FAQs: Peritoneal Mesothelioma Lawyers Texas

Q: What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

A: Peritoneal Mesothelioma refers to Mesothelioma in the abdominal cavity and nearby organs. Generally, it attacks the lining of the abdominal cavity and then affects the organs and contents within the abdomen. This type of cancer is only known to be caused by asbestos exposure. If it is referred to as diffused Peritoneal Mesothelioma, the name indicates it has spread out and is no longer only in the abdomen.

Q: Is it true that OSHA standards require employers to provide education and training to their employees that have been exposed to asbestos?

A: Yes. First, OSHA requires employers to place warning labels on all asbestos containing products in the workplace. Permissible asbestos exposure limit, (also know as PEL), determines the requirements. For example, the construction and shipyard industry employers must only provide education and training for employees exposed above a PEL, and for all their employees involved in certain work classification positions. In all other industries, the employers must provide training to all employees exposed above PEL's. OSHA also requires employers to provide asbestos awareness training to employees who perform certain housekeeping operations that are at risk of exposure.

Q: Is there anything I can do if OSHA regulations are not enforceable where I work?

A: The EPA (or Environmental Protection Agency) will protect employees (usually those of the state and local city entities) who perform asbestos work, but are not protected by OSHA’s Asbestos Standards or a state plan. The EPA is a federal agency and has a "Worker Protection Rule" that extends to these OSHA excluded employees. This rule is similar to the OSHA requirements and covers air monitoring and reporting, protective equipment, medical examinations, work practices, and record keeping related to any asbestos exposure and any possibility of exposure. It is actually common for local and state agencies to have more rigorous standards than those required by OSHA.

Q: Are the symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma different?

A: As with other types of Mesothelioma, there is a long latency period for the symptoms to manifest, that is approximately 20-30 years. Similar to other Mesothelioma types, the symptoms are non-specific, so it is important to make sure your doctor is aware of your past exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may include nausea, loss off appetite, abdominal pains, swelling, and weakness; weight loss, and/or bowel obstruction. Additional problems may be experienced depending on the tumor’s location in the abdomen, including severe pains and breathing problems.

Q: Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma curable?

A: Your doctor is better equipped to answer this question, although research has been unsuccessful in finding a cure to date. More and more cases are coming up each year as the latency period beings to expire. Treatment depends on the stage the cancer is in, which means the earlier the diagnosis, the better. Unfortunately, with such a long latency period, by the time Peritoneal Mesothelioma is diagnosed after symptoms have appeared, it is usually in an advanced stage. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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