Mesothelioma claims, or meso claims, is a move to recover the damages that are linked to the cause of the cancer. The person filing a mesothemalia claim usually seeks compensation for the medical and treatment expenses, loss of income, and other suffering involved after diagnosis. In a mesothelioma personal injury claim, it is the patient who makes the claim after diagnosis. The second claim, which is wrongful death claim, is filed by a person whose family member suffered and died because of this disease. The regulations, rules, and rights that govern meso claims vary from state-to-state.
The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. If the asbestos is inhaled, it will travel to the pleura. It will damage the mesothelial cells and lead to cancer. Damage to these cells will leave the body vulnerable to infection and tumor. That’s why frequent asbestos exposure leads to mesothelioma or asbestosis. Worse, if the asbestos fibers are ingested, it will develop into peritoneal mesothelioma. This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Mesothelioma symptoms are painful, although they may take a long time to develop. Symptoms vary from patient-to-patient but most share the problem of shortness of breath. Patients feel tired easily and lose weight rapidly. Their extremities and face swell. They lose muscle strength and eventually, sensory functions are affected. In peritoneal mesothelioma, patients suffer from bouts of hernia and fluid in the abdominal section. Some report a presence of a bulge on the abdomen.
Mesothelioma is an absolutely crippling disease. Around 3,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year. Around 222 die of this disease. Symptoms don’t appear for years after exposure so most patients are shocked with a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Most mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is both occupational and environmental. Worse, it can easily be transmitted. A lot is lost financially, physically, and mentally when this disease strikes. That’s why a victim of this disease should file meso claims to the person or institution responsible for the irresponsible use of asbestos. The biggest challenge in making a meso claim is proving that the defendant was responsible for the plaintiffs’ exposure to asbestos. The defendant can simply say that the plaintiff led an unhealthy lifestyle or that the patient could have been exposed to other sources of asbestos.
A meso lawyer should carefully review the expenses the defendant owes the plaintiff due to loss of income, medical expenses, and pain or suffering. Meso claims are tedious and slow, especially without strong evidence. An experienced meso claims lawyer is better off handling a meso claim over a regular lawyer.