Our attorneys have witnessed the devastating effects mesothelioma can have on someone and their family. The disease is almost always fatal and is only caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos companies knew for years that their products could cause diseases but they concealed the risks. Mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose, mainly because of the illness’s long latency period. Sometimes it can take 50 years after the initial asbestos exposure before someone shows symptoms of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is also difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can resemble common, less severe respiratory illnesses. The symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain and persistent cough
- Shortness of breath and painful breathing
- Loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss
- Fluid accumulation around the lungs
If you have a history of asbestos exposure, any of these symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately. Mesothelioma does not have a cure, but the earlier it is diagnosed, the more treatment options a patient has. If you or a loved one had asbestos exposure and suffered any of these injuries or have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Asbestosis, please contact us today!