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If you’ve come into contact with asbestos, there is a real risk that you could develop mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with this dreadful condition, our compassionate team of expert solicitors are here to guide you through the process of making a compensation claim.

Why Keenan Solicitors?

Keenan Solicitors are one of Northern Ireland’s leading law firms in the highly specialist area of mesothelioma compensation claims.

If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, we understand that this can be a devastating and often confusing time.

At Keenan Solicitors, we’re here for you.

Contact us today and we can arrange a free home visit anywhere in Northern Ireland. We’ll take the time to listen to your worries and concerns and can draw on our vast experience to help put your mind at ease.

The claims process following a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be complex and it is vitally important that you and your family have a solicitor that is an expert in this field. We will answer any questions you may have and take detailed instructions from you to allow us to identify the possible cause of your exposure to asbestos that has led to this diagnosis.

By taking the time to listen to a full history and engage fully in an approachable manner, our solicitors can identify likely causes and employers at fault, even where it may not be immediately obvious or the employer has since ceased trading.

Following our initial meeting, our investigations will commence. If an insurance company can be identified, we will arrange for our medical expert to prepare a report for your case. Often this can be done on the basis of your medical records, further minimising the stress of the claims process for you.

When it comes to securing compensation, we will fight robustly on your behalf to secure every last penny of compensation you deserve. Money can never make right the wrong done, but it is our aim that it provides some peace of mind that those responsible have had to pay and, more importantly, can help aid you and your family in the future.

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which can occur in the mesothelium which is the membrane that lines the inner surface of the chest wall, known as the pleura and also the abdomen, known as the peritoneum and the testicles.

Mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Inhalation of asbestos dust causes damage to the cells of the pleura, the outer lining of the lungs and the internal chest wall, and it’s thought that over time this damage results in changes which can eventually turn them into cancerous cells.

Although mesothelioma of the pleura is the most common form, mesothelioma of the abdomen, or peritoneum can also occur. This is because the mesothelium also surrounds the heart and intestines.

The average time for mesothelioma to develop after exposure to asbestos dust is around 40 years, but it can develop (or cause symptoms) after 10 years from the initial exposure.

There are approximately 2,500 people a year in the UK who are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the majority of which are men.

If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, even if it was many years ago, there is a risk that you may develop mesothelioma. Our mesothelioma solicitors are here to help, contact us about beginning a compensation claim.

What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

The most common symptoms of mesothelioma include breathlessness, a persistent cough, chest pain, tiredness, loss of appetite and weight loss. However, as mesothelioma can also affect the stomach, heart and testes, you should also be aware of any new pains or changes to any of these parts of the body.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, particularly if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, you should see your GP right away. In the event of a diagnosis mesothelioma, you should also consider making a claim for compensation.

How is mesothelioma usually diagnosed?

While some of the symptoms of mesothelioma may be apparent with just a stethoscope, it’s likely that your GP will send you for further tests to determine if the linings of the lungs, heart or stomach show signs of mesothelioma, including:

  • X-Rays
  • CAT Scans
  • Ultrasound Scans
  • Biopsies
  • Analysis of pleural and peritoneal fluid.

In the event of a diagnosis, you may wish to speak to an experienced solicitor to discuss the possibility of compensation for your illness.

What treatment is available for mesothelioma?

Although there’s no known cure for mesothelioma, there are treatments which may be available to help ease suffering, such as:

  • Talc pleurodesis – This procedure is performed to relieve breathlessness by draining fluid from around the lungs and talc or a chemical powder is put into the body cavity surrounding the lungs to prevent further build-up of fluid
  • Radiotherapy – This treatment is performed to try to relieve breathlessness, pain and discomfort
  • Chemotherapy – This treatment is performed to try to reduce symptoms. It’s only sometimes helpful and only recommended in certain cases
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy – This surgery aims to remove the visible tumour, or as much as possible. It’s a radical surgery and is only suitable for a small number of patients
  • Pleurectomy-decortication – This operation usually leads to better lung function. However, it’s only rarely recommended. It aims to remove all or part of the pleura and lung tissue close to it to reduce the mesothelioma
  • New treatments – Clinical trials are carried out to research new treatments all the time. Participation in clinical trials is an important treatment option for many patients but you should discuss the option with their doctor first
  • Physiotherapy – Physiotherapy is often recommended to help maintain exercise tolerance, strength and functional ability as much as possible
  • Cordotomy – To relieve symptoms of pain
  • Analgesics – To control symptoms of pain

It’s important to note that treatments and clinical trials change often and it’s therefore important that you speak to your consultant about your treatment options.

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Speak to our specialist Belfast-based team of mesothelioma solicitors today if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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