Mesothelioma occurs because of exposure to and the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is an extremely heat-resistant compound that has been used in a variety of commercial and industrial capacities for centuries. During the early 1900s, tens of thousands of American workers were exposed to asbestos fibers on a daily basis and developed mesothelioma because of it. However, many of them didn’t find out they had mesothelioma until 30-50 years after asbestos exposure. One of the things that makes mesothelioma such a horrible form of cancer is that is takes a long time to show symptoms, and, oftentimes, the symptoms manifest themselves as though they’re a different disease.
Mesothelioma can take decades to finally manifest itself, especially because it gets misdiagnosed due to its very common symptoms, including the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
Oftentimes, these symptoms appear to be a cold, the flu, or even pneumonia. Because of this, the cancer is given a chance to progress so, when it is finally discovered, the patient may not have much time for treatment.
How Our Baltimore Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help You
If you have mesothelioma and believe it was caused because you were exposed to asbestos at work or by using a specific product, our Baltimore asbestos lawyer, Matthew E. Kiely, can help you. Contact us today to see what your legal options are and what type of settlement we may be able to get you. Call us at (410) 625-9330.