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What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer affecting the protective lining around vital organs often caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to file a claim for mesothelioma compensation from trust funds and settlements or how long it takes to receive money from trial verdicts.

Did your doctor diagnose you with Mesothelioma likely due to asbestos exposure? Are you seeking financial compensation through peritoneal mesothelioma claims? Here, we discuss ‘what is peritoneal mesothelioma?’

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are legal advocates for individuals who developed Mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or other diseases due to asbestos exposure.

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What Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

According to the National Institute of Health, Peritoneal Mesothelioma is rare cancer that affects vital organs’ protective lining.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is typically found in the abdomen and is considered one of three types of Mesothelioma. The other three forms of this rare cancer include pleural Mesothelioma, pericardial Mesothelioma, and testicular Mesothelioma.

Many mesothelioma cases are not accurately diagnosed for decades until the disease has progressed (metastasized) from the abdominal organs to other body areas.

Even with an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis, the patient is often late in the asbestos-related disease. It means treatment options and survival chances are minimal and include surgery and radiation for symptom palliation.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

According to the American Cancer Society, medical science has found a correlation between asbestos exposure and developing peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, many peritoneal mesothelioma patients were unaware of their asbestos-related diseases until they were in the later stages with a poor prognosis.

Asbestos exposure can take many forms, including inhaling airborne asbestos fibers or swallowing the fibers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) [1] estimates that more than 10 million American workers were exposed to asbestos while on-the-job.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Correlation

The relationship between peritoneal Mesothelioma and lung cancer is significant because of the prevalence of exposure to asbestos in the construction industry. Both diseases are caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become embedded in the lungs, remaining for many years.

According to the CDC, it may take up to 50 years before symptoms of lung cancer develop after breathing in asbestos. Approximately 15,000 Americans die each year from Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

In some cases, asbestos becomes airborne when construction workers use power tools to remove the mineral from buildings during renovation or demolition projects. In other scenarios, fibers become airborne inside a patient’s home due to normal wear and tear on household appliances, such as washing machines or dryers.

Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Personal Injury Claims

Injured parties who develop asbestos-related illnesses have numerous mesothelioma compensation options, including wrongful death claims paid by asbestos trust funds that asbestos manufacturers and other corporations set up.

These mesothelioma claims provide funds for medical bills, hospitalization costs, and treatment by mesothelioma specialists. Surviving family members can also file a mesothelioma claim after losing a loved one to pay for past medical expenses and funeral & burial costs.

Asbestos litigation is a complex process that can be difficult to navigate through. If you have been diagnosed with peritoneal Mesothelioma, seek the guidance of a mesothelioma lawyer who can help you file an asbestos lawsuit against negligent companies or employers that exposed you to harmful levels of asbestos.

Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

Mesothelioma compensation is available through various means, including asbestos trust fund claims. While the U.S. Congress set up a compensation fund for asbestos-related illnesses and injuries victims, not all trusts are available to every claimant filing a mesothelioma claim.

Only specific mesothelioma claims can be filed as trust fund claim to receive financial compensation. Unfortunately, treatment costs are expensive, especially if the patient is not receiving workers’ compensation benefits, social security disability benefits, or health insurance payments.

The statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims is typically two years. After that, the victim must file a trust fund claim before losing their rights to compensation for their damages. Experienced attorneys that specialize in resolving a mesothelioma case can ensure your rights are protected.


Asbestos Claims and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Many mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military, working in shipyards, or handling asbestos-containing products.

In recent years, through the Department of Defense, the federal government has set up asbestos trust funds or ordered asbestos companies to pay out monetary recovery for injured parties filing legal claims.

Many mesothelioma claims are handled through an experienced attorney specializing in civil justice to ensure that the legal process includes

Social Security disability benefits. Promptly filing a claim is crucial to ensure that the victim or surviving family member receives compensation before the statute of limitations expires.

Did you serve in military service and have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Do you suspect that asbestos exposure caused your health condition and seek compensation through a mesothelioma claim?

Let a mesothelioma attorney work on your behalf to ensure you receive maximum compensation from various means, including the federal government and money set aside by bankrupt asbestos companies.

