Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Laredo Area Mesothelioma Lawyer
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive and especially painful cancer that attacks the mesothelial cells that line the chest and abdominal cavity and envelop most of the body's internal organs, including the heart. Associated with asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is the cause of approximately 2,500 deaths each year in the United States. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., in Corpus Christi, serving Galveston and Laredo, our mesothelioma lawyer is committed to helping victims and their families secure the justice they deserve and the compensation they need to put their lives in order.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Before the 1970s, asbestos was used heavily in buildings and construction products. Currently, more than 3,000 products still in use contain asbestos. These are commonly used in various types of heat and acoustic insulation, fire proofing, and flooring and roofing materials. The majority of individuals afflicted with this rare form of cancer have been employed in environments where asbestos was prevalent in many of the materials they used. While even limited asbestos exposure can put an individual at risk for developing mesothelioma, those who have experienced prolonged exposure are most often diagnosed with the disease.
The various forms of mesothelioma are named for the membranous tissues they target.
- Pleural Mesothelioma – attacks the membranous lining that encases the lungs and chest cavity; most common of the mesothelial cancers.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma – attacks the membranous lining enclosing abdominal organs; affects 10 percent to 20 percent of mesothelioma patients.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma – attacks the membrane surrounding the heart; rarest form of mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Laredo area mesothelioma lawyer Scott Nelson may be able to help you obtain the justice you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with our experienced mesothelioma lawyer.
The results of asbestos exposure often do not appear for many years – sometimes for as long as 50 years after direct or indirect exposure. Even when they do appear, mesothelioma symptoms can be mistaken for indications of other, more common conditions, resulting in delayed diagnosis. Since the different forms of mesothelioma attack different areas of the body, their symptoms can differ slightly.
Victims of this type of mesothelioma are likely to experience shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent coughing, swelling of the arms and face, and weight loss.
Swelling of or a mass in the abdomen, abdominal pain, weight loss, bowel obstruction, fever, nausea, and swelling of the feet are associated with this type of mesothelioma.
Victims of this form of mesothelioma may experience chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, and hypertension.
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose due to the fact that the disease does not present any symptoms until decades after asbestos exposure. When symptoms do appear, they often resemble those associated with more common and less threatening illnesses.
Despite the difficulties, diagnosis is possible through a variety of tests, including:
- Chest X-ray
- CT Scan
- PET Scan
- Fluid and Tissue Sample Testing
Individuals who have experienced any of the common symptoms of mesothelioma should consult a doctor immediately, especially if there is a known history of asbestos exposure.
If the condition is positively diagnosed, Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Laredo area mesothelioma lawyer Scott Nelson can help victims and their families obtain compensation. Victims of this tragic disease face not only its debilitating effects, but also potential financial hardships in the form of rising medical expenses and lost wages if treatment is not successful and the illness progresses. In most cases, mesothelioma could have been prevented if companies manufacturing or using asbestos products had not ignored initial warnings indicating the danger of exposure. Such negligence has resulted in thousands of individuals contracting potentially fatal diseases and kept the effects of asbestos exposure a very real threat for thousands more.
Presently, there is no cure for mesothelioma, but there are treatment options, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, that have successfully put the cancer into remission for some. Early diagnosis and the type of mesothelioma involved are important factors in the overall effectiveness of these treatments.
Contact Corpus Christi Mesothelioma Lawyer Scott Nelson
Mesothelioma is a life-altering disease; however, many who have been diagnosed with this aggressive cancer do not understand the full legal implications of their diagnosis. Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Laredo area mesothelioma lawyer Scott Nelson can help individuals diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma obtain maximum compensation for the impact of this disease on their lives. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, contact the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., to schedule a free consultation.