Insight from Nationwide Asbestos Exposure Lawyers
Asbestos is an organic mineral that was widely used in thousands of products until strict government regulation of the substance began in the 1970s. Asbestos was so extensively used because of its natural resistance to heat and corrosion and the country’s rapid industrial growth. Asbestos featured strongly in fire-retardant materials, insulation, and automobile parts from the late 1800s through the 1970s. It is suspected that asbestos use continued through the 1980s-against government mandates.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we take asbestos exposure cases from all over the United States. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, traveling to our clients at no extra cost. With our 50+ years of combined experience and insight, we are well-versed on the complexities of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cases. We partner with top litigation firms, offering a team approach for the best possible outcome for our clients. With more than 10,000 cases handled and millions of dollars won, we are ready to assist with your asbestos claim.
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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil and is naturally resistant to both heat and corrosion. This makes it a natural choice for building material, especially insulation, but there is a major problem with asbestos: it can cause lung disease, including cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer and believe that asbestos may be a cause, we can help. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case.
Asbestos Is Far from Phased Out
The idea that breathing and/or ingesting asbestos could directly cause lung cancer dates as far back as the 1930s, when asbestos miners were showing abnormally high instances of the disease. Despite the 1973 Clean Air Act and subsequent legislation reducing the use of asbestos in certain forms, the United States remains one of the nations without a complete ban on asbestos.
As a partial result of that non-ban, it is estimated that asbestos could be linked to as many as 15,000 American deaths each year. The primary risk comes from breathing or ingesting asbestos particles or dust, which arise mostly from handling asbestos directly. This puts a number of groups at an elevated risk, including:
- Demolition crews
- Construction workers
- Asbestos miners
- Asbestos factory workers
With this in mind, anyone who spends substantial time in a building where asbestos is not properly installed or begins to deteriorate over time could be at risk of developing lung disease, including lung cancer.
Know the Signs of Asbestos-Induced Lung Conditions
Breathing and/or ingesting asbestos is linked to three primary lung conditions. They are:
The symptoms of lung cancer, in particular, are important to watch for, especially if you suspect that you were exposed to asbestos at any point in your life. Symptoms of lung cancer include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain and/or tightness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained weight loss
- A cough that does not go away
- Recurring infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
- Coughing up blood
Types of Asbestos
There are six different types of asbestos. The three most common are:
- Chrysotile, or white asbestos, has been most commonly used in the United States. Chrysotile is found in drywall, joint compound, caulk, vinyl flooring, roofing supplies, fire blankets, fireproof clothing, popcorn ceilings, and thousands of other products. Chrysotile asbestos continues to be imported into the U.S. and used in hundreds of products today.
- Amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite are all types of brown asbestos. These materials have been used in cement, pipes used in construction, insulation, and low-density ceiling tiles. Airborne fibers are easily inhaled and severely damaging to internal organs. Anthophyllite asbestos is often found in vermiculite and was responsible for devastating the town of Libby, Montana. A vermiculite mine run by W.R. Grace exposed miners and their families to asbestos, causing a decades-long epidemic of lung disease that continues to this day.
- Crocidolite is blue asbestos and was used more abundantly in Africa and Australia. Crocidolite is considered the most dangerous type of asbestos.
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How Does Exposure Occur?
Extracting, cutting, or any other action that disrupts asbestos can produce airborne dust and fibers. Significant health risks result-including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer-from inhalation or ingestion of these fibers. When toxic asbestos fibers are breathed in, they build up in the lungs and lead to scarring, inflammation, and ultimately cancerous cell mutation.
Generally, those exposed to asbestos do not show symptoms of an asbestos-related disease for many years, even decades. Exposure can occur in a myriad of ways in from thousands of different products. Most commonly, exposure occurs when an industrial worker, like a construction or shipyard employee, disturbs asbestos-containing products, like insulation or piping cement. If the worker is not provided proper ventilation and protection, they inhale the asbestos dust.
Workers can also carry asbestos dust home with them on their clothing or hair, causing potential for exposure to members of their household. This is called second-hand or take-home exposure.
Most People Have Been Exposed to Asbestos.
Common asbestos products include roofing and floor tiles, car parts such as brake pads and transmission parts, and plumbing and construction pipe coatings and insulation. Thousands of products contain asbestos, however, and most people have been exposed in some amount at some point in their life.
