What are Signs of Mesothelioma?

What are Signs of Mesothelioma?

New Jersey has some of the most hazardous jobs in the world. It has some of the highest rates of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. In 2018, 73 men and 40 women in New Jersey were diagnosed with mesothelioma, according to NJSHAD. If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos in New Jersey, contact a New Jersey asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer immediately.

At Garden State Justice Group, our mesothelioma lawyers have successfully handled numerous asbestos and mesothelioma cases. We are committed to helping you or your loved ones get the justice and compensation they deserve. We understand that dealing with the effects of asbestos and mesothelioma can be overwhelming. You need to know you have a strong legal team fighting for your rights and your future. Contact our New Jersey law firm now for a free consultation.

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What Causes Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It can develop in the thin layer of tissue covering many internal organs, known as the mesothelium.

Asbestos was once widely used in building materials throughout much of the 20th century; it was used for insulation and fireproofing. Unfortunately, when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can embed themselves into the thin layer of tissue surrounding our internal organs and cause mesothelioma to develop over time.

The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos fibers, however, there are several other factors that may contribute to its development, such as smoking and prior radiation exposure. Additionally, heredity may play a role as certain genetic mutations have been linked to an increased risk for mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma: Symptoms and Signs

The yearly mesothelioma fatality rate in New Jersey is 11.8 per million, which is much higher than the national average per the CDC. It’s important to learn more about mesothelioma, including its symptoms and signs. Knowing this information can ensure you get an early diagnosis or treatment if you experience any of these issues.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It affects the tissue that lines the chest cavity and organs in the chest, known as the pleura.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can vary in severity and may not be present until advanced stages of the disease.

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest or Abdominal Pain
  • Coughing & Other Respiratory Issues
  • Unusual Lumps Under Your Skin

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdominal cavity's tissue. It is rare and often goes undiagnosed until it has advanced, but understanding the symptoms of this cancer can be key to early diagnosis and treatment. Here are some of the most common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty Breathing

Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer affecting the heart and chest cavity lining. It’s caused by asbestos exposure, and there’s no known cure for it. But knowledge is power — understanding symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma can help you recognize if you or someone you care about has been exposed to asbestos and might be in need of medical attention.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal swelling in abdomen or lower legs

Occupations With a High Risk of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, many people – especially workers in certain occupations – may be at an increased risk of exposure to asbestos and developing mesothelioma. These include:

  • Construction Workers - Asbestos was often used within walls, floors, and ceilings in buildings during the 1970s and 80s, so many construction workers were exposed to it during this time period.
  • Firefighters – Firefighters may be exposed to asbestos if they enter structures that contain it while fighting fires.
  • Navy personnel – The Navy has long used asbestos in ships because of its fireproofing capabilities, putting sailors at risk of mesothelioma over extended periods of service.
  • Shipyard Workers - Shipyard workers often build and repair ships, making them among the most at risk when it comes to developing mesothelioma, as these ships contain large amounts of asbestos.
  • Miners - Some natural ore deposits contain traces of asbestos, which poses an extreme danger for miners who come into contact with these materials during their excavations.

Can I Get Compensation for Mesothelioma in NJ?

New Jersey residents who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease may have a claim for compensation against the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing product that harmed them. Unfortunately, many mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease victims lack adequate legal representation or the resources to pursue a lawsuit on their own. Fortunately, Garden State Justice Group can provide you with the legal representation you need to pursue compensation for your mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease diagnosis.

How to Get Compensation?

So what are your options for obtaining compensation? Here are some tips on how to get compensation for mesothelioma in NJ:

  1. Speak to an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer
  2. Gather Evidence for Your Case
  3. File a Lawsuit Against the Negligent Party
  4. Receive Financial Compensation

New Jersey Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyers 

In New Jersey, asbestos-related diseases are on the rise; unfortunately, many victims do not have legal representation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Garden State Justice Group have been helping people with asbestos-related diseases file successful mesothelioma lawsuits for years. We have helped many people receive compensation for their pain and suffering.

At Garden State Justice Group, we help people in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. We understand that these diseases are painful and life-changing. Our New Jersey law firm helps victims and their families navigate the court system and obtain compensation. Contact our New Jersey law firm today for a free consultation.

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Date Published: January 24, 2023
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