What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma (sometimes referred to as “malignant mesothelioma”) is cancer of the mesothelium, the protective lining of many of the body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma most commonly occurs in the pleura (the mesothelium lining the outside of the lungs and inside of the chest wall), though it can also occur in the peritoneum (abdominal cavity lining), the pericardium (sac protecting the heart) or the tunica vaginalis (a similar sac that protects the testis). The only medically known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a set of six naturally-occurring silicate minerals possessing ‘asbestiform’ habit.

The United States is one of the few developed nations that has not entirely banned the use of asbestos, which — even today — remain widely used in products like gaskets, roof coatings, vinyl floor tiles, cement pipes, disk brake pads and many, many others.

Asbestos litigation (including and especially mesothelioma litigation) is the single longest-running, most expensive mass tort in the history of the United States. To date, more than 800,000 claimants have filed suit against more than 8,500 defendants, according to the RAND Corporation, and there will likely be another 6-700,000 such cases in the foreseeable future. RAND Corp. characterized the exposure of American workers to asbestos as “the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history,” and juries tend to agree, awarding as much as $800,000 to a single claimant in at least one case (brought against industrial manufacturing giant EnPro Industries in 2006).

There are three primary types of malignant mesothelioma: epithelioid (tubulo-papillary), sarcomatoid and biphasic (also called “mixed mesothelioma”). The first, epithelioid, represents roughly 55-60% of all reported cases and the prognosis for epithelioid is considerably better, on average than the latter two types.

Get What You Deserve

There are several actions that you can take to get financial compensation. We can help you file claims with mesothelioma trusts funds, through litigation, worker’s compensation or veteran’s benefits.