Asbestos was used heavily in construction to insulate structures and strengthen cement and plastics. If your house was built during or before 1970, there is a high probability that there is asbestos in your home. Asbestos is considered safe when left alone in good condition, but it is best to hire an asbestos professional to assess the substance before you begin any construction or remodeling that could damage or disturb asbestos-containing products.
The shipbuilding industry used asbestos to insulate hot water and steam pipes, incinerators, and boilers. United States military veterans are highly at risk for asbestos-related illnesses, especially Navy veterans who served from World War I through the Korean War. Civilian shipyard workers are also at extreme risk.
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There Is No Safe Level of Asbestos Exposure
Although the serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure increase with heavier and longer exposures, even brief exposure is known to cause asbestos-related diseases. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Family members of those exposed to asbestos in the workplace are also at risk of developing mesothelioma because toxic asbestos fibers can be brought into the home on the worker’s clothing or skin.
It is often difficult to diagnose an asbestos illness because symptoms can lie dormant for 50 years or more. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer from our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you determine if your illness is linked to your work environment, even if you have no idea when or where you were exposed. Our firm is passionate about these types of cases. We urge you to learn more about your rights.
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Who Is at Risk for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the mineral asbestos is considered a carcinogen, which is a known cancer-causing material. Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point in their life. You can find lower levels of asbestos in the air, water, and soil. Most people do not develop asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma from these limited exposures. Understanding who is most at risk for mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer can help you determine if you should seek medical evaluation yearly for these conditions.
If you received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, contact our asbestos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can help you understand your legal rights and help you build your case to receive compensation for your condition.
Development of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer
The construction industry in the 1940s used asbestos for insulation, fireproofing and other purposes. Several different types of workers handled this fibrous mineral, which can cause mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer when inhaled.
Common Industries Associated with Asbestos
Some of the most common workers at the highest risk for developing asbestos-related cancers include those in asbestos mining and milling, asbestos processing plants, shipbuilding, manufacturing plants that worked on asbestos textiles and other asbestos-containing products, construction workers who handled insulation, drywall removers, automobile mechanics (prior to the 1980s), firefighters, and other workers who dealt with asbestos in any way.
World Trade Center in New York City
Many industries have regulated the use and exposure of their workers to asbestos-containing products and materials. However, more recently, a great deal of the individuals that worked on the cleanup of the horrific aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Asbestos was present in the buildings that fell, and tons of this cancer-causing material blew into the air. Health services should monitor the firefighters, paramedics, police officers, construction workers, volunteers, and neighbors near Ground Zero over the next several decades for any signs of mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer. If you were a first responder or resident who lived near the World Trade Center during the terror attacks, contact our mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you determine if you can receive compensation for your condition.
Some family members of those workers exposed to asbestos have also faced an increased risk in the development of both mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Workers would bring asbestos fibers into the home on their clothing, shoes, skin, and hair, and family members would breathe these fibers in daily. This secondary exposure was most noticed in communities that mined or processed asbestos.
No Safe Level of Exposure to Asbestos
While there is officially no safe level of asbestos exposure, typically, those persons who developed mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer were ones who had significant and prolonged exposure to this carcinogen. If exposed to asbestos, you should have a yearly medical evaluation to determine any signs or symptoms that could be associated with an asbestos-related condition. While there are no cures for these types of cancers, additional treatments are available if they are discovered at earlier stages.
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Does Everyone Who Is Exposed to Asbestos Get Mesothelioma?
Multiple studies in people and lab animals have found asbestos causes cancer. Although not everyone exposed to asbestos gets mesothelioma, 70% to 80% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma have previous exposure to asbestos. The American Cancer Society states that approximately 3,000 people receive a mesothelioma diagnosis in the United States every year.
Asbestos refers to a group of minerals with a fiber-like structure that people can accidentally breathe in or consume when dust or fibers are in the air. While it is a natural substance, asbestos is hazardous to humans, per the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to many government agencies, including the EPA, all types of asbestos are linked to severe medical conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
How Mesothelioma Develops
When a person inhales asbestos, the fibers can stick to the lining of the throat, windpipe, or bronchi. Some fibers can dislodge when the person coughs or swallows. But others can travel to the lungs or abdomen and become embedded in the organs’ protective membranes, called the mesothelium. Over time, the fibers can damage the cells and DNA and, eventually, lung cancer or mesothelioma can develop as a result. Tumors can also develop in the stomach, lung, heart, or testicular lining.
