Dayton Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer solely caused by asbestos exposure. If you have recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis in Dayton, contact Elk & Elk immediately to discuss your case. You may be able to secure significant compensation for your injuries through a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- Our attorneys have a strong track record of success – we have secured over $1 billion in settlements for our clients, including some of the largest settlements in Ohio history.
- We understand that you may be in a period of recovery. Our attorneys will visit your home or hospital room when necessary.
- Our firm values open and honest communication. You will always be up to date on the status of your case from start to finish.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral substance that manufacturers commonly used in insulation, cloth, paper, plastic, cement, and other materials up until the 1980s. It is a soft and flexible substance that was very useful for construction materials but is infamous for posing significant health hazards. For years, businesses covered up the dangers of asbestos to continue profiting from its versatility.
Microscopic asbestos fibers can travel into a person’s body through inhalation, leading to the development of severe diseases over time. People have developed and continue to develop asbestos-caused diseases despite its discontinuation, since these diseases can take up to 60 years to show symptoms. The most infamous asbestos-caused disease is the cancer known as mesothelioma.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of aggressive cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers much of your body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelium. While mesothelioma treatments are available for patients, no cure is available and the cancer is often fatal. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma.
Two main types of mesothelioma exist: pleural mesothelioma, which impacts the tissue around the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the abdomen’s tissue. Rarer forms of mesothelioma include pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the heart, and mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis testis, which affects the testicles. Patients with mesothelioma may experience the following symptoms.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pains and shortness of breath
- Painful coughing
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
- Swelling or mass on a testicle
The Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Ohio
A mesothelioma diagnosis can leave you with several unexpected costs and repercussions, such as medical expenses, lost wages, a loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Under Ohio state law, you can claim compensation for these losses through a mesothelioma lawsuit. However, you will have to file the lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations sets the time frame in which you can file your claim. If you do not file within this time frame, the court will likely refuse to hear your case. Since mesothelioma can take up to 60 years to appear, the courts cannot base the statute of limitations on the day of asbestos exposure, which is common practice for many Ohio medical malpractice and personal injury claims.
Instead, you have two years from the day that you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis to file your lawsuit. If you are filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who passed away from mesothelioma, you have two years from the date of death to file your claim.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you could receive financial compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit. Contact Elk & Elk today to discuss your legal options with one of our Dayton mesothelioma attorneys.