Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer resulting from asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our lawyers can help you hold the party (or parties) responsible for your asbestos exposure legally liable for their negligence. At the Locks Law Firm, our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey mesothelioma attorneys can help you obtain the compensation to which you and your family are entitled. Although the effects of asbestos have been known to be deadly for years, many companies chose to do nothing. Even more egregiously, many hid the truth from their employees and the general public. Because the latency period (the time between exposure and the appearance of the disease's symptoms) for mesothelioma may range from 15 to 50 years, victims who were exposed to asbestos or products containing asbestos decades ago may only now be experiencing its effects. Our mesothelioma attorneys have helped many victims and their families secure favorable verdicts and settlements. If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition, contact the knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyers at the Locks Law Firm and schedule a consultation.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer, caused by asbestos exposure, that begins in the mesothelium (the tissue that protects the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs) and can quickly metastasize throughout the body. Most frequently, mesothelioma develops in the cells lining the chest cavity (the pleura) or the abdomen (the peritoneum). Most people with malignant mesothelioma have worked at jobs where they inhaled asbestos. Others have been exposed to asbestos in a household or workplace environment, often without knowing it. Asbestos exposure that lasts as little as one or two months can result in mesothelioma developing 15 to 50 years later. People exposed decades ago are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma due to the disease's long latency period.
If you or a family member was exposed to asbestos and now suffers from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you have rights as a victim of a dangerous product. Contact the Locks Law Firm at our Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York office for a consultation with our mesothelioma attorneys. We help our clients establish liability and attain the financial compensation to which they and their families are entitled.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma FAQs
- What causes mesothelioma?
- How much asbestos exposure can result in mesothelioma?
- Who is at risk for asbestos exposure?
- How long after exposure to asbestos will mesothelioma appear?
- What is the typical prognosis for those diagnosed with mesothelioma?
- What should people do if diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease?
- Does the law limit how long victims have to pursue justice?
According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Approximately 8 million people nationwide have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
In the fall of 2004, the Centers for Disease Control reported a surge in deaths related to asbestos exposure. Although asbestos use has dramatically decreased over the last several decades, asbestos-related deaths are rising. The CDC estimated that the mortality rate is expected to increase for at least another decade.
Mesothelioma is almost always fatal; the average survival rate for someone with malignant mesothelioma is 11 months. Race and gender do not factor into the development of malignant mesothelioma, as asbestos exposure is thought to be the most important risk factor. Mesothelioma has a peak incidence about 40 years after asbestos exposure, and it commonly develops when a person is between 50 and 70 years of age.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our New York, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey offices. The mesothelioma attorneys at Locks Law Firm can help you maximize the return on your claim.
Mesothelioma is an incurable disease. However, if mesothelioma is diagnosed early, the quality and length of the patient's life may be greatly improved. There are three common treatments for mesothelioma: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Often, the three procedures are used in combination to provide the most thorough and effective treatment.
Additionally, new mesothelioma treatments have been researched and developed with the hope of yielding better results than traditional methods. New mesothelioma treatments include:
- Development of new chemotherapy agents
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Gene therapy
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Mesothelioma Treatment Centers
There are a number of medical centers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere that specialize in mesothelioma treatment. If you are in need of mesothelioma treatment, consider these distinguished care facilities:
New York Mesothelioma Treatment
Kaplan Cancer Center
New York University Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Cancer Research Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Treatment
Wistar Institute Cancer Center
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Jefferson Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
233 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
3400 Spruce Street
16 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA 19104
New Jersey Mesothelioma Treatment
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street, Room 2002B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Do I Have a Case?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At the Locks Law Firm, our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey mesothelioma attorneys can fight aggressively on your behalf. We have obtained significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, and we can help you too.
Our lawyers provide representation on a contingency basis, meaning that if we do not obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf, we do not accept any legal fees. Consultations with prospective clients are always free. To schedule a complimentary personal injury or wrongful death case evaluation and review, contact our mesothelioma attorneys today. We can help you hold negligent employers or manufacturers accountable for your injuries.