How People Are Exposed
Exposure to asbestos at work is the common cause of mesothelioma, according to the Cancer Society. Studies suggested health risks related to asbestos exposure in the 1920s, according to a publication in Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ). Nonetheless, its fireproofing properties made it attractive to multiple industries, including automotive, construction, manufacturing, and power and chemical. People serving with the United States armed forces were also at risk before the regulation of the substance. It was not until 1980 that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health stated all levels of asbestos exposure can contribute to disease.
In the mid-1980s, the use of asbestos significantly declined. However, while new constructions do not use this substance, asbestos is still a hazard for buildings made in the 1960s or prior.
Those who have worked in an asbestos mine or processing plant are at high risk of developing mesothelioma. So, too, are those who have worked in occupations such as construction or heavy industry, where asbestos is still present in certain equipment and materials. Individuals can also be exposed if the facility in which they work contains asbestos building materials.
Likewise, people can be exposed by living in a house made with asbestos, or near an asbestos mine. Older household goods or items may still pose a risk if they contain asbestos. For example, older cars may have brake pads or other parts with asbestos.
Asbestos can affect anyone who is exposed to it, regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. It is also most prevalent among older adults, most likely because the condition may develop decades after asbestos exposure. While any level of asbestos exposure can cause illness, the longer the period of exposure, the greater their chance of becoming sick.
If you believe you or a loved one may be at risk due to asbestos exposure, visit your doctor to discuss your concerns. There are tests you can take to detect mesothelioma before you develop any symptoms. Your doctor may recommend an X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI to detect tissue abnormalities or tumors. If there are abnormalities, the doctor may also use a PET (positron emission tomography) scans to determine if it is scar tissue or a tumor.
A medical professional can also use a blood test to detect protein abnormalities that could indicate cancer. If a doctor finds cells that appear suspect, they may use a biopsy to examine them and determine if they are malignant (cancerous) or benign.
Even if you do not wish to have a test at this time, monitor your health closely. The following symptoms may indicate mesothelioma development:
- Respiratory issues, including coughing up blood, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Loss of appetite.
- Gastrointestinal distress.
- Chest pain.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer. Early detection and proper treatment can improve your chances of survival.
While not everyone who is exposed to asbestos gets mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can increase the likelihood of developing a variety of lung diseases. Asbestos has also been linked to a number of health issues, including the rare cancer, mesothelioma. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, commonly used in building materials due to heat resistant qualities and the ability to effectively insulate.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer, affecting the lining of the lungs. This type of cancer has been linked to asbestos exposure. Sometimes mesothelioma can occur after even a brief incident of asbestos exposure, though frequency, duration, and intensity of the exposure are thought to play a role in the likelihood of a person developing mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma tends to develop over time. The Ochsner Journal has reported cases of mesothelioma that occur up to 40 years after an exposure to asbestos. While over 200,000 people in the United States are living with lung cancer at a given time, only about 3,300 of these cases are mesothelioma, according to the same study.
Asbestos Exposure and Other Risk Factors
Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor of mesothelioma, according to Mayo Clinic, though other lifestyle factors can contribute to the development of lung cancer and other diseases. Those who smoke, use tobacco products, or are exposed to secondhand smoke, could be more likely to develop mesothelioma after asbestos exposure. Diet, exercise, and genetics can also increase the chances of cancer for those exposed to this potentially harmful substance.
If you work in a field such as construction, janitorial services, automobile manufacturing, or another profession that could have increased your exposure to asbestos, another party could be at fault for your exposure.
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Sources of Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance, but because it was once regularly used in building materials and other goods, it has come into the spotlight more than other naturally toxic substances. While some commonly used items may have asbestos, the dangers of asbestos depend largely on the intensity and duration of exposure, as well as other contributing risk factors. Asbestos fibers can circulate in the surrounding air of the source, creating a dangerous environment for those nearby.
