Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for anyone, no matter the type. However, a diagnosis can sometimes feel especially horrific when the cancer was caused by exposure to a certain risky substance. For those living with mesothelioma, and for those who love them, there could be some compensation available to assist with medical bills and lifestyle changes.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that can affect internal organs. Most commonly, mesothelioma affects the lungs. It can cause painful coughing or shortness of breath for those living with the condition. Some patients go to the doctor because they experience problems breathing, chest pains, unexplained weight loss, or lumps growing in the chest area.
How is mesothelioma diagnosed?
People who have worrisome symptoms often make an appointment with their primary physician. Mesothelioma is typically diagnosed by an oncologist or specialist through a series of tests that could include CAT or MRI scans, or through a biopsy.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is typically a rare cancer. However, there is a major risk factor that greatly increases the odds of getting it. Exposure to asbestos significantly increases the risk of acquiring mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring element that is used in materials found in buildings or homes. For example, asbestos may be found in insulation, flooring, or roofing shingles. When asbestos is disturbed, it creates dust. Those who breathe in the dust can be at an increased risk to develop mesothelioma decades after the exposure.
Contractors and laborers who work with asbestos should be outfitted with proper safety gear and given notice of possible asbestos exposure from their employers. These steps can increase safety.
What should I do if I have mesothelioma?
If you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma and have had exposure to asbestos, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical and lifestyle changes. Further, if you had exposure to asbestos and lived with someone who later acquired mesothelioma, that person could also be entitled to compensation.
If you would like to talk more about your mesothelioma diagnosis, contact the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates. We have significant experience working with people just like you and are ready to advocate for you and your family.