Mesothelioma /Asbestos Lawyer Boston, Malden

There are three principal types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial. Though the condition can metastasize to affect other parts of the body, the disease is classified according to the specific mesothelial lining first affected by asbestos exposure. No matter which form of mesothelioma you may have, the condition is serious. An asbestos lawyer from Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, serving Boston, Malden, and all of Massachusetts, can help you pursue compensation for the illness from those responsible so you can afford excellent medical care and provide for your loved ones.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma originates in the pleura, a thin lining that surrounds the lungs. Most mesothelioma cases handled by our asbestos lawyers involve pleural mesothelioma, as it is the most common form of the illness. Medical experts currently believe that pleural mesothelioma is caused when asbestos fibers build up inside the lungs; some asbestos fibers eventually work their way out through the lung tissue and into the pleural lining, causing plaques and scarring. Ultimately, these buildups may lead to cancerous growths. In most cases, pleural tumors appear on only one side of the lungs.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include a chronic cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, and weight loss. Patients may also cough up blood. Among pleural mesothelioma patients, breathing problems are typically linked to fluid buildup in the lungs and between the lungs and pleura. In severe cases, patients may experience a lung collapse or develop larger tumor masses.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the abdominal lining known as the peritoneum. It accounts for about 10 percent of all mesothelioma cases. There are a number of competing theories that may outline how asbestos fibers enter the abdominal lining; one holds that asbestos fibers enter the lymphatic system through the lungs, while another holds that they may be ingested as a person swallows mucous from the lungs that has been contaminated by asbestos deposits.

Typically, people with peritoneal mesothelioma do not experience symptoms until the disease is in its more advanced stages. Once symptoms do appear, they often include abdominal swelling from fluid buildup, visible tumor masses, weight loss, problems with bowel function, and pain in the abdomen.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

In pericardial mesothelioma, asbestos fibers become embedded in the pericardium, a lining that surrounds the heart and major blood vessels. It is thought that the asbestos fibers travel through the bloodstream from the lungs and into the heart, where they work their way into the lining over time. Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest form of the disease.

The symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma resemble those of other heart conditions, making early diagnosis difficult. For this reason, it is important that your doctor knows if you have a history of asbestos exposure. Common symptoms include heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, chronic chest pain, breathing problems, fever, and night sweats. All these symptoms are the result of fluid buildup between the heart and the pericardium.

At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, we understand the concerns of asbestos exposure victims diagnosed with mesothelioma. Your lawyer will help you understand the litigation process, handling your case aggressively so you can focus on treatment. If you have mesothelioma, the best thing you can do is speak with an asbestos lawyer from our firm as soon as possible.

Discuss Your Asbestos Case with a Mesothelioma Lawyer  from Rodman, Rodman & Sandman

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you need a lawyer you can trust. Representing residents of Malden, Boston, and throughout the state of Massachusetts, Rodman, Rodman & Sandman has been handling mesothelioma litigation for 30 years. Our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that you get every dollar to which you are entitled as a victim of asbestos exposure. Contact our firm today to learn more.