The term ‘mesothelioma injury’ encompasses any kind of personal injury that was induced by exposure to asbestos.
The most commonly recognized expression when we think of asbestos injuries is mesothelioma. This disease is solely linked to unprotected contact with the hazardous material, and usually contracted by the victim through inhalation or ingesting of tiny toxic dust particles that linger in the air of contaminated asbestos sites. The disease has a poor outlook on survival. This is primarily due to the fact that by the time a conclusive diagnosis can be made, the cancer has already spread to an advanced stage. Treatment options are available; however, a cure is yet to be found. Further to that, the medical treatment of mesothelioma is associated with immense costs and therefore frequently not realistically available to victims with limited financial resources.
Lung cancer is another asbestos induced disease. The progression of the illness is very similar to mesothelioma. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include the shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, chest pain and the loss of appetite which may usually results in a significant decrease in body weight. Smokers are at higher risk of developing a lung cancer that is caused by asbestos.
Asbestosis is not a cancer. It is comparable to a chronic inflammation. The body’s defense mechanism tries to conquer the situation by producing an acidy liquid. However, this has virtually no effect on the problem itself, but causes the build up of scar tissue which consequently hinders the lungs from performing normally.
Pleural plaques is another term that is often being used when we talk about an asbestos or mesothelioma injury. They are benign, however it was proven that patients that were diagnosed with pleural plaques are at a higher risk of eventually developing asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. The disease is described as a form of fibrosis that occurs in the parietal pleura, a thin lining that is connected to the chest wall.
All of the aforementioned diseases and conditions have usually a rather long latency period, and it is not uncommon that we see patients exhibiting the first symptoms 40 years later after they were initially exposed to asbestos. Anyone who has or had an occupation that brought him into contact with the material is strongly advised to consult with a health care professional. The same applies to homeowners who are concerned of living in an environment where asbestos products were used during the construction process of their homes.