When someone in your family is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it can be a staggering blow for everyone. Unfortunately, many people in Minnesota have been exposed to asbestos, which is the root cause of mesothelioma. This exposure may have occurred in a work setting, in a secondary exposure, or through products containing asbestos.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, or the lining of the lungs. However, it can also attack other parts of the body. Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer and other cancers.
Now that you have been diagnosed, you will need to take a few steps moving forward:
- Get a second opinion. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer with a long latency period. A diagnosis often means you have only a relatively short time to live. Before your family accepts that, you should get a second opinion.
- Consider your treatment options. In some cases where mesothelioma is diagnosed at an early stage, it may be possible to surgically remove the cancer. However, this is not true most of the time, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your doctor may offer surgery as an option to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing or to reduce the spread of the disease. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other treatments may help, as well. In some cases, you may opt to take part in a clinical trial of a new or developing treatment.
- Talk to a mesothelioma attorney. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the company or manufacturer who exposed you to asbestos. You may not have to file a lawsuit. Many times, the responsible companies have set up trust funds to compensate people who got mesothelioma from their workplaces or products. You may be eligible for other benefits, as well. A mesothelioma attorney can help you understand all your rights and options and decide on any action you want to take.
- Take time to enjoy your life. The truth is that mesothelioma is a very serious illness with a low rate of recovery. You deserve to take as much time as you need to enjoy your family, beloved activities and other aspects of life.
At Sieben Polk, P.A., we have helped many people make claims for financial compensation after a mesothelioma diagnosis. We are Minnesota’s only local, dedicated law firm handling mesothelioma cases, and we care about each and every one of our clients.