Mesothelioma

3 Common Questions About Mesothelioma Lawsuits Answered.

Mesothelioma is a terrible disease.  One of the saddest aspects of mesothelioma cases is that the illness is not the result of bad genetics or poor lifestyle, it is brought on by exposure to asbestos. In the vast majority of cases, this exposure was the result of serving in the military or working in a particular industry. In other words, mesothelioma is an almost entirely preventable disease. Worse, many of the companies that produced, used, or distributed products containing asbestos knew of its dangers yet exposed their workers to it anyway. Mesothelioma lawsuits attempt to get victims of mesothelioma the compensation they need and deserve. Nevertheless, mesothelioma litigation raises a...

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Statute of Limitations. What Does it Mean for Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Law and litigation present a number of challenges to anyone —whether you are the person bringing the lawsuit (the “plaintiff”) or the person defending it (the “defendant”). Sometimes it can feel as though the injured plaintiff has more challenges to meet in bringing a case than the defendant who is accused of being negligent. When it comes to certain legal proof and procedures, that may indeed be true. Take, for instance, the statute of limitations. What is the Statute of Limitations? In law, when you are damaged or wronged by another person, you have a limited amount of time to pursue your legal rights. If you do not act on your...

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Emerging Treatments for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that lodge in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. For decades, the treatment of mesothelioma has remained the same: consisting of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery Surgery has long been the generally accepted means of improving a mesothelioma patient’s life expectancy. Many doctors believed that removing visible tumors and nearby tissue was the best way to kill the cancerous mesothelioma. Using the maximum amount of radiation and chemotherapy was also a prevalent approach to treating mesothelioma. But that approach is now changing. Many doctors are now taking...

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Common Warning Signs of Mesothelioma.

Even though the use of asbestos is highly regulated, it is not banned in the United States. It is currently legal to use asbestos in products as long as the amount used is less than 1%. Before the laws came into effect in the 1970s regulating asbestos, many workers were exposed to asbestos. Since it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos-related symptoms to show up, most mesothelioma cases diagnosed today were caused by exposure to asbestos before the 1970s regulations came into effect. Because it takes so many years for the symptoms to show up, and given that...

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Some Factors That May Affect Compensation in Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit.

Jobs that require you to work around dust, fibers, chemicals or fumes, can put you at risk for developing an occupational disease. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you might be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is found in the lining that protects the lungs, abdomen, and heart. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Medical treatment is very expensive and for many, the prognosis is not good. Many workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at work, have filed lawsuits to recover...

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Two Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Hire the Big, Out-of-State Law Firm to Handle Your Louisiana Mesothelioma Case

You may have seen the frequent T.V. advertising by several big, out-of-state law firms that specialize in mesothelioma cases. While these advertisements may be appealing and may draw you in, keep in mind that choosing an attorney to represent you in a mesothelioma case —or in any case—is a very important decision. You want to make sure that you choose an attorney that is not only experienced in the area of law governing your case, but is someone you trust, feel comfortable with, are willing to work with, and feel confident that they will do a good job for you. Your...

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3 Things You Need to Know About Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may want to file a lawsuit. Here are some things you should know before you do. You Have a Time Limit in Which to File Your Lawsuit Even though it can take up to 40 years for the symptoms of mesothelioma to manifest themselves, when it comes to filing a lawsuit to recover for your injuries, you have to move fast. All states have what is called a “statute of limitations” for different civil wrongs. The point of the statute of limitations is to prevent a plaintiff from waiting forever to act on...

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If You Think You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos, Do This

Here in Louisiana we have a number of industries that have exposed workers to asbestos for years, and still do— including: shipbuilding, offshore drilling, oil refineries, construction, and power plants. But it’s not just jobs that pose an asbestos danger to many Louisianans. Even our weather can cause asbestos exposure. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the clean-up exposed many people throughout New Orleans area to asbestos. An Old Risk and a New Risk While we commonly think of asbestos exposure as a danger of the past when it was heavily used in the 1930s to the 1970s, unfortunately asbestos still lingers in...

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What is Mesothelioma?

Cancer. The word alone strikes fear into everyone’s heart. But some forms of cancer can be worse than others. Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is found in the lining that protects the lungs, abdomen, and heart. The protective lining around these organs in the body is known as the mesothelium, which is where the cancer gets its name from. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma cancer types are categorized by the organ tissue they effect. So, if  you inhaled airborne asbestos fibers and they lodged in your lungs or chest cavity causing cancer,...

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