Understanding Mesothelioma and Legal Settlements
If you or a loved one underwent regular and long-term exposure to asbestos, there is a chance that mesothelioma developed. Mesothelioma is typically not diagnosed for years — typically decades — after exposure. But you still deserve financial compensation for a mesothelioma diagnosis.
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be wondering what you should expect as the disease progresses. Likely, you or your loved one is already experiencing several symptoms, but more may develop. Keep in mind that every individual is different, which means that there is a variety of symptoms experienced at a variety of intensities. You may experience all of these symptoms, or very few.
Here, we will first discuss symptoms of the most common type of mesothelioma, which results from inhaling asbestos fibers. The most common symptoms are coughing and shortness of breath, since the disease is primarily affecting the lungs. Similarly, many individuals experience hoarseness and chest or lower back pain. As the disease progresses, symptoms can also include nausea and fever, with many individuals noticing unintentional weight loss. Weight loss may be rapid, which can be shocking to individuals and their families, but is a normal aspect of mesothelioma.
As expected based on the other symptoms, mesothelioma can also cause fatigue, which can be particularly difficult for individuals who are accustomed to independence and high levels of activity. In order to cope with the disease effectively, it’s important to adjust expectations about how much activity the individual can handle at one time. Whereas perhaps your loved one used to be able to exercise daily and care for the entire household on their own, they may now need to take frequent breaks or naps throughout the day. This should be both expected and allowed.
When mesothelioma was caused by ingesting asbestos fibers as opposed to inhaling them, the symptoms may be slightly different. The individual may still experience nausea and unintentional weight loss, but may also experience swelling and pain in the belly, along with feelings of constipation.
The disease course of mesothelioma is different depending on whether the individual ingested or inhaled asbestos, although inhaling asbestos is the most common. To understand how ingested asbestos will affect the body differently, it is best to talk with your doctor. To learn more about mesothelioma symptoms, and to connect with a community of families who are going through the same experiences as your family, visit https://www.mesotheliomahelp.org/.
With either version of the disease, you and your family are owed financial compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis. Financial compensation can help you pay for medical bills and treatments, and can make sure that your loved one is comfortable throughout the course of the disease. Mesothelioma claims often lead to settlements, which occur before a trial. However, the claim may also be taken all the way to court, where you and your family could receive a trial award. This compensation can go a long way in ensuring that your loved one gets the absolute best care possible throughout the entire course of the disease.