Seventy percent of all mesothelioma cases materialize in the lining of the lungs called the pleura. Pleural mesothelioma is directly related to the inhalation of asbestos. When asbestos becomes airborne the tiny mineral fibers are inhaled deep into the lung tissue where they can lay dormant for a period of 20-50 years. Once symptoms of pleural mesothelioma appear, however, the disease is most often in its advanced stages. Therefore, for individuals knowingly exposed to asbestos, stringent monitoring of the lungs is imperative and can lead to early detection and beneficial treatment options.
Because of the long latency period, patients who were exposed to asbestos fibers in their childhood or early adult years are now being diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma as young as 40 years of age and as old as 60-70 years of age. World War II and Vietnam veterans are exceptionally prone to developing pleural mesothelioma because of their exposure to high levels of asbestos used in the armed forces during that time period. People working in such trades as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, machinists, and boilermakers also carry an increased risk of developing pleural mesothelioma in their lifetime. Wives and family members residing with these workers or individuals who handled their laundry are also at a higher risk for pleural mesothelioma.
Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos either by first- or second-hand exposure need to seek immediate medical intervention and continuous follow up. Early changes in lung tissue can lead to much earlier diagnosis. The mesothelioma attorneys at Philadelphia’s Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler law firm have witnessed the devastating effects of pleural mesothelioma, as well as the benefits of early diagnosis of the disease.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include a persistent dry or raspy cough, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath. Read more. Cat Scans, MRIs, and enhanced diagnostic testing can recognize early warning signs and changes in lung tissue that lead to pleural mesothelioma. Treatment options for patients diagnosed in the early stages of pleural mesothelioma can include surgical intervention, radiation, and chemotherapy. Clinical trials and experimental medications are also increasingly being offered to those in the early stages of pleural mesothelioma. Respiratory treatments are utilized to significantly improve the quality of life for pleural mesothelioma patients.
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, you need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney such as the personal injury lawyers at the Philadelphia law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown, & Sandler. Our mesothelioma attorneys have been providing exceptional counsel to victims of pleural mesothelioma for over 20 years. We understand the impact that asbestos exposure and mesothelioma have on victims and their families, and we can advise you of the best way to protect your legal rights and financial future.
With offices in center city Philadelphia, the mesothelioma lawyers of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown, & Sandler serve clients throughout the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Call us at (215) 569-4000 or contact us online to find out how we can assist you.