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.

Pleural Mesothelioma – The most common type of mesothelioma cancer; develops on the lining of the lungs.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma – The second most common type of mesothelioma occurs in the thin cell walls surrounding the abdominal cavity; known as the peritoneum.
Pericardial Mesothelioma – A cancer which affects the pericardium, which is the lining surrounding the heart; which is extremely difficult to detect.

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Asbestos Exposure - Mesothelioma Attorneys

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’ll see the industries and professions of people who 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)

Occupations and Trades

Auto Mechanics Maintenance workers Abrasive manufacturers
Boiler makers Maritime workers Automobile plant
Bricklayers Merchant marines Cement Plant
Building Inspectors Millwrights Construction
Carpenters Miners Drilling
Cement Plant Workers Operating Engineers Engineering
Construction Workers Painters Manufacturing asbestos products
Drillmen Plasterers Mining
Dry wall workers Plumbers Offshore rust removals
Electricians Railroad workers Oil refinery workers
Floor Coverings Roofers Power plants
Furnace Workers Sand blasters Steel mills
Glazers Sheet metal workers Vehicle repair
Grinders Ship builders
Hod carriers Steam fitters
Insulators Textile Mill Workers
Iron workers Tile setters
Laborers United States Navy Veterans
Longshoremen Welders

How It's Diagnosed

All patients have different paths to diagnoses. To make sure the diagnosis is accurate; there are different ways to test for mesothelioma:
  • Image Scanning – It’s very common people start with a basic chest x-ray. If there is something that looks irregular, a doctor will recommend a more in-depth imaging scan including a MRI, PET scan, or CT scan.
  • “B” Readers – For indicating asbestos in the lungs, certified “B-Readers” must review the chest x-ray to confirm or deny the lung is with coal, silica or asbestos.
  • Biopsies – A tissue sample, also known as a biopsy, is collected for testing of mesothelioma.


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 Martin, 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).


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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

Due to its long latency period and the very non-specific signs and symptoms, mesothelioma can go overlooked for nearly 50 years. If you or a loved one has developed Mesothelioma or feel as though you are having health issues as a result of long term exposure to asbestos, please contact Albany’s mesothelioma lawyers. Let our team of attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® do all the heavy work so you can relax and spend time with your loved ones. We can be reached anytime, toll-free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010) or at our Albany office at 518-529-1010.