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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mesothelioma And Financial Help


Also Known as malignant mesothelioma, is form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested and become lodged in human tissue, causing inflammation or infection. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous substance that is still used in many industries
Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States, comprising around 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses.
People who have mesothelioma may have inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways.

Mesothelioma Types

Pleural Mesothelioma , Peritoneal Mesothelioma , Pericardial Mesothelioma Testicular Mesothelioma
Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking, but smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma 

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms or signs of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.

Symptoms of mesothelioma 

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

• Persistent dry or raspy cough (typically non-productive, meaning there is little or no phlegm)
• Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
• Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)
• Night sweats or fever
• Unexplained weight loss of 10 percent or more
• Fatigue
• Persistent pain in the chest or rib area, or painful breathing
• Shortness of breath (dyspnea) that occurs even when at rest
•  The appearance of lumps under the skin on the chest

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

• Night sweats or fever
• Unexplained weight loss
• Swelling or pain in the abdomen
• Anemia
• Fatigue
• Diarrhea or constipation (in general, any change in bowel habits or regularity)
• Nausea or vomiting
• The appearance of lumps under the skin on the abdomen

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

•             Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
•             Chest pain
•             Difficulty breathing, even when resting (dyspnea)
•             Fever or night sweats
•             Generalized fatigue

Financial Help Regarding Mesothelioma

If someone is  diagnosed with Mesothelioma. His/Her mind and emotions will be  on a roller coaster ride, because of concern for family finances, mesothelioma victim may push aside concerns about their personal pain. Instead, they focus on the cruel financial realities that come along with this serious disease. People usually don’t have financial plan that would provide good medical care, cover the cost of lawsuits  and give proper support to their families in such life- changing disease.

There are many thing you can do to prepare your self for future of you and your family,nomatter what your currunt financial satiation is .

Don’t forget to retain the services of an experienced mesothelioma attorney who can file a lawsuit in your behalf and  investigate an asbestos claim for you 

Here are some ways to find Mesothelioma financial help when you need it after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.

There are many organizations available to these patients today to assist them in not only paying the medical bills but in being able to meet their monetary obligations for their home as well.Each state has some sort of system set up that allows for mesothelioma financial help like 

State Health Insurance Assistance Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care
The Veterans Administration
The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America

You can also locate nonprofit community hospitals who offer care to patients in need of mesothelioma financial help

The first thing you should do is to get your medical records together because Mesothelioma can take ten to thirty years to show up after exposure to asbestos, you need your records of visits to doctors and health issues for years back. Get all the information you can about dates, doctors names, etc.

Get together facts about how you were exposed to the asbestos that caused the Mesothelioma. Places of employment and dates of where and when you worked around asbestos will be needed. Or if a loved one exposed you to asbestos, then the fact that you were exposed to it from a loved one working around asbestos would be used in your quest to obtain Mesothelioma financial help. Exposure would have come from you yourself working around it or being exposed to it when a family member or loved one worked around it and brought it home to you. Places like mills, shipyards, even the military service long ago, or building structures would have probably used asbestos back before the dangers of it were known. When a person worked around it, handled it, breathed the dust in, brought it home on their clothes, it caused asbestos exposure to the worker and their families.

Mesothelioma could be due to exposure to asbestos through your work, you may be able to claim compensation by Benefits paid by the government ,Compensation from employers ,Other financial help and benefits

Any of the asbestos support organisations can give you information about claiming compensation and support you through the process. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) can give you more information about the process of making claims.

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