Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that impacts individuals who are exposed to asbestos. Workers in certain industries, such as construction, plumbing, and demolition, may be exposed to asbestos without knowing that their health is in jeopardy. By the time a Louisiana worker is diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be few options for them to pursue to improve their health or extend their life.
Like other diseases, mesothelioma can manifest in the body in different locations. The two most common forms of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma attacks the lung region and the tissues that surround those organs. It can cause pain and breathing problems as well as weight loss in its victims
Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the tissues of the abdomen and its symptoms are related to that region of the body. Victims of peritoneal mesothelioma may also experience weight loss but will feel their pain in their abdomens and may suffer from nausea.
Despite many cases of mesothelioma falling into these two categories, the disease can also show up in other parts of the body. Pericardial mesothelioma occurs in the tissues that support and surround the heart. Mesothelioma may also develop in the region of the reproductive organs.
Victims of mesothelioma may not begin to experience symptoms of the disease immediately upon exposure, and their cancers may not manifest until decades after the victims’ contact with asbestos. Once diagnosed, a victim of mesothelioma may wish to learn more about their legal rights and the options they have for pursuing compensation from the parties that may have caused their asbestos exposures. Individual mesothelioma cases should be reviewed individually by legal professionals and this post does not provide any legal advice.