If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Compensation can give you access to the medical and support services you and your family require, and can help improve your overall quality of life.
At Shine Lawyers, we have a team of expert asbestos compensation lawyers who are available for an obligation-free consultation. If you have been exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, register now with Shine Lawyers' National Asbestos Register. Registration is free and can help in any future compensation claims you may bring.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare, malignant form of cancer that develops on the cells of mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of your internal organs.
Mesothelioma shares many of the same symptoms as asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. The most common of these include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing, wheezing and hoarseness
- Chest wall and/or abdominal pain
- Pleural effusions (fluid surrounding the lung)
- Blood in sputum (mucous in lungs)
The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear for decades after asbestos exposure, and only manifest during the later stages of cancer development.
Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult because many of the symptoms are similar to asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. Early diagnosis, however, can provide a wider range of treatment options and help extend your life. It is best to contact your doctor if you have a history of exposure to asbestos.
Treatment for mesothelioma
There are a variety of options for combating mesothelioma, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Your treatment will ultimately depend on factors such as the type and severity of your cancer, and your overall health.
Each case of mesothelioma is different, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the best treatment options available to you.
Although the average life span after diagnosis is 1-2 years, mesothelioma affects each individual differently. Your prognosis will depend on a variety of factors such as your overall health, the type of mesothelioma you are diagnosed with, and the stage it has developed to.
Mesothelioma compensation process
No two cases of mesothelioma compensation are the same, and the way we handle your case will depend on your particular circumstances. For a general overview of the legal process for bringing a claim for compensation, see our video below.