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How do doctors diagnose mesothelioma?

Asbestos-caused diseases are commonly the result of working for many years in environments like brake shops, shipyards and the construction industry – where there's a chance of asbestos particles contaminating the airspace. The cancer mesothelioma is one of the most common types of these asbestos-related illnesses.

Patients usually don't discover they have mesothelioma until after they have difficulty breathing. These patients may end up in the doctor's office for a routine exam, only to discover after various tests that they are suffering from this life-threatening cancer.

Does your parent suffer from mesothelioma?

If your parent suffers from mesothelioma, there is a very good chance that he or she developed the condition because of exposure to asbestos, a substance used in numerous industrial and household products for decades before the public learned that it led to high rates of cancer. In many cases, previous generations endured years upon years of regular exposure to asbestos without realizing the risks associated with it, often leading to severe illness later in life.

Of course, just like any other injury, if a person develops mesothelioma because of the negligence or direct action of another party, it is usually worth considering a personal injury claim to compensate the victim fairly and relive the weight of lost income and medical expenses. If your parent developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure, then the party that exposed your parent may still hold legal liability for the illness.

How do I determine where asbestos exposure occurred?

Asbestos exposure is a very serious experience that may lead to a serious, life-threatening illness -- mesothelioma. Its victims face a a very difficult road ahead, and certainly deserve full, fair compensation for their suffering and medical expenses. But it is not always simple to determine where asbestos exposure occurred to help identify a liable party.

If you or someone you love recently received a diagnosis of mesothelioma caused by asbestos, you are probably very concerned with finding the source of the asbestos in order to hold the responsible party liable. In some cases, it is not always possible to know with certainty where asbestos exposure occurred, or to collect sufficient evidence to build a strong claim. However, asbestos does not usually cause mesothelioma with only an instance or two of casual exposure. If you can narrow down the source of asbestos you interacted with regularly, you are well on your way to building a strong claim.

Mesothelioma treatment: There are options

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, a membrane that lines many of the body's most important organs. While not always the case, this disease typically occurs in the lining of the lungs.

While there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are a variety of treatment options that have been proven effective over the years. Generally speaking, there are three types of treatment to discuss with your medical team:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery

If you lost a loved one to mesothelioma, it may be wrongful death

Losing a loved one to cancer is a traumatic experience. In some cases, the battle is protracted, with months of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and waiting. Other times, the progression is so rapid that your family barely has time to accept the diagnosis before you have to start planning a funeral. As far as cancers go, mesothelioma is a highly aggressive form of cancer that is currently considered treatable but incurable.

The tragic truth is that almost all cases of mesothelioma are preventable. The vast majority of people who develop this cancer had workplace exposure to asbestos on a regular basis. Others may have encountered it at home.

You must fight for your rights to an asbestos settlement

Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma from on-the-job exposure to asbestos as many as five decades ago face uncertain futures. Following your oncologist's advice and treatment plan can help you maximize time spent with family and friends.

But if you are concerned about the financial instability your wife and children may face once you are no longer there for them as a husband, father and breadwinner, you must pursue justice.

Mesothelioma: What you should know

Imagine working for years in the same refinery until you were ready to retire. You were spending your weekends on the golf course or taking the occasional fishing trip with your friends. However, after several years, you start noticing significant changes in your health. You visit your doctor and find out that you have been experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma. Now you are facing high medical bills that will eat into your and your wife's retirement savings. Since your disease was caused by continuous exposure to dangerous toxins in the workplace, you might be entitled to compensation.

If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma due to exposure in a work environment, you should immediately seek legal counsel. An attorney in the Seattle area can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation for your illness. Read further to learn more about the causes and symptoms of mesothelioma.

Attorney Ben Couture's testimony helps Mesothelioma victims in Idaho

Weinstein Couture PLLC partner Benjamin Couture recently achieved a resounding victory in Idaho. On March 7, 2017, Mr. Couture testified before the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee at the State Capitol in Boise in opposition to proposed bill HB 221, which would have created significant hurdles and delays for terminally ill Mesothelioma victims trying to get their day in court.

The proposed legislation, titled HB 221, was backed by powerful local and national business and insurance interests and would have required Mesothelioma claimants to engage in a complex and arduous pretrial disclosure procedure before being allowed to get a trial date in court.

Is asbestos in your home?

Do you have asbestos in your house? Unfortunately the answer may be yes, depending on when your home was built and the materials used. Asbestos is a highly-effective fire-retardant material that was used as an insulator in many homes and commercial buildings until the 1970s. Homes built between the 1940s and 1970s used asbestos as a thermal and acoustic insulator.

Asbestos is known to cause serious health complications, including lung disease and Mesothelioma. This is because asbestos is made up of tiny particles, described as abrasive fibers, which can lead to lung disease and other ailments when it is inhaled.

What types of previous work can cause mesothelioma?

Your father says, "It's just a bad cough," but it seems like he's had it for a long time, without much improvement. He's never smoked, but his health has been steadily declining. He spent most of his work years in the shipbuilding industry. Maybe you're wondering: could he have been exposed to asbestos? Is that why his lungs aren't functioning well?

We know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) now have extremely strict standards for protecting workers and the public from exposure to asbestos. But what about your father, mother or grandparents? What about other baby boomers and "the greatest generation"? Often their hard work was done in the era before the dangers were known, when asbestos was used in many materials. Any symptoms they're having now may be related to their previous line of work, even if it's been years since they retired.

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