What You Need To Know About Asbestos And Mesothelioma

You began feeling sick a while ago. You felt weak, had trouble breathing and developed a persistent cough. When your doctor told you that you had mesothelioma, you were shocked. How could this have happened?

Often, the cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos earlier in your career. Thousands of people in California and throughout the United States have had the same experience. No doubt, you have many questions about the nature of asbestos and mesothelioma. The attorneys at DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP can answer many of your questions and help you understand your legal options.

Mesothelioma Explained

Mesothelioma is a form of aggressive lung cancer that can develop after someone inhales asbestos fibers.

The symptoms of mesothelioma can include:

• Difficulty breathing
• Persistent coughing
• Weakness or dizzy spells
• Chest or abdominal pain
• Fatigue
• Buildup of fluid

Mesothelioma can respond to aggressive medical treatment, but, for many patients, diagnosis comes too late to affect their prognosis.

The Asbestos And Mesothelioma Connection

Asbestos is composed of tiny mineral fibers. When someone breathes in asbestos fibers, the fibers settle into the heart, lungs and abdomen. Over time, asbestos causes the surrounding cells to become cancerous.

Many manufacturers, developers and construction companies used asbestos until the 1970s, when scientists discovered its health hazards. Because mesothelioma can take years – even decades – to develop, many workers who inhaled asbestos do not realize it at first. It is only until their diagnosis that they connect their illness to asbestos exposure. Asking questions and tracing back each company you worked for may help determine where you were exposed.

Schedule A Consultation To Get Help

The Los Angeles attorneys at DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP help people throughout California and the U.S. who suffer from mesothelioma. We can help you seek compensation for your damages, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To schedule a consultation with our firm, call 310-243-6607 or send us an email.