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How to Pursue a Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Lawsuit

Feb 11, 2008
You or a loved one may have a history of exposure to asbestos in environments such as your home (if built before the mid-1970's) and workplace. It is likely that if this applies to you, no matter when it first happened, you are now at some degree of risk of illnesses such as mesothelioma.

Time is of the essence not only for seeking out medical attention via a mesothelioma diagnosis, but also for filing a lawsuit with the appropriate attorney, for which you should have at least two or three ideal candidates interviewed. Your attorney is likely to offer you contingency fees that lighten the overall financial burden you have by hinging on the overall success of your case.

Mesothelioma is especially dangerous to your life if you are over the age of 40, your first exposure was at least 15 years ago, and you smoke tobacco. If you are in an early stage of mesothelioma, you should seek out a physician with the technology needed for an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis.

You should not allow your illness any chance to become worse than it may be already, and because it is almost entirely preventable, an attorney that you find should know the law and who should have taken responsibility for warning you of asbestos' presence. The more relevant evidence you are able to present to your attorney, the better the chance you have of being compensated in a timely manner. The overall legal process typically takes many months before being brought to closure.

There are some symptoms of mesothelioma that you can detect yourself and others for which you will have to consult your physician in a mesothelioma diagnosis. It is a form of lung cancer and can lead to symptoms such as short breath, fatigue, anemia, hoarseness, coughing up blood, abdominal pain, bowel problems, abnormal weight loss, yellowing eyes/skin, or low blood sugar. Your physician may also find internal blood clots, tumors, or fluid buildup in a diagnosis. Some symptoms can be expected only in severe cases of mesothelioma.

You have every right to a successful mesothelioma diagnosis and to a fair, balanced trial. Your state's laws place limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit and also specify the maximum compensation you may receive. For this reason, you should not hesitate to seek help so you can recover from any losses you have already suffered and prevent more of them in the near future.
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 Avandia. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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