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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.
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:
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:
There are a wide range of symptoms that may take years to appear:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We got $53 million from asbestos product manufacturers.Mesothelioma and Asbestos
More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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.