Mesothelioma is a form of malignant cancer. It is considered rare because on average 2,500 cases are diagnosed each year. What is shocking to the general public is that up to 80 percent of these cases are directly linked to asbestos exposure. The symptoms of Mesothelioma normally show up years after exposure.
On average, 30 to 40 years after exposure a person will begin to experience the symptoms of asbestos poisoning. Concern is rising about the potential number of cases that will be diagnosed in the coming years. Many experts feel that it will no longer be classified as a rare form of cancer when the number of new cases per year increases to 4,000 by 2012.
The Symptoms Of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma can often be blamed on other ailments. Their are statutes of limitations concerning these types of cases. That is one reason out of many that professional medical diagnosis is absolutely necessary if you plan to pursue legal action in a mesothelioma case.
Symptoms of meso are similar to many symptoms of far less serious medical issues. So to be sure and be able to build a case, it is absolutely imperative that you have your symptoms diagnosed and documented by a professional physician.
Once your mesothelioma symptoms have been identified as such, you may benefit yourself greatly by seeing a specialist. Reliable studies have shown that the symptoms of this deadly disease can begin to show up even as late as 12 to 50 years after the victim’s asbestos exposure. Therefore, many mesothelioma patients are unaware of the seriousness of the particular symptoms that they are displaying and mistake it for lesser illnesses like pneumonia for instance. Even a brief period of exposure to asbestos can create the conditions for a disease that erupts much later in life, just a few months of exposure can be the culprit in many cases.
Mesothelioma affects the lining of different cavities in the body. As time goes on, the multiplication of cancer cells causes these tissues to expand and gather liquid. When the symptoms of this disease occur, it is usually because of this excess fluid in the body. Mesothelioma symptoms also depend on the location of the cancerous tumors.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdominal lining. Symptoms are caused be the thickening peritoneal membrane. The adverse effects of this thickening on the composition of the membrane puts pressure on the patient’s abdomen. Symptoms include…
- Abdominal pain
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Blood clots
- Weight Loss
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
Who Can File a Mesothelioma Claim?
Anyone who has developed mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos can file a mesothelioma claim. While most mesothelioma claims are filed by mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos at work, a family member who has developed the disease through close contact with the person who was exposed to asbestos can also file a mesothelioma claim. In addition, if the mesothelioma victim has passed away, a family member can file a claim on a mesothelioma victim’s behalf. Finally, a mesothelioma claim may be filed by the executor of the mesothelioma victim’s estate.
How to File a Mesothelioma Claim
In order to file a mesothelioma claim, victims should find a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Finding an attorney is imperative because each state has a time limit, called a statute of limitations, restricting how long each individual has to file a mesothelioma claim. The time limit varies from state to state, but it’s usually one to two years from diagnosis.
To learn more about how to file a Mesothelioma lawsuit, contact our experienced mesothelioma attorneys today.