You Shouldn’t Have to Bear This Burden Alone
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A peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis places a heavy burden on a patient and a family. You may be overwhelmed at the prospect of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and a calendar full of follow-up doctor’s visits. Then there’s the overall physical, psychological, and financial toll this cancer will take on you and your family.
This is a time when you and your family should be focused on your health, not how you can afford all the bills that are piling up. At Belluck & Fox, our dedicated peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys have more than 20 years of experience fighting for patients and their families, and we have secured more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
Our New York mesothelioma law firm has earned a national reputation for our commitment to making the compensation process as easy as we can for clients. Our lawyers travel anywhere in the United States to meet with clients, and we work as quickly as possible to resolve your claim.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation now with our dedicated New York peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys. A partner from our firm will be in touch within 24 hours to talk about how we can help you and your family pursue the compensation you deserve.
What Causes Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of peritoneal mesothelioma. People who have directly handled or worked around materials that contain asbestos can unknowingly inhale or ingest microscopic asbestos fibers. When the fibers are inhaled, they can lodge in the lining of the lungs and the chest cavity, which can eventually cause pleural mesothelioma. When the fibers are ingested, they can get stuck in the peritoneum tissue lining the abdominal cavity and organs, which can eventually lead to peritoneal mesothelioma.
People can be exposed to asbestos through common industrial products and building materials. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has warned that asbestos can be present in:
- Pumps, valves, boilers, and turbines
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Floor tiles
- Plaster, cement, putty, and caulk
- Ceiling tile spray-on coatings
- Gaskets and packing
- Automotive brakes and clutches
- Lab equipment
People who frequently worked with or around these types of materials are at increased risk of asbestos exposure. This includes industrial workers, mechanics, construction workers, electricians, and veterans. Still, even people with secondhand exposure to asbestos, such as family members of workers who brought home the fibers on clothing, can develop mesothelioma.
Asbestos corporations that failed to warn people of the dangers of their products can and should be held responsible for the suffering they have caused you and your family. Schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable New York peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys to learn how we will fight for the justice you deserve.
Compensation for Peritoneal Mesothelioma
At Belluck & Fox, our experienced peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys have a long track record of securing full and fair compensation for patients and their families. After sitting down with you to discuss your work history or service history, our attorneys will begin identifying all the potential sources of compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, our strategy may include pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit, negotiating a settlement on your behalf, pursuing asbestos trust fund claims, and/or applying for veterans’ benefits.
Common types of compensation our attorneys pursue for peritoneal mesothelioma patients include:
- Payment for your past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity in the future
- Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have been put through
- Punitive damages, in cases where the companies showed extreme misconduct
For those who have lost a loved one to peritoneal mesothelioma, our compassionate lawyers can help you pursue justice through a wrongful death claim.
Schedule a free consultation now and learn how our skilled New York peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
Although peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common type of mesothelioma, it is a relatively rare disease, with about 200 to 400 people diagnosed each year in the United States. Its symptoms are also similar to other abdominal diseases, making it more difficult to diagnose.
Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Build-up of fluid in the abdominal area (known as ascites)
- Lumps in the abdomen
- Weight loss
It is important that you discuss your history of asbestos exposure with your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. The earlier peritoneal mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more treatment options a patient has.
Treatment for Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Although there is no cure for peritoneal mesothelioma, patients do have several treatment options to improve life expectancy and ease the pain. Depending on how early the cancer is detected and how healthy the patient is, peritoneal mesothelioma treatment options include:
- Cytoreduction surgery (known as debulking), which aims to remove as much of the cancer as possible from the peritoneal cavity
- Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy (known as HIPEC), which can be administered directly to the abdominal area while the patient is in surgery
- Traditional chemotherapy and radiation
- Clinical trials, which may be available for patients to try new treatments that are being developed but are not yet on the market
- Holistic treatments, which aim to help with a patient’s overall physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being
No matter what treatment path you take, medical bills can quickly add up and weigh on your family. At Belluck & Fox, our dedicated New York peritoneal mesothelioma attorneys will coordinate with your health care providers to try to relieve the financial pressure of medical bills while your case is pending.
We Are Here to Help Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families
We understand that for many people who are diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, it’s not just their future that they worry about. Patients fear the toll this disease will take on their families as they struggle to cope with both day-to-day expenses and additional medical bills. At Belluck & Fox, our attorneys work closely with patients and families to determine how we can ease the burden.
We make sure patients and families are connected with medical experts and caregivers who understand what they’re going through and can help. We know there’s no amount of money that can undo the wrong that’s been done. However, building a solid support system can be invaluable to you and your family during this difficult time.
Schedule a free consultation with our dedicated New York mesothelioma attorneys at Belluck & Fox, LLP to learn how we can pursue the compensation you deserve. You can also visit our New York Law office today. Call or fill out our online form to get started on your case.