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Navy Held Liable by California Court in Mesothelioma
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010 10:43

Case   by Jason Wentworth

in Law / Personal Injury (submitted 2010-06-22)

A California appeals court recently held the U.S. Navy responsible for the development of malignant mesothelioma in a veteran. Reportedly, this is the first time that a division of the U.S. Armed Forces has been held liable in asbestos litigation. The veteran had spent 31 years working in naval shipyards. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 2005.

Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and is therefore known as an asbestos cancer. Mesothelioma symptoms typically appear decades after exposure to asbestos has occurred. The symptoms that a mesothelioma patient exhibits depends in large part, on the type of mesothelioma the patient has. A person with peritoneal mesothelioma (mesothelioma that affects the lining of the abdomen) may experience abdominal swelling and digestive problems. A person with pleural mesothelioma or lung mesothelioma (mesothelioma that affects the lining of the lungs and chest cavity) generally experiences difficulty breathing, coughing of blood and chest pain.

Medical experts generally agree that there are four stages of mesothelioma. In the earlier stages, the cancer is local to its point of origin in the body. In the later stages, the cancer has usually spread to more distant areas. Mesothelioma treatment approaches are typically more effective in the early stages. None of the current mesothelioma treatment approaches can cure the disease but can lead to a better quality of life. The mesothelioma treatment PDT (photodynamic therapy) uses a certain type of light to kill mesothelioma cancer cells. Immunotherapy, another mesothelioma treatment approach manipulates the patient's immune system so that it fights cancer cells.

Mesothelioma patients and others suffering from an asbestos cancer should contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney because they may be entitled to substantial financial compensation from companies that failed to warn of the dangers of asbestos.

About Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorneys

The Weitz & Luxenberg law firm is the top mesothelioma law firm in the U.S. Many retired workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have turned to a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer for financial assistance. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers have won millions of dollars in mesothelioma cases. For a free mesothelioma lawsuit review, please visit For more information on jobs that involve the risk of developing mesothelioma, visit

About the Author

Jason works closely with the mesothelioma lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg in raising public awareness of the dangers of asbestos. He is an experienced paralegal.

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