Mesothelioma Lawyers in Lafayette

A rare, aggressive cancer, mesothelioma attacks the lining that surrounds the lungs, heart or abdomen. It is an asbestos-related cancer that has no cure. It may take decades for people to show symptoms and to get diagnosed with the disease after their exposure incident. If you have been diagnosed with this disease, an experienced mesothelioma lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana might be able to help you to recover compensation.

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How common is mesothelioma?

Out of the estimated U.S. population of 323.1 million people, between 2,500 and 3,000 people receive new diagnoses of mesothelioma each year. This disease is fortunately rare, but it is devastating for people who are diagnosed with it and for their families.

What is the cause of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma has been proved to be caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that naturally occurs in the environment. Because of its fire-resistant properties, it has been frequently used in a variety of different industries, including the following:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Military
  • Shipyards
  • Other industrial settings

Prior to 1971, asbestos was heavily used in the construction of homes and businesses. In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began regulating its use, but it still is not banned in the U.S. People contract mesothelioma from inhaling the tiny fibers. The disease may not show up for decades after they have been exposed.

What it means to have mesothelioma in Lafayette

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is devastating for most people. In addition to the difficult physical symptoms and chronic pain, those who are diagnosed may also struggle with depression and anxiety because of end-of-life planning.

Taking legal action

In order to take legal action for mesothelioma, it will be necessary for you to identify how, when and where you were exposed to asbestos. An experienced lawyer can investigate your case in order to identify the companies that were responsible for your exposure to asbestos. After the responsible companies are identified, the lawyer may file a civil complaint against them in court in order to seek the recovery of compensation for you.

Symptoms and outcomes of mesothelioma

Unfortunately, the outcome for most people with mesothelioma is poor. Only about 9 percent of people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma live beyond five years. The symptoms of mesothelioma include the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Pain in your chest or ribs
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue

If you have these symptoms, it is important for you to see your doctor. You should also understand that these symptoms may indicate a different illness other than mesothelioma.

When you should contact a Mesothelioma lawyer in Lafayette

Louisiana is one of three states that provide only one year from the date of your diagnosis for you to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. It is vital for you to talk to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer in Lafayette as soon after your diagnosis as possible. This may give your lawyer enough time to investigate your claim and to identify the companies that should be named in your lawsuit. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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