Asbestos has been frequently used in many types of building products due to the ability of asbestos to insulate and prevent fires. When the dangers of asbestos began to emerge, many regulations were implemented to minimize potential exposure, but older buildings are still likely to have used materials containing asbestos. While the prevalence of asbestos in building materials is relatively known, the frequency of asbestos in everyday products might come as a surprise. If you were exposed to any of the following products, you could have come in contact with asbestos:
- Various building materials, such as insulation and roofing
- Car clutches and brake pads
- Potting soil
While most people have used these goods, products, and materials and could have therefore been exposed to asbestos, not everyone who is exposed to asbestos gets mesothelioma. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of lung disease, it is very important that you see a medical professional.
Potential Health Effects of Asbestos
In some cases, exposure to asbestos can lead to serious lung diseases, including mesothelioma. According to Cancer.Net from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and can also manifest in the abdominal region. According to the National Cancer Institute, some studies suggest that asbestos can additionally cause cancer in the stomach, pharynx, colon, and rectum.
Asbestos has also been known to cause asbestosis. This condition is characterized by coughing, shortness of breath, and other forms of lung damage.
There are secondary factors, like smoking, that can increase the risk of disease following exposure to asbestos. Genetics can also play a role in your likelihood of developing lung cancer.
What to Do If You Were Exposed to Asbestos
If you were exposed to asbestos, it is possible that your exposure could lead to long-term health effects. Not everyone who is exposed to asbestos gets mesothelioma but depending on the frequency and duration of your exposure and other contributing factors, your health could be at risk.
It is important that you seek medical attention so that you can be assessed and continually monitored for a number of diseases that could affect your lungs or other parts of your body. Sometimes asbestos exposure can lead to cancer, including mesothelioma.
Speaking with a medical professional can help you determine if your exposure has put you at risk for asbestos-related diseases. Identifying the symptoms for asbestos-related diseases can take years, as they often only reveal themselves later in life. You may also want to consider your legal options during this time. If you were exposed due to another party failing to disclose the presence of asbestos to you or for other reasons, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
How Can You Prevent Mesothelioma after Asbestos Exposure?
You should quit smoking to try to prevent mesothelioma if you know that you were exposed to asbestos, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition, you should discuss your history of asbestos exposure and other risk factors with your doctor and monitor your health so that if you do develop mesothelioma, it can be detected early, and you can receive treatment promptly.
Establishing Healthy Habits May Reduce Your Risk of Getting Mesothelioma
According to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, eating foods that have provitamin A or beta-carotene might prevent mesothelioma after asbestos exposure. Foods with provitamin A include milk, eggs, orange, and yellow vegetables. Beta-carotene can be found in foods like carrots.
Smoking may increase your risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, such as lung cancer and asbestosis. If you smoke and you know or have reason to believe that you were exposed to asbestos in the past, quitting smoking could reduce your risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma and improve your overall health.
Talk to Your Doctor about Testing and Monitoring
If you notice symptoms such as chest or abdominal pain, discuss them with your doctor and make sure your physician knows about your history of asbestos exposure. Your physician may order one or more imaging tests, a pulmonary function test, or a blood test that can detect mesothelioma so the illness can be diagnosed before the onset of symptoms.
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should also ask your doctor to regularly screen you for mesothelioma due to your history of asbestos exposure. If mesothelioma is caught at an early stage, you may be able to receive aggressive treatment and have a better chance of survival.
Seek Financial Compensation for Your Illness
Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a shock. Many people who develop the illness did not know that they were exposed to asbestos decades earlier and that cancer had been slowly developing. Once the disease is detected, it is often too late to treat it. Patients may suddenly learn that they have a year or less to live and may struggle to come to terms with that harsh reality.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you and your family may be struggling to cope with the growing pile of medical bills, in addition to regular household expenses. Your dreams of watching your children grow up may have suddenly been shattered, and you may be worried about how your family will carry on without you.
What We Can Do to Seek Justice for You
Our team can investigate to figure out when and how you were exposed to asbestos, and file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to seek a financial award from the company.
Some businesses declared bankruptcy after being confronted with a barrage of mesothelioma lawsuits and set up trust funds to compensate other victims who developed the illness after being exposed to asbestos. We may seek compensation for you from such a trust fund if the company responsible for your illness has created one.
What Can I Do If My Lung Cancer Or Mesothelioma Is a Result of Asbestos?
