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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective membrane called the mesothelium that lines most of the body’s internal organs. The majority of cases occur in the chest cavity, but they can also begin in the abdominal cavity and heart. If left untreated, this cancer can cause death within four months to a year of diagnosis, with the biggest health complications resulting from respiratory failure or pneumonia.
About 70 percent to 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases can be traced back to asbestos exposure, usually in work environments containing the hazardous material. Because asbestos is so dangerous, preventing exposure is a high-priority safety concern. Although use of this material ceased in the 1970s, you can still find it in many buildings to this day.
Mesothelioma symptoms might not arise for several years after exposure, so the illness can appear to strike very quickly. However, you can look for common signs, including trouble breathing, pain under the rib cage, swelling or lumps in the abdomen, and unexplained weight loss. It’s worth undergoing medical tests if you or a loved one is showing even the slightest symptoms.
Exploring your options for compensation
Even if you have not yet begun to exhibit significant symptoms, a chest scan or other test may reveal you are developing cancer of the mesothelium. In addition to the proper medical treatment, you should also explore your options for seeking compensation from the responsible parties, such as current or former employers. The Indiana Statute of Limitations, however, states that victims can only receive compensation if disablement occurs within a certain time period after the final day of exposure:
- Prior to July 1, 1985: Three years
- After July1, 1985 and prior to July 1, 1988: 20 years
- After July 1, 1988: 35 years
If your last day of exposure occurred before July 1, 1988, for example, and you are only just beginning to show symptoms now, you may have to seek other options for getting the financial support you need to manage your illness. Speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your eligibility and legal options.
Get help from a knowledgeable Indianapolis attorney today
Are you dealing with the effects of long-term exposure to asbestos or other harmful materials? Meet with a compassionate attorney at Ward & Ward in downtown Indianapolis. Set up your free initial consultation by calling us at 317-639-9501 or contacting us online.Ward & Ward Law Firm 728 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225 317-639-9501 888-639-9501