Important Steps to Take After A Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Concern for asbestos-related health issues began in the 20th century and escalated during the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1980s and 1990s, asbestos use was restricted, phased out, or banned outright in an increasing number of countries. Researchers have determined the annual number of mesothelioma deaths globally is approximately 40,000.
Almost 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in United States every year. While the most substantial asbestos exposures occurred prior to the 1980s, some asbestos exposures are continuing to this day.
What are the symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma has the same symptoms as other common diseases. The diagnosis is difficult to make. Often, a mesothelioma diagnosis is made after other conditions have been ruled out. It is estimated that symptoms can occur after exposure to asbestos as long as 20 to 50 years previously. The common symptoms for pleural mesothelioma are a pain in the side of the chest or lower back, shortness of breath, pleural effusions, dry cough, fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss, trouble swallowing and hoarseness.
Patients diagnosed with Stage 1 or 2 mesothelioma have the most favorable prognosis compared to more advanced stages of the disease. At these stages, tumors may be more responsive to curative treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
Patients diagnosed with Stage 3 or 4 typically have significant signs of metastasis. Mesothelioma normally has already spread to the lymph nodes and the surrounding organs. Within Stage four, Mesothelioma has spread through both sides of the body. Treatment options are limited to palliative treatments at more advanced stages to ease the pain caused by the disease.
Steps to Take After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis
- Trace Your Exposure History
- People who can provide their asbestos exposure history can access mesotheliomas specific funds.
- Build a Support Network
- As mesothelioma progresses, the symptoms take their toll, and you may need help dealing with everyday tasks, doctor visits, meals, bills, and legal matters. Start now and learn whom you can turn to for support.
- Contact an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
- You may be eligible for compensation and damages depending on the circumstances of your exposure to asbestos. Finding an asbestos law firm with the experience and knowledge to represent you can be challenging. Much like finding mesothelioma medical specialists, it’s important that you find a law firm experienced specifically in asbestos litigation.
Over the last 30 years, GPW has built a reputation as a leading asbestos law firm locally and nationally. We have grown to be one of the largest law firms in Western Pennsylvania representing workers and their families injured by asbestos receive the compensation they deserve. Don’t let time limit your rights. Contact us now.