A mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating, not only for the afflicted patient, but for that person’s friends, family, and dependents. That’s because mesothelioma, once diagnosed, spreads rapidly, and is very often lethal. The life expectancy of someone unfortunately given a mesothelioma diagnosis is often measured in months, not years.
Such a brief time period means there isn’t very much time, relative to other diagnoses one might get, to fight the disease, let alone to marshal the finances necessary to do so. (It’s times like these that securing a mesothelioma settlement can help after receiving the stunning news of a mesothelioma diagnosis.)
Given its rapid advancement after a mesothelioma diagnosis, it might be surprising to learn that the visible symptoms of mesothelioma manifest themselves after decades of dormancy. That’s right, mesothelioma is the result of a long latency period, during which inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers embed themselves in the pleural lining of the lungs or stomach.
Asbestos fibers, historically, have often been inhaled by workers handling them, or by family members handling that worker’s clothing or living with him or her. Asbestos is a mineral that has very feathery, fibrous, low-density physical characteristics, so when it’s handled, it’s easy to become airborne, which is when it becomes dangerous.
These characteristics, incidentally, are what made asbestos such a prized mineral in the shipbuilding and construction industries, where it was most often employed for its insulating and fire retardant properties. Its low density also made it a useful additive in concrete, which lowered transportation and construction costs while simultaneously strengthening the concrete.
Unfortunately, asbestos has subsequently proven that it can be a killer.
If you or someone you love has a mesothelioma diagnosis, it might be in your best interest to consider securing a mesothelioma settlement. It may help defray the staggering costs associated with such an unfortunate turn of events.