What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which develops inside the lining of the lungs. This asbestos related disease occurs from prolonged exposure to the dust or fibers of asbestos particles. The disease does not appear overnight, as the fibers or dust particles of asbestos lodge inside the pleura of your lungs and over time develop into cancer. After which the cancer cells multiplies and spread throughout the body.
Asbestos is a fiber that is a common ingredient in a wide range of building construction materials and insulation products. Since the fiber is strong and has a very high resistance to heat, asbestos materials are widely used in many industries and can be found in various manufactured goods.
When you are exposed to asbestos fibers you easily inhale the particles into your lungs, sine the particles can travel through the air. Some of the most common places where you can be exposed to asbestos include, the construction industry, mechanic shops and the manufacturing of asbestos products and other building materials.
If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, and you are experiencing mesothelioma symptoms, contact your medical doctor immediately. It is important to remember that exposure to asbestos and the actual development of mesothelioma symptoms can occur decades later. Prevention of asbestos exposure is vital to preventing all future health complications that may arise from being exposed to this material.
Once you have been exposed to asbestos, you are at risk of contracting mesothelioma or lung cancer. If this is the case, you can claim for compensation. Filing a mesothelioma claim is a way in which you can receive compensation for the damages that are associated with contracting the cancer. In most instances, the person making the claim is seeking monetary compensation to cover for the loss of income, medical expenses, and any pain or suffering that has occurred from having this illness.
There are two main types of mesothelioma claims that you can file in your asbestos injury case. These are a personal injury claim and a wrongful death claim. The personal injury claim can be filed by you once you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, while the wrongful death claim, can only be filed for once you have passed away.
You will also need to acquire the services of a personal injury lawyer, one that is very knowledgeable and experienced in this area when you are making your compensation claims. You have a specific period of time to make your claim from the date you were exposed or received injuries relating to asbestos. As industrial diseases are treated differently, the window period for this is normally three years.