In the state of Ohio, mesothelioma is typically seen as an “adult” diagnosis. Mesothelioma diagnoses in children are practically unheard of. While it might be rare, it’s not impossible. If your child experienced asbestos exposure, they might be at risk of developing this form of cancer. Here’s what you need to know about pediatric mesothelioma.
What are the signs of mesothelioma in children?
Since asbestos exposure and mesothelioma are strongly linked, it’s important to monitor your child if they experienced prolonged exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma in children can include fever, stomach pains, anemia, abdominal swelling and difficulty breathing. If your child has any of these symptoms, you should call a doctor as soon as possible.
Fortunately, pediatric mesothelioma has a higher survival rate than adult mesothelioma. A study revealed that over 80% of children with mesothelioma survived for five years after their diagnosis. Since the disease is so rare in children, however, there is limited research on the topic. A large percentage of pediatric mesothelioma patients receive a misdiagnosis at first.
In any case, thousands of people have received compensation for their struggles with mesothelioma over the years. You might be able to sue the business or individual who exposed your child to asbestos, which has been known since the 1970s to cause serious health issues.
Should you hire an attorney if your child has mesothelioma?
Paying for cancer treatments can be incredibly expensive. You also have to deal with the emotional toll that mesothelioma takes on your family as well as the physical toll on your sick child. A settlement might not cure your child, but it could make it a lot easier to pay those medical bills. An attorney could help you prepare a case against the people responsible for exposing your child to asbestos.