Epithelial mesothelioma is the most common of the four types of malignant mesothelioma
Construction workers and military veterans are particularly at risk for epithelial mesothelioma.
Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of workers for 25 years – longer than most law firms in the nation. And in that time the firm's mesothelioma lawyers have won several billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients injured by occupational asbestos exposure.
July 16, 2009 - There are four different types of mesothelioma cells that develop as a result of occupational asbestos exposure: epithelial, sarcomatoid, biphasic (mixed), and desmoplastic (considered a variant of sarcomatoid). The cause of mesothelioma is primarily occupational asbestos exposure.
Epithelial mesothelioma is the most common of the four types of malignant mesothelioma, occurring in approximately 50 to 70 percent of cases.
Each type of mesothelioma is treated the same way, as mesothelioma treatment is based on the location and stage of the cancer, rather than the types of cells involved. However, there are distinct differences in the way each type of cancer responds to treatment.
In general, patients with epithelioid mesothelioma have a better prognosis than patients with either sarcomatoid or biphasic mesothelioma. Nevertheless, epithelial mesothelioma is a malignant cancer, so life expectancy is limited.
Malignant mesothelioma of any type has a long latency period and may not be diagnosed for up to 60 years after the exposure. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is often bleak. The average patient has a year left to live after they discover their condition.
Who's at risk?
People who are at risk for developing epithelial mesothelioma include employees who work with asbestos-containing materials. For decades, asbestos was generously used in many industries for its fire retardant properties.
Construction workers and military veterans are particularly at risk, as the building industry and the armed forces used abundant amounts of asbestos throughout the 20th century.
Other industries present similar risks, including the shipyard, railroad, and automobile industries.
You may be entitled to restitution
Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people nationwide will be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. This disease is most often the result of industrial workplace exposure to asbestos – and usually contracted through employers’ choice for profits over the expense of maintaining the health and safety of workers.
That’s why people diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members have strong cases in court.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and seek a free legal case review, please notify us through the communication form on this page. We will pursue your claim with vigilance to help compensate you and your family for medical bills, lost wages, and damages. Please know, there is no cost to you until we win a settlement or a verdict in your favor.