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Mesothelioma is a cancer of the tissue that lines the outer lung, heart, or abdominal cavity called the mesothelium. This is caused almost exclusively by asbestos fibers, and most of those exposed to this were done so at work, often unknowingly. Being exposed to asbestos fibers can create tumors in the lungs and other internal organs, scarring of lung tissue, and cancer of the larynx, esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma following an asbestos exposure, you may be wondering what you can do to recover money for your suffering. You can file a lawsuit to recover monetary damages. Our Florida Mesothelioma Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what to expect and help you through the legal process. Call us today at 866-608-5529 now to arrange a free consultation or contact us online.
After being exposed to asbestos, symptoms of mesothelioma can appear within 10 to 50 years. Symptoms may include fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss, abdominal pain and swelling, bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, and anemia. There are many ways to be exposed to asbestos, but those at greatest risk include shipyard workers, heating and construction workers, and of course those who work in asbestos mines, mills, and factories. Treatments for mesothelioma may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Most mesothelioma cases get settled before they even make it to trial. It can be helpful to your case to have your employment history and medical condition verified. Sometimes these cases can be settled in as little as a year, and others can take a couple of years. Fortunately, the rules of the court recognize that victims of mesothelioma have a short time to live and therefore, work to resolve these cases swiftly.
Determining what a fair amount of compensation you should be awarded is tough to estimate. Every case is different and each person’s specific mesothelioma illness and how it affects their life makes a difference in the award amount. Wages lost, the cost of medical expenses and the degree of the person’s suffering and pain are all major factors when placing a dollar amount on a specific case.
If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma, please do not delay in contacting us for a free consultation. Our Florida Mesothelioma/Asbestos Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call us now at 866-608-5529.