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What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is rare, and it is most often located in the membrane that surrounds the heart, lungs, and the stomach. More specifically, the name is derived from the fact that the cancer attacks what's known as the mesothelium, which is a membrane that shields and safeguards most of our body's internal organs. As an experienced Los Angeles mesothelioma attorney knows, there are three kinds of mesothelioma that are most frequently diagnosed: pleural (which is located in the pleura that surrounds the lungs); peritoneal (which affects the peritoneum that shields the stomach); and pericardial (which affects the pericardium that protects the heart).

For individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, mesothelioma is looked upon as being the "signature" disease of such exposure. Unfortunately, a diagnosis of mesothelioma might not even be possible until at least 10 to 50 years or more have passed after the individual has been exposed to asbestos. Individuals who worked in areas that required the handling of asbestos, as well as those who worked nearby, and even their family members who were subjected to it from the clothes that were brought home after having worked in such conditions, are likely sufferers of the disease.

What Kind of Attorney Is Best to Handle These Types of Cases?

When trying to decide on the proper Los Angeles mesothelioma attorney to handle your claim, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration. You should know that all attorneys are not qualified to handle such cases. The selected attorney should be one who specifically deals with mesothelioma cases and who has had a fair amount of experience in successfully taking on other mesothelioma cases.

Mesothelioma cases can be quite difficult, and oftentimes, they can lead to an appeal. That is why it is crucial in such situations that you select a mesothelioma lawyer who has the ability to see the case through from beginning to end. This means that the same attorney should handle all of the necessary legal briefing, take the case all the way through the trial phase, and even see it through to the appeal phase, if required.

There are a number of mesothelioma support groups in the area that can provide interested parties with good suggestions for an appropriate Los Angeles mesothelioma attorney. If you need assistance in this area, please call the Law Offices of Peyman & Rahnama at (800) 505-4445 for a free consultation.