How much asbestos exposure will cause mesothelioma?
This will depend on the length of time you are exposed to asbestos and the intensity of exposure. The longer you are exposed and the more intense the more likely you will develop mesothelioma. But remember the latency period of this disease. Symptoms only appear after 30 to 50 years. So it is best that if you are aware that you are handling asbestos-related products to seek precautionary measures.
How quickly does mesothelioma progress?
The onset of this form of cancer is quite slow. Symptoms of chest pains and back pains will be experienced, symptoms which could be associated with more common illnesses. But when you experience weight loss, fever and difficulty in breathing it are imperative that you seek medical advice immediately for when mesothelioma develops it quickly becomes aggressive and spread of cancer cells may be quick also.
How does mesothelioma develop in the body?
Mesothelioma starts when a person is exposed to asbestos-related substances when he inhales asbestos fibers/particles floating in the air or the fibers enter the skin. These substances enter the lungs or travel through the body. The bodies natural defense system would attempt to eliminate the fibers by expelling the fibers. But some will be left in the body and get lodged in the lungs, ultimately the heart and abdominal area.
Does smoking increase the risk of developing mesothelioma?
Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and inhaling asbestos-related substances could increase the risk of lung-related diseases.
Is the family of a mesothelioma patient at risk also?
There is great evidence that family members are likewise exposed to the hazards of asbestos exposure. Some wives who wash clothes of their husbands were diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is advised that workers must shower and change clothes before leaving their workplace.
Is it too late to file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased mesothelioma victim?
Most states allow a lawsuit for the death of a spouse or family member due to asbestos exposure leading to mesothelioma. A lawsuit may be filed even after his death, and even if the lawsuit was not filed while he was alive. There is a limit of time for filing this suit though so you must secure legal assistance as soon as possible.
Other states, however, do not provide the same type of compensation when the victim is still alive. So it is advised that as soon as a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, legal assistance must be sought immediately.
How long will it take to resolve a mesothelioma lawsuit?
It depends on the case filed and the number of factors that surround the case. Some courts may give mesothelioma cases top priority due to the amount of time left for the victim so that the case will be resolved quickly and if won, compensation will be rewarded as soon as possible. If you are not given top priority, the lawsuit may take two to three years to resolve.