Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral found throughout the world. Asbestos was used for many years as common building material before its dangerous effects became widely known. Its use has since become strictly prohibited throughout most of the world, but unfortunately there are still many occupied structures which still contain it.
When present, tiny particles of asbestos can enter the air and be ingested into the body. The mesothelium is the lining which protects the body's organs. When exposed to asbestos, the healthy cells of the lining are transformed into unhealthy cancerous cells. It is uncertain why this happens, but there is no longer doubt of its cause. As a result, Mesothelioma occurs in the linings of many critical internal organs such as the lungs and heart among others.
Treatment is contingent of what form of Mesothelioma you have, and where exactly the disease is located. The symptoms can be a bit nebulous in nature and difficult to diagnose in the beginning stages of the disease. These symptoms can include anything from abdominal pain to shortness of breath.
There are many current treatments for Mesothelioma such as chemotherapy, radiation and even surgery. However, there is no known cure. The highest incidents of the disease has been found among the asbestos miners who ingested the mineral in vast quantities over sustained periods on the job. The cost for treatment is extreme. If you or a loved one has Mesothelioma as the result of another party's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation to cover treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with disease.
West Virgina Mesothelioma Lawyer
A West Virginia personal injury attorney can help you establish responsibility, and present a case that establishes liability for the cause of your suffering. On some occasions, settlements occur out of court. However, a qualified attorney will ensure you do not settle for less than you deserve. Mesothelioma is a serious disease, and compensation due to another's failure to act properly should be awarded accordingly.