Have You Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma After Exposure to Asbestos?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer affecting the lining of the lung or abdomen. Since 1960, the only known cause of mesothelioma has been exposure to asbestos. As asbestos breaks down, tiny particles of the material float in the air.

Individuals who inhale or swallow the particles may develop serious health problems after the material lodges in their lungs. Unfortunately, individuals exposed to asbestos may not develop symptoms for years—perhaps decades. At the Yost Legal Group, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating mesothelioma claims—and can answer any questions you may have.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Even brief exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, though it may not appear for 30 to 50 years. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma—accumulation of fluid in the lungs—include shortness of breath and chest pain. Peritoneal mesothelioma—or fluid in the abdomen—may bring weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, bowel obstruction, abnormal blood clotting, anemia, and fever. Mesothelioma in other areas of the body may cause pain, difficulty swallowing, and swelling of the neck or face.

Prevalence of Asbestos

For years, asbestos was found in construction materials, industrial products, and job site equipment. It was commonly added to industrial and household products from the 1900s through the 1980s. Even today, asbestos is still commonly found in cement, brake linings, roof shingles, and flooring products. Asbestos is still used in heating wrap, acoustic insulation, and fireproofing materials.