Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Lawyers – Albany, NY

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that targets the lining of organs including the lungs, chest, and abdomen. Mesothelioma can almost always be traced to one risk factor; exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural fiber that was a popular element filling U.S homes and businesses in the late 19th century and became more widespread after World War II.

Asbestos continued to be used in the 1970’s. Once asbestos is inhaled, it cannot be exhaled; it lingers in the lungs. With most patients this triggers mesothelioma 15+ years after exposure.

Types of Mesothelioma

There are three different types of mesothelioma that target different organs in the body.

Mesothelioma Video Resources

Hi, I’m attorney Paul Harding, managing partner of Martin, Harding & Mazotti. And what is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, the tissues that line the human internal organs. It is often incorrectly called a form of lung cancer, and that is not accurate. Mesothelioma is notorious for being very aggressive, difficult to diagnose and treat, and carrying a grim prognosis.

In general, only a quarter to a third of mesothelioma patients survive the first year after diagnosis, and just 10% survive for at least three years. Mesothelioma can almost always be traced to one risk factor, and that is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural fiber that was widely used as insulation and manufactured late in the 20th century, especially in shipyards.

Once inhaled, it cannot be exhaled, instead, lingering in the body for decades. In some patients, this triggers mesothelioma 15 to 60 years later. This very long incubation period contributes to the disease’s low survival rate. If you or a loved one served in the Navy between 1930 and 1980, you should know that you run a substantially increased risk of contracting this rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.

If you wanna learn more about your legal rights and tell us your story, contact us at 1-800-LAW-1010, or on the web at Thank you.

Due to unregulated conditions, asbestos was widely used as insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall, cements, and manufacturing parts until late in the 20th century. Not knowing this natural fiber was extremely harmful; workers handled this material with little-to-no protection. In the “Occupation and Trades” section below, you will find industries and professions of people who may have worked with asbestos during the late 20th century. If you or a loved one worked in any of these jobs during that time period, you may be entitled to compensation.

Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Without knowing the harm asbestos has on the body, the families of workers were being exposed. When the worker walked in the home, the tiny fibers would stick to their articles of clothing, and then be inhaled by family members. Also, the household chore of handling and shaking the clothes to be washed caused the asbestos particles to become airborne. This has the same effect of asbestos exposure without even stepping on the job site.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Most common symptoms

  • Chest pains
  • Ascites (fluid buildup between the peritoneum (thin cell walls surrounding the abdominal cavity and the abdominal organs)
  • Constant cough
  • Painful breathing

Other symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart murmurs
  • Difficult breathing; feeling like you are not getting enough air (when resting or lying down)

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Most common symptoms

  • Stomach pains
  • Ascites (fluid buildup between the peritoneum (thin cell walls surrounding the abdominal cavity and the abdominal organs)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inexplicable weight loss

Other symptoms

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Sweating or fever
  • Swelling or pain in the abdomen
  • Fatigue

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Most common symptoms

  • Chest pains
  • Pericardial effusion (fluid between the heart and the pericardium)
  • Heart murmurs

Other symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Constant cough
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Difficult breathing; feeling like you are not getting enough air (when resting or lying down)
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Boiler Makers
  • Bricklayers
  • Building Inspectors
  • Carpenters
  • Cement Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Drillmen
  • Dry Wall Workers
  • Electricians
  • Floor Coverings
  • Furnace Workers
  • Glazers
  • Grinders
  • Hod Carriers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Longshoremen
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Maritime Workers
  • Merchant Marines
  • Millwrights
  • Miners
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers
  • Sand Blasters
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Ship Builders
  • Steam Fitters
  • Textile Mill Workers
  • Tile Setters
  • United States Navy Veterans
  • Welders
  • Abrasive Manufacturers
  • Automobile Plant
  • Cement Plant
  • Construction
  • Drilling
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing Asbestos Products
  • Mining
  • Offshore Rust Removals
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Power Plants
  • Steel Mills
  • Vehicle Repair

There is no cure yet for mesothelioma, however there are treatment plans:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery

With the combination of these treatment plans, specialty facilities and doctors, survivors are living years beyond their life expectancy. Keep in mind these specialty doctors are located in major metropolitan cities and getting an appointment in a timely manner can be difficult. Here, at Harding Mazzotti, LLP, we may have the ability to secure an appointment. Let our experienced asbestos lawyers help get you in front of the medical experts to begin your treatment; all you need to do is call us at 1.800.LAW.1010 (1-800-529-1010).

Let Us Help; Call the Mesothelioma Lawyers at Harding Mazzotti, LLP

If you’ve been harmed or a family member has died from asbestos exposure, you’re entitled to bring action against those responsible. Over 50 companies have created trusts resulting in $30 billion available to mesothelioma cancer victims.

Plaintiffs in a mesothelioma case may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Expenses not covered by insurance
  • Travel expenses for medical treatments
  • Funeral expenses

We deeply encourage you to call Harding Mazzotti, LLP at 1.800.LAW.1010 (1-800-529-1010); let our professionals do all the heavy work. Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers will take charge of your case so you can relax and be with your loved ones. Make the Call We Do it All™.