Mesothelioma Attorneys in Missouri
Dedicated Representation for Victims of Mesothelioma in Missouri
Mesothelioma (otherwise known as “malignant mesothelioma”) is a form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium–the lining that covers certain internal organs. The most common site for its location is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall (the “pleura”), although it can also develop in other areas such as around the heart. Doctors diagnose approximately 3,000 cases annually in the United States.
The malignant form of mesothelioma is eventually fatal, but treatment can extend life by months and sometimes years, and there are effective therapies to ease the tremendous pain. If you or your family member has symptoms of mesothelioma, the Throneberry Law Group will advocate for your medical care and rightful compensation. Our experienced team helps clients get an accurate diagnosis to begin treatments to keep the cancer at bay or make life more comfortable in the end stages.
Most victims who develop mesothelioma did so by being exposed to asbestos in their occupations or by being related to someone who was directly exposed to asbestos were being exposed to it, second-hand, through their clothing, etc. Historically, asbestos was used to produce a variety of products including cement, gaskets, roof shingles, insulation, textiles, and other related products.
Signs of mesothelioma take years to show up after exposure–approximately 20 to 50 years—thus most patients are around 50 – 70 years old. However, the patient need not have been exposed for years; scientists have found that an exposure to asbestos of just 1 to 3 months is sufficient to later bring about mesothelioma.
Most of those exposed worked one of several particular industries such as shipyard workers, miners, those who work in heating, insulation, and/or construction, talc mills or mines, and related trades. Studies have also found that those located near naturally occurring asbestos also face a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
Symptoms & Treatments
When asbestos fibers are ingested or inhaled, it can lead to lung issues such as shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, fatigue, coughing up blood, and other similar symptoms.
Mesothelioma has historically been resistant to both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, making it near impossible to successfully treat. However, chemotherapy has proven to improve and extend survival rates. A biopsy is typically necessary to confirm a diagnosis, however, unfortunately there is no universal screening process for detecting the disease, and once detected, patients live approximately 12 months after diagnosis.
Many of those diagnosed with mesothelioma have turned to legal relief by way of pursuing asbestos funds and/or class action lawsuits to hold those responsible for their exposure accountable. There is a significant amount of evidence indicating that the dangers posed by asbestos were known by some arguably responsible for that exposure, but the known effects were largely hidden from the public. For example, in the U.S. alone, the dangers associated with asbestos exposure were known by at least the 1970s, however, asbestos continued to be manufactured here until 2002.
Typical latency — the period from workplace exposure to first symptoms of mesothelioma — is about 30 to 40 years. Thus the average mesothelioma patient is between 50 and 70 years old. Once malignant tumors develop, however, mesothelioma is aggressive. Most patients die within 12 to 18 months of diagnosis, unless the cancer is caught and treated at the earliest stages.
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We at the Throneberry Law Group can help you if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We help connect you with the right resources and obtain justice and financial compensation to help ease the burden of your illness. Contact us today for a free evaluation.