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Understanding the Mesothelioma Commercials

Did you notice a TV commercial advertising resources like a “meso book” for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones?

  • Cancer patients exposed to asbestos can recovercompensation
  • Financing for cancer treatments is available
  • $37 billion remains unclaimed in asbestos trust funds

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Did you see a TV commercial offering mesothelioma patients and their loved ones more information and support? Many of these commercials,which often reference a meso book, offer to send interested parties a free guide to the form of cancer known as mesothelioma, along with their treatment and legal options.

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Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that begins in the mesothelium, layers of membrane that line a number of body cavities. The disease usually starts in the lining that surrounds a patient’s lungs, the Mayo Clinic reports, but it’s not the same as lung cancer. Cases of mesothelioma that begin in the lining around the stomach, heart and testicles are less common, but far from unheard of.

Like most other forms of cancer, there’s more than one type of mesothelioma. It all depends on where the disease begins to form, a fact that largely determines a patient’s symptoms:

  • Pleural mesothelioma (around 75% of cases) begins after fibers of asbestos build up and aggravate the lining of the lungs, a membrane known as thepleura.
    • Symptoms: Dry cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fluid around lungs, excessive fatigue
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma (between 20% and 25% of cases) starts when asbestos fibers collect in the lining of the abdominal cavity, which is called theperitoneum.
    • Symptoms: Abdominal pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, bloating and gas, fluid buildup in the abdomen
  • Pericardial mesothelioma (less than 1% of cases) develops when fibers of asbestos infiltrate the layer of membrane surrounding the heart, a lining referred to as thepericardium.

These symptoms, as we’ll see in a moment, do not develop immediately after exposure to asbestos. In fact, the various types of mesothelioma can take decades to develop in otherwise healthy individuals. Unfortunately, once the disease has begun in earnest, it becomes highly-aggressive – and almost always fatal.

The Undeniable Link Between Asbestos & Cancer

Scientific researchers are unanimous in the knowledge that cases of mesothelioma are caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral used for years in numerous industrial applications. While most uses of asbestos are now strictly limited by federal law, millions of American workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos during the 20th century, as the fire-resistant material made its way into the construction, manufacturing, shipping and automobile industries.

We now understand completely that asbestos causes mesothelioma. In fact, exposure to asbestos fibers, asbestos-containing products and, in some cases, people who have worked regularly with asbestos, is one of theonly known causes of mesothelioma. This isn’t new information. In reality, scientific researchers have understood the devastating effects of asbestos for over a century.

Who Is At Risk?

Asbestos fibers are remarkably resistant to heat. Strong and highly-insulating, the mineral was quickly adopted by numerous industries for its surprising physical properties.

Military service members were eventually surrounded by the deadly substance, especially those in the Navy, where asbestos became a fact of life. In fact, around 30% of all the mesothelioma victims who succumb to their disease are veterans, according to Military.com. That high percentage should shock and appall us. Veterans make up only 8% of the US population.

Veterans & Shipyard Workers

Workers throughout the construction industry have also borne the brunt of their industry’s former reliance on asbestos. Alongside its widespread use as an insulation material, asbestos became a common component of gaskets, pipes, drywall, flooring and even some cement pastes.

Electricians, pipe-fitters and plumbers may be living at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma, along with those who worked in the shipbuilding industry.

Family Members & Loved Ones

Tragically, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Most cases of mesothelioma are linked to occupational exposure, but many family members who lived with asbestos workers have also come down with the disease.

The cancer is aggressive, making early diagnosis and treatment extremely important. However, the disease also carries a surprisingly long latency period. In short, the amount of time between exposure to asbestos and the development of meso symptoms can be very long. In many cases, the symptoms will only appear twenty to fifty years after the patient’s exposure. That means many workers who retired decades ago are only being diagnosed with mesothelioma now.

Is There Help For Mesothelioma Patients?

Yes.

Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones are not alone. While treatments for mesothelioma can be costly, financial compensation is available for workers who were knowingly exposed to asbestos by their employers. Throughout the mid- to late-20th century, hundreds of companies allowed their employees to work closely with asbestos for years at a time, despite substantial scientific evidence that the mineral caused cancer. Even as the medical evidence grew, these employers continued to use asbestos, going so far as to lie to their workers and the public about the risks of asbestos.

Seeking Compensation For Asbestos Injuries

These companies are now paying for their wrongdoing. Beginning in 1973, workers who developed mesothelioma began to file lawsuits against their employers. Soon, they started winning those lawsuits. By 2002, around 730,000 mesothelioma patients, along with families who lost loved ones to the disease, had filed lawsuits of their own. Today, more than 10,000 corporate entities, from asbestos mining interests to construction companies, have been pulled into the litigation.

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While no organization has been established to track the progress of mesothelioma settlements, estimates suggest that several billions of dollars in compensation have already been distributed.

Mesothelioma Trust Funds

Turns out that that amount is only the tip of the iceberg.

