P&N BLOG | What You Need To Know About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, stomach, heart, and sometimes other organs. This is a serious disease that often doesn’t reveal itself until several years after asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to have a law firm like Parente & Norem, P.C. on your side.
Symptoms of mesothelioma appear when the cancer has grown large enough to press against the chest wall and abdominal cavity. These symptoms can include: shortness of breath, chest pain, dry cough, respiratory complications, fever and night sweats, fatigue, muscle weakness, and fluid around the lungs. The most common form of mesothelioma is found in the lungs. Mesothelioma is a very rare incurable condition affecting approximately 20,000 people per year. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is usually poor for these patients with a life expectancy of around twelve months.
Since symptoms take so long to present themselves, mesothelioma cases can bring certain challenges. Our Chicago Area mesothelioma lawyers at Parente & Norem, P.C. have the experience with these cases and know how to overcome any of the unique barriers these cases can present. Our team will research and dig deep to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical treatment and other expenses your illness may incur. If you were exposed by a third party’s negligence, we can represent you to hold them accountable as well.
Mesothelioma is caused by long and prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, however, once its fireproofing properties were discovered it was widely used in many industries at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and not regulated by the government until the 1970’s. It was also used by every branch of the military. While in its origins, the use of asbestos was in keeping workers safe, however, asbestos continued to be widely used by manufacturers even after it was shown to cause harm. Even today, the use of asbestos is not illegal. Products that once contained large amounts of asbestos included cement, auto brake pads, thermo insulation for homes and offices, and roofing materials just to name a few.
Because Parente & Norem, P.C. is well versed in both Workers Compensation and Personal Injury law, we have two different avenues to explore for your full and fair compensation. When we evaluate your case, our team will determine which path best suits your case. Sometimes it can be both Workers Compensation and Personal Injury.
Founded in 1996, The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. has had a history of experience, dedication, and proven results. We have a reputation for securing compensation for those injured through negligence. That’s the level of trusted knowledge on your side when you choose a skilled Chicago Area Mesothelioma Attorney.