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What is Mesothelioma ?

Learning that you have cancer is a life-altering experience. Finding out that your mesothelioma was almost certainly caused by exposure to asbestos through your or a loved one’s job or other exposure can make the burden of it even more painful.

We have worked with thousands of victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure and have seen firsthand the fear, heartache and confusion felt by too many of our clients.

While the idea of bringing a lawsuit—or the process of getting started and figuring out how to navigate the often complicated process—can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Those responsible for exposing you to asbestos without adequately warning you of the dangers should be held accountable, and we’re here to work with you every step of the way to pursue your rightful compensation, which can help with often sizeable medical costs as well as costs related to loss of work and productivity.

Our Experience in Mesothelioma & Other Asbestos Disease Litigation

Motley Rice co-founder Ron Motley (1944–2013) began representing workers injured in the asbestos industry in the 1970s. Motley led a strong team of attorneys in a tenacious discovery effort against asbestos defendants.

Motley Rice’s other co-founder, Joe Rice, began his career representing asbestos victims and their families alongside Motley. He has continued to be integrally involved in asbestos litigation and has been an instrumental figure in working with, and developing, many asbestos trusts.

Navigating the legal aspects of a mesothelioma diagnosis takes experience and knowledge that not all attorneys who claim to practice asbestos litigation can provide. Many attorneys also turn to Motley Rice to help with their cases due to our experience and resources in challenging mesothelioma-related litigation.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium: a thin lining found on several of the body’s cavities and internal organs. Mesothelioma may occur wherever this membrane is present, including the lining of the lungs, chest cavity, abdominal cavity, heart cavity and the outer surface of most internal organs. It’s primarily associated with asbestos exposure as the irritation created by microscopic airborne asbestos particles can create the change in cells which causes mesothelioma.

Because these asbestos particles remain in the body after being inhaled, it may take years and even decades after initial exposure for mesothelioma to develop. There is no known threshold of asbestos exposure that is safe and even brief exposures to asbestos fibers has been found to cause mesothelioma or asbestos-related diseases.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Malignant mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose early as the symptoms are often subtle or attributable to more common, everyday ailments. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma include:

back pain
chest pain
enlarged abdomen
pleurisy, or inflammation of the tissues lining the lungs
recurrent build-up of fluid in the lungs
shortness of breath
weight loss

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease, you should consider having other family members examined for potential symptoms of asbestos-related diseases.

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