The asbestos litigation has grown so gigantic that many of the original defendants have now entered bankruptcy. As part of their bankruptcy proceedings, most of these employers were required to establish special trust funds, designed specifically to compensate the victims of asbestos exposure. Current data suggests that these mesothelioma trust funds currently encompass around $37 billion, money that has yet to be distributed to patients and their families.

Mesothelioma patients who developed the disease due to their employer’s wrongdoing are entitled to secure compensation from these trust funds. Most families use their asbestos settlements to pay for past and future medical expenses and wages lost due to the disease, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering that cancer has caused them.

How Can We Learn More?

You don’t need a meso book to find out more about your family’s legal options. Just call our experienced lawyers today for a free consultation. Speak with a real, knowledgeable legal professional now. There’s a lot that those mesothelioma TV commercials won’t tell you about the real asbestos litigation process. Our attorneys have the answers.

Again, you won’t have to pay us anything to get more information. We’ll evaluate your family’s case for free. In fact, our attorneys only work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you owe us nothing until we secure compensation in your case, whether that means a jury verdict or a settlement.

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FAQs

Why are there so many mesothelioma commercials? ›

The recent increase of mesothelioma advertisements is due in part to the unusually long latency period between the exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma. The National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control estimate that latency period to be between 30 and 50 years.

Who made the mesothelioma commercial? ›

Sokolove Law Video Library. In addition to being a leading national law firm with more than 40 years in practice, our Founder Jim Sokolove (often known as the mesothelioma guy) largely pioneered the world of TV attorney advertising.

Does everyone with mesothelioma get a settlement? ›

Most lawsuits are resolved with a mesothelioma settlement since they are less time-consuming and risky than a trial. If the court finds the defendant not guilty, you will not win any compensation at all. Your asbestos attorney will try to negotiate settlements with each manufacturer named in the lawsuit.

What is the average mesothelioma settlement? ›

Financial Assistance for Mesothelioma Patients

The average mesothelioma settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million. The average mesothelioma trial verdict is $2.4 million. An asbestos settlement provides guaranteed compensation and is usually not taxable under federal law.

What causes mesothelioma? ›

Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma. It accounts for up to 80 percent of all cases. Living with someone who works with asbestos may also increase an individual's risk for developing mesothelioma because asbestos particles can travel on skin and clothing.

What are the mesothelioma commercials about? ›

Mesothelioma commercial scripts are designed to bring awareness to anyone who might have been exposed to asbestos and is at risk for mesothelioma. While some messages may seem misleading, most are paid for by actual mesothelioma law firms who genuinely want to help victims of asbestos exposure.

What are the odds of beating mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

What is the life expectancy after mesothelioma diagnosis? ›

Only a small number of people are diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma. Epithelioid cell subtype mesothelioma has a better prognosis than other cell subtypes.
...
Survival by location, stage and cell subtype of mesothelioma.
StageMedian survival
121 to 51 months
219 to 26 months
315 to 16 months
48 to 12 months

Does mesothelioma run in families? ›

Genetics. About 1% of people with mesothelioma have inherited mesothelioma, meaning the risk of developing the disease was passed from parent to child within a family. Usually, it is due to a mutation or change in a gene called BAP1.

What happens at the end of life with mesothelioma? ›

Most patients die from mesothelioma in stage 4, when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and caused extensive damage. Late-stage cancer causes organs to fail, impairs the immune system, causes malnutrition and wasting, and can even result in a coma.

Is mesothelioma curable if caught early? ›

Surgeons work to remove mesothelioma when it's diagnosed at an early stage. In some cases this may cure the cancer. Most of the time, it isn't possible to remove all of the cancer. In this situation, surgery may help to reduce the signs and symptoms caused by mesothelioma spreading in your body.

Does mesothelioma spread fast? ›

Mesothelioma tends to spread (metastasize) fairly quickly. Because of this, many experts consider mesothelioma to be an aggressive form of cancer. Numerous factors can affect how quickly mesothelioma progresses and the areas of the body to which it spreads.

Is death from mesothelioma painful? ›

With mesothelioma, people die a terrible death in agony.

What part of the body is affected by mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs (pleura). This type is called pleural mesothelioma. Other, rarer types of mesothelioma affect tissue in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), around the heart and around the testicles.

What are the warning signs of mesothelioma? ›

Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) symptoms
  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cough.
  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness.
  • Swelling of the face and arms.
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What is the most famous commercial of all time? ›

TV's Most Memorable Commercials
  • 1959: The First Ever Barbie Commercial.
  • 1965: The Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle.
  • 1970: Tootsie Roll Tootsie Roll Pop.
  • 1971: Coca-Cola “Hilltop”
  • 1971: Keep America Beautiful's “Crying Indian”
  • 1971: Life Cereal “Three Brothers”
  • 1979: Coca-Cola “Mean Joe Greene”
  • 1984: Apple Computer “1984”

What is the message in TV commercial? ›

It conveys a message promoting, and aiming to market, a product or service. Advertisers and marketers may refer to television commercials as TVCs.

