Asbestos & Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or another setting and developed cancer, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the losses your family suffered. Asbestos lawsuits are commonplace and have yielded multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in courts across the country. Countless families across the United States have been affected by the nightmare of mesothelioma as a result of the negligent actions of an employer. Sky-high medical bills, lost wages, emotionally and physically taxing treatments, pain and suffering and premature death are just a few of the consequences of this dreadful disease.


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Don’t Suffer Mesothelioma Alone

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you shouldn’t have to endure it alone. We are dedicated to providing mesothelioma sufferers and their families with the kind of representation they need to receive fair compensation for future treatment, medical costs, lost wages and suffering.


The Disease

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart. A mesothelioma diagnosis is generally classified as one of the following three types:

  • Pleural mesothelioma, which occurs in the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the lining of the abdominal activity, known as the peritoneum
  • Pericardial mesothelioma, which occurs in the lining of the heart, known as the pericardium

Mesothelioma affects approximately 2,000 to 3,000 Americans each year. As with asbestos exposure, it can take as long as 50 years to be diagnosed because of its long latency period.

The Symptoms

Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose because the early signs and symptoms can seem like common ailments. That is why it is very important to see a doctor if such symptoms persist.

Pleural mesothelioma victims often experience:

  • Lower back pain or side chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent cough
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of sensory capability
  • Coughing up blood
  • Facial and arm swelling
  • Hoarseness

Victims of peritoneal mesothelioma may experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Qualified medical professionals often look to various diagnostic tests and methods to assist them in determining the cause of the symptoms that patients experience. They confirm the presence of a tumor most commonly through the use of X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. The imaging tests are typically followed by a tissue or fluid biopsy, which can determine whether or not the tumor is malignant. Once a conclusive diagnosis is made, the patient will meet with an oncologist or other medical specialist to determine the best course of treatment. While there is currently no cure for mesothelioma, many patients have had success in managing their cancer with traditional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.

The Cause

Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma in the United States. The risk of developing mesothelioma is directly proportional to the duration and amount of asbestos exposure that an individual sustains.

While there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure, the longer and more intense the exposure, the more likely an individual is to develop mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

The Asbestos Cover-Up

Asbestos has been recognized as a dangerous substance for centuries internationally, but it was not until the early20th century that doctors and scientists in the United States began to recognize the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos. Their findings became the basis for the standards that companies were required to follow in order to protect innocent and unknowing workers from contracting terminal occupational diseases.

Unfortunately, many asbestos manufacturers and companies that operated facilities where asbestos products were utilized continued to expose workers, consumers, and their families to harmful asbestos fibers without warning.

Company executives actively covered up the fact that employees were getting sick and dying from asbestos-related diseases. Company documents about the dangers of asbestos were destroyed, doctors’ reports and warnings were ignored, and workers affected by asbestos exposure were secretly offered compensation in hopes that co-workers wouldn’t learn about their asbestos exposure or disease. It was a terrible time period for our country, as profits became more important to companies than the lives of those that built them.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Sadly, mesothelioma victims and their families experience not only pain and suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, but spouses and family members are also left with a substantial financial burden after the loss of their loved one.

Fortunately, you may be eligible for financial compensation if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with, or subsequently passed away from, mesothelioma. Many victims of asbestos exposure and their families have successfully collected compensation from asbestos companies over the years, where it was found that such companies were responsible for their exposure.

The means of justice for these victims is typically found through the litigation and settlement of a lawsuit, but bankruptcy trusts of certain asbestos companies have been established, and many provide an alternative means to compensation if certain qualifications are met. There are important timelines associated with legal resource for mesothelioma victims, so it is important to act quickly to preserve you and your family’s rights.

The most important goal for the attorneys at O'Hara Law Firm is to make this process as stress free and simple as possible for the victims and their family members. We will be there with you every step of the way.

What Is Asbestos?

There are six different types of asbestos:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Actinolite

These six mineral types are divided into two classifications: serpentine and amphibole. Chrysotile is the only mineral in the serpentine class. As known carcinogens, both classes of asbestos can cause mesothelioma. Read more about mesothelioma here.

We have years of experience defending victims of asbestos exposure, helping them get the compensation they need. We are ready to help you if you've developed cancer and believe it may be linked to asbestos exposure. Give us a call today for a free, no-commitment consultation.