Mesothelioma Symptoms

For over three decades, our firm has provided representation to clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Learn how our attorneys can help you and your family by scheduling a free consultation with our firm.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Do You Know What to Look For If You’re at Risk of Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or (more rarely) swallowed, they tend to linger in the body and may settle in the tissues that line the respiratory and digestive tracts. Decades later—between 30-50 years, in most cases—someone who has been exposed to asbestos may begin to develop mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, and unfortunately there is no cure. Around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the condition each year. However, because it is both uncommon and difficult to diagnose, many mesothelioma sufferers do not receive the correct diagnosis right away. For this reason, it’s good to know the symptoms if you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos. The sooner you can get a diagnosis, the more can be done to fight the disease.

Do you think you have mesothelioma, or just get a diagnosis? Our attorneys are here to answer questions about your legal rights and how you may be able to file for compensation. Call us at (888) 495-1250—we’re based in Texas but serve clients nationwide.

Typical Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The symptoms caused by mesothelioma are rather common complaints, meaning they can be easily confused with signs of another health issue. They include:

  • Fever
  • Night sweats or unusual sweating
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood clots
  • Malaise (feeling generally unwell)

Often, it can take months between the onset of symptoms and a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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Decades of Experience & a Passion for Justice
  • Nationwide Representation

    Regardless of where you and your family reside, we can provide legal assistance. We often fly out to meet our clients in person for their peace of mind and wellbeing.

  • Representing Mesothelioma Clients Since 1992

    We've continuously evolved our practice with changes in pathology, medicine, and the legal space. We know exactly how to approach these cases and how to help our clients get the best possible result.

  • Taking Our Time With Every Case We Take

    Unlike other firms that focus on volume, we truly are selective with the cases we take on so that we can give our clients the time, attention, and resources they deserve.

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    Whether you need an update on your case or simply need to talk, our attorneys often provide their direct cell phone numbers to our clients for transparency and ease of access.

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Recent Case Results & Verdicts

The amounts listed below are net to client after the deduction for attorney fees and expenses. 

  • Construction Worker Diagnosed with Mesothelioma $3,665,000

    (net to client) A man was diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 70. He was a construction worker who later owned his own company.

  • Jury Verdict for Aircraft Mechanic with Mesothelioma $3,625,000

    (net to client) This case went to trial against one of the asbestos pipe insulation manufacturers and was settled after a jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client.

  • Jury Verdict for Refinery Worker $2,866,000

    (net to client) This case went to trial and was settled after a jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client.

  • Jury Verdict for Refinery Worker $2,653,000

    (net to client) This case went to trial and was settled after a jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client.

  • Jury Verdict for Refinery Worker with Mesothelioma $2,450,000

    (net to client) This case was tried to a verdict and was settled at a later date after a jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client.


Symptoms by Type of Mesothelioma

Depending on where the mesothelioma has started, a patient may experience various symptoms in that part of the body. There are 4 types of mesothelioma, though pleural mesothelioma is the most common by far. Here’s the symptoms you might experience for each one.

Pleural Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma affects the membrane surrounding the lungs, and may therefore have noticeable affects on a patient’s breathing. Symptoms might include:

  • Chest or lower back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Pleural effusion (buildup of fluids around the lungs)
  • Hoarseness
  • Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty eating)
  • Swollen face and/or arms

Not all of these symptoms will present equally. For instance, dysphagia tends to be a later complication. Therefore, even if you don’t meet every item on this list, it might be a good idea to bring up mesothelioma with your doctor.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The second most common form of mesothelioma affects the peritoneum, the tissue that lines your abdomen. Patients with this type of cancer may experience symptoms like:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Ascites (buildup of fluid in the abdominal area)

In more developed cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, a patient may also experience bowel obstruction.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Because this form of mesothelioma, which affects the membrane that surrounds the heart, is a rare form (less than 5% of cases), not as much is known about it. However, it has been linked with symptoms including:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart murmur
  • Chest pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis (Testicles)

Also a rare form of the cancer, mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis seems to have few symptoms. Patients may notice a mass on their testicle or experience swelling and/or pain.

Getting a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Most doctors will never deal with a case of mesothelioma in the course of their career, which is why our firm turns to specialists for help or a second opinion. The diagnosis process has many steps. You can expect your doctor to conduct:

  • A physical exam for lumps or other abnormalities
  • Imaging (such as an X-ray or CT scan) of the affected area

However, the only way to establish whether you have the cancer is a biopsy. Your doctor can advise you on the best way to move forward with this process.

We Help Mesothelioma Patients

We understand how scary it can be for you or a loved one to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis. Our team has been helping people in your position for more than 2 decades, and in that time, we’ve realized you need so much more than just an attorney on your side. You need an experienced team who can anticipate your questions and concerns and provide you with answers. You need proactive counsel who can help you deal with issues like medical liens and other complex financial arrangements that may be a part of receiving coverage. And, you need someone who supports you and is 100% on your side.

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Given the vast number of mesothelioma cases and the cost of medical care, these trusts do not have nearly enough funding for all the victims who have come forward. This is why working with a lawyer is important to help represent your best interest and fight for what you deserve. To get started, please reach out to our team today.

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