesothelioma cancer. The dangers of the material were discovered over two decades ago, and the use of the material itself was banned by the United States government in 1989, making it illegal to include asbestos in new constructions.

Unfortunately, the ban on using asbestos in new buildings did not extend to necessitating the removal of asbestos in existing constructions, and so the material remains present in many buildings in Rhode Island and elsewhere in the United States. This means that even in buildings that have previously been safe, a falling ceiling tile or other damage can cause asbestos to become exposed and the threat of Mesothelioma for the residents or employees of the building rises greatly.

Asbestos is so dangerous because of the microscopic fibers that make it up. These fibers can be easily dislodged and once they are, they hang in the air and can be breathed in by anyone passing through them. These fibers then lodge in the lungs of the people who breathe them in, and cannot be removed from the lung tissues once they have found their way there. The fibers irritate the lining of the lungs as time goes on, and anywhere from just a couple of years later to as many as ten or more years later, cancerous cells can grow up over the fibers, causing Mesothelioma in the victims.

Adding to the danger is the fact that Mesothelioma can be hard to diagnose because the early symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of pneumonia. Early Mesothelioma symptoms include a dry cough in some cases, as well as pain or difficulty when breathing and/or pain in the chest. If you have ever been exposed to asbestos, or if you worked in an industry like construction, or if you have ever been in the United States military, you should ask your doctor if it is possible that your symptoms are actually Mesothelioma. He or she will be able to help you confirm a Mesothelioma diagnosis and you can get the treatment that you will need to extend your life and to keep you comfortable.

Mesothelioma is especially dangerous if you do not get diagnosed as quickly as possible, so it is best to be overly cautious with things like difficulty breathing than to allow a misdiagnosis to shorten your life and cause both you and your family the additional pain of a late diagnosis and difficulties with treatments.

If you have been diagnosed with this kind of cancer, then your next move should be to use this to locate a Mesothelioma lawyer to help you file your case and get some sort of justice for the pain and suffering that the negligence of another is causing you to endure. It is not your fault that you were exposed, and it should not be up to you to fully bear the burden of Mesothelioma, either emotionally or financially.

Although you may be hesitant to call upon legal counsel for your needs, you will discover that your treatment can be very expensive as it is for any kind of cancer, and you will soon require additional treatments and care that can become a heavy burden for your family to bear. A Mesothelioma lawyer can help you to file your Mesothelioma lawsuit and to potentially reach a beneficial Mesothelioma settlement with as little trouble as possible, allowing you to enjoy your life and spend time with your loved ones while providing for your own care and for their lives after you are gone.

It is difficult to consider hiring a Mesothelioma attorney when you are so overwhelmed with the other things going on in your life right now, however you should not have to bear this alone, and a Mesothelioma lawyer will help you to ensure that negligent employers are brought to justice and that both you and your family get the care that you want, need, and deserve, now and for the future. It may not be an easy decision to make, but it is one that will benefit you in the long run.
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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