Compensation Claim Advice for Mesothelioma)
Within our bodies there is a membrane that covers our organs, this membrane is known as mesothelium . The mesothelium allows our organs to move easily amongst other internal body parts and organs. Mesothelioma is a cancer in which the cells of the mesothelium begin to randomly divide and then attack nearby tissues and organs of the body. Mesothelioma can then go on to spread throughout the entire body causing the cancer to grow more lethal.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is not a common cancer and is often directly linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was, and in some places continues to be, widely used in the construction and manufacturing industry. Asbestos has been used in the construction of homes, buildings, car parts, and some textiles. While not harmful if left intact, the thin fibers in asbestos become dangerous when they are disturbed as a result of damage, neglect, and old age. When the fibers within the asbestos become airborne they can be inhaled in the lungs and embedded in the skin causing the formation of cancer
Signs of Mesothelioma
It often takes decades for the signs of mesothelioma to appear, but when they do, they include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Chronic fatigue
- Fluid on the lungs
What to do if you believe you've been exposed
If you are experiencing any of the above referenced symptoms or believe that you have been exposed to mesothelioma, you should seek medical attention immediately. Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult and often requires intensive screening and in some cases even invasive procedures to pinpoint the exact area(s) of exposure.
If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos on the job, you may be able to file a workers compensation claim against your employer, even if you are no longer employed by them. If your asbestos exposure occurred because of materials used in your home, then you may also be able to take action against the home builder or manufacturer of the asbestos-containing product. A mesothelioma lawyer will be able to assist you in properly determining what if any damages you are entitled to.
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