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Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, P.A.
For Initial Consultation 866.461.1591
Practice Areas Mesothelioma

Mississippi Mesothelioma Attorneys Fight for Your Recovery

Litigating asbestos exposure cases and holding those responsible accountable

Mesothelioma and asbestosis have been proven to be caused by direct and secondary exposure to asbestos. The personal injury attorneys at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick have experience handling mesothelioma cases and can investigate your claim and advocate tenaciously to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

What are the causes of mesothelioma?

The cause of mesothelioma is typically asbestos exposure, either direct (such as with individuals who were exposed in the workplace) or secondary (such as from being exposed to your spouse's or parent's work clothes).

Common occupations for asbestos exposure include:

  • Boiler operators
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Dock workers
  • Electrical plant operators
  • Electricians
  • Gas fitters
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Plumbers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Welders

Some people have been exposed to asbestos through other means such as:

  • Flooring, insulation, roofing and tile in the home
  • Materials removed from the home or workplace during a demolition in preparation for renovation
  • Contaminated water
  • Building materials that have been exposed to flooding, wind or damage from earthquakes

Mesothelioma can occur even after relatively low levels of asbestos exposure, and the latency period for the disease can range from 10 to 50 years.

How is asbestos exposure treated?

According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, malignant mesothelioma is broken down into four stages. Treatment depends on the stage of the disease at diagnosis, the type of mesothelioma and where the tumors are located in the body:

  • Localized malignant mesothelioma (stage I) — Treatment for stage I is usually surgery to remove the cancer. Other possible treatment options include radiation therapy, extra-pleural pneumonectomy, anticancer drug clinical trials, radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Advanced (stage II, III and IV) — Treatments for the more advanced stages of the disease include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy drugs placed directly into the chest cavity to shrink the tumors.
  • Recurrent — For recurrent stages of the disease, treatments include clinical trials of anticancer drugs, biologic therapy, surgery and chemotherapy.

Advanced and recurrent mesothelioma may be untreatable in some cases. The disease is latent in the body for decades, but once it becomes active, it can be quite aggressive. When the disease has reached the advanced stages, doctors usually focus on trying to prevent the spread of the cancer to other systems in the body rather than trying to cure it. There are also alternative therapies that can diminish the difficult side effects of the cancer treatment.

Contact a Mississippi mesothelioma lawyer to schedule a consultation today

If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma or asbestosis, you will find a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick who will make sure that you are aware of all your legal options. Call us at 866.461.1591 or contact us online to discuss your case. We have been serving the people of Mississippi from our office in Pascagoula for more than 50 years.