Surviving Family Members and a Wrongful Death Claim

Can family members of a mesothelioma patient file a legal claim? Many mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by surviving family members who lost a loved one after exposure to asbestos products and materials.

These asbestos-related claims not only cover medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs, and hospital bills, but qualifying family members can receive money for:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost familial support
  • Housekeeping and other homemaker tasks
  • Loss of other family contributions

The asbestos lawyers at our law firm can assist you with an asbestos claim or provide free VA claims assistance to ensure your family receives maximum compensation when resolving a wrongful death lawsuit.

An experienced mesothelioma attorney will work with VA-accredited claims agents to maximize your trial verdict or negotiated settlement.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Are Not Class-Action Suits

Peritoneal mesothelioma lawsuits are not class-action lawsuits. Instead, these asbestos trust fund claims provide financial security to families to resolve their financial circumstances after losing a loved one.

These claimants must prove their case by showing their loved one’s work history and an accurate late/early diagnosis of their condition.

The plaintiffs (family members) have numerous legal options to receive compensation through various means, including:

  • Asbestos trust funds
  • Asbestos bankruptcy trusts
  • Social Security disability insurance
  • Private insurance claims Providing asbestos compensation
  • Monetary recovery through the Department of Veterans Affairs for those in the military or working in naval shipyards

Personal Injury Mesothelioma Claims

The mesothelioma claims process is complicated. As a result, many mesothelioma victims never file a claim to pay their medical bills or recoup lost income due to time away from work.

Our mesothelioma lawyers have helped many workers in military veterans through the compensation claim filing process to ensure that they receive adequate compensation for their damages.

Typically, a personal injury claim or mesothelioma lawsuit can provide sufficient funds to treat peritoneal Mesothelioma.

How to Qualify for Mesothelioma Compensation

Every mesothelioma patient or surviving family member must prove damages to qualify for mesothelioma compensation. It is accomplished through the filing of a mesothelioma claim or lawsuit.

The damages required to file a successful claim include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of life
  • Necessary home modifications
  • Lost financial support to the patient or family members

Many asbestos trusts have been established to resolve mesothelioma claims and ensure that claimants receive adequate compensation.

  • If you have been diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease peritoneal Mesothelioma, please get in touch with our firm to complete a free case evaluation and consultation with one of the nation’s leading asbestos and personal injury claim attorneys.

What Is the Average Payout for an Asbestos Claim?

According to our attorneys, the average mesothelioma claim is resolved for approximately $1.4 million. The amount usually included a maximum of $90,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The average mesothelioma claim is between $200,000 and $400,000. However, this payment is not automatic. On average, these cases could take from 6 months to one year to resolve. It is due, in part, to the fact, there are numerous legal avenues of resolution.

An experienced attorney will ensure your legal rights are protected regarding the settlement of your case.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is often difficult to diagnose, leaving many patients untreated for an extended time.

The following are the most common symptoms associated with peritoneal Mesothelioma:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Chronic pain in the abdomen or pelvis area
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and general weakness
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Fluid buildup in the abdomen
  • Rectal bleeding

In some cases, a patient does not show any signs or symptoms of the asbestos-related disease. Because of this delay in diagnosis by a peritoneal mesothelioma doctor, most patients with the condition are diagnosed in stages III or IV of the disease, which means extensive damage to other organs has already occurred.

Once peritoneal Mesothelioma is diagnosed, doctors can treat the condition with surgery or radiation therapy. Unfortunately, many patients receive limited treatment options because the cancerous tumor is usually discovered late.

Did you develop peritoneal Mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease due to your occupational exposure? If so, call an experienced mesothelioma lawyer at (888) 424-5757 to discuss filing a mesothelioma claim.

Who Is at Risk of Developing Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

People exposed to asbestos more than 40 years ago before the dangers of inhaling the mineral might be at risk of developing peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Asbestos mining and milling, asbestos product manufacturing, power plant, and shipyard work where asbestos was used in insulation and fireproofing materials may be the legacy of those who developed peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Did you or your loved one work in industry between 1950 and the mid-1970s where you were exposed to asbestos? If so, you might be at risk of developing Mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, symptoms of peritoneal Mesothelioma are often vague and likely resemble those associated with other diseases, making it difficult to determine exposure history in most patients.

No exposure threshold has been determined to cause the disease, although Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions become more common as exposure levels rise. Even low levels of exposure to asbestos (approximately 1 million fibers longer than 10 microns) can increase the risk for this disease form.

If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call a qualified peritoneal mesothelioma lawyer to answer your questions about financial compensation. A mesothelioma attorney with our firm will provide immediate legal assistance with filing claims today.

Advanced Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Many patients with an extensive asbestos-exposure history will develop malignant mesothelioma decades after inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers and dust. Often, the early symptoms go unnoticed until there is significant damage to the peritoneal lining of the abdomen.

Asbestos fibers become trapped in the peritoneal tissue and, over time, lead to chronic inflammation. It causes an accumulation of fluid around the lining. As the fluid increases, symptoms such as weight loss begin to appear. In addition, in the advanced stages of peritoneal Mesothelioma, tumor masses can form within this fluid cavity, further contributing to weight loss.

How Peritoneal Mesothelioma Differs From Other Mesotheliomas

Although the three forms of Mesothelioma are all considered rare cancers, peritoneal Mesothelioma is the most common disease.

The other forms of the disease include:

  • Pleural Mesothelioma
  • Testicular Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer

Lung cancer risk also increases with the duration and intensity of asbestos exposure. In addition, researchers have found a direct correlation between the number of asbestos fibers present in lung tissue and the risk for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancers.

What Are the Risk Factors for Developing Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

There is no single risk factor that has been linked to Peritoneal Mesothelioma. However, it is believed that former asbestos miners or millers exposed to large quantities of the mineral are at the highest risk.

Workers in the asbestos textile, insulation, boiler-making, shipyard, and power plant industries may also be more vulnerable to developing peritoneal mesothelioma if exposed to high levels of asbestos before the dangers.

Many asbestos manufacturers have filed for bankruptcy to avoid their legal responsibility of resolving mesothelioma claims by injured parties. Most mesothelioma lawsuits are resolved through funds set aside by bankruptcy asbestos companies to resolve current and future wrongful death claims.

Some personal injury claims filed by mesothelioma patients or surviving family members of asbestos victims have been lost or denied by juries because of the difficulty in proving exposure history.

To prove exposure, you must provide testimony from your employer(s), coworkers, physicians, and family members to describe specific work duties performed within certain timeframes that may have exposed you to asbestos fibers.

Contact a qualified peritoneal mesothelioma lawyer today for more information on filing asbestos, Mesothelioma, or personal injury claims against a company that failed to warn the public of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma specialists have no known cure for the asbestos-related disease in the abdominal cavity that metastasizes to other areas. All mesothelioma types diagnosed in the later stage have a poor prognosis, limiting the patient’s life expectancy.

Typically, most mesothelioma treatments involve palliative care to minimize discomfort and help the mesothelioma patient in life’s later stages.

The medical team will use a needle biopsy, CT scan, or other tests to accurately diagnose the condition that affects the abdominal cavity, digestive system, bones, blood vessels, and lymphatic system.

Doctors and mesothelioma surgeons have numerous options to treat their patients, including:

  • Heated chemotherapy options
  • Clinical trials
  • Cytoreductive surgery
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Radiation therapy
  • Blood transfusions
  • Nutritional support

A top mesothelioma doctor can provide professional medical advice on the best effective methods to treat pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related illnesses.


Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer to Resolve Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

Our law firm has represented many mesothelioma patients hoping to file an asbestos claim to cover the medical costs and other expenses associated with their condition. In addition, our patient advocate team can assist your family, helping you file a mesothelioma claim.

Contact an asbestos attorney at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. We work with a VA-accredited claims agent on all peritoneal mesothelioma claims.

We accept every personal injury case and wrongful death lawsuit on a contingency fee basis. This promise ensures you pay nothing until your mesothelioma claim has been resolved through a negotiated settlement or trial verdict.

Resources: [1] OSHA

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