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Were you recently diagnosed with cancer related to asbestos exposure? Is a loved one dealing with a disease following a career working in a power plant or shipyard? Do you have questions about mesothelioma? If you suffer from lung disease or lung cancer caused by asbestos, seek legal help from a top North Carolina Mesothelioma law firm in order to obtain the medical treatment and monetary compensation you and your family need.
At Martin & Jones, our lawyers have been providing compassionate and skilled assistance to gravely ill people who suffer from exposure to asbestos.
It is not necessary for you to work directly with asbestos in order to become ill. Simply working near asbestos subjects you to the risk of mesothelioma — a cancer almost always caused by inhaling asbestos fibers — and other related diseases.
Many people who suffer from diseases related to asbestos may not recall when they were exposed to the deadly fibers. Symptoms often do not appear for years after exposure, causing many to overlook the relationship between their work and their diseases.
When it comes to asbestos-related injuries such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, timing is critical. Each state has statute of limitations laws that determine how long after the time of diagnosis a person or a family member can pursue an asbestos-related personal injury claim.
When hiring an asbestos attorney, it is important to find an attorney who knows how to successfully pursue these claims. If that attorney already has the evidence, you may be able to obtain a faster resolution. Having represented many individuals with lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, we have already gathered evidence on a number of asbestos exposure sites including those of DuPont and Babcock & Wilcox.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a membrane that lines several cavities within the body, including the lungs. In nearly all cases, it is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers getting lodged in these membranes.
It primarily affects workers and retired workers because asbestos was most frequently used in manufacturing and construction. Although asbestos is seldom used in materials anymore, thousands are still diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and millions more are at risk for developing the disease. This is because mesothelioma typically does not develop until 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos.
For individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to obtain skilled legal advice as soon as possible. Our North Carolina mesothelioma law firm has been dedicated to pursuing compensation for asbestos exposure victims and their families for more than two decades. We have the knowledge and resources to help you file your claim quickly so you can maximize your recovery.
The most common locations of mesothelioma in the body are pleural and peritoneal.
Pleural mesothelioma, the most common type comprising 75 percent of all cases, affects the “pleura”, which is a membrane that lines the lung and the chest wall outside the lung. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the mesothelium lining the abdomen.
Individuals with pleural mesothelioma may first notice shortness of breath and some chest pain, although in the early stages there may be no symptoms at all. Symptoms will get progressively worse, including coughing, fever, fatigue, weight loss, profuse sweating, and difficulty swallowing.
Individuals with peritoneal mesothelioma may first notice abdominal pain, bloating and swelling accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation. Symptoms will progress to include fatigue, weight loss, nausea, night sweats and anemia.
Individuals who believe they have been exposed to asbestos should advise their doctors when discussing their symptoms. Typically doctors will initially diagnose mesothelioma using imaging equipment. An x-ray is the first type of imaging that may be used. X-rays are not as detailed as CT scans or MRIs, so they may miss mesotheliomas at their beginning stages. They are most likely to detect buildup of fluid in the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs, known as a pleural effusion.
Doctors may order a subsequent CT scan, which can look at layers of tissue. Biopsies of tissue are often required to confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Once mesothelioma has been diagnosed, doctors may use MRIs or PET-CT scans to detect the progression of the disease and response to chemotherapy.
The American Lung Association has a mesothelioma fact sheet which provides helpful information on diagnosis.
There are several medical centers in North Carolina and Georgia that have experience in treating mesothelioma. These include:
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
2424 Erwin Road, Hock Plaza, Suite 601, Durham, NC 27705 (888) 275-3853
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
450 West Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (919) 966-4431
UNC Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University
Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (336) 716-2008
Emory Winship Cancer Institute
1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322 (888) WINSHIP
The National Cancer Institute also provides a listing of all the NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers across the country.
Whether or not this is your first time seeking the help of a lawyer, we do not want you to be intimidated by the process. We will manage the details of your claim so you are able to spend valued time with loved ones.
For a free consultation with no obligation, call us toll free in Raleigh at 800-662-1234 to speak with an attorney or contact us online. Our North Carolina mesothelioma firm helps families pursue claims against asbestos manufacturers.