Our lawyers have a detailed understanding of the different types of mesothelioma and how they affect individuals and families. We work with clients who have been diagnosed with:
Pleural mesotheliomaThis is the most common type of mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society. It occurs when asbestos fibers become lodged in the pleura mesothelium that lines the lungs and chest cavity. The disease may spread to the heart, chest and diaphragm. A person with pleural mesothelioma may experience shortness of breath, chest pains, chronic coughing and a build-up of fluid in the lungs. Many people lose their appetite and suffer from a lack of energy as well.
Peritoneal mesotheliomaThis is the second-most common type of mesothelioma. It occurs when asbestos fibers become caught in the peritoneum that lines the abdomen after the fibers are inhaled or swallowed. A person with this form of the disease may experience a loss of appetite, significant weight loss, fluid build-up in the abdomen and sharp abdominal pain.
Pericardial mesotheliomaThis rare form of mesothelioma arises from asbestos fibers getting caught in the pericardium tissue that lines the heart. Those who suffer from this type of mesothelioma may suffer shortness of breath, chest pains and heart palpitations. As with other types of mesothelioma, a person may lose a great deal of weight as the disease progresses.
Testicular mesotheliomaTesticular mesothelioma
This is also a highly rare form of the disease. It attacks the thin membrane which covers the testicles, or tunica vaginalis. It is marked by pain and swelling in the testicles.
The survival rate for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma will depend on many factors, including the extent to which the disease has spread throughout the body.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any form of mesothelioma, you may feel consumed with fear, grief and confusion about what to do next. Of course, you may also be highly concerned about the costs of medical care and treatment.
You should know that you do not have to face your challenges alone. The Sloan Firm will stand by you and fight for you. We will work tirelessly to pursue the compensation that you deserve for all of your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
How Did Your Asbestos Exposure Occur?
At one time, a large number of manufacturers incorporated asbestos in products such as:
Turbines, pumps, boilers and valvesFireproofing productsInsulationCaulk, putty and spackling productsGaskets and packingsAuto and railroad brakes and clutchesTiles, roofing and sidingLaboratory equipment.
These products were commonly used in industries that can be found throughout East Texas, including the oil and gas, petrochemical, shipbuilding, manufacturing and construction industries.
In fact, due to the heavy presence of these industries, the non-profit environmental advocacy group, EWG Action Fund, gave the nickname, “Asbestos Alley,” to an eight-county section of East Texas: Orange, Sabine, Jasper, Trinity, Jefferson, Newton, Hardin and Polk counties.
According to the group, the asbestos disease-related mortality rates within those eight counties are two to five times higher than state and national rates.
While workers in a wide range of occupations within East Texas may have been regularly exposed to asbestos while on the job, occupations with the highest rate of exposure include:
- Oil and gas refinery workers
- Power plant workers
- Railroad workers
- Construction workers
- U.S. Navy veterans / shipyard workers
Many of these workers may have brought asbestos fibers home with them on their skin, hair and clothes, exposing their family members to the risk of developing mesothelioma.
When The Sloan Firm investigates your case, we will conduct a comprehensive review of your work history and your family members’ work history and/or military records.
Additionally, we may take depositions of company officials or co-workers and consult with highly qualified experts about the cause, nature and extent of the disease in your case.
By conducting this exhaustive research and investigation, we can determine when and where you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos, and we can work with you to seek just compensation from the party (or parties) responsible for that exposure. Contact our mesothelioma attorneys today to learn more.