Mesothelioma Lawyers in Baton Rouge

baton-rouge-mesothelioma-lawyerMesothelioma is a devastating cancer that strikes the lining surrounding the lungs, heart or abdomen. This type of cancer may first appear anywhere from 20 to 50 years following a victim’s asbestos exposure. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might benefit by talking to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer in Baton Rouge.

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How common is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a relatively rare disease. An average of 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 1999 and 2015, 45,221 people died from mesothelioma.

Causes of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous substance that occurs naturally. Since it is heat- and fire-resistant, it was heavily used in the construction industry for decades as a component for insulation, roofing shingles and siding. It is still used in military applications, the automotive industry, shipyards and other industrial settings. While asbestos is regulated in the U.S., it has not been banned. People who are exposed to asbestos may breathe the fibers in and then develop cancer decades later. There have also been instances of mesothelioma in which the family members of a worker have developed the disease after being exposed to asbestos fibers on the worker’s clothing.

What having mesothelioma is like

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and progressive form of cancer for which there is no cure. People who develop the disease may have trouble breathing, experience chronic pain and have multiple devastating symptoms. They may also experience severe anxiety and depression while they are forced to deal with the issues surrounding the ends of their lives.

How to take legal action when mesothelioma is caused by someone else’s negligence

It is possible for some people to recover compensation in a mesothelioma lawsuit. Whether or not the victims might have claims will depend on when, where and how they were exposed to asbestos. It will also depend on who was responsible for the exposure and when the diagnosis occurred. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help to determine where your exposure occurred and which companies were responsible for the exposure by conducting a thorough investigation. Your first step to take legal action for mesothelioma is to talk to a lawyer who is experienced in handling these types of cases. If you do have a valid claim, the attorney will file a civil complaint in the court that has jurisdiction in order to commence your lawsuit.

Symptoms and prognosis of mesothelioma

The prognosis for a mesothelioma patient will depend on what stage his or her cancer is in when he or she is diagnosed. Among people who have been diagnosed with the disease, only 9 percent will survive for more than five years. Fifty-five percent of mesothelioma patients survive for more than 6 months after their diagnoses. The symptoms of mesothelioma include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite losses
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea or bloating

When to contact a mesothelioma lawyer in Baton Rouge

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is one year from the date of your diagnosis. Contact our experienced mesothelioma lawyer in Baton Rouge today to discuss your potential case.

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