When someone believes that they may have cancer, the first thing they should do is go see their doctor. If this problem does become a reality, the next thing they should do is become educated.
Information is your best weapon in the battle against cancer. When you educate yourself on every aspect of a situation you are then in a much better position to deal with it effectively. You are going to want to know everything about your ailment, including the cause of it, descriptions of each symptom and the latest treatment that is available. In some cases you are going to want to know how to hire a lawyer to seek justice and reparations.
Research is a very valuable thing if you learn that you have cancer. There is plenty of information available on the internet today about any medical condition that exists. Google and keyword searches should become a regular part of your life. There is also a lot of information available online about attorneys, support groups, hospitals, and physicians that deal with mesothelioma cancer or any other condition.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining around the exterior of the lungs as well as the inside region of the ribs, or pleura and the abdominal organs, or peritoneum. This disease is caused basically by having previous exposure to asbestos fibers. Currently in the United States there is no other known cause of it other than asbestos exposure.
This disease begins in the lining of the chest cavity next to the lungs and heart. As it progresses it spreads through the wall of the chest to the heart and other vital organs. Eventually, it can spread to all the organs throughout the body and the most severe cases at this stage are usually terminal.
If you suspect that you may have mesothelioma cancer it is very important that you schedule an appointment to see your doctor immediately. Do not hesitate for early detection can save your life. Having tests done does not mean that you have cancer, it just means you would rather be safe than sorry. If you do receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, the sooner you address the problem the better your chances are to treat it effectively.
If you do not have health insurance or a primary care doctor then you can go to a state or county run hospital and apply for a government sponsored insurance programs. If you qualify you can receive low-cost or no-cost insurance to cover the cost of your doctor's appointments, lab tests, prescription drugs, therapy, etc... Almost every major city in the United States has a county or state run hospital that provides care for those who cannot afford medical insurance.
While your primary concern will be with taking care of your health if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may also want to think about whether or not you may have a lawsuit. Many companies have ignored the laws that have been established by the federal government over the past few decades and this has been the cause of many mesothelioma lawsuit cases.
The motive behind law breaking companies regarding asbestos use is usually greed. It can be very expensive to comply with the FDA regulations, and this can cut into their bottom line profits. Instead of spending the money to replace old asbestos materials at their work facilities they would rather pocket the money for themselves. As stated earlier, mesothelioma sometimes does not show up for decades after the asbestos exposure occurs, so a lot of business owners and corporate executives may feel that they will never be linked to the cause if one of their retired or former employees gets mesothelioma many years after working for them.
There is no shortage of mesothelioma lawyers on the internet that will fight on your behalf to get you justice and money.
Thanks to scientific, medical and legal research there are now ways to link negligent or illegal business practices to people who have mesothelioma. Many law-breaking companies in the United States have been ordered to pay huge fines and reparations to their employees that have contracted mesothelioma because of an illegal use of asbestos material in their workplaces. Attorneys that handle these types of cases are in abundance these days and most of them will give you a free consultation to determine if you have a lawsuit or not.
If you have never used a lawyer before and you do not know one, you can always find one on the internet. Just make sure you try to do as much research as you can about the attorney you are planning to use before you hire them or you may get taken for a lot of money. Remember, if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma you should get educated on the topic. Google and keyword searches are there to give you all the information you need about your condition and the best ways to deal with it.
Copyright 2006 Michael P. Connelly