Multiple myeloma, or “MM”, is a type of cancer that affects plasma cells. The plasma cells are a specific type of white blood cells which are responsible for the production of antibodies. With MM, abnormal plasma cells begin accumulating within bone marrow locations, causing a disruption in the production of healthy blood cells. MM is sometimes linked to certain toxic tort claims.
Indicators of multiple myeloma include lesions of the bone as well as elevated blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia). Other symptoms may include kidney failure, infection due to immune deficiency, and pneumonia. Neurological symptoms including weakness, dizziness, and fatigue can also occur.
Research has not yet confirmed specific causes of MM. There are, however, certain factors that are associated with an increased risk of developing multiple myeloma. These may include:
- Being above the age of 65
- Having a family member who was affected by MM
- Being subject to toxic exposure conditions
- Belonging to certain ethnicity groups
Multiple myeloma can result in a loss of the ability to work and earn income. However, proving liability for MM can be difficult to do. Since there are so many factors that can contribute to the development of multiple myeloma, it’s difficult to trace liability for MM.
On the other hand, other legal issues may be involved with multiple myeloma. A common example of this is in a medical malpractice case due to a failure to diagnose the condition. This can happen if the doctor or medical professional was negligent in the way that they handled the patient. Other legal claims and lawsuits may involve malpractice related to surgical error in relation to myeloma-related injuries.
Multiple myeloma is a complex medical condition and can often involve many different legal issues. You may need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one of yours needs help with MM legal issues. Your attorney will be able to advise you on how to proceed with a legal claim. Also, if you need legal research to be performed, or if you need legal representation in court, your lawyer can assist with those aspects of trial.