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How to Recover Compensation for Mesothelioma In MD?

How to Recover Compensation for Mesothelioma In MD?

Many people are unaware that mesothelioma is a form of cancer. Mesothelioma is one of the hardest cancers to treat and there is no known cure.

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma? If so, you may be entitled to mesothelioma compensation. At Maryland Injury Lawyers, our asbestos lawsuit attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of mesothelioma victims and helping them receive fair compensation for their suffering.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos was once used widely in construction materials, insulation products, brake pads, floor tiles, roof shingles, clothing, toys, car parts, and automobile engines.

Asbestos has been banned since the 1980s, but millions of Americans still live near areas contaminated with asbestos. If you were exposed to asbestos, you may develop mesothelioma.

Symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, fatigue, fever, night sweats, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and weakness. In most cases, mesothelioma develops slowly over several years. However, sometimes symptoms appear suddenly after a single exposure.

There is no cure for mesothelioma, but treatment can improve quality of life. Treatment usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or palliative care.

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral found in rocks and soil. It was used in building materials until it was banned in 1979.  It has been known to cause lung problems such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. People exposed to asbestos may develop these diseases years after exposure.

People who were exposed to asbestos dust may develop lung cancer within 20 years. Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure tends to occur 10 to 15 years later.

There are two types of asbestos: chrysotile and crocidolite. 

  • Chrysotile is white and soft. It is often mixed with other minerals to make cement.
  • Crocidolite is black and brittle. It is commonly found in rock formations. Crocidolite is considered more dangerous than chrysotile.

Asbestos fibers can enter the air through cracks in buildings or vehicles. They can also come off clothing or shoes worn outdoors.

What Types of Mesothelioma Are There?

There are two types of mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. Pleural mesotheliomas develop in the chest cavity, whereas peritoneal mesothelial cells line the abdominal cavity.

Pleural Mesotheliomata

Pleural mesotheliomata are much easier to diagnose and treat than peritoneal ones. Symptoms of pleural mesotheliomatosis include cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, and fever.

These symptoms may appear suddenly or slowly over several weeks or months, depending on the stage of cancer. See your doctor right away if you notice any of these signs.

Peritoneal Mesotheliomata

Peritoneal mesotheliomata are difficult to detect until the late stages. They are treated using chemotherapy and/or palliative care.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include pain in the stomach area, bloating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing.

These symptoms may occur suddenly or gradually over several weeks or months. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

Am I Eligible to File a Mesothelioma Case?

In order to qualify, you must have been diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma within two years of working with asbestos. This means that you had to be exposed to asbestos after January 1st, 1986.

There are several types of mesothelioma cases, including medical negligence claims, strict liability claims, and defective product claims. Each claim is unique and requires its own set of facts. You should consult an attorney to determine whether you qualify for a mesothelioma case.

We understand that filing a mesothelioma case can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer free consultations to help you decide if you qualify for a mesothelioma case. Contact us today to learn more.

What Is Needed for a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement?

There are two types of mesothelioma lawsuits: wrongful death claims and personal injury claims. Wrongful death claims involve families of victims who die from mesothelioma. Personal injury claims involve individuals who develop mesothelioma after working with asbestos.

Personal injury claims are typically filed against manufacturers of asbestos products, contractors, and companies that hired those contractors. If you worked with asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and funeral costs.

A mesothelioma lawsuit involves a complex legal process. There are several steps involved in filing a claim. First, you should consult with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to determine whether you qualify for compensation. Then, you should file a complaint with the court. Next, you should gather evidence of your case. Finally, you should prepare for trial.

How to File a Mesothelioma Claim in MD?

There are two main types of mesothelioma claims: occupational and non-occupational. If you were exposed to asbestos at work, you may qualify for an occupational claim. However, if you were exposed to asbestos in another way, you may still be eligible for a non-occupational claim. 

If you suspect that you were exposed to asbestos, talk to your doctor immediately. They will perform tests to determine whether you have mesothelioma. These tests include X-rays, CT scans, and biopsies.

Steps To File a Claim

  • First, you must prove that you were exposed to harmful levels of asbestos. This means that you must show that you worked directly with asbestos products or that you lived near asbestos factories or mines.
  • Second, you must prove that your condition resulted from your exposure to asbestos. For example, if you had a history of smoking cigarettes, you would have to prove that your smoking contributed to your mesothelioma diagnosis.
  • Third, you must prove that the mesothelioma was caused by your employer’s negligence.
  • Fourth, you must prove that no other party should be held responsible for your mesothelioma diagnosis.
  • Finally, you must prove that any damages resulting from your mesothelioma diagnosis are related to your employment.

Connect with a Mesothelioma Attorney Today

A mesothelioma lawyer can help you if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The only thing that is worse than having to deal with a deadly disease like mesothelioma is not having anyone to help you fight for your rights.

Fortunately, there is a way to get the help you need.

At Maryland Injury Guys in Maryland, we understand that dealing with a life-altering illness like mesothelioma can be overwhelming. That is why we offer free consultations to help you decide if we are the right law firm for your case.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: August 29, 2022
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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