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Are you having symptoms that might be mesothelioma?

There used to be numerous products made with asbestos until its health dangers surfaced. Now, only certain products such as your car's brakes or clutch may contain the toxic substance. Because of its dormancy period (which could last up to 50 years), the numbers of people, including many here in Georgia, being diagnosed with mesothelioma could continue to rise.

That is because the majority of uses for asbestos were outlawed in the 1980s, so those who worked with it prior to that decade may just now be getting sick. If you worked with asbestos at some point in your work life, it makes sense to watch for symptoms. You may associate symptoms such as a persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pains with mesothelioma since it most commonly attacks the lungs.

However, there are other types of the disease, so other types of symptoms may occur. For instance, did you know that abdominal pain, stomach swelling and a bowel obstruction could also be indicators of mesothelioma? If your face and neck are swelling, you have difficulty swallowing and your blood is not clotting properly, you may want to get checked out. These and other symptoms may require a checkup, and make sure to tell your doctor that you worked with asbestos in the past.

If your doctor diagnoses you with mesothelioma, you have legal rights despite the fact that exposure could have occurred decades ago. You placed your faith in your employers to provide you with a safe work environment, and that did not happen. Now, you may have a fatal condition with no known cure. It may benefit you to sit down with a Georgia attorney who deals with cases like yours to provide you with options regarding the pursuit of restitution for your illness.

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