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Mesothelioma: A nagging cough is often the first symptom

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2019 | Mesothelioma

Many Minnesotans once worked in factories, shipyards, on a railroad or in other work environments with a high risk of asbestos exposure. Typically, they were unaware that of the dangers they faced. Others did not receive the proper training or safety equipment available to keep them safe on the job. This is why, years later, many of them suffer from mesothelioma or other health problems associated with asbestos exposure.

Having a lingering cough can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Constantly hacking can impair the quality of daily life and can also make the person suffering feel drained and weary. It is always a good idea to see a doctor when a cough is persistent, especially if you’ve possibly have been exposed to asbestos. An unrelenting cough is often the first apparent symptom of mesothelioma.

With asbestos-related illnesses, it may take years before symptoms are evident. You might have been exposed to asbestos in the 1970s but not developed a cough until years later. Then again, coughing might not be the most prominent symptom in your case; you might have trouble breathing, chest discomfort, loss of weight or extreme fatigue as well.

If a Minnesota doctor diagnoses you with mesothelioma, you will likely eventually need daily living assistance. Repeated doctor visits, perhaps even surgery, may also be part of your future. Many people in similar situations choose to focus on quality of life when they know they have a terminal illness. It is often possible, especially if employer negligence is apparent, to seek compensation for damages in civil court. Sieben Polk P.A., can provide strong legal support throughout the process.


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