Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos-containing products are moved or disturbed, microscopic fibers are released into the air and subsequently inhaled into the lungs. Though mesothelioma is sometimes called “lung cancer,” this is not entirely accurate.
Asbestos can cause both lung cancer and mesothelioma, and the two diseases have similar symptoms, but only lung cancer actually affects the interior of the lung. Mesothelioma, on the other hand, is a cancer of the lining of the lung. It can also affect other parts of the chest, abdomen, and heart.
Mesothelioma is relatively rare. Approximately 3,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, compared to 220,000 new cases of lung cancer. Mesothelioma can be slow to develop, and many of those people diagnosed with mesothelioma have not been exposed to asbestos for years.
The asbestos industry knew of health risks by the 1930s, and the first asbestos-related death occurred in 1906. The industry managed to hide this information from the public for several decades, however, leading to countless cases of mesothelioma. Asbestos manufacturers who knowingly exposed workers to the substance after its health risks were known have millions of dollars earmarked for future settlements.
Michigan mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you obtain financial compensation for your condition. Specifically, he or she may be able to help you recover for medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your family members may also be able to recover certain damages.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Watch for signs like pain or fluid in the chest, trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing, weight loss, and fatigue. These could be indicative of an undiagnosed case of mesothelioma. Contact a doctor immediately.
Because these symptoms can overlap with the symptoms of lung cancer, be sure to tell your doctor about your past asbestos exposure. This will help ensure a correct diagnosis and make sure you get the treatment you need.
You have probably seen other mesothelioma lawyers advertising their services. Many of these big advertisers are actually national law firms that want to group you into one large class action lawsuit. Although there are some advantages to this approach, many people diagnosed with mesothelioma prefer personal one-on-one contact with a Michigan mesothelioma lawyer.
For a free evaluation of your unique situation, please contact an attorney who specializes in mesothelioma cases.
About the Author
Mr. Joshua Syme is one of Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C.’s experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys. At Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C., we know how to use the law to pursue Social Security Disability benefits for injured workers and are rated #1 by The Detroit News. Our Michigan personal injury lawyers have helped over 150,000 people and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in personal injury cases.