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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare, yet deadly cancer that can be found in the lungs, stomach, or heart. According to, there's between 2,400 and 2,800 reported cases annually in the United States. Sadly, there is still no cure and the life expectancy is short after developing this cancer. As reported by, the most common form of mesothelioma is called pleural mesothelioma, which is located in the lungs; it is caused by inhaling asbestos in the air. However, inhaling asbestos can also lead to peritoneal mesothelioma, which is located in the stomach. The least common form of the illness is called pericardial mesothelioma and it is found in the heart. Unfortunately, it can take 20-50 years to materialize and show symptoms. Furthermore, because it is so rare, often times it can be misdiagnosed. According to, if you've had any of the following symptoms, you may want to speak to a doctor:

  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath/respiratory complications
  • Chest/Abdomen pain
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Pleural effusion
  • Muscle weakness/fatigue
Should I call a lawyer?

If you've been exposed to asbestos due to someone else's negligence and have since developed mesothelioma, you now have expensive medical bills and potentially a lifetime of pain and suffering ahead of you. Odds are, you didn't know what you were getting yourself into however long ago you were exposed to asbestos. You and your family shouldn't have to pay the price in medical bills for pursuing an honest living. Fortunately, the financial recovery for this type of case can be lucrative. However, making a recovery on this type of claim can be costly and can take years. With this in mind, it's all the more crucial that you hire a lawyer that can apply experience from previous mesothelioma cases to expedite the process and cut costs. It's imperative that you receive the compensation you deserve and aren't left to deal with this alone. Gelb & Gelb works with clients from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia and has helped over 10,000 clients receive settlements and judgments that total over $100,000,000. Furthermore, as uncommon as they are, Managing Partner Roger Gelb has experience successfully handling on mesothelioma cases. If you have any questions, contact us for a free consultation. Additionally, you don't pay us anything unless you receive compensation. Only then do you pay a contingent fee; for more information on that, click here.

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