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Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer that develops in body linings, called the mesothelium, which is where mesothelioma derives its name. Asbestos is the main known cause of mesothelioma. Because of established facts that the asbestos industry knowingly put people at risk for asbestos exposure, numerous people with mesothelioma have been able to obtain compensation through settlements and trials. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, find out how West Virginia mesothelioma lawyers can help.
According to the American Cancer Society, every year U.S. doctors diagnose approximately 3,000 new mesothelioma cases. Mesothelioma rates increased steadily during the 1970s through the 1990s. Since that time, the rate has stayed level or slightly decreased. Most cases involve men rather than women. Medical researchers believe this is because the greatest source of asbestos exposure is the workplace. Asbestos was used extensively in military tanks, ships and other equipment. Mesothelioma is therefore recognized as a service-related condition. The most common type of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining in the lungs. Other types include peritoneal (abdominal lining), pericardial (heart lining) and testicular (testicle lining) mesothelioma. While most mesothelioma develops as a result of asbestos exposure, the American Cancer Society also lists zeolites, high doses of radiation and SV40 virus as rare but other possible links to mesothelioma.
In many cases, the high costs of cancer medical treatment make it necessary to seek legal help. By consulting with a mesothelioma lawyer in West Virginia, you can find out about your prospects for recovering compensation.
Prim Law Firm has extensive experience dealing with mesothelioma cases and helping clients receive deserved compensation.