September 20, 2021

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Lawyers in Indiana

Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of mesothelium, affects about 3,000 new victims yearly in the United States. Because of Indiana’s heavy industrial history, many of these victims are or were residents. Between 1979 and 1980 alone, more than 500 people from Indiana died of mesothelioma. One notable victim in 1980 was actor Steve McQueen, from Beech Grove, Indiana.

Danger Asbestos Warning SignThe mesothelium, a membrane covering many of the body’s internal organs, is a bilayer of cells within which is contained a lubricating fluid secreted by the cells in order to cushion the organs they surround. The mesothelium can become cancerous after exposure to asbestos by either inhalation or ingestion.

There are three main locations where this cancer can arise:

  • Pleura – pleural mesothelioma, the most common form, affects the mesothelium surrounding the lungs, also known as the chest cavity.
  • Peritoneum – peritoneal mesothelioma, the second most common form, affects the mesothelium lining the abdominal cavity.
  • Pericardium – pericardial mesothelioma, the most rare form, affects the mesothelium surrounding the heart.

Additionally, there are multiple types of histology that this cancer can take on:

  • Epithelioid – also called epithelial, this is by far the most common type of mesothelioma, and also the least severe.
  • Sarcomatoid – this is the most rare type of mesothelioma, but also the most severe.
  • Biphasic – also known as mixed-cell type, this type of mesothelioma, as the name implies contains both epithelioid cells and sarcomatoid cells. It is the second most common type and is less severe than sarcomatoid, but more severe than epithelioid.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you lived or worked in Indiana, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced Indiana mesothelioma lawyers by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) for your free case evaluation.