What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer. The only known cause of mesothelioma in the United States is asbestos exposure. This cancer attacks the tissue surrounding the lungs, chest, heart and abdomen, each of which is made up of mesothelial cells. Asbestos fibers lodge in the lung tissue of people exposed to asbestos and, over time, can cause cellular changes that may eventually lead to the development of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can occur in individuals with remote and brief asbestos exposure as well as those with significant long-term exposure to asbestos, and it often develops decades after the exposure to asbestos occurs. As a result, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment are common.
At Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to advocating for asbestos victims. Our lawyers were some of the first in the country to hold manufacturers liable for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We understand the pain you and your family are going through, and we are here to help. Together, we will stand up to asbestos manufacturers.
There Are Three Types Of Mesothelioma
There are three types of mesothelioma, each affecting different parts of the body:
- Pleural mesothelioma: This is the most common form of mesothelioma and affects the pleural sac surrounding the lungs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma typically include shortness of breath, fever, rasping, coughing up blood, difficulty swallowing and weight loss.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma: This form of mesothelioma affects the membrane that supports and covers the organs of the abdomen and can result in aggressive tumors. Symptoms include stomach pain, abdominal swelling, weight loss, nausea, weakness, loss of appetite and other issues.
- Pericardial mesothelioma: This is the rarest form of mesothelioma. It occurs when asbestos fibers pass into the bloodstream and enter the membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, heart palpitations and chest pains.
While there is presently no cure for mesothelioma, treatment options are available. Depending on your diagnosis, surgery may be an option to remove tumors and slow the progression of the disease. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can help relieve symptoms and extend life expectancy.
You Have Legal Rights; We Will Help You Enforce Them
From our five South Carolina offices — Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Aiken, Columbia and Barnwell — and our office in Edwardsville, Illinois, we help individuals and their families bring legal claims that secure financial stability for their loved ones. To learn more about your legal options, call our firm at 1-866-594-8765 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
We handle mesothelioma claims on a contingency basis — you don’t pay us anything until we secure compensation for you.
- What is Mesothelioma?
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
- Choosing The Best Mesothelioma Lawyer For You
- RPWB’s History With Mesothelioma Lawsuits
- Other Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer
- Why Is Asbestos So Dangerous?
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Nov 18, 2020
RPWB is a US News 2021 Best Law Firm
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Top-Listed Firm for Personal Injury, Product Liability and Mass Torts
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Feb 21, 2020
Terry Richardson Honored with the 2020 War Horse Award
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Feb 02, 2020
$1.5 Billion Syngenta Corn Farmer Settlement Finalized
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Feb 01, 2020
RPWB is a 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm
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Jan 31, 2020
16 RPWB Lawyers Selected For Best Lawyers List
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Jan 30, 2020
Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and now scientists know why
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Jan 22, 2020
Study confirms link between cosmetic products and mesothelioma
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FDA pushes for more testing amid asbestos exposure concern
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Jan 17, 2020
Is diagnosing mesothelioma difficult?
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Jan 08, 2020
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