Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that can either surround the outside lining of the lung (pleural mesothelioma), surround the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) or surround the lining around the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).

Mesothelioma is a signature tumor caused by prior asbestos exposure.  It is referred to as a latent disease.  You could be exposed to asbestos in the 1960’s and develop mesothelioma 50 years later.  Usually, mesothelioma can first develop from 15 up to 50 years after you were initially exposed to asbestos.  It is not unusual for someone to be exposed to asbestos in the 1960’s and enjoy excellent health until they develop mesothelioma 30 to 50 years later.

You don’t have to personally handle asbestos products in order to get mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma has occurred in people who have either:

  • Worked directly with asbestos products;
  • Worked in the same area where co-workers or outside contractors were using asbestos products;
  • Family members who were exposed to asbestos fibers brought home on their husband’s work clothes;
  • Environmental exposure from living in the surrounding area of a plant or factory that negligently released asbestos fibers into your neighborhood;
  • Spouses who laundered their husband’s dusty work clothes.

Asbestos was contained in certain products up through the 2000 timeframe.  For example, automotive brake linings contained asbestos through the year 2000.

You are normally diagnosed with mesothelioma by a biopsy, a surgical procedure in which the surgeon takes a piece of your tumor tissue and tests it for mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are several medical treatment options available to you ranging from surgery to chemotherapy.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to learn what your legal rights are for compensation from the companies that negligently exposed you to asbestos.

The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio have been representing workers and their families with mesothelioma for over thirty-five years.  We have a full team of lawyers devoted to representing people exposed to asbestos with mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us today and we will schedule an appointment to come to your home and meet with you and your family to explain your legal rights.