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Mesothelioma Basics

California Mesothelioma Claims

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is terrifying, and confusion about the disease only makes the fear worse. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It is very aggressive and there is no cure. Mesothelioma is rarely caught early enough to treat successfully. The symptoms do not appear until 10 to 50 years after asbestos exposure. If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma, talk to the California mesothelioma claims attorneys of Brayton Purcell, LLP, to learn more about your legal rights today.

How Did I Get Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is the long-term consequence of inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. The majority of mesothelioma victims were exposed on the job, but exposure can occur in any contaminated building or environment. Secondary, or second-hand, exposure occurs when a person is exposed to asbestos outside the home, such as at work, and brings the fibers home on their clothing, exposing household members.

Mesothelioma is not contagious and it is not caused by smoking.

Mesothelioma Shows up Years or Decades after Exposure

After asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they work their way into the mesothelium. There they cause irritation and inflammation, and eventually the development of abnormal cells. This is a slow process, and symptoms do not typically appear until years or decades after the exposure occurs.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the membrane surrounding your internal organs. Mesothelioma is categorized by the area of the body which is affected:

  • Pleural mesothelioma develops in the pleura which is the lining of the lungs
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the peritoneum, the membrane which lines the walls of the abdominal cavity and covers most of the abdominal organs
  • Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the pericardium, the protective sac around the heart

If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma, please call the California mesothelioma claims lawyers at Brayton Purcell, LLP, at (800) 598-0314 or contact us online today. We represent mesothelioma victims and their families throughout the US and we have been successful in obtaining significant compensation for our clients. Let us help you. Please call today.