Asbestos exposure plays a role in some cancers, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at work or elsewhere, a Connecticut mesothelioma lawyer could help you recover compensation from the business responsible for exposing you. Call the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to determine whether you have a case.
Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the tissues surrounding major organs such as the lungs, stomach, and heart. The most common form of mesothelioma, according to the Mayo Clinic, is pleural mesothelioma affecting the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma is often incurable. However, if a doctor discovers the disease early, several treatments can help to extend the life expectancy of a mesothelioma patient.
The main risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used extensively in construction and other industries for many decades. Many consumer products also contained asbestos. Some examples of products that included and may still include asbestos include:
- Floor tiles
- Roofing materials
- Automotive parts
- Electrical components
- Fireproofing materials
- Talcum powder
Many people experience exposure to asbestos at some point in their lives, and not everyone exposed will develop mesothelioma. However, breathing in large amounts of carcinogenic asbestos fibers repeatedly, either at work or home, is a significant risk factor for developing the disease. Other risk factors include living with someone who works with asbestos, a family history of mesothelioma, and having had radiation treatment in the chest area.
Some workers have a higher risk of coming into frequent contact with asbestos than others. Professions with a higher risk of asbestos exposure include:
- Asbestos miners
- Military personnel
- Construction workers
- Shipyard workers
- Demolition workers
If you or your loved one worked in any of the fields at higher risk for asbestos exposure, you should pay close attention to your health. If you discover any of the following symptoms of mesothelioma, be sure to make a doctor’s appointment immediately, as early detection of the disease is crucial:
- Difficulty breathing
- Painful coughing
- Chest pain
- Unexplained lumps under the chest skin
- Unexpected weight loss
You Could Have Legal Recourse
Asbestos litigation can become complicated, and a lawsuit may require extensive research and expert witness testimony. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understands that if you or a loved one has cancer, you might believe that a lawsuit is more hassle than it is worth. However, consider that you could receive considerable compensation that can help you pay for treatments and offer financial stability for your family in the future.
Help with your case is available, and you do not need to struggle with a lawsuit on your own during what is likely a difficult and challenging time in your life. A Connecticut mesothelioma lawyer can help you with all aspects of a mesothelioma lawsuit.
If you suffer from an asbestos-related illness, or your loved one died from mesothelioma, you can initiate a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a company or other party responsible for your asbestos exposure and illness. An attorney can gather the necessary evidence and file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has handled hundreds of mesothelioma suits and compiled a catalog of companies and products linked to asbestos exposure. We can review your work and residential history and determine who might have exposed you to asbestos. We can also help you negotiate a settlement and represent you in court if needed. Call us today to get started.
Asbestos Trust Funds
You or your loved one could receive compensation from asbestos trust funds, set up by companies that exposed workers to asbestos over the years to compensate workers suffering from asbestos-related diseases. You could potentially tap into such a trust fund and receive compensation to make your life more comfortable. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that companies that went into bankruptcy set up 60 asbestos personal injury trusts with a combined $37 billion in assets since the late 1980s.
You can file a trust fund claim if you suffer from an asbestos-related illness or your loved one died from one. However, you must take certain steps to qualify for a trust fund settlement, and various factors can influence the amount you could receive. A Connecticut mesothelioma lawyer can help you file a claim and fight for a fair settlement amount for you and your loved ones.
Compensation You Could Recover
In a mesothelioma personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you could potentially recover several types of compensation, as well as punitive awards. You should calculate your settlement based on your medical bills, lost wages due to the illness, and any out-of-pocket expenses. Compensation should also consider your emotional and physical pain and anguish, diminishment of your quality of life, and other considerations.
Before your suit goes before a court, a defendant might approach you to offer a settlement. In this case, having a mesothelioma lawyer by your side can prove helpful. A lawyer can review any offers to determine whether the at-fault company did not short-change you with its proposal. They can also submit a counteroffer that accounts for all your economic and noneconomic damages. An attorney will also factor in the costs for any future treatments in connection with your mesothelioma.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
Mesothelioma litigation can quickly become challenging. If you plan on standing up against a large company or manufacturer, having a legal professional provide advice and counsel can offer you peace of mind and assurance that you have someone working for your best interests.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not shy away from tough cases and believes that if you suffer a deadly illness due to someone else’s negligence, they should pay for your damages. We can help build your case in several ways:
- Researching your case
- Gathering evidence to prove your claim
- Calculating all your damages
- Providing expert witnesses for your claim
- Negotiating with defendants or their insurance company
- Representing you in court
Connecticut Gen. Stat. § 52-584 limits you to two years from when you receive your mesothelioma diagnosis to file a personal injury lawsuit. To avoid missing the deadline, you might want to consult with a Connecticut mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 today for a free evaluation of your mesothelioma claim with a team member.