What are some lines from old commercials? ›

These Memorable Taglines from the 1970s Will Make You So...
  • "You deserve a break today" (McDonald's) ...
  • "Hey Mikey! ...
  • "Don't leave home without it" (American Express) ...
  • "I am stuck on Band-Aid, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me" (Band-Aid) ...
  • "It's the real thing" (Coca-Cola) ...
  • "How many licks does it take?
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What are the top 5 commercials of all time? ›

We could go on and on with examples of great Super Bowl commercials, but here are a few of the very best.
  • Apple “1984” (1984) ...
  • Coca-Cola: “Hey Kid, Catch!” (1979) ...
  • Monster.com: “When I Grow Up…” (1999) ...
  • Volkswagen: “The Force” (2011)

Do commercial actors get paid every time the commercial airs? ›

If you appear in a local commercial and aren't in a union, you can likely expect to earn only your hourly or daily payment for the acting work. Whether you receive residuals may also depend on your role in the commercial.

Who is the busiest actor right now? ›

There are a lot of familiar names on this list, but many talented actors who are just getting fired up.
  • 1 of 25. Jason Isaacs. Bleecker Street. ...
  • 2 of 25. Nicolas Cage. Getty Images. ...
  • 3 of 25. Eric Roberts. Getty Images. ...
  • 4 of 25. Ben Affleck. Getty Images. ...
  • 5 of 25. Jodie Comer. ...
  • 6 of 25. Zendaya. ...
  • 7 of 25. Tom Holland. ...
  • 8 of 25. Oscar Isaac.
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Why is mesothelioma increasing? ›

The increase in mesothelioma cases has been attributed to the lack of a complete ban on asbestos in the U.S., significant natural disasters that destroyed buildings containing asbestos materials, and the Sept. 11 terror attacks that exposed rescue workers to the cancer-causing material, among other factors.

What is the life expectancy of a person with mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

Will mesothelioma ever be cured? ›

Unfortunately, mesothelioma often is an aggressive disease and for most people a cure isn't possible. Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage — when it isn't possible to remove the cancer through an operation. Instead, your doctor may work to control your cancer to make you more comfortable.

Do non smokers get mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma and Smoking

There is no direct link between smoking and mesothelioma, as the only known cause of the cancer is asbestos exposure. However, research has shown that smoking is a risk factor for mesothelioma if asbestos exposure has occurred.

Can chemo shrink mesothelioma? ›

Chemotherapy can also help to shrink or control advanced pleural mesothelioma for some time. This helps some people to live longer. You will have to be fit enough to cope with the side effects to have this treatment. You should talk this over with your cancer specialist.

Does mesothelioma go to the brain? ›

In rare cases, mesothelioma cancer may metastasize (spread) to the patient's brain. Mesothelioma often begins in the lungs, abdomen or heart after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare disease, accounting for only 0.19% of new cancer diagnoses from 2013 to 2017. Mesothelioma metastasis to the brain is unlikely.

Does mesothelioma cause memory loss? ›

Some sufferers of mesothelioma report having impaired cognitive functioning, described as similar to “dementia.” This cognitive impairment manifests itself in symptoms like brain fog, short-term memory loss, sudden fatigue, an inability to concentrate, difficulty multitasking, and other, similar experiences.

What is death like with mesothelioma? ›

You may find that your loved one is less alert, confused, or restless. They may pull at bed covers or have visions of people and places that are not present. As death nears they may be more withdrawn and want to spend time alone. Allow them to do so as they may be mentally preparing for the end of their life.

Why is mesothelioma so painful? ›

Mesothelioma tumors cause pain as they grow and push against sensitive nerves or vital organs. As mesothelioma cancer progresses, fluid buildup can lead to pain with activity, breathing, coughing and eating. Advanced or metastatic mesothelioma can cause bone or muscle pain as tumors spread throughout the body.

Who is the longest survivor of mesothelioma? ›

What is the longest someone has lived with mesothelioma? Diagnosed in 1997 at age 52, Paul Kraus is currently the longest-living mesothelioma survivor in the world. He believes he experienced asbestos exposure working in a factory as a student in Australia.

How long can you live with untreated mesothelioma? ›

The mesothelioma life expectancy without treatment for a late-stage patient is approximately six to eight months. Patients diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma may live one to two years. Factors such as the cancer's stage, treatment, cell type and the patient's overall health impact mesothelioma life expectancy.

Can you have mesothelioma and not know it? ›

Many of the early symptoms of mesothelioma are the same as those likely to be caused by other problems, so at first people may ignore them or mistake them for common, minor ailments. Most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for at least a few months before they are diagnosed.

Can you get mesothelioma once exposure? ›

Is One-Time Exposure Harmful? It is possible to develop an illness such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural effusions or lung cancer after a one-time exposure to asbestos if the exposure was significant enough to lead to asbestos particles lodging in the body's tissues. The 9/11 attack is a common example.

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