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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an often-fatal form of cancer that has devastated thousands of families every year.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure—even brief exposures. The disease affects the lining of the lungs, the abdomen or heart, and eventually hinders those organs’ ability to perform essential functions. Mesothelioma is a debilitating disease that can devastate victims and families physically, emotionally and financially.

What is the Mesothelium?

The mesothelium is a protective tissue that lines the lungs, heart and abdomen. When the tissue is damaged, the organs and body lose the ability to perform certain basic functions. There are different types of mesothelioma, each affecting the body differently. It is extremely important that mesothelioma is correctly diagnosed, as its symptoms can present as other common ailments.

What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma a person has. Further, the time from first exposure to manifestation of the disease can be prolonged, meaning that signs and symptoms may not be apparent until 20 to 50 or more years later.

Pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common form and affects the lungs, can present signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or anemia
  • Wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
  • Weight loss

Peritoneal mesothelioma signs and symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Ascites, or abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • Problems with bowel function
  • Blood clotting abnormalities
  • Weight loss

Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the heart, may cause difficulty breathing or chest pain.

Note: If you or your loved one has experienced signs of symptoms such as those referred to above, and has been exposed to asbestos, speak with a medical professional. While these symptoms are not exclusive to this disease, anyone experiencing persistent signs or adverse effects should seek medical evaluation promptly.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

The vast majority of mesothelioma cases can be linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is particularly dangerous as it can affect people who have experienced a low level of exposure. Many cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed for 50 years or longer after a person was initially exposed to the hazardous dust and fibers.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in industries or occupations where they were exposed to asbestos, either through inhaling asbestos dust and fibers. Those exposed includes asbestos workers, construction tradesmen, steelworkers, shipyard workers, and people who live close to asbestos mines or asbestos product factories. There are also members of workers’ households who have developed the disease from exposure to asbestos dust and fibers brought home on the clothing of the workers, or from exposure while repairs to the home were being conducted.

Asbestos was widely used for decades.  Thousands of workers in the building or trades profession, as well as others exposed at work or at home, are at risk for developing the disease. Learn more about who may be at risk…

Why Should You Contact a Lawyer?

Many of the victims and families whose lives have been affected by asbestos exposure, mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases often do not know whether pursuing legal action is possible or worthwhile. Our legal team has met and worked with families from different backgrounds, and are able to investigate the source of asbestos exposure in cases where it may have occurred decades prior.

The experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, P.C. can help you to understand your legal rights if you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The Law Offices of Peter Angelos, P.C. has been Maryland’s leading mesothelioma and asbestos victims law firm for over 50 years. Our attorneys have recovered substantial compensation on behalf of thousands of working men, women, and families affected by this disease - and we're prepared to fight for you.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, or are suffering from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, our mesothelioma lawyers can help you pursue legal recourse to recover your damages.

To learn more about mesothelioma, asbestos exposure, and your legal rights, fill out a free case evaluation form