Mesothelioma Attorney in Buffalo, NY

What is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a particular kind of serious and life-threatening cancer that is generally caused by exposure to asbestos (a naturally occurring mineral widely used in building materials throughout the 20th century). Mesothelioma occurs in a person’s mesothelium, which is the thin layer of tissue covering a majority of your internal organs.

There are different types of mesothelioma based on where the cancer is located. Most types of mesothelioma are known as pleural mesothelioma, because the cancer affects the pleura, which is the tissue surrounding the lungs. The other types of mesothelioma, which are much rarer, can affect a person’s tissue in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart, and other areas of the body. For most patients with mesothelioma, the cancer is incurable and deadly.

If you or a loved one received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is important that you contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. We may be able to help you recover compensation for the losses you and your loved ones have suffered.

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Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Common signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

Chest pain

Painful coughing

Shortness of breath

Lumps under the skin on the chest and/or

Unexplained weight loss

Signs of peritoneal mesothelioma may include the following signs and symptoms:

Abdominal pain

Abdominal swelling

Nausea and

Unexplained weight loss

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Buffalo asbestos, mesothelioma attorneysAsbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma, and can be a contributing cause of lung cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known to be strong and heat resistant. Asbestos was used throughout the 20th century in thousands of products including: insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, and some molded plastics.

Asbestos exposure occurs when these products are worked with or disturbed in other ways, liberating the individual microscopic asbestos fibers, which are then inhaled. Mesothelioma and lung cancer can take 20 to 60 years to develop after the exposure(s) to asbestos.

For families in Buffalo, New York, mesothelioma diagnoses are more common than you might expect. According to a report from the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, the Buffalo area has a particularly high rate of asbestos-related illnesses and fatalities. In fact, asbestos-related deaths in Niagara County are approximately three times the rate of the national average, and Erie County has a rate of asbestos-related deaths that is 65 percent higher than the national average. Between 1999 and 2013, New York State experienced a total of more than 12,000 asbestos-related deaths.

Buffalo Mesothelioma Claims FAQs

The following are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from our clients.

How do I know if I have a mesothelioma claim?

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer within the last three years, and you have been exposed to asbestos sometime during your lifetime, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. To know for certain whether you are eligible, our team of attorneys and investigators will immediately begin investigating the details of your case.

Can I still file a claim even if I was exposed many years ago?

Yes. In most cases, the cancerous effects of asbestos exposure do not reveal themselves until many years after exposure. Regardless of how long ago you were exposed to the asbestos that caused your cancer, you may still file a claim as long as the statute of limitations has not expired.

What is the statute of limitations for a mesothelioma case?

Under New York law, a person diagnosed with mesothelioma has up to three years from the date of his or her diagnosis to file a personal injury claim.

How much is my mesothelioma claim worth?

Each case is different, and it is difficult to give an estimate about a settlement or damages award without assessing the particulars of your case. You may be able to obtain compensation for hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to your mesothelioma diagnosis.

Were you recently diagnosed with mesothelioma? Like many Erie County residents, you are not alone. At Richmond Vona, LLC, we are committed to helping residents of Western New York with mesothelioma claims and other cases related to asbestos exposure.

If you have questions about filing a claim, a Buffalo mesothelioma attorney at our firm can speak with you today. Contact Richmond Vona, LLC now to learn how we can help.

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