$14 Million Mesothelioma Verdict Awarded to Construction Worker
Written by Jason Wentworth
Friday, 21 May 2010 19:26
A Florida resident suffering from malignant mesothelioma has been awarded $14 million in a successful mesothelioma lawsuit. The asbestos cancer mesothelioma is almost always caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. In the case of the Florida man, he was exposed to asbestos fibers while working with asbestos-containing joint compounds used in construction work.
Many people who have worked with asbestos-containing products decades ago are diagnosed with asbestos cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma every year. Workers who may have been exposed to asbestos include mechanics, construction workers, sheet metal workers and electricians. This is because these workers routinely worked with asbestos-containing products such as brakes, roofing shingles and tiles.
Asbestos exposure caused the Florida construction worker to develop peritoneal mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdominal lining. Asbestos exposure can also lead to pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and for this reason, is often referred to as lung mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma. Common symptoms of mesothelioma are fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, abdominal swelling, difficulty breathing and coughing blood.
It is generally accepted that there are four stages of mesothelioma. In the first stage of mesothelioma, the cancer is limited to the point of origin. In the second stage, the cancer has spread to organs near the cancer source and is often the heart or esophagus. In the third stage of mesothelioma, the cancer is usually found in areas of the body that are more distant from the point of origin. In the fourth stage, mesothelioma cancer has spread to several areas of the body through the bloodstream.
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, there are palliative mesothelioma treatment techniques that have shown some degree of success. Generally, these treatment techniques are most successful when mesothelioma is diagnosed at a sufficiently early stage. Some of these treatment techniques include radiation, surgery, immunotherapy and photodynamic therapy.
Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorneys can help
Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos attorneys are among the leading mesothelioma lawyers in the U.S. The firm has been specializing in mesothelioma cancer cases since 1986 and has won millions of dollars for thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma. Weitz & Luxenberg accepts mesothelioma cancer cases from all regions of the U.S. and certain regions of Canada. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers have been recognized as the “Best Lawyers of New York” by New York Magazine. To learn more about a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorney, visit http://www.weitzlux.com. To learn about jobs that involve the risk of asbestos exposure, visit http://www.mesotheliomajobs.com.