Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.
There are more than $30 billion set aside for victims of Mesothelioma as a result of inhaling or having contact with asbestos at work. There’s a time limitation from your last exposure of asbestos at work to file your case under Workers’ Compensation Act. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma give us a call now for a free legal consultation at (312)-377-7000 before you run out of time!
Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral once highly regarded for its insulation and fire-retardant properties, is the predominant cause of Mesothelioma.
About 75% of cases are men who were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military or working certain high-risk blue collar jobs, including construction, firefighting, welding shipbuilding and industrial work including but not limited to: asbestos mining/processing; insulation; boiler maintenance; factories; power plants; and textile mills.
Occupations exposed to asbestos: aircraft mechanics, auto mechanics, boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, cement finishers, crane operators, electricians, engineers, firefighters, first responders, foundry workers, lathers, machinists, merchant marine seaman, millwrights, navy yard workers, painters, paper mill workers, pipe fitters, plasterers, plumbers, sheet metal workers, and welders.
Secondhand exposure also occurs when washing the clothes of someone in a high-risk occupation and living near abandoned asbestos mines or areas where asbestos occurs naturally in the environment.
Pleural mesothelioma tumors form in the pleura, as thin membrane of cells that line along the lungs and chest wall.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer found in the peritoneum, a thin membrane surrounding the area of the abdomen.
Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the lining around the heart.
These 3 types of Mesothelioma have some things in common: caused by exposure to asbestos, a very poor prognosis, latency period from 10 to 50 years.
Mesothelioma tumors begin as tiny nodules on the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The cancer doesn’t cause symptoms until the tumors have grown and spread, usually around cancer stage III and IV, and they begin to press against the chest wall or abdominal cavity.
Recognizing Mesothelioma symptoms on an early stage is nearly impossible because the disease doesn’t produce any symptoms to identify.
But when signs of the cancer start to arise, the most common mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Dry cough or wheezing
- Shortness of breath/ dyspnea
- Respiratory complications
- Muscle weakness
- Fever or night sweats
- Pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
- Pain on the chest or abdomen
Mesothelioma latency period
The latent period for a malignant Mesothelioma of occupational origin can be from 10 to 50 years, but the average length of latency for Mesothelioma is 35 to 40 years between exposure and diagnosis.
YOU SHOULD KNOW…
You only have 25 years from your last exposure to asbestos to file an application under Workers Compensation Act. The limitation period in cases of death occurring within 25 years from the last exposure to asbestos, application must be filed within 3 years of death. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma give us a call now for a free legal consultation at (312)-377-7000 before you run out of time!
Asbestos in welding
The first welders would frequently work fusing pieces of metal together that were first heated to a very high temperature and then pounded together. In the early 1900’s significant technological advances were made in the blacksmith trade and the name changed to welding. Welders today are still responsible for fusing metal parts together but they work in many different industry sectors such as construction, auto & truck manufacturing, airplane manufacturing and shipbuilding. The applications they work on can also be much bigger in size, scope and complexity compared to the types of work that blacksmiths engaged in. Today there are many different types of welding performed including arc welding, resistance welding, energy beam welding, soldering and others.