The symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall), chest pain, and general symptoms such as weight loss.
After initial exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma takes a long time to develop. The latency period (the time from exposure to developing the illness) is typically between 15 and 40 years, however, on occasions, it has been as long as 60 or even 70 years.
Mesothelioma is extremely rare in the absence of asbestos exposure. Whilst there is a correlation between the level of exposure to asbestos and the risk of developing mesothelioma, even relatively modest exposure can cause an increase in risk of developing the condition. Our specialist Lawyers have successfully dealt with many cases of mesothelioma where the levels of exposure were low. Therefore we would recommend anyone diagnosed with this condition to take specialist legal advice.