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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Mesothelioma

Can I file a personal injury claim for mesothelioma? This is a question you may be asking if you have mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos is one of our natural mineral products. In past years, asbestos has been one of the principal products used in manufacturing due to its being resistant to corrosion and heat.

Asbestos was used heavily in products like insulation, floor tiles, cement and fire-retardant materials. However, the United States government started to regulate the use of asbestos and asbestos products in the middle 1970‘s. The result is that the use and handling of asbestos is under strict government regulation.

Grim reason


There is a grim reason why the handling and use of asbestos is under such strict government regulation. Serious, life-threatening breathing and lung disorders have resulted from long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos before government regulation.

Most of your body’s internal organs are covered by a protective lining that is referred to as your mesothelium. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer in which malignant cells develop in your mesothelium.

Exposure to asbestos


After decades of studying mesothelioma and its causes, medical researchers determined that the disease is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical research studies found that breathing in miniscule asbestos fibers begin a chain of metabolic and physical events that result in mesothelioma or other kinds of cancer.

Mesothelioma is classified by the part of your mesothelium that is affected by the disease. This includes:

Pleural malignant mesothelioma - This is the most common form of the disease, which affects the tissue surrounding your lungs.
Peritoneal mesothelioma - This form of the disease affects the tissue of your abdomen.
Pericardial mesothelioma - This form of the disease affects the tissue that surrounds your heart.
Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis – This form of mesothelioma starts in the lining around you testicles.

The outlook (prognosis) for anyone with mesothelioma is not good. After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a person’s expected lifespan is less than three years.

The reason for this is due to the fact that mesothelioma is hard to diagnose in its early stages because the signs and symptoms of the disease are like that of other illnesses that are not as serious and deadly. In addition, the disease is difficult to treat, even when it is discovered and diagnosed it its early stages.

One of the main questions in regard to, “Can I file a personal injury claim for mesothelioma?” has to do with the statute of limitations. This is a deadline or time limit for filing a personal injury claim.

Deadline


When it comes to mesothelioma, the deadline varies from state to state. However, due to the fact that mesothelioma may take decades to develop and so many people were not warned of the health risks of exposure to asbestos, several states have legislation in place where the time limit for filing a claim starts with the appearance of the first signs and symptoms of the disease and not the time when you were first exposed to asbestos.

The best thing to do is to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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