Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Study Suggests Surgery Provides Mesothelioma Patients Better Quality of Life

Pleurectomy and Decortication Surgery may provide mesothelioma patients with a better quality of life.  Aggressive cancers brought on by asbestos exposure like mesothelioma can be debilitating in more ways than one. Often times, patients may forgo surgery with the belief their quality of life may suffer after going under the knife. However, a recent study by Loyola University Health System revealed that some patients can benefit greatly from undergoing specialized surgery.


Known as pleurectomy and decortication (PD), the surgery helped increase the quality of life score for mesothelioma patients across the health spectrum. Utilizing the EORTC QLQ-C30 (performance status score) questionnaire, physicians graded the health of the 114 patients prior to undergoing treatment for mesothelioma.


31% of patients were classified as fully functional (score 0), 65% were in good enough health to perform light housework or office duties (score 1), and 4% were able to take care of themselves but could not work at all (score 2). The average age of the patient involved in the study was 70-years old but ranged in age from 50 to 88-years old.


The surgery involved removing the pleura (a thin layer of tissue around the lungs where tumors associated with mesothelioma grow). The surgery does not treat mesothelioma but rather the debilitating symptoms associated with it like shortness of breath, fluid build up, and pain. Following the surgery, patients were evaluated and assigned a quality of life score.


The quality of life score used in the study included physical, emotional, and cognitive function, general symptoms of the disease, individuals symptoms of the patients, and the overall health of the participant. Following the surgery, patients were evaluated after 1 month, 4 to 5 months, 7 to 8 months, and 10 to 11 months.


Physicians conducting the study found that patients in all classification groups experienced an improved quality of life score in the first month following surgery and maintained this higher rating in follow up evaluations. Furthermore, none of the patients with a performance status score of 1 or 2 had their quality of life score adversely affected.


Filing an Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Can Help You Get the Treatment You Need


Mesothelioma is a rare type of malignant cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Often times, victims diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed while working industrial and construction jobs like ship building, automotive maintenance, and manufacturing.


For decades, employers and asbestos manufacturers knew or should have known about the dangers associated with the material but did nothing to warn or protect their employees. For those reasons, individuals who developed mesothelioma because they worked in areas where they may have been exposed to asbestos may have certain legal options to get medical treatment and financial compensation for their injuries.


For a free and confidential consultation about your legal rights, contact our office and speak to an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Our practice has years of experience helping victims in their times of need and work tirelessly to help them and their families get the compensation they deserve.



Study Suggests Surgery Provides Mesothelioma Patients Better Quality of Life

Friday, June 17, 2016

Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma

Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma:  Work-related exposure to asbestos has been linked to the rare cancer mesothelioma as well to lung cancer, colorectal, esophageal, pharyngeal and stomach cancer. Despite its toxicity, the history of the use of asbestos is a long one. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer or other cancer as a result of your exposure to asbestos, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.


Asbestos is group of fibrous minerals possessing properties of heat resistance, durability, and flexibility. In times of increasing industrialization, asbestos began to be used widely in the shipbuilding, construction, and automobile industries. While mesothelioma can tragically result from exposure to asbestos, the mineral itself is anything but rare. On the contrary, it occurs naturally all over the world. Surprisingly, there is evidence dating back all the way to Greek and Roman empires that links exposure to the minerals to respiratory illnesses.


So, why then, did asbestos continue to be used into the Industrial Age and beyond? In addition to the above-detailed desirable properties, asbestos is very cheap. With increasing industrialization, the minerals began to be more extensively mined – and in myriad locations. In every time and place from Greek and Roman days to the Middle Ages to nineteenth century mines around the globe, asbestos was linked to severe health ailments, yet its use and popularity persisted.


