Asbestos was once considered to be an incredible material. For years it was used because of its adaptable nature and the fact it was fireproof. However over time it was discovered the fibres could also cause serious lung conditions and many people over the years have died because of mesothelioma (the vast majority of people who have this condition were exposed to asbestos). If you have been exposed to asbestos then it is worth knowing the symptoms of mesothelioma.
One of the problems of knowing that you have the condition is that you may not necessarily be aware of it. The symptoms can often feel quite minor and you may not necessarily go to the doctor because you have a bit of a cough. However if you do recognise the symptoms and you know you were exposed to asbestos then it is vital to talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
Types of mesothelioma
- Pleural mesothelioma- The most common type. This type affects the lining of the lungs.
- Peritoneal- This affects the area around the abdomen.
- Pericardial- Relatively rare this affects the heart.
- Testicular- The rarest form of mesothelioma (As the name suggests this type of mesothelioma affects the testicles)
Symptoms of the condition include-
- Chest pains (Pleural, pericardial)
- Shortness of breath (Pleural)
- Dry coughing and wheezing (Pleural)
- Weight loss (Peritoneal)
- Bowel obstructions (Peritoneal)
- Mild seizures (Peritoneal)
- Lump in the testes (Testicular)
Making a claim
For a lot of personal injury claims there is a limit of around three years. With mesothelioma the symptoms can take decades for people to notice them and get the appropriate treatment for. Therefore it is possible to seek compensation decades after the condition develops.
The key to making a claim is to establish whether or not people were aware of the fact you were being exposed to the material and whether they took sufficient steps to protect you and remove the asbestos. This is not always easy to establish which is why it is worth getting the right legal representative.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you are affected by mesothelioma it can seriously affect your life. It can restrict your lifestyle and can involve painful and stressful operations and chemotherapy. Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day so there is always someone there to talk about making a claim and guide you carefully through the process. We have received a lot of praise from online reviewers and have been endorsed for over a decade by TV consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen.
Contact us today to find out if we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown