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Defending Your Rights After Injury & Illness

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the linings of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, you may be entitled to compensation. While many cancers can develop from a variety of causes, mesothelioma’s only known cause is exposure to asbestos, which can be found in older homes, schools, and public buildings. You shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of another party’s negligence. Our Galesburg mesothelioma attorney is committed to helping our clients heal from injury and illness by pursuing full compensation through a personal injury claim. Medical treatment for mesothelioma can be expensive, but John Rehn LLC can lift your financial burdens so you have one less thing to worry about.

Contact us online or call (309) 228-2008 if you need legal representation after you’ve developed mesothelioma. Our caring team always puts our clients’ best interests first and can listen to you.

What is Mesothelioma?

Around 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States, with 90% of diagnoses being connected to asbestos exposure. There are four main types of mesothelioma that depend on where the cancer develops. Mesothelioma may form in the lining of the lungs (pleural), testicles (testicular), heart (pericardial), or abdomen (peritoneal). Unfortunately, individuals do not develop mesothelioma immediately after asbestos exposure – symptoms can emerge 10-50 years after.

Common treatment include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which require numerous appointments and can cost up to tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most people are not prepared to pay that much for treatment, but with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to file a claim and secure the compensation you need.

Warning Signs of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is comprised of fibrous materials that can resist heat, fire, and electricity, making it a popular material to use in a variety of consumer products as well as in homes and buildings. Though it hasn’t been banned yet in the U.S., asbestos can be extremely hazardous when airborne, which can cause it to be ingested or inhaled.

You may have mesothelioma if you have developed the following symptoms, and should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Fluid buildup
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness

If you believe you have cancer, time is of the essence, as the average life expectancy of mesothelioma patients is 12-21 months after diagnosis. The sooner you call our team of legal professionals, the sooner we can help you file your claim and recover the damages you’ve accrued. Individuals and groups responsible for giving innocent victims cancer have to pay for their actions.

Types of Asbestos Exposure

Individuals can be exposed to asbestos through a variety of methods, even though asbestos use has declined significantly over the past few decades.

Individuals can develop mesothelioma as result of:

  • Occupational exposure: Many workers and contractors can be exposed to asbestos while on the job at site that can include steel mills, power plants, and oil refineries. Research shows that at least 125 million workers today are exposed to asbestos on the job every year. Occupation asbestos exposure accounts for 70% of all mesothelioma deaths.
  • Product exposure: Even though there are regulations in place to stop using asbestos in product, some products continue to contain asbestos, including insulation and siding, and consumer goods like hair dryers.
  • Talc exposure: Talc is a natural mineral that is safe on its own but can be dangerous when contaminated with asbestos in talcum powder products such as cosmetics and baby powder. Many mining workers may also be exposed to contaminated talc.
  • Secondary exposure: Individuals who are directly exposed to asbestos may also spread it to their family members and others, as asbestos fibers can cling to clothes, skin, and hair.

What to Do When You’ve Been Diagnosed

The moment you’ve been diagnosed, call our personal injury attorney. We can help you file a claim against the at-fault party quickly so we can establish negligence and achieve your desired compensation in an efficient manner. With our legal knowledge and resources, we can help you recover damages including medical bills for hospital stays and surgeries, lost wages and future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you lost a family member to mesothelioma, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit that can also help pay for burial and funeral costs.

We know this is a difficult time for you. Allow us to handle your case in your time of need.

Call our Galesburg mesothelioma attorney today at (309) 228-2008 for your free consultation.

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