FAQs: Pericardial Mesothelioma Attorney Texas

Q: How is Pericardial Mesothelioma different from other types of Mesothelioma?

A: Pericardial Mesothelioma affects the lining or sac that surrounds the heart. Although it is the rarest of the three types of Mesothelioma, it has a shorter life expectancy because it can affect and strain the heart very quickly. Pericardial Mesothelioma has also been determined to be the result of long term exposure to asbestos.

Q: Are there any OSHA standards that cover workers exposed to asbestos as part of their jobs?

A: Yes. There are three standards that OSHA has designed to protect workers from asbestos exposure while on the job and in the work environment. One regulates any construction work, which includes building, remodels and repair, and the demolition of structures containing asbestos. Another is for workers that need protection from asbestos exposure in shipyards. The third standard applies to all other industries; such as the manufacturing of products containing asbestos, automotive brake/clutch repair, or custodial work.

Q: Are there certain symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma that I should watch for?

A: The common symptoms to be aware of are shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pain, and persistent coughing. As with other types of Mesothelioma, it can take 20-30 years or more for symptoms to appear, so it is wise to inform your doctor of past asbestos exposure even if you do not currently have any symptoms, so as not to delay any future diagnosis.

Q: What are the treatment options for Pericardial Mesothelioma?

A: The two main treatment options are radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Although surgery is not usually an option in Pericardial Mesothelioma, another treatment called a needle aspiration may help relieve some pressure around the heart. In this procedure, a doctor inserts a needle into your chest cavity to withdraw excess fluid that has built up from the cancer, in an effort to relieve pressure on the heart. You healthcare providers should thoroughly discuss all treatment options and their effectiveness with you.

Q: Are there any clinical trials or alternative treatments for Pericardial Mesothelioma?

A: You should ask your doctor to discuss all possible avenues of treatment with you if you are open to alternative options. Your doctor should be aware of the most recent advancements and research regarding Mesothelioma. Your doctor can then work with your attorney to develop your case and claim against the company responsible for your asbestos exposure.

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