Exposure to asbestos can lead to devastating conditions such as cancer, mesothelioma, and even death. Understanding the gravity of these consequences, our team is dedicated to advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals impacted by asbestos exposure.

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What is mesothelioma?

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Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys is known nationwide for providing outstanding legal advice and excellent representation. We have recovered over $1 billion in lawsuits involving 18-wheeler trucking litigation, wrongful death cases, mesothelioma lawsuits, motorcycle litigation, catastrophic injury, mass torts involving medical devices, and bad drug litigation. Our prowess in the legal arena comes from our combined years of trial and complex litigation experience. 

What is the cause of Mesothelioma?

The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, was widely used in various industries for its heat resistance and strength. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can settle in the lungs or stomach, potentially leading to mesothelioma after a period of 20 to 60 years or more. 

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer. It primarily affects the linings of the chest, abdomen, and the tissues around the heart. Annually, about 3,000 lives are claimed by mesothelioma in the United States, with fewer than 4,500 new cases diagnosed each year.  

who is at risk for asbestos-related mesothelioma?

Occupational exposure is the most prevalent source of asbestos exposure, although the family members of individuals who work with asbestos are also at risk of exposure. Those at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases include: 

  • Military Veterans 
  • Pipefitters 
  • Plumbers 
  • Machinists 
  • Mechanics 
  • Boilermakers 
  • Firefighters 
  • Insulators 
  • Welders 
  • Plasterers 
  • Millwrights 
  • Shipyard Workers 

Understanding Mesothelioma: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment 

There are three major types of mesotheliomas: pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial.  

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type, affecting the lung’s protective lining in the chest cavity. Peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma affect the abdominal and cardiac cavities and together account for one-fourth of mesothelioma diagnoses.  

Mesothelioma symptoms vary based on its type. Common symptoms include fever, night sweats, malaise, weakness, unintended weight loss, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and fluid on the lungs for pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma can present with abdominal pain, anemia, ascites, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. 

Treatment options depend on the mesothelioma’s location and stage and may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or other targeted therapies. The approach differs between benign and malignant mesothelioma, with surgery often being a primary treatment for benign cases. 

How to Find the Right Mesothelioma Lawyer for You

If you or a loved one is facing a mesothelioma diagnosis due to asbestos exposure, it is crucial to seek the assistance of an attorney with knowledge about the condition. Our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding mesothelioma cases, including understanding the disease’s long latency period and gathering the necessary evidence for a strong claim. 

At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, we are known for providing outstanding legal advice and excellent representation, with a record of accomplishment of recovering significant amounts for our clients, including those with mesothelioma-related lawsuits. We are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve for mesothelioma’s impact on your life and your loved ones. 

We understand the physical, mental, and emotional impact of mesothelioma on patients and their families and are committed to providing compassionate, professional legal assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mesothelioma

How long can I delay filing a mesothelioma lawsuit?

It is important to initiate your mesothelioma lawsuit as soon as possible, even while undergoing medical treatment. Statutes of limitations, which vary by state, restrict the period to file a lawsuit—often no more than a few years from the diagnosis date. Prompt action can accelerate the compensation you receive, aiding with medical and financial needs. Additionally, prompt filing helps preserve vital testimony about asbestos exposure and may avoid delays, which is especially significant if the condition worsens.

Do not let the statute of limitations prevent you from seeking help, even if you fear it has passed. Contact our team for a free case evaluation – we can answer your questions and advise you on all your options.

What compensation might I expect from a Mesothelioma lawsuit?

While specific compensation amounts cannot be guaranteed due to the unique nature of each case, experienced mesothelioma lawyers can provide an educated assessment after a thorough investigation of your claim. Compensation can assist with and account for medical expenses, lost income, and other financial burdens as well as the pain, suffering, and emotional impact of your diagnosis.

My loved one died from mesothelioma. Is it too late to seek legal assistance?

It is not too late. Most states allow spouses and family members to file wrongful death lawsuits in mesothelioma cases. However, there are time limits for initiating an after-death lawsuit as well, and some states require appointing a personal representative for the deceased’s estate through probate court first. It is vital to act swiftly to protect your legal rights. Our team is by your side to guide you through the process in this challenging time.

For detailed legal guidance and to ensure your rights are fully protected, consult with a mesothelioma attorney experienced in asbestos litigation. These professionals can navigate the complexities of mesothelioma cases, offering the support and expertise necessary to pursue justice and compensation.

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