Over time, the evidence of crippling effects of asbestos inhalation and/or swallowing in industrial settings grew stronger. It was not until the early 1980s, however, that use of the toxic minerals began to cease in the U.S. and elsewhere. At that time, public sentiment began to mirror that of the scientific evidence that spoke the intensely harmful effects of asbestos exposure. This sentiment, along with lawsuits and regulation efforts by agencies like led to a precipitous decline in the industrial use of asbestos. Unfortunately, untold numbers of workers had been exposed to the toxic substance by this point, and it remained in the endless number of products it had been manufactured in. To this day, if you repair a classic car, you may find asbestos – and the attendant health risks – in it.


What to Do if You are Suffering From Mesothelioma


Now that you know the history of asbestos, you have a better idea of how may have been exposed to the minerals that comprise it and to their toxic effects. If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma or asbestosis due to work-related exposure to asbestos, contact a experienced mesothelioma attorney. Attorney Michael Throneberry lost his own father-in-law to mesothelioma, and witnessing the crippling effects of the cancer has motivated him to advocate on behalf of other sufferers and to fight for the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Time is of the essence in filing a legal claim upon diagnosis, so do not delay in contacting a skilled attorney.


 



Linking the History of Asbestos to Mesothelioma

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Big Picture in Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma Lawsuit and the Big Picture:  The prospect of filing and preparing for a mesothelioma lawsuit can seem daunting, especially given the fact that you or the loved one you represent are in poor health. There is the gathering of health records and other evidence, determining the whereabouts and status of former employers, and proceedings in and out of court. Fortunately, you are not alone. A skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney can handle every legal detail, fight for the compensation you are entitled to, and make sure you get the medical treatment and therapies you need for your health.


Your Mesothelioma Was Likely Caused By Work-Related Asbestos Exposure


Asbestos, a group of mineral fibers with properties of heat-resistance, durability, and flexibility, were used widely in the construction, automotive, shipbuilding, and other industries from the 1800s to the 1980s. In fact, the array of products and processes asbestos were utilized in is staggering. In the late 1970s, scientific evidence linked asbestos to severe respiratory problems, including mesothelioma. The symptoms of these illnesses, fatal in their malignant cancerous forms, are intense pain and shortness of breath. If you worked in one of the industries in which asbestos was widely-utilized, you may have inhaled or swallowed “friable” asbestos – fibers that were present in dust or other substances instead of being solidly mixed into or fixed into another substance. Because the lung cannot expel asbestos from the body, the fibers linger there, and sometimes in the abdomen.


The effects of this asbestos exposure do not surface quickly. On the contrary, it can take 20 to 50 years from the initial period of exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma to manifest. This substantial latency is one reason why your dedicated attorney will work hard to thoroughly review your medical and employment history while preparing your mesothelioma suit for trial and financial compensation. Determining the time, place, and reason for your exposure to the toxic substance bears heavily on securing the financial compensation you are entitled to you for medical needs and pain and suffering.


Products Liability is a Basis for Recovery in Mesothelioma Lawsuits


Products liability law, which encompasses strict liability, breach of warranty, and negligence, is a basis on which you may recover financial damages for the losses you have suffered as a result of your exposure to asbestos. Your skilled attorney will know precisely which area of products liability law to invoke after learning where you were exposed to asbestos, why, on how many occasions, and also if your employer failed to comply with additional regulations. Financial recoveries range from thousands of dollars to tens of millions. The extent to which you have suffered factors heavily with regard to damage awards. To discuss your legal and medical options, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney.



The Big Picture in Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mesothelioma Compensation

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. The range of compensation is wide, from thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars. There is no one set amount and mesothelioma compensation will be dependent on each unique set of facts.


Still, certain factors are considered in every case. First and foremost is the seriousness of the injury you have suffered. This factor is actually highly complex because of the symptoms and characteristics of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma will arise and conclude within a relatively fixed, identifiable period of time. The window of time in which you might be exposed to asbestos and then become ill with mesothelioma can span from 20 to 50 years. The reason for this is the latency time between asbestos exposure and the presence of cancer in the body. If you are now in your later years, for example, you may have been exposed to asbestos from the 1940s to 1980s, but not become ill until recently. During the time between your exposure and succumbing to illness, you may have been in good health.


