The lawyers at McDermott-Hickey have been successfully representing mesothelioma victims across Ohio for over 30 years.  

Our goals are to minimize the stress and anxiety our clients are dealing with and to maximize their compensation to help alleviate the financial pressures they are facing. There is never an attorney fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. 

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Tracing mesothelioma back to the workplace where asbestos exposure was likely to have occurred is critical to a successful claim.  Often times, mesothelioma victims are not able to immediately recall how and when they were exposed to asbestos. The knowledge and experience of McDermott-Hickey in tracing back asbestos exposures can mean the difference between being fully compensated for your injury or receiving nothing.   Put our experience and expertise to work for you today.  Call us toll free at (877) 303-6379.



Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart.  This protective lining is called the mesothelium. In later stages of the disease, the organs themselves may become damaged.

The mesothelium serves a critical function in providing lubrication that helps internal organs to move. A prime example involves the lungs. This lubrication makes it possible for your lungs to expand and contract, allowing you to breathe comfortably.

Depending on its specific location in the body, the mesothelium is called by different names. The likelihood of having cancer in each area varies greatly:

  • Pleural mesothelioma: lung and chest areas, 75%
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: abdominal cavity and organs,  25%
  • Pericardial mesothelioma: heart and heart cavity, rare
  • Tunica vaginalis testis: testicles, extremely rare

Cancerous mesotheliomas may be further categorized into three primary types depending on the specific arrangement of the cells and the percent of cases that have each type:

  • Sarcomatoid: fastest spreading, 10-20%
  • Epithelioid: slower spreading, 50-60%
  • Biphasic (mixed): both types of cells are present, 30%-40%

Symptoms of Mesothelioma of the Lungs or Abdomen

There are a wide range of symptoms that may take years to appear:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful coughing
  • Swelling of the neck or face
  • Pain under the rib cage or chest pain
  • Unexpected or unusual weight loss
  • Fluid build-up in the lungs or abdomen

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma it is important that you take action immediately.  We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family.  We are happy to answer any questions you have with absolutely no cost or obligation.

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