Mesothelioma is the most severe health consequence that is likely to develop due to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer with no known cure, but if it is diagnosed in its earlier stages then an individual may experience a greater duration and quality of life than would be possible in a more advanced stage. There are four different stages of mesothelioma, each one progressively more destructive than the one before it.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be able to seek financial compensation if you were exposed to asbestos due to the negligence of another party. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart & Boundas to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Features of Various Stages
The formal stage of one’s mesothelioma diagnosis will dictate much about the approach to treatment and the expectations that a patient may reasonably have. The following are some of the features of the various stages of mesothelioma:
- Stage I: Tumors are detectable (usually on one side of the body) and generally present in a person’s organ lining. Usually the lymph nodes have not been affected at this point.
- Stage II: Tumors are detectable on both sides of the body and the lymph nodes might also be affected with tumors at Stage II.
- Stage III: Lymph nodes are likely to host tumors and other tumors can generally be detected on both sides of the body.
- Stage IV: Cancer is in a person’s bloodstream/lymphatic system. This makes the spread of cancer much quicker, affecting multiple organs.
We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family, and while you may not be thinking about legal action at a time like this, a civil lawsuit can help you to contend with some of the practical concerns that you are likely to experience. To discuss your potential case, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart & Boundas today.