Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer
by Bret Schnitzer
Mesothelioma is a deadly and somewhat rare form of cancer, with some 2,000-3,000 U.S. cases diagnosed each year, although it is increasing worldwide. It develops from cells of the mesothelium, which is the protective lining in the lungs, abdominal cavity, and the heart. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer, made even more so by the fact that since most cases of the disease have developed from on-the-job exposure to asbestos, early awareness and protective devices might well have prevented the spread. Some forms of this cancer also are caused by radiation or exposure to simian virus
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is sometimes hampered by the fact that the symptoms may mimic many other conditions, such as a persistent cough, difficulty swallowing, or abdominal bloating. If after an examination, a doctor suspect a mesothelioma, an MRI, CT scan, or other X-ray may be ordered. That may be followed by a biopsy. Tissue may be taken from the lungs, heart cavity, or abdomen.
When mesothelioma is diagnosed, further studies are necessary to reveal how advanced the cancer has become. It is generally divided into two stages: stage 1 is localized, meaning the cancer is found only in the one area, or stage 2, advanced, which means it has spread to other organs.
The prognosis for living with mesothelioma depends a good deal on the stage when the cancer is discovered. For the early stages, surgery may remove part of the lung or the heart lining. Patients are also treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Clinical trials are also ongoing to find ways to treat this cancer.
Anyone who works in any capacity with asbestos should be very careful about following OSHA asbestos safety guidelines. Those who have homes built before 1950 may have asbestos insulation, which should be removed before any home improvements are begun. There is usually no problem with leaving the original insulation unless it is damaged.
If you or a loved one is suffering with this cancer, contact a dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer in your area who will protect your rights. Cases of mesothelioma are still relatively rare, which means that many attorneys have no experience with this type of lawsuit. It is important, for instance, to find out how and where a person was exposed to asbestos. This is not always an easy task, especially if the exposure occurred many years earlier, which is often the case.
Michigan has laws to cover such cases as well as deadlines for filing a lawsuit, which are known as statutes of limitation and statutes of repose. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation appointment to discuss the circumstances of a possible lawsuit. Let us concentrate on getting the compensation you deserve and let you concentrate on taking care of your health. SCHNITZERLAW has handled Mesothelioma cases successfully for almost thirty years. Both the workman compensation claims and the lawsuits against manufacturers and the funds set up for these claims. Call us at (313) 389-2234 for a free no obligation consultation.
Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer