Mesothelioma Is A Serious Cancer. We Are Your Serious Legal Solution.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Often, its symptoms take years or even decades to appear. For many people who have been exposed in West Virginia, symptoms have taken from 10 to 50 years to materialize.

If you believe you or a loved one might have been exposed to asbestos, you should inform your physician of such exposure. If any form of malignant mesothelioma is diagnosed, call James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., at 304-881-0652 or contact us online to talk to our lawyer.

What Is Malignant Mesothelioma?

In malignant mesothelioma, cancerous cells are found in the mesothelium, the two-layer membrane lining different parts of the body:

Normally, a lubricating fluid in these layers enables the organs to function properly. But when needle-like asbestos fibers are present, they cause irritation and can form cancerous cells.

General symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen

Pleural Mesothelioma

In pleural mesothelioma, asbestos fibers travel to the mesothelium, or pleura, that line the inner rib cage and the outside of the lungs, causing cancerous cells. The asbestos fibers catalyze abnormal division of these cells, which then thicken the pleural membrane layers and build up fluid. The fluid eventually prevents normal breathing.

About 75 percent of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed as pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Lower back pain
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lumps under chest-area skin

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

With peritoneal mesothelioma, a tumor applies pressure on organs, including the lungs, causing extreme abdominal pain.

About 20 to 33 percent of known mesothelioma cases are attributed to this form of the disease. Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms may include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Swelling of the feet
  • Weight loss

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is when asbestos fibers travel from the lungs to the mesothelial tissue that surrounds the heart where they lodge and create cancerous tumors. When these tumors expand, they restrict the heart's proper functioning and result in cardiac problems, including heart failure.

In this rarest form of mesothelioma, symptoms may include:

  • Hypertension
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Some swelling of the face and upper extremities

Exposed To Asbestos? We Will Work Diligently To Get You The Compensation You Deserve.

Direct or indirect short-term and long-term exposure to asbestos can cause harm and result in mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., at 304-881-0652 or contact us online to speak with our asbestos attorney. We also handle cases involving defective drugs, products liability, wrongful death and other serious injuries.