Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive and deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
New York mesothelioma attorney Joseph P. Williams and the team at The Williams Law Firm understand that no amount of money can make up for the physical, emotional and monetary toll this debilitating disease takes from victims and their families. But as passionate and aggressive advocates for those who suffer from mesothelioma, we can help ensure that asbestos exposure victims and their families receive the financial security they need and sense of justice they deserve.
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. There are three primary types of mesothelioma, all of which target the mesothelium, a layer of tissue that covers a majority of your internal organs:
- Pleural mesothelioma, which attacks the mesothelium known as the pleura that surrounds each lung
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the membranous abdominal cavity lining known as the peritoneum
- Pericardial mesothelioma, which develops in the membrane around the heart known as the pericardium
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma. In rare circumstances, mesothelioma may also develop in the membrane that surrounds the testes; testicular mesothelioma accounts for less than 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases, but it is just as dangerous as more common forms of the disease.
Unlike some cancers, mesothelioma is difficult to detect in its infancy. Mesothelioma symptoms are typically not apparent for at least 20 years and often upward of 40 years after exposure to asbestos.
Many initial signs of mesothelioma—such as shortness of breath and chest pain—are shared with numerous other medical conditions, which complicates accurate early diagnosis. Mesothelioma victims generally do not learn they have the condition until it is in an advanced stage. Although mesothelioma treatments can help contain the spread of the disease and improve the comfort of victims, there is no known cure.
How Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma
The name asbestos encompasses a group of carcinogenic, fibrous minerals that were commonplace in a variety of products and industries due to their bonding properties, insulation qualities, strength, resistance to heat and—importantly—low cost. Asbestos becomes dangerous when its microscopic fibers break apart, are inhaled and lodge in the lungs, which in turn can lead to mesothelioma and lung cancer among other complications.
Occupational exposure and exposure in homes are two common sources of asbestos contamination. Because asbestos fibers are easily transferred, family members of those who worked with asbestos and brought asbestos dust home on their clothes have been known to develop mesothelioma from second-hand asbestos exposure.
Help for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, New York asbestos exposure lawyer Joseph P. Williams may be able to help you pursue compensation for medical expenses and other related damages.
Please contact The Williams Law Firm today for your free, no-obligation consultation. We welcome clients from New York and nationwide, and we don’t charge for our services unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.
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