If your doctor diagnosed you with lung cancer or mesothelioma as a result of asbestos, you have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation for the development of your disease. Your family will also have the right to file a lawsuit if you pass away from your asbestos-related mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Steps to Take if Your Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma Is a Result of Asbestos
Receiving the diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma is devastating to both you and your family. This period of time can seem overwhelming, and the last thing you may want to do is consider filing a lawsuit. However, there are deadlines called statutes of limitations, that limit that amount of time to file your claim in court. The following are the steps you can take if your lung cancer or mesothelioma is a result of asbestos:
Find a Mesothelioma Cancer Specialist
Lung cancer and mesothelioma that are a result of asbestos are very rare cancers, and you should attempt to find a doctor that specializes in these types of diseases. Get second and third opinions and attempt to find clinical trials that would be appropriate for you. Your health is a priority, and you should spend a great deal of time ensuring you receive the best medical care possible.
Consider How You Developed Asbestos-Related Cancer
Over 80% of mesothelioma develops from exposure to asbestos. If your diagnosis of either mesothelioma or lung cancer is a result of asbestos, it is important to attempt to determine where you received that exposure. Some of the entities and companies that could have exposed you to asbestos may be the following:
- Manufacturers of products that contained asbestos.
- Companies that used asbestos-containing products.
- Respiratory equipment manufacturers that created products that failed to prevent asbestos inhalation.
- Companies with asbestos-containing parts or machines.
- Any company that failed to alert its workers or the public that their products contained asbestos, including a company you may have worked for in the past.
Remember that lung cancer and mesothelioma resulting from the inhalation of asbestos can take decades to develop. Consider your history and where you may have worked or lived that could have had asbestos exposure. Many people developed asbestos-related cancers from their family members who would come home from factories, mines, or companies that had asbestos-containing materials, which were then inhaled by family members through second-hand exposure.
Consider What Type of Lawsuit to File
There are three main types of lawsuit you may be able to file regarding your lung cancer or mesothelioma that is a result of asbestos.
A mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer personal injury lawsuit is one where the patient files a lawsuit on their own behalf against a company regarding their exposure to asbestos. A company had a duty to inform its employees and the public of their exposure to asbestos, a known carcinogen.
If you received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of asbestos, contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to understand your legal rights, the documentation you will need, what state you should file your lawsuit, and how to build a strong case.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit is a claim filed by the family of the mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer victim after they have passed away. There is a strict statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits. Visiting with an asbestos attorney can help you understand how your family can receive compensation for the financial hardships endured from the development of their loved one’s lung cancer or mesothelioma as a result of asbestos.
Asbestos Trust Funds
You may also receive compensation for the development of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer as a result of asbestos by filing a claim against an asbestos trust fund. Asbestos trust funds were created by those companies that exposed workers and the public to asbestos without warning.
Other Ways to Receive Compensation
You may also consider looking into your workers’ compensation policy, Social Security Disability, or even the Department of Veteran Affairs if you received exposure to asbestos during your military service.
Can You Sue for Lung Cancer Caused By Asbestos?
If your lung cancer was related to asbestos exposure, you can sue for compensation. Understanding your legal rights after you were diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer is an important first step. Contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at 800-794-0444 to help you understand who you may sue, and how to preserve your claim.
Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is primarily caused by tobacco use. However, approximately 3-4% of all lung cancer cases can be attributed to environmental asbestos exposure. If your lung cancer was determined to be related to asbestos, you may have the right to file a lawsuit for a financial award. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one, or file a claim with an asbestos trust fund.
Suing for Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos
The litigation process for asbestos-related claims is legally complex. We can help you with your lawsuit, and help you understand what you need to file your claim, and help you build a strong case. Contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at 800-794-0444 to get started, and visit with us for your free consultation.
You will need to gather documentation related to both your asbestos exposure and your medical records. Your work history documents, as well as any other employment evidence that confirms that you were in an environment that contained asbestos can help you sue for lung cancer caused by asbestos.
Additionally, you will need to make a list of all of the medical documentation from your doctor indicating that your lung cancer is a direct result of asbestos exposure. Medical notes, diagnostic testing, and pathology reports of tissue samples of your tumor can all help strengthen your case.
Finally, you will want to gather all the medical bills and expenses that were related to your illness. To build a strong case, all documentation needs to be gathered regarding all aspects of your financial hardship.
Determining Who Will Pay Your Asbestos Lung Cancer Claim
Compensation for your asbestos-related lung cancer claim can come from different sources depending on the type of claim and the status of the companies that are liable.
- Liable companies, such as asbestos mines, or asbestos manufacturing companies can be ordered to pay claims.
- Asbestos trust funds are often set up by corporations in order to avoid bankruptcy
- Insurance companies oftentimes will pay under liability insurance that a company held
- Department of Veterans Affairs will pay claims if the victim was a veteran that received their asbestos exposure during their military service.
Personal injury lawsuits typically pay out the most in compensation; however, compensation will depend on the facts and circumstances of your asbestos-related lung cancer case.
Can I File a Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer and had any exposure to asbestos, you may be able to file a mesothelioma & asbestos lung cancer lawsuit. Contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm where we can help answer your questions, provide legal options, and help you build a strong case.
Types of Mesothelioma & Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuits
There are several types of lawsuits you may bring to receive compensation for your mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer development. Each of these lawsuits is different, and may be brought under specific circumstances, and have separate deadlines to file the lawsuit.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit is one where the victim will bring a lawsuit on their own behalf for the damages and injuries caused as a direct result of someone else’s negligence. In these cases, it must be proven that the corporation had a duty to let their employees or those exposed to the asbestos know that they were being exposed to a known carcinogen. They breached that duty, which directly resulted in actual physical damages.
Making the decision to file a personal injury lawsuit can be overwhelming. A great deal of evidence needs to be gathered regarding your medical condition. Medical experts are often needed to testify in mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer cases, and the process can be lengthy and complex.
Additionally, every state has a different statute of limitations by which a person may bring a lawsuit. Determining what state to bring the mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer lawsuit can also prove challenging. It could be in the state where the corporation exists, where the asbestos exposure happened, or where the victim currently resides. All of these different moving parts of a lawsuit are difficult to navigate without the help of an attorney. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer and are considering filing a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We can help you understand what you will need for your personal injury case, where to file, and how to build a strong case.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit is one where the family of the victim will file a mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer lawsuit on behalf of their loved one that passed away.
In wrongful death cases, you must prove that the corporation had a duty to let their employees or those exposed to the asbestos know that they were being exposed to a known carcinogen. They breached the duty of informing their employees of the potential harm, which directly resulted in actual physical injury to your loved one, who then passed away.
You may be able to receive compensation for the medical bills and other associated financial costs that your loved one incurred due to their mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer diagnosis. You may also be able to recover the loss of future wages, loss of consortium, or funeral expenses. There are strict deadlines by which you must file a wrongful death lawsuit, or you may lose your ability to preserve your claim.
Asbestos Trust Funds
Asbestos trust fund cases are ones where a victim files a claim to receive compensation from a trust fund, which are established by corporations that have already admitted guilt to their negligence with asbestos. These trust funds are set up so that victims can receive legal redress, and corporations can avoid costly bankruptcy. Navigating the rules that exist regarding filing an asbestos trust fund claim can be challenging. Contacting a mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer attorney can help you with the process of filing a claim with an asbestos trust fund.
Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. If you worked in any industry or had a close family member that worked in an industry that had exposure to asbestos, you may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Many companies knew that their asbestos-containing products contained a carcinogen and failed to warn people of the dangers.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer or another condition and believe exposure to asbestos could be a cause, you may be entitled to financial awards.
How A Lawyer Can Help You Pursue a Financial Award
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm aims to ensure that you do not endure any more harm than you already have. As you focus on recovery, we will handle the legal responsibility of pursuing financial awards from the liable party by:
- Listening to your story
- Speaking with medical professionals and documenting testimony that asbestos may have caused your lung condition
- Initiating your case and handling all legal responsibilities until a judgment or settlement is reached
- Ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the legal process
We will aim to show that you were exposed to asbestos without proper warning, and in a manner that may have caused or contributed to your condition. We will hope to offset the cost of your treatment with any compensation you are awarded.
Compensation You May Be Awarded in an Asbestos Exposure Case
If we secure a favorable judgment or settlement, you could be entitled to financial awards covering:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages due to your condition
- Punitive damages against the liable party
It is important that you do not wait to call. Some statute of limitations restrict the ability to bring personal injury and wrongful death cases according to the date you discovered your asbestos-induced condition, though there are exceptions to the statutes.
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