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Mesothelioma Kills Thousands Annually


Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer affecting nearly 3,000 people each year in the United States. This cancer targets the mesothelium, which is the tissue that lines the lungs and heart as well as a few other internal organs.

Typically, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. It is usually fatal within a few years, even if you seek and receive immediate and appropriate treatment. Only 10 percent of people diagnosed with and treated for mesothelioma live longer than five years.

What Exactly Is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testicles. This protective lining is called the mesothelium. In later stages of the disease, the organs themselves may become damaged.

The mesothelium serves a critical function in providing lubrication that helps internal organs to move. A prime example involves the lungs. This lubrication makes it possible for your lungs to expand and contract, allowing you to breathe comfortably.

Depending on its specific location in the body, the mesothelium is called by different names. The likelihood of having cancer in each area varies greatly:

  • Pleural mesothelioma: lung and chest areas, 75%
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: abdominal cavity and organs, 25%
  • Pericardial mesothelioma: heart and heart cavity, rare
  • Tunica vaginalis testis: testicles, extremely rare

Cancerous mesotheliomas may be further categorized into three primary types depending on the specific arrangement of the cells and the percent of cases that have each type:

  • Sarcomatoid: fastest spreading, 10-20%
  • Epithelioid: slower spreading, 50-60%
  • Biphasic (mixed): both types of cells are present, 30%-40%

Symptoms of Mesothelioma of the Lungs or Abdomen

There are a wide range of symptoms that may take years to appear:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful coughing
  • Swelling of the neck or face
  • Pain under the rib cage or chest pain
  • Unexpected or unusual weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lumps or swelling

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma? If so, you may want to consider pursuing your legal options to help pay for your medical needs.

Selecting the Right Attorney Is Critical

If you have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation, and Weitz & Luxenberg wants to help.

As one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg has dedicated itself to helping clients receive the very best results possible. We’ve represented tens of thousands of clients, serving as their mesothelioma lawyer.

In making your decision, we urge you to consider which firm has a proven history of consistent and superior results. And ask yourself, who will serve my needs best? Which firm has a philosophy in working with clients that most appeals to me? We at Weitz & Luxenberg believe that our attorneys stand out with our exceptional service and we would be privileged to work for the outcome you deserve.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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  • We won a $37 million verdict for 2 clients — a steam fitter and a boiler maker — with asbestos lung cancer. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got almost $2.8 billion from the shipyard industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with more than 31,000 clients who had asbestosis or pleural disease.

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  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 1,700 boilermakers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $47 million verdict for a boilermaker who died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been fighting for your rights for more than 25 years. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won lung cancer cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $64.65 million award for 4 construction site workers who had asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped almost 1,400 clients from Massachusetts. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

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  • More than 2,800 electricians have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We obtained a $190 million verdict in a mesothelioma case. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 3,500 clients from Florida. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $48 million from the railroad industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $350 million from the petrochemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 7,000 clients from Arkansas. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with almost 4,400 clients with lung cancer. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $110 million from the automotive industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • John Pilla’s Story

    Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.

    - John Pilla NJ