Problems Arising from Failure to Immediately Diagnose Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is indeed one of the most talked-about diseases of the century. This is because more and more people are being afflicted by the ailment and there are lawsuits being filed linked to the diagnosis.You must be wondering how mesothelioma and legal complaints are being linked to each other.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is developed in the mesothelial tissue, or the sacs that surround the body's internal organs. When unlikely matters accumulate in these tissues, tumor may arise.
Mesothelioma is often diagnosed in the chest area. It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos, a construction material widely used in the past for insulation purposes.
Because asbestos is disintegrative in nature, when exposed to air, it slowly breaks down into very fine fibers that also goes with the air.
When a person inhales the air that contains the micro-fibers of asbestos, the substance would proceed to the lungs and then to the sacs surrounding the lungs. There are problems arising from the diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Often, there are failures in proper and immediate diagnosis of the disease. A person would surely develop mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos for at least about a month or two. The problem is that mesothelioma does not abruptly and easily develop and manifest symptoms.
On the average, it takes about 20 to 30 years after exposure to asbestos before a person is diagnosed with the disease. Worse, symptoms usually show off when mesothelioma is already on the terminal stage. This is the cause of problems for mesothelioma patients who are aiming to seek compensation from asbestos firms.
Why lawsuits often failWhen a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, chances are often that he or she is already on the final phase of the cancer. That means, it would only take a year at the maximum for the patient to live. It is only after diagnosis that any mesothelioma victim could file a lawsuit.
You know how litigation processes take. It would surely take at least more than a year before a lawsuit is taken to courts or at least be given initial hearing. If the mesothelioma patient is only given a year to live, how would he be able to seek justice for the damage done to his health?
Often, asbestos damage lawsuits are junked or stopped after the complainant dies. Not unless the family of the victim would pursue the case, which would just be harder, more tedious and more costly, asbestos damage claims almost always fail