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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Generally, there are two types of mesothelioma;- pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lung, and peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen.

Most people suffering from mesothelioma will have substantial compensation entitlements available.


Mesothelioma generally presents with symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, cough and weight loss. Mesothelioma is often associated with a build up of fluid in the lining of the lung (pleural effusion) or in the abdomen (ascites).

Latency period

There is a latency period between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma. The latency period is generally somewhere between 15 and 50 years.  Most experts would not attribute exposure to asbestos that has occurred in the last 10 years as a cause of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma has been proved to occur after very small exposures to asbestos. It is possible to contract mesothelioma from one off home handyman type exposures, living with an asbestos worker and/or washing their clothes, or living near an asbestos factory.  For this reason, people diagnosed with mesothelioma at times are unsure where or when they have suffered exposure to asbestos.


Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. Sometimes it may take weeks or months before a diagnosis is confirmed.  If you are being investigated for mesothelioma, it is important to obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity, even before the diagnosis is confirmed.

Most people suffering from mesothelioma will have substantial compensation entitlements available. It is important to obtain expert legal advice so that all possible avenues for compensation are explored and legal rights are protected.

Get in touch with Turner Freeman Lawyers

For asbestos disease claims such as mesothelioma, in South Australia we act for our clients on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. For more information regarding the compensation process for asbestos related disease claims call 13 43 63 and speak with an expert today. Our offices are located in Adelaide CBD and Whyalla.

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