Mesothelioma is a severe lung condition. It is commonly associated with asbestos exposure due to people inhaling the fibres and infecting their lungs. However this is not necessarily restricted to asbestos exposure and there are other ways people could potentially suffer from the condition.
The condition is so called because tumours form in the lining of the lung. That lining is what is known as the mesothelium. It can often be fatal because the initial symptoms can seem quite mild and can be quite hard to detect. It is estimated that 70 to 80 per cent of cases of mesothelioma are caused by exposure in a working environment.
People who are particularly at risk of the condition include-
- People serving in the military
- People working in the construction industry
- Demolition workers
- People installing insulation
- Dock workers
- Mine workers
- People who worked at asbestos manufacturing plants
Part of the problem is that people with mesothelioma only tend to show signs of the condition around 15 to 50 years after developing the condition. Early symptoms can include-
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent breathing problems
These symptoms may not necessarily clearly show someone with the condition. This may occur when pleural plaques are detected, leading to a diagnosis of what is known as pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Chest pains
- Dry coughs
Treatment of mesothelioma
Depending on the severity of the condition and your overall health, you may require chemotherapy or surgery to remove the tumours. In some instances you may require both.
Research into the condition continues and you may be invited to try new treatments as part of a clinical trial depending on whether or not medical professionals consider it appropriate for your circumstances.
Proving the case
Seeking compensation depends on several factors. The presence of asbestos is not necessarily grounds to get compensation from your employer. What is crucial is showing that they did not safely dispose of the asbestos or did not take the risk sufficiently seriously. If this is the case then it is very likely that you will be able to claim compensation.
It is worth remembering that you can make a claim as soon as you are aware that you have a condition regardless of the length of time it takes to find out that you have it.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
It can be a difficult and stressful time when you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma. We have a large nationwide legal team and have helped a large amount of our clients get compensation.
The helpline is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone to talk to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today and find out what we can do for you.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown