Mesothelioma Lawsuits Now Being Accepted:
Millions May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos-Caused Cancer
If you or a loved one have developed malignant mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos or have lost a loved one to this aggressive cancer you may be eligible to file an asbestos lawsuit and seek compensation.
Our experienced, aggressive mesothelioma lawyers are now investigating claims from families who been diagnosed with mesothelioma and suffered devastating health problems and medical expenses through no fault of their own. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected.
You should know that all cases are different and there may be time limits involved in certain situations so the earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in cases in which eligibility is determined.
Free consultations are being offered to advise families about the legal options that may be available to them in seeking compensation for the loss of a loved one and for individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Compensation could include medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages and a variety of other expenses that may have been incurred because your or a loved one developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to this deadly material.
HOW TO FILE A MESOTHELIOMA CLAIM
You probably aren't aware of the fact that mesothelioma lawyers have won billions of dollars on behalf of their clients in settlements and jury awards and that large corporations and insurance companies have set aside billions more in anticipation of future legal costs.
Our aggressive mesothelioma lawyers have a long history of winning and negotiating compensation for those who are proven responsible for exposing workers and the public to the dangers of asbestos.
Our experienced legal team can work with you and outline all the legal options available to you and make it to file a mesothelioma claim to protect the legal rights to which you may be entitled.
It doesn't cost anything to find out about the merits of your case because our legal team offers a free consultation if you contact us.
What compensation might you or a loved one be eligible to seek? Here is a partial list of compensation costs won in a long history of mesothelioma cases involving other clients:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of employment
- Loss of wages
- Expenses not covered by insurance
- Travel expenses for treatment
- Prescription costs
If you are a family with a member who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost a loved one to this devastating cancer we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for experienced, aggressive legal representation to seek the compensation you may be due, dependent upon the facts of your case.
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is diagnosed in about 2,000 to 3,000 Americans each year, according to national health statistics. In the overwhelming number of cases it is caused when an individual is exposed to asbestos, usually in a work environment. This is why a disproportionate number of U.S. Navy veterans, auto mechanics, shipyard workers and construction trade workers are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Tens of billions of dollars have been awarded to these victims in mesothelioma lawsuits in settlements and jury awards over the last several decades. Public financial records show that large companies and insurance firms have also set aside tens of billions more dollars for future mesothelioma lawsuit costs.
Mesothelioma typically develops after an individual unknowingly inhales microscopic, airborne asbestos particles which work their way into the linings of the lungs, heart or abdominal organs and, over several decades, generate cancer cells which form tumors and can spread to other parts of the body.
The long latency period means that most victims are not diagnosed until they are in their 60s or 70s and the cancer is so far advanced that it cannot be treated by such traditional medical techniques such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
In addition, the symptoms of mesothelioma often are very similar to common respiratory illnesses and are frequently not taken seriously by victims until it is too late for effective treatment. Mesothelioma also may be difficult to diagnose and has been missed in many examinations by physicians, according to many mesothelioma lawsuits.
HISTORIC LINK BETWEEN ASBESTOS AND MESOTHELIOMA
Asbestos has been prized since ancient times for its fire-retardant and insulating qualities as has its health risks. The Classical Greeks wrote of asbestos miners suffering from serious coughs and black lungs. The use of asbestos soared during the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars and became a common building component in housing during the Baby Boomer Era.
The health risks and links to mesothelioma were frequently overlooked and it was not until the 1970s that our government adopted strict laws regulating the use of asbestos and launched an information campaign warning the public of the dangers of mesothelioma. Here's a posting from the National Institutes of Health web site:
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals with long, thin fibers. It was once used widely as insulation. It also occurs in the environment. Asbestos fibers are so small you can't see them. Disturbing asbestos can cause fibers to float in the air. When this happens, they are easy to inhale. You breathe out most fibers, but some become lodged in the lungs. Over time, they can build up in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. This can eventually affect breathing and lead to disease, such as mesothelioma.
MESOTHELIOMA LATENCY PERIOD
Why are so many victims who have developed mesothelioma not diagnosed with the cancer until they are in their 50s, 60s and 70s?
The answer to this question is that there is a very long latency period in mesothelioma from the time a victim innocently inhales asbestos fibers to the time that these fibers fight off the body's immune system and generate mesothelioma cancer cells which form tumors and can spread to other parts of the body.
The reality, according to national health statistics, is that most victims are exposed to deadly asbestos in a work environment, usually when they were in their 20s or 30s. Because it can take 30, 40 or 50 years for the asbestos fibers to generate the mesothelioma cancer cells, most victims are in their advanced years when they become symptomatic.
JOBS MOST AT RISK TO MESOTHELIOMA
The mesothelioma cases that our nationwide team of attorneys have investigated confirms statistics compiled by national health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
They show that that the majority of the cases of mesothelioma involve exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Second-hand exposure, such as workers bringing home fibers on their clothing, does occur but far less frequently.
There is also a definite link between mesothelioma and certain jobs. If you once served in the U.S. Navy you fit the profile of many of our mesothelioma victims. That is because asbestos was a vital component in shipbuilding and an integral part of most ships that were built before and during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The wear and tear of routine service and the stresses of combat freed dangerous fibers and exposed countless sailors to mesothelioma. National health statistics show that Navy veterans are at the top of the list of mesothelioma victims.
Also disproportionately represented as mesothelioma victims are shipyard workers, auto mechanics and victims who worked in the construction and manufacturing trades, such as carpenters, insulators, roofers, plumbers, electricians, tile workers and carpet layers.
Our aggressive, experienced national team of mesothelioma lawyers is well versed in the intricacies of mesothelioma laws and how they apply to victims who worked in those and other occupations in which they were negligently exposed to the possibility of developing this deadly cancer.
Please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation about your eligibility to compensation for a mesothelioma-caused illness.
What are the symptoms of mesothelioma? Here are descriptions outlined by the Mayo Clinic, which notes that signs and symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on where the cancer occurs:
Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
- Unexplained weight loss
Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in tissue in the abdomen, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
- Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss
Other forms of mesothelioma
Signs and symptoms of other types of mesothelioma are unclear, since these forms of the disease are very rare. Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects tissue that surrounds the heart, can cause signs and symptoms such as breathing difficulty and chest pains. Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which affects tissue surrounding the testicles, may be first detected as swelling or a mass on a testicle.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms that may indicate mesothelioma. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma aren't specific to this disease and, due to the rarity of mesothelioma, are more likely to be related to other conditions. If any persistent signs and symptoms seem unusual or bothersome, ask your doctor to evaluate them. Tell your doctor if you've been exposed to asbestos fibers.
If you are a family with a member who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost a loved one to this devastating cancer we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for experienced, aggressive legal representation to seek the compensation you may be due. We offer free consultations to outline the legal options that may be available to you.