Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects tissue in the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, and other organs. It often develops in people who inhaled asbestos fibers or were exposed to asbestos in building materials. Many patients who develop mesothelioma die within one year of diagnosis.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we’re familiar with the devastating effects that mesothelioma can have on you and your family. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Call a Houston mesothelioma lawyer at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.
SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, AND DIAGNOSIS
Mesothelioma can sometimes take 30-50 years to develop after a person’s first exposure to asbestos. Common symptoms of mesothelioma may include:
- chest pain,
- coughing up blood,
- shortness of breath,
- and more.
Patients with more advanced forms of mesothelioma also may experience abdominal pain, weight loss, blood clots, and jaundice. Because many of these side effects are similar to those of other lung-related conditions, mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. A chest X-ray or a CT scan can assist in diagnosis, but a biopsy of the affected area is often necessary.
Treating mesothelioma requires expensive and invasive procedures that may offer minimal benefits for the patient. These treatments can include:
- Surgery – Surgery to treat mesothelioma is generally limited to patients whose cancer hasn’t spread, and it involves removing the lining of the chest wall. In more extreme cases, parts of the diaphragm, the pericardium, nearby lymph nodes, and the lung on the affected side of the body may be removed as well. Patients who undergo surgery for mesothelioma can experience severe complications.
- Chemotherapy – There are two types of chemotherapy used to treat mesothelioma:
- Systemic chemotherapy is administered as a pill or injected into a patient’s vein, entering the bloodstream and circulating throughout the body until it targets the cancer.
- Intrapleural, or intraperitoneal, chemotherapy involve direct injections into the affected area of the body—usually the chest cavity or the abdominal wall.
- Radiation therapy – Radiation is often combined with surgery and chemotherapy and is useful for targeting small tumors that may be difficult or impossible to remove with surgery alone. It can be administered in the hospital or by using an implant placed into or near the tumor.
IS ASBESTOS STILL USED TODAY?
Yes. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned many applications, asbestos is still used in a variety of building materials and manufacturing applications, such as:
- Automatic transmission components
- Brake blocks
- Cement corrugated sheet
- Cement flat sheet
- Cement pipe
- Cement shingle
- Clutch facings
- Disk brake pads
- Drum brake linings
- Friction materials
- Non-roofing coatings
- Pipeline wrap
- Roof coatings
- Roofing felt
- Vinyl floor tile
CAN I FILE A LAWSUIT IF I DON’T KNOW HOW I WAS EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS?
Yes. Our mesothelioma lawyers understand that mesothelioma’s long incubation period can make it difficult to determine how you were exposed to asbestos. We have access to experienced investigators that can help determine how you were exposed and what parties are responsible for your illness.
THE PROCESS OF HANDLING A CLAIM
Each state limits the time for filing an asbestos lawsuit. A Houston mesothelioma lawyer can assist in filing a claim before the deadline runs out. The attorney handles the filing of the case, as well as other pertinent details that include where to file the claim, evidence discovery, determining the responsible party, taking depositions, settlement negotiations, and going to trial, if necessary. In general, these suits do not go to trial and are settled out of court. The process is often expedited depending on the health of the claimant.
It typically doesn’t cost anything upfront for a first-time consultation with a Houston mesothelioma lawyer. If they find the claim legitimate, they will take the case and handle the suit at no upfront cost to the victim. The attorney receives a percentage of the final settlement as payment. This unfortunate illness has a broad reach and impacts a widening circle of people. Every second is precious when a diagnosis like this is made, and the sooner an attorney is contacted, the sooner a settlement can be reached that will provide for the victim and their family.
CAN I AFFORD TO HIRE A HOUSTON MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER?
Yes. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our Houston mesothelioma lawyers believe everyone should have access to experienced legal help, regardless of income. That’s why we offer the No Fee Guarantee®, a simple promise that you pay us nothing unless you get your money.
We have the resources to take on any mesothelioma case and get the results you and your family need, and we’re ready to help 24/7. So don’t wait. Contact us to get started today.