When a person begins to feel unwell, he or she may ignore symptoms for a while or brush them off before finally deciding to see a doctor. In some cases, the diagnosis may be something relatively minor, and in others, a person could find out that he or she has a serious condition like pleural mesothelioma. Such news can be life altering.
It is possible for Louisiana residents to have faced exposure to asbestos or other mesothelioma-causing substances without even realizing it, such as while working or while living in an older building. This type of condition typically shows up years after exposure and can show various signs and symptoms. Some symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include difficulty swallowing, aching pain near the ribs, persistent cough, lower back pain, shortness of breath and others.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma, but doctors can take measures to treat the condition. Depending on the stage of the condition, various surgeries may be conducted to remove cancerous tissue, to remove an entire lung or to remove the pleura, or covering of a lung. Radiation, chemotherapy, medications and other treatments are also commonly used.
Mesothelioma is a life-changing illness, and many Louisiana residents may suffer greatly because of it. If individuals believe that exposure to asbestos contributed to their illness, they may have reason to seek compensation from those responsible for the exposure. Discussing the matter with experienced attorneys may help concerned individuals gain reliable information on their legal options and what they could gain from moving forward with a legal claim.