Alternatively, you may have experienced respiratory problems from the point of exposure. If your mesothelioma is present in malignant cancerous form, the illness will almost always prove fatal. As hard as this is to contemplate, it bears heavily on the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. How much you are suffering, how long you have and will suffer, the cost of your medical treatment, and impact on your loved ones – all these considerations are relevant to the issue of mesothelioma compensation.


Another important factor that must be considered in mesothelioma compensation includes the defendant’s ability to pay. Because of the potentially significant latency between asbestos exposure in the workplace and the onset of mesothelioma, it is possible that the company or companies you worked for at the time of your exposure are either no longer operating or in possession of only limited funds. On the positive side, the company may have established a compensation fund precisely for victims like you.


Lastly, the longer it has taken to resolve your claim, with you and your family suffering all the while, the stronger the basis for a more substantial financial recovery. To discuss the legal and medical specifics regarding your unique claim for financial compensation, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.



Mesothelioma Compensation

Monday, May 23, 2016

Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability Law

Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability:  A reason you may be entitled to financial compensation for becoming ill with mesothelioma or asbestos-related, lung cancer is products liability law. This vast area of law encompasses strict liability, breach of warranty, and negligence. When bringing a products liability lawsuit, your mesothelioma attorney will argue that the manufacturer, distributer, and/or retailer of the asbestos you were exposed to should be held liable for your illness and the pain and suffering it has caused you.


Establishing a timeline is a key component in bringing a products liability-based mesothelioma case. One reason for this is because the construction, automotive, and other industries stopped widely utilizing asbestos in the early 1980s. At this time, scientific evidence of the health risks of asbestos exposure was strong. These health risks were determined to outweigh the cheap, durable, flexible, and heat-resistant properties offered by the group of mineral fibers that comprise asbestos. Because the 1970s brought widespread knowledge of the dangers posed by asbestos, they also bear heavily on responsibility for the effects of exposure. For many years since, agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have imposed standards on employers in the construction, automotive, and shipbuilding industries to protect workers from asbestos exposure in the workplace. So, depending on when and in what industry you were exposed to asbestos, your employer and property owners where you worked, in addition to parties in the retail chain of asbestos, may be liable for your mesothelioma.


Mesothelioma Cases are Often “Fast-Tracked” by Courts


In its malignant cancerous form, mesothelioma is almost always fatal. Before the cancer takes its final toll, the pain and suffering can be immense. Recognizing the decreased lifespan of mesothelioma sufferers, courts frequently “fast-track” asbestos-related lawsuits so that a resolution may be reached in an expeditious fashion. Besides the limited lifespan issue, the compensation was already a long time coming. This is because of the latency between exposure and symptoms. It can take 20 to 50 years for a worker exposed to asbestos to become ill with mesothelioma. Tragically, as a result of work-related asbestos exposure, you may have had a compromised lung, abdominal or heart lining or pleura for many years before being diagnosed.


In other cases, mesothelioma plaintiffs are able to settle with defendants outside of the courtroom. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney today to discuss your legal and medical options. In addition, if you have already tragically lost a loved one to either of these asbestos-related cancers, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Time is of the essence in filing a claim after you have been diagnosed, so do not delay in contacting a skilled attorney.



Asbestos Exposure and Product Liability Law

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations:  Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and is almost always fatal but takes years – even decades – to emerge. Even after the illness has been contracted and produces symptoms, it may take a long time for it to be accurately diagnosed. The reason for this is the close similarity of the symptoms of mesothelioma to those of lung cancer and asbestosis.


Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations


Once mesothelioma has taken effect and been accurately diagnosed, time takes on two new meanings. On the one hand, it is imperative that mesothelioma sufferers receive the medical treatment and therapy they need to increase both the quantity and quality of life. On the other hand, it is important that mesothelioma sufferers take legal action quickly to fight for any compensation they are entitled to for the cost of medical treatment, as well as pain and suffering, and other losses. This legal aspect of time speaks to what is known as the “statute of limitations.” Because mesothelioma can take 20 to 50 years to occur after exposure to asbestos, every state in the U.S. has extended the window of time in which individuals suffering from mesothelioma as a result of work-related exposure to asbestos may file a lawsuit to seek financial damages from the parties responsible.


This window of time does not remain open forever. The time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit or mesothelioma asbestos trust claim varies from state to state. As you already know because of the cost of medical bills related to diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma, time is also of the essence because of your very real need to pay for the healthcare you so dearly need. To learn the precise statute of limitation on filing a claim for financial compensation in your state, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney will explain your legal rights, facilitate accurate diagnosis by a physician specializing in respiratory illnesses, and fight for any compensation you are entitled to for the cost of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and other losses.


Mesothelioma Is Often Caused by Workplace Asbestos Exposure


Mesothelioma can result from exposure to asbestos in the workplace. The primary symptoms of the illness are intense pain are shortness of breath. The reason for these symptoms is cancer of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart. A thin layer of cells there known as the mesothelium becomes compromised – the result of having been exposed years earlier, whether by inhalation or swallowing, to asbestos.  If you or a loved one worked in any of these industries and are now suffering from the effects of mesothelioma, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.



Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms

Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms:  If you were exposed to asbestos and are now sick with aching chest pain, a persistent cough, fever and other pneumonia or flu-like symptoms, consult with a medical expert as soon as possible. Because of the similarity of the symptoms to lung cancer, and the delayed onset of the illnesses with regard to asbestos exposure, diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult. Consultation with a medical expert is a must. In addition, a skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorney will fight to obtain any compensation you are entitled to for your medical treatment, pain and suffering, and other losses.


Asbestosis Involves Scarring in the Tissues of the Lung


Asbestosis is a scar formation the lung tissue that results from the exposure to and presence of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a group of mineral fibers. These fibers, until the 1980s, were commonly used in a variety of industries because of its durability, flexibility, and resistance to heat. The ways that these fibers enter the lungs are through inhalation or swallowing. Because the body is unable to expel the tiny fibers from the lungs, the fibers remain there. Scarring occurs, and this interferes with lung function by blocking the uptake of oxygen from the air in the lungs into the bloodstream. This reduces that amount of oxygenated blood that returns to the heart and other tissues in the body. In addition, the presence of scar tissue in the lung causes stiffening of the lung – a condition that makes it difficult for the lung to expand with a deep breath. Unfortunately, asbestos scarring in the lung is irreversible, and as a general rule, the more exposure, the more scarring.


Mesothelioma is a Cancer of the Lining of the Lung


Mesothelioma often result from work-related asbestos exposure. Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the pleura – the layer of tissue that lines the lung. Alternately, mesothelioma may take effect in the peritoneum – the lining of the of abdomen and pericardial – the lining of the heart.  Like asbestosis, mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. In other words, both illnesses typically occur many years after the exposure to asbestos. Ultimately, the evidence that serves as proof of work-related asbestos exposure is scarring of the lung. This scarring is revealed via x-rays or CT scans. In addition to scarring, symptoms also point to the existence of asbestosis and mesothelioma. The symptoms, most notably shortness of breath, become pronounced during common types of physical exertion, such as climbing stairs or carrying groceries. Importantly, when discussing symptoms with both your physician and experienced attorney, carefully detail your asbestos exposure history.


What to Do if You Have Mesothelioma


If you have mesothelioma or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with mesothelioma, seek medical treatment immediately and, thereafter, contact a skilled and experienced mesothelioma and asbestosis attorney. An experienced attorney will work to ensure that you are accurately diagnosed, and fight for any compensation you are entitled to for your medical treatment and pain and suffering.



Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms