Mesothelioma Law Firm in Pittsburgh
D’Amico Law Offices is an experienced mesothelioma law firm that assists men and women suffering from cancer related to asbestos exposure. We have helped countless victims get the justice and medical treatment they deserve, securing millions in settlements.
In the video below, founding partner and attorney Michael D’Amico shares his passion for helping families impacted by this illness, and how our mesothelioma law firm delivers compassionate legal representation.
Mr. D’Amico has bent over backward for my case and only strives for the absolute best possible outcome. I will always recommend Mr. D’Amico to anyone who is in need of an excellent, intelligent attorney, who not only cares about you as a person but will get the best possible results for you and your case.-J. Sullivan
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- What is Mesothelioma?
- What is Asbestos?
- Asbestos Locations in PA & WV
- Types & Signs of Mesothelioma
- Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
- Asbestosis vs. Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma Risk Factors
- Treatment Options
- How a Lawyer Can Help
- Statute of Limitations
- Contact a Mesothelioma Law Firm
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a dangerous cancer that grows in the mesothelium, a thin tissue that lines most of the body’s organs.
Mesothelioma is caused by ingesting particles of a building material known as asbestos. Most people were exposed to asbestos in the workplace without realizing it. However, all cases of mesothelioma are related to asbestos in one form or another.
Once the asbestos fibers become lodged in the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, they damage the mesothelial cells and cause inflammation in the affected area. Tumors will begin to form over time. This disease spreads aggressively, and as of now, there is no cure for it.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the earth that is commonly used in the construction industry because of its strong fibers. For example, it is often a component of flooring, roofing, and insulation.
It was also used in many household products containing talcum powder, most commonly in baby powder. Asbestos has been linked to ovarian cancer in women who grew up using the product for personal hygiene.
Those working with or around asbestos are most at risk when the material is handled or disrupted, releasing dust into the air. Asbestos particles may be swallowed or inhaled and cause inflammation and cell changes over time. This process happens very slowly, over the course of decades. Many people who have mesothelioma are not diagnosed until twenty to sixty years after their exposure.
No matter how long ago it was, our mesothelioma lawyers can help you trace your lung cancer or asbestos-related illness to the point of exposure. Contact our mesothelioma law firm for more today.
Asbestos in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Our mesothelioma law firm has done extensive local research on where people have been exposed to asbestos in the surrounding area. In fact, we have compiled comprehensive lists of locations throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia that have been linked to asbestos exposure:
If you or your loved one were diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer in relation to any of these locations, please contact our offices for a complimentary legal consultation. Our experienced and compassionate staff is ready to help you begin your path to healing.
D’Amico Law Offices represents victims of mesothelioma and cancer from asbestos exposure throughout the East Coast and Rust Belt, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
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What are the types and signs of mesothelioma?
Signs of mesothelioma can vary depending on which organs it has affected. There are four main types of mesothelioma:
Pleural: Affects the lining of the lungs
Peritoneal: Affects the lining of the abdominal cavity
Pericardial: Affects the lining of the heart
Testicular: Affects the lining of the testes
While all cases of mesothelioma are considered rare, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular are all exceptionally rare forms of the disease. The most prominent type is pleural mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma, which grows in the lung tissue, causes coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and skin lumps on the chest. Other common symptoms can include:
- Dry cough
- Respiratory complications
- Fever or night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Fluid around the lungs
- Muscle weakness
Symptoms typically do not show until the tumors have already developed and spread throughout the body. It can take anywhere from 20-50 years after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma to fully develop and reveal itself. Due to this dormant period, many mesothelioma patients tend to be in their 60s or 70s.
If you or a loved one was unknowingly exposed to asbestos and is suffering from mesothelioma, reach out to D’Amico Law Offices to learn how we can help. Time is limited to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, so please don’t delay.
What is the difference between asbestosis and mesothelioma?
Both asbestosis and mesothelioma are asbestos-related illnesses. While similar in their symptoms, different areas of the respiratory system are impacted by each one.
The key differences between asbestosis and mesothelioma are which areas of the body they damage and that mesothelioma is cancerous, while asbestosis is not. Here are more detailed explanations of each:
Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that primarily affects the alveoli — the tiny air sacs inside the lungs that are responsible for converting oxygen into carbon dioxide. When asbestos fibers become lodged in them, inflammation causes them to scar and stiffen, triggering shortness of breath (Mayo Clinic). This is why asbestosis is categorized as pulmonary (meaning “lung”) fibrosis (meaning “scar tissue”). Chances of recovery may vary, though there is no known cure for it.
Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that originates in the mesothelial, which is the thin membrane that surrounds bodily organs. Pleural mesothelioma describes tumor formation in the tissue enclosing the lungs, known as the pleura. Currently, mesothelioma has no cure, but patients can be given various treatments for alleviating pain and discomfort associated with the illness.
The asbestos lawyers at D’Amico Law Offices help families dealing with both of these conditions, as well as any other illness related to asbestos exposure. We are available to answer your legal questions and help you understand the best course of action for you and your family.
Call our mesothelioma law firm for a completely free, private consultation at (412) 652-9300.
Who is at risk for developing mesothelioma?
Asbestos exposure on job sites from decades ago may be the reason you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma today. Perhaps you worked in shipbuilding, construction, or the steel industry. You may have inhaled asbestos hidden in the insulation of a factory or home. The mineral fibers of asbestos become lodged in the lining of the lungs or abdomen and can lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Is your work environment responsible for your present-day suffering? We can help you know for certain.
It’s also important to remember that not everyone who comes into contact with asbestos acquires mesothelioma. Risk is higher for those who have shared a home with someone who worked with asbestos, have a family history of cancer, or have had chest radiotherapy to treat previous cancer.
Mesothelioma treatments can help reduce complications and discomfort. Treatment helps patients with breathing, swallowing, pain relief, and fluid accumulation in the chest cavity.
Options for managing your mesothelioma will depend on how much it has spread as well as individual health goals. For example, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the affected tissue and built-up fluid, which can make it easier to breathe and reduce the pain associated with mesothelioma.
For others, chemotherapy or radiation may be more suitable, along with newer treatment options such as immunotherapy.
There are a number of treatment options, including:
- Surgery to remove the cancer cells from tissues
- Radiation to destroy cancer cells
- Chemotherapy with drugs that kill cancerous cells
- Drugs and treatments currently undergoing clinical trials with eligible patients
- Alternative therapies
Regardless of which treatment your doctor recommends, it will require financial resources. Many families struggle to cover these costs, and compensation can help.
How a Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help
As lawyers who have walked with countless families through the difficult time you are likely in, we completely understand what you are going through. We are here to help.
Putting a mesothelioma lawyer on your side helps remove a significant burden so that you can prioritize your healing, treatment, and time with loved ones.
Knowing the financial challenges you are undoubtedly facing, consider how a lawsuit might provide relief. Compensation can help cover the cost of:
- Hospitalization costs
- Assistive medical equipment
- Care and counseling
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
Another one of the greatest challenges that mesothelioma victims face is gathering evidence of their exposure to asbestos. This often requires research that goes back several decades to a victim’s workplace where the initial exposure took place.
D’Amico Law Offices prides itself in its rich resources when it comes to pinpointing the cause of your mesothelioma. Our lawyers will help organize all the documents for your case to prove which party is liable for your damages.
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When to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Those interested in filing a lawsuit have limited time to do so. Put simply, the time limit begins to run once you receive a mesothelioma or asbestosis diagnosis. This is known in the legal realm as the statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, victims have two years from the date of diagnosis to seek damages.
Time is of the essence, so we recommend you schedule a consultation with our mesothelioma law firm as soon as possible to determine your possibilities for compensation.
Contact a Mesothelioma Law Firm
Our family-run law firm is dedicated to representing the hard-working families who have been harmed by asbestos exposure due to someone else’s negligence. You have a right to pursue justice and monetary damages for your pain and losses, and we will fight for no less than what you deserve.
For the fierce, compassionate, and experienced legal representation you need during one of the most difficult times of your life, you can count on the seasoned advocates at D’Amico Law Offices. Call us today at (412) 652-9300. We are sensitive to your needs and will help you get through this.