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Mesothelioma Attorney, William Kherkher

Doctors Do Not Suspect Mesothelioma

It is hard to detect and even harder to accept. When you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is quite devastating; there is no cure. It is difficult to diagnose since the evidence of this disease is quite similar to other known diseases. Patients with mesothelioma have backaches and muscle aches along with shortness of breath, chest pain and general fatigue. Of course there is a variance in symptoms based on how far the mesothelioma has progressed. In regards to stages of mesothelioma, mesothelioma is usually detected in the later stages. This is because, simply put, doctors do not normally look for mesothelioma. Why would they not suspect mesothelioma? To understand the answer to this question is to understand what causes mesothelioma.

Origins of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma develops because of asbestos fibers caught in the lungs. If a patient has mesothelioma, it is because they have been directly exposed to asbestos. Unless the doctor is aware that the patient was exposed to asbestos, they will not even begin to look for any asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. On the other side, how would a patient be aware that they were exposed to asbestos? In these types of cases, patients are completely unaware that they were breathing in asbestos. The question remains if anyone else knew about the asbestos.

Finding Asbestos

Where can asbestos be found? Asbestos can be found in several locations some of which you would never suspect. Asbestos can be found in your typical areas, such as dry walls, ceilings, pipes, roofing material or flooring. But asbestos can be found in atypical areas such as in parts of a brake system or clutch. Most people do not know that asbestos is actually perfect material to be used in a brake system since it has both good temperature and chemical resistance. Asbestos can be found in many places, but most of the time, people do not even suspect they are near it. Clearly, if someone knew they were being exposed to asbestos they would change or quit their jobs immediately.

And there is still is one more aspect of asbestos that is a difficult reality. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may not realize this not only because you had no idea, but because you did not experience any side effects until much later. Asbestos in the body does not tend to exposed itself until after it has done some preliminary damage.

Talking to an Attorney

If you realize that you have an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, you need to talk to an attorney familiar with this area. A mesothelioma attorney can assess your situation to determine if you have a potential lawsuit. The mesothelioma attorneys at Williams Hart will sit with you for a free assessment of you case. Do not hesitate to contact them today.

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