Indiana Mesothelioma Attorneys
Fighting For Justice On Behalf of Asbestos Cancer Victims in Indianapolis and Surrounding Areas
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer brought about by exposure to asbestos. Although the use of asbestos has been greatly reduced in the United States, unfortunately, it can still be found in a number of buildings and in the environment, particularly where there has been a demolition or renovation of an older building.
The cancer forms around the tissue which covers the lungs and abdomen (most commonly the lining of the lungs or “pleural” mesothelioma, but it can also manifest around the organs of the abdomen, or “peritoneal” mesothelioma, or the heart, “pericardial” mesothelioma). The cancer can take 20 to 50 years to develop after initial exposure, thus most of its victims are older in age.
Historically, people were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, particularly navy veterans (who worked in shipyards), as well as mechanics, construction workers, and those in similar industrial settings. Asbestos is composed of many fibers, which are actually released into the air and then inhaled or swallowed by people exposed to it. The trapped fibers typically cause inflammation and scarring, triggering the development of tumors over time, which turns into cancer.
The symptoms associated with the disease can sometimes resemble other lung-related issues, such as shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest pain, depending upon whether the cancer is pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial. Victims are also often fatigued and lose significant amounts of weight.
Diagnosis & Treatments
Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, and most pass from the disease between one and two years after diagnosis. In order to be properly diagnosed, typically a biopsy is necessary.
Although there is ultimately no cure for mesothelioma, there are treatments and treatment centers can that help ease the pain associated with the symptoms and, in some cases, prolong life. It is crucial that the cancer be caught early on in any effort to control it. Common treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, in some circumstances. These treatments are expensive, and insurance companies do not always cover them, sometimes necessitating bringing a legal claim against those responsible.
Securing financial compensation against the companies that produced asbestos-based products in spite of knowing about the health and public safety repercussions is a path that some with mesothelioma and/or their families pursue in order to secure assistance for the medical expenses associated with the disease and compensation for their family and the costs the disease takes on them as well. Victims have the option of filing a lawsuit against those responsible and/or seeking assistance from the money set aside in asbestos trusts to help provide compensation.
At the Throneberry Law Group, we fight the victims of asbestos exposure. We can not only assist you in discussing your legal and financial options, but we can also point you in the right direction if you are in need of treatment. Having dealt with mesothelioma in our own family, we take our clients’ fights very seriously. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation.