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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer only caused by exposure to asbestos. There are approximately 3,200 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the United States. We can help you find the appropriate medical care for your mesothelioma, as well as obtain the substantial money compensation you deserve.

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Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Even though you may have been a cigarette smoker, your lung cancer may also have been caused by exposure to asbestos. We can help you determine whether your lung cancer may have been caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Larynx Cance

Approximately 8,500 individuals in the United States develop larynx cancer each year, and many of these cancers are caused by exposure to asbestos. We can help you find the right the medical care for your cancer, and obtain substantial compensation for your cancer.

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Esophageal Cancer

The link between cancer of the esophagus and asbestos exposure has been known for many decades. Studies indicate that exposure to asbestos increases the risk of esophageal cancer upwards of five times. We can help you get the proper medical treatment, and hold those responsible for your cancer.

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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer was first linked to asbestos exposure back in the 1960s. Colon cancer victims are entitled to substantial monetary compensation. We can help you obtain that compensation, along with the medical care you need.

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Asbestosis

Exposure to asbestos causes two major types of non-cancerous diseases: Pulmonary asbestosis and asbestos-related pleural disease. These conditions can cause severe lung and breathing problems. Substantial compensation is still available for these diseases, and we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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How Common Is a Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis?

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that typically develops after exposure to asbestos, a fibrous material often used in insulation and fire-resistant materials. Because mesothelioma typically doesn’t appear until decades after the asbestos exposure and has no early symptoms, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose correctly.

A mesothelioma diagnosis usually begins with the patient’s visit to the doctor with a complaint of chronic chest pain. If the cause is mesothelioma, the pain is probably a result of pleural effusion, or a buildup of fluid inside the pleural space. However, there are a number of conditions that cause chest pain that may be considered as possible alternative diagnoses for mesothelioma, including the following:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung adenocarcinoma
  • Respiratory infection
  • Tuberculosis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart failure
  • Viral pneumonia

Sometimes, mesothelioma can be improperly diagnosed as one of these conditions or vice versa.

Mesothelioma misdiagnosis is common, and is currently an active area of litigation. If a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose occurs, this can significantly worsen the patient’s prognosis. In some cases, an error may qualify as medical malpractice, which means that the attending physician failed to competently perform his or her medical duties. In order to prove medical malpractice, a patient must be able to demonstrate a few basic facts: a doctor-patient relationship existed, the doctor acted negligently by misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose, the negligence caused physical harm, and the physical harm led to specific damages. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mesothelioma misdiagnosis, you may be able to seek compensation in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit. In these cases, acting quickly is critical. Speak with an experienced Philadelphia mesothelioma attorney right away. 

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