According to research, as many as 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Mesothelioma every year. The only known cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The World Health Organization estimates that as 125 million people around the world have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace. It’s also believed the more than a million workers in the United States are still being exposed to asbestos and at risk of contracting Mesothelioma.
A: Mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of cancer that typically attacks the lining of major organs, such as the heart and lungs, as well as the abdomen. Mesothelioma that affects the lungs, the most common kind, is known as pleural Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma impacting the abdomen is referred to medically as peritoneal Mesothelioma. When the disease strikes the heart, it’s known as pericardial Mesothelioma. The only known cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
A: Diagnosing Mesothelioma can be difficult, as it can take anywhere from ten to fifty years for symptoms after exposure for symptoms to appear. However, the most common indicators of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing or hoarseness, bowel obstructions, coughing and weight loss. Because many of these symptoms also appear in other diseases, it can take a while to get a definitive diagnosis of Mesothelioma. The necessary tests may include MRIs, pulmonary function tests, blood tests and fluid or tissue samples.
A: Mesothelioma is a form of cancer, so the treatment regimens typical with other types of cancer are also used with this disease. That may include chemotherapy or radiation, and in limited situations, surgical procedures.
A: Absolutely. The only requirements to file a workers’ compensation claim in New York are that you show you were injured and that the injury was work-related. Workplace illnesses are fully compensable.
At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.
We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:
Occupational Illness or Disease | Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death
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Pyrros & Serres LLP
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York