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No illness is welcome, but mesothelioma is among the worst illnesses you can be diagnosed with. Many people don’t understand this disease, where they contracted it, and how it will affect them.

Below, we cover all of those topics, as well as how to receive compensation for your mesothelioma damages if someone else is to blame.

Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, a protective membrane that lines most of the body’s internal organs. Unfortunately, by the time mesothelioma is detected, it has usually already spread to vital organs, and the survival rate isn’t high.

Many people say they experience shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble breathing, and similar symptoms before being diagnosed with this disease.

Mesothelioma is most commonly talked about in the lungs, a type called pleural mesothelioma, but it can be in various parts of the body, and its location determines what type of mesothelioma you have.

Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers attach to the lining of the abdomen, while the pericardial form, which is rarer, occurs when the asbestos fibers attach to the lining around the heart cavity.

What Causes Mesothelioma

While rare—with less less than 3,000 new cases each year in the United States—mesothelioma is most often caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring set of minerals that was found to be heat-resistant, flexible, and generally inexpensive. Before 1990, you could find asbestos used in the following items:

  • Insulation
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Car brakes

If aggravated, asbestos fibers will enter the air, where they’re inhaled. These fibers then attach to the wall of the lungs. This exposure can come from directly working with asbestos or handling clothing or items that have been exposed to it.

Mesothelioma Treatment

While there is no cure for mesothelioma, many patients have gone into remission thanks to effective treatments, such as:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • Or a combination of the above

Many promising clinical trials are ongoing and could produce additional treatment options for those affected by mesothelioma. Contacting your physician is a great place to start to see what clinical trials are available in your area or what treatment options may be good for you.

Legal Process and Mesothelioma

You may have heard about lawyers dedicated to handling mesothelioma cases. In these cases, the victim may be able to bring a personal injury claim against anyone responsible for their exposure, including the following:

  • Management or peers who assigned the victim to work around asbestos
  • Owners of the properties where asbestos was found
  • City or state inspection agencies responsible for maintaining building codes and safety

Someone is responsible for your exposure to asbestos, so in order to find out who and work toward receiving compensation, your best chance is likely to hire an attorney.

Contact an Attorney

You’ll want an attorney who has handled a variety of mesothelioma cases and helped clients receive compensation because of their exposure. With the right representation, you might be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.