New York Mesothelioma Attorneys
At the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, our experienced attorneys understand how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be for you and your family. Treatment for mesothelioma is often extensive with a relatively grim prognosis and your household may be facing serious financial and emotional struggles. If you developed mesothelioma because of the negligence of your employer or another party, you have legal rights to compensation for the losses you will incur due to this disease and should discuss your situation with a New York mesothelioma attorney today.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is name of a type of cancer that primarily develops after exposure to asbestos, which is a toxic mineral. For many years, asbestos was used in insulation and other types of building materials. Anyone who regularly worked around these materials, lived in buildings with asbestos, or even lived with a person who came home with asbestos on their clothes may have been sufficiently exposed to develop mesothelioma.
After breathing in asbestos, fibers can get into the body and become lodged there. Because these toxic fibers are microscopic, the body cannot expel them and they can remain there for many years. Over time, this can lead to cancerous tumors that develop in the mesothelium, the membrane surrounding the lungs, the cardiac cavity, or the abdominal cavity.
Many victims do not realize the damage that was done by asbestos for many years, as mesothelioma has a long latency period. In addition, the symptoms of mesothelioma often mimic the symptoms of other medical conditions, which can work to delay diagnosis. All of these factors can prevent diagnosis until the cancer has already progressed to an advanced stage, making the prognosis worse.
Mesothelioma Treatment Can Be Extensive
As with any cancer, treatment for mesothelioma can be painful and costly and can include the following:
- Surgery for removal of the tumor or of the entire lung;
- Palliative care;
- A combination of any of the above.
Overall prognosis for this type of cancer depends on the location of the tumors, the type of mesothelioma, the stage of progression, whether it has metastasized, and the overall health and age of the victim. Due to the advanced stage and older age of many mesothelioma patients, the survival period is often no more than one or two years from diagnosis.
Mesothelioma Cases Can Involve Complex Legal Issues
Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries are entitled to recover financially if another party was responsible for their asbestos exposure. If an employer or property owner negligently allowed you to be exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers, that party should be held responsible for your losses including medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. In order to prevail, you must prove that:
- The party negligently caused exposure to asbestos;
- The exposure caused the mesothelioma;
- You suffered injuries as a result of the mesothelioma.
Both victims of the disease and surviving family members of deceased mesothelioma victims can have valid legal claims. Because of the detailed scientific and medical information involved in this type of case, it is critical to have a mesothelioma lawyer who has extensive experience handling these claims. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please call the New York lawyers at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC at 212-397-1000 as soon as possible.