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.
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Jan 18, 2019
RPWB welcomes a new member
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is proud to announce that Aaron Dias has been named the firm’s newest member. Dias has spent the entirety of his legal career with RPWB, beginning as a clerk during law school. In 2005, he became an associate attorney at the firm. His practice focuses primarily on pharmaceutical and other […]READ MORE
Dec 03, 2018
Parties agree to settle SC nuclear plant class action
SCANA and SCE&G settle class action lawsuit with Attorney General and Plaintiffs Related to V.C. Summer Nuclear Costs Plaintiffs Richard Lightsey, LeBrian Cleckley, and Phillip Cooper have reached an agreement with SCANA Corporation and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company to settle a lawsuit filed in the state Court of Common Pleas in Hampton County on […]READ MORE
Nov 02, 2018
RPWB is a 2019 U.S. News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2019 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on mass torts and class actions, product liability, securities, healthcare law, medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. With 16 lawyers listed on the underlying Best Lawyers in […]READ MORE
Oct 24, 2018
The Role of the Whistleblower: A look at qui tam litigation
By Chuck Dukes Qui tam litigation allows private citizens, like you, to join in the battle against government fraud. Every year, many of our public institutions—from the military to Medicare—are plagued by fraud. Astonishingly, it’s estimated that nearly 10% of all federal spending, or $350–$400B per year, is lost due to fraud. And by and […]READ MORE
Sep 18, 2018
Families of two smokers hooked by free samples awarded $113 million
The families of a pair of deceased smokers from the United States Virgin Islands were awarded $113 million by two juries last month. In a consolidated trial, the juries found that the maker of Newport cigarettes (previously Lorillard, now R.J. Reynolds) engaged in a program to hook young people, including children, on cigarettes. The program […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
16 RPWB attorneys named to Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was again recognized as South Carolina’s top-listed plaintiff law firm for product liability cases and mass tort/class actions by The Best Lawyers in America® in their 2019 edition released in August 2018. In all, 16 RPWB attorneys were named 2019 Best Lawyers, including four new additions to the […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
RPWB accepting DePuy Elbow Implant cases
RPWB attorneys are representing patients who had to replace their faulty DePuy Synthes elbow implant, a defective medical device that was pulled from the market years ago yet it still causing problems. In late 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was recalled after people who received the devices reported problems with radial stem loosening at […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
First three Abilify gambling cases settle
In April, the makers of Abilify settled the first three bellwether cases that were scheduled to go to trial this past June. Judge M. Casey Rodgers also ordered both sides to begin work on the framework for a global settlement for the nearly 2,000 other Abilify cases pending in the Northern District of Florida. The […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Wells Fargo Under Fire For 401(k) Rollover Practices
RPWB attorneys are investigating claims that Wells Fargo may have advised people rolling over their 401(k) retirement plans to invest in alternative investments in order to earn higher fees and commissions. These 401(k) rollovers have caught the attention of federal regulators with the Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Securities Exchange Commission, who […]READ MORE
Apr 29, 2015
Richardson again named ‘Top 10 lawyer’ in SC
BARNWELL, SC – Founding RPWB member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers for the second year in a row. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer […]READ MORE
Aug 16, 2016
Nine RPWB attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Nine RPWB attorneys were named 2017 Best Lawyers in America® for their respective practice areas, including two new additions in the past year. Based on the number of attorneys honored, RPWB was named the top-listed plaintiff product liability litigation firm in South Carolina. The two lawyers recognized for the first time […]READ MORE
Aug 11, 2016
Berkeley County, SC property owners to receive fee refund
CHARLESTON, SC – Thousands of Berkeley County property owners will receive refunds of transportation impact fees that were paid to the county, but not spent on infrastructure improvements. Ninth Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis, Jr. finalized the class action settlement agreement on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It applies to approximately 4,000 Berkeley County property owners […]READ MORE
Apr 22, 2016
Beth Burke wins USC law school alumni award
Elizabeth Middleton Burke was awarded the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council on April 21, 2016. The award is the most prestigious given by the law school. It recognizes alumni for their outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Burke, a 1997 graduate of the law school, is an […]READ MORE
May 08, 2015
Charles Patrick voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’
CHARLESTON, SC – RPWB attorney Charles W. Patrick, Jr. has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” for the Charleston market in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers of America©. The designation, this time for plaintiff product liability litigation, marks the fourth time Patrick has been named as lawyer of the year. He was selected for […]READ MORE