Apr 8, 2024

Need to Know About Mesothelioma? Morgan & Morgan Has Answers

Need to Know About Mesothelioma? Morgan & Morgan Has Answers

What Is Mesothelioma? Causes, Symptoms, and Legal Rights

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers the lungs, abdomen, or heart. While it's a relatively uncommon disease, mesothelioma is often associated with exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral once widely used in construction, manufacturing, and other industries. 

Since exposure to asbestos is a common cause of mesothelioma, parties at fault for the exposure may legally be held liable for a person’s illness.


Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can develop when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested and become lodged in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Over time, these fibers can cause inflammation and scarring, leading to the development of cancerous tumors. Because mesothelioma has a long latency period—often several decades—between exposure to asbestos and the onset of symptoms, diagnosis is often delayed until the disease has reached an advanced stage.


Causes of Mesothelioma

The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. While the use of asbestos has declined significantly in recent decades due to its known health risks, many individuals continue to be exposed to asbestos in older buildings, homes, and workplaces where asbestos-containing materials may still be present. Additionally, individuals who work in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, mining, and manufacturing are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure.


Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma can vary depending on the location of the cancerous tumors. In pleural mesothelioma (affecting the lining of the lungs), symptoms may include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing

In peritoneal mesothelioma (affecting the lining of the abdomen), symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

In rare cases of pericardial mesothelioma (affecting the lining of the heart), symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue


Legal Rights of Mesothelioma Victims

Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure may have legal rights to compensation. This compensation can be used to cover damages and expenses related to medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and more. 

Companies that manufactured, distributed, or used asbestos-containing products may be held liable for failing to warn workers and consumers about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Additionally, individuals may be entitled to compensation through asbestos trust funds set up by bankrupt asbestos companies.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it's important to seek legal advice from an experienced mesothelioma attorney who can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.


How to Choose the Right Law Firm for Your Mesothelioma Claim

With so many mesothelioma lawyers on television and online, how do you choose the right firm for you and your family?

Our advice to you—do your research. Results matter. Reputation matters. As America’s largest personal injury law firm, Morgan & Morgan has more offices, more lawyers, and more caring staff members than any other law firm in the world. For over 35 years, Morgan & Morgan has served clients to get the compensation they need and deserve to move forward with their lives and has recovered over $20 billion for injury victims.

Hiring one of our lawyers is easy, and you can start with a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.