Mesothelioma Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring substance that has been mined worldwide since ancient times. As the industrialized era saw increasing uses for asbestos, medical researchers drew connections between exposure to the substance and the development of mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin lining around the lungs.
At Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, we apply scientific knowledge, inventories of modern companies whose workers have been around asbestos and our knowledge of the law to help our clients find relief. We provide practical information to our clients with mesothelioma and point them toward helpful resources. At the same time, we work to recover compensation for them through well-documented claims and lawsuits.
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments And Legal Remedies
Patients with mesothelioma complain of dry coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue and other symptoms that reflect the weakening effects of this disease.
As for diagnosis, only a doctor can truly tell you whether you or a loved one has mesothelioma. The sooner you get a clear diagnosis, the better. The early stages of mesothelioma offer greater opportunities of treatments that prolong a manageable quality of life.
Treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, experimental treatments and alternative therapies. One well-known blog writer has survived more than 15 years beyond her diagnosis, thanks to experimental treatments received during the early stages of the disease. This outcome is unusual, but the medical community continues to help sufferers find the most appropriate treatments to improve their overall outlook.
A discussion of legal solutions in the same section as a review of medical aspects of mesothelioma may seem out of place. However, through the litigation work of Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, we have seen great financial burdens lifted from our clients’ shoulders, allowing them and their next-of-kin to focus on healing and time together.
Legal Services Focused On Your Welfare
One of our overall intentions is to provide you with the peace of mind required to concentrate on your recovery and loved ones. We believe that knowledge is power. Therefore, we strive to provide helpful information to guide people through their legal options and process of their case. Following, we share some essential aspects to consider when in doubt about mesothelioma-related legal actions and health diagnosis.
Is there a class action I can get involved in for mesothelioma?
No there are no class actions involving mesothelioma. However, a lawyer can go over options more suitable to your circumstances, like an individual lawsuit.
Does asbestos always cause mesothelioma?
Not all cases of asbestos exposure develop into mesothelioma as it could also lead to other cancerous diseases in various body parts. Lung cancer (asbestosis), ovarian cancer, lung lining (pleura) thickening or plaques are other asbestos-related diseases.
How is mesothelioma diagnosed?
You may want to seek medical care to confirm whether you suffer mesothelioma after experiencing recurrent symptoms like extreme tiredness, night sweats, shortness of breath, swollen fingertips and others. According to the Mayo Clinic, after a physical exam, your doctor may order X-rays or a CT scan to determine whether there are suspicious growths or lesions. Ultimately, mesothelioma is diagnosed through a biopsy, that tissue then undergoes testing by a pathologist.
We Are Ready To Help You Fight Back Against Mesothelioma
Are you fiercely determined to fight this disease with all your might? Or are you discouraged and wavering toward a sense of helplessness? Wherever you are emotionally or medically, we invite you to contact us to learn how we can help. We are equipped to take on major corporations and government agencies such as the Veterans Administration that may hold the keys to the financial relief that you need.
Most of our clients live in Washington, Oregon and other Pacific Northwest locations, but our services are available to people throughout the U.S. To request a free consultation about your mesothelioma symptoms, diagnosis or hopeful therapies, send us a quick email message or call us at 206-558-9840.