How soon after I am exposed to asbestos should I file a lawsuit?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, that prevents you from working or interferes in the performance of your daily activities, you might be considering a lawsuit. In that case, it helps to contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid running into deadlines that will negatively impact your ability to file. There are statutes of limitation that apply to specific types of cases; you want to be sure yours doesn’t run out between the time you are diagnosed and the time you file a case.
I want to sue, but I don’t want to harm my employers or the people that caused the damage. Is there a way around this?
Liability insurance usually covers individuals and companies against claims such as these, so you don’t have to worry about the adverse affect on people you like. If you do not want to, you do not have to sue your employer for workers compensation. You can elect to sue only the asbestos companies and get compensation from them. These options should be discussed with an experienced attorney ASAP.
Why is there so much asbestos litigation?
By the early 1930s there were individuals in the asbestos industry who knew that asbestos had been strongly linked to deadly lung disease; these dangers were hidden from people whose health was affected by exposure.
American manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to the public. Their products must be safe for the people who come into contact with them and must be clearly labeled about dangers.
Asbestos was used in many different products for almost 50 years and is still causing illness in people exposed years ago. Citizens who have been disabled as a result of asbestos exposure should be able to hold those that caused their injury liable.
How much will it cost me for you to investigate my claim?
You will never get a bill from us for investigating your potential claim. If you decide to retain us as your attorneys we will work for you on a contingency basis. That means we are paid only if a judgment is won or settlements are reached in your case. There is no charge for work by our members unless you receive a payment from a settlement or judgment. The fees that may be charged and the expenses a client may be responsible for vary from state to state are governed by individual state laws and will be discussed with you by the attorney that you speak with.
How large a settlement or judgment might I expect to recover in a health related claim?
The value of your potential claim depends on many things. In health-related lawsuits such as asbestos, it depends on things such as the medical evidence supporting your diagnosis, how serious your injury is, your actual and your potential losses, and the financial resources of the company that made the product among other criteria. No attorney can rightfully answer this question fully without knowledge of the circumstances of your particular case.
How long does it take to actually get the settlement or judgment?
In some cases settlements are possible within a few months of filing your claim. In other cases it may take much longer. The answer to this question depends upon a number of factors including the court your case is filed in, the experience and reputation of your attorney and how many other cases like yours have already been resolved by the defendant who is being sued. An experienced attorney will be able to help you move your case through the legal system as efficiently as possible and to help people that are ill receive their money in a timely manner.
How do I begin my lawsuit?
You can get in touch with us in several different ways. If you’d like to complete the confidential case evaluation, an attorney will get in touch with you within 1 business day. The information will assure that we connect you with the proper attorney and that you receive accurate information as quickly as possible. The information you provide is strictly confidential.
Do products still contain asbestos? Is asbestos still used today?
Mesothelioma cancer has become a medical crisis in the last few decades, causing pain, suffering and loss for thousands of families. This virulent form of cancer was virtually unheard of before the Industrial Revolution but today mesothelioma lung cancer is being diagnosed in more people every year.
Is mesothelioma cancer only caused by asbestos?
Mesothelioma cancer is caused by asbestos exposure in almost all cases, tying it directly to the manufacture and use of products containing asbestos fibers. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of products being manufactured and used in the United States today that contain asbestos. In fact, the history of asbestos reflects clearly the incredible dangers of this material, yet it is still being used today.
Is Mesotheliomaq the only disease caused by asbestos exposure?
Mesothelioma cancer isn’t the only debilitating or deadly disease caused by exposure to asbestos. In fact, many individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma after they have already suffered from asbestosis, a chronic lung disease that causes shortness of breath because of scarring of lung tissue. Asbestosis symptoms develop slowly and patients often don’t get treatment as early as they should in order to alleviate their discomfort. Many people who contract asbestosis develop mesothelioma lung cancer later in life.
Is Mesothelioma asbestos cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer
Mesothelioma asbestos cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer today, with a mortality rate so high that eight out of ten of those diagnosed pass away within a year of their diagnosis. Because of this distressing statistic and the close link between asbestosis and mesothelioma, anyone with the former disease must be monitored closely at all times so that mesothelioma lung and abdominal cancer can be caught as early as possible.
What are the Mesothelioma Treatment Options?
Once diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, a patient will generally talk to his or her doctors about the various treatment options available. Any treatment chosen is aimed at prolonging life expectancy and improving the comfort of the patient, since there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, although traditional treatments can reduce the amount of cancer in the body.
The three most common mesothelioma treatment options are”
- surgery to remove cancerous areas,
- chemotherapy to attack the cancerous cells and radiation therapy to kill cancer cells.
More individuals today are also looking into alternative treatments such as herbal medications for improving their quality of life and improving comfort, although none of these have been proven to reduce the level of mesothelioma present in the body.
Are there more than 1 type of asbestos diseases?
You may have heard about mesothelioma asbestos diseases because of the amount of attention they have received in past years from the media. While this has kept people informed about these illnesses in general and their unfortunate links to asbestos, it has also caused some misconceptions.
While you probably know that mesothelioma asbestos diseases are virulent and most often fatal illnesses, you may not know that there are actually several different types of diseases that can affect different areas of the body. Some people believe that asbestos diseases are directly tied to lung scarring. In fact, not all forms of mesothelioma affect just the lungs. Educating yourself about the different forms this cancer takes and how it can affect your family is crucial and should also include information on the risks to everyone in a family.
Can Mesothelioma Asbestos Diseases Be Contracted Indirectly
Did you know that today more and more adults who never worked with asbestos themselves are contracting mesothelioma diseases? That’s because many of these adults were exposed indirectly to asbestos on a regular basis. Even though these individuals were never in the presence of asbestos products on a regular basis, they inhaled quantities of it over years if their parents worked with asbestos. It’s now apparent that the spouses and children of asbestos workers run a high risk of contracting mesothelioma diseases simply because they were regularly exposed to the dust brought home on the clothing of a family member who worked with asbestos.
What are the Different Types of Asbestos Diseases
Among the most common asbestos diseases diagnosed, mesothelioma can take on several different forms. Among those are esophageal mesothelioma cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma, abdominal mesothelioma and in some cases benign mesothelioma.
- Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most dangerous form of this cancer and the most common. In fact, about two of every three cases of mesothelioma diagnosed are pleural mesothelioma. It attacks the lining of the lungs and the pleural area of the chest wall cavity. Over time the pleural lining thickens and the lungs begin to retain excess fluid, leading to breathing difficulty.
- Esophageal mesothelioma cancer is the least common form of mesothelioma, but still extremely dangerous and often fatal. This form of mesothelioma attacks the esophagus and sometimes the larynx of patients. This asbestos disease can attack the cells that line the inside of the esophagus or the gland tissue in the lower area of the esophagus.
- Benign mesothelioma is extremely rare, and is the formation of a tumor in a specific area of the lungs. This is one of the only mesothelioma asbestos diseases that can be treated by surgical removal of the tumor. However, doctors keep a close eye on anyone who has developed benign mesothelioma because so many of these patients later develop other, more dangerous types of asbestos-related diseases.
If you have been exposed to asbestos over long periods of time, you should talk to your doctor about regular check-ups to make sure you catch any early symptoms of asbestos diseases. With so many different types of mesothelioma asbestos diseases, it’s imperative that you keep informed and watch for the early signs of illness