A mesothelioma diagnosis can devastate a patient. Often, when patients find out they have that form of cancer, the illness has already reached an advanced stage. They face limited treatment options, and they do not have much time left to live.
If you recently learned that you have mesothelioma, you may still feel shocked by the diagnosis, struggling to come to terms with it. You may suffer from physical pain, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms that make it difficult to work, care for your children or grandchildren, and participate in activities you used to enjoy.
Without your income, you and your spouse have struggled to cover basic living expenses, such as your mortgage and groceries, and now find a stack of expensive medical bills putting even more stress on your financial situation.
A Delaware mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you seek financial compensation. For more than 30 years, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented people across the United States who suffered personal injuries such as mesothelioma. Our team can help you file a personal injury lawsuit to help you pursue justice. Call our office today at (800) 614-2067 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Asbestos Exposure Leading Cause for Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that most often affects the lining surrounding the lungs. However, it can also begin in the lining that surrounds the abdomen, heart, or testicles. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the use of asbestos, bundles of naturally occurring fibers mined for decades and used in a wide range of products and industries, including:
- Construction materials
- Automotive parts
- Fireproof and heat-resistant clothing
In many cases, people who have mesothelioma worked in jobs where asbestos exposure was common. Individuals who worked in construction, auto repair, firefighting, and other professions may have had regular contact with asbestos. If their employer did not provide protective equipment, workers might have inhaled or swallowed fibers that irritated the lining of the lungs or stomach, eventually causing them to develop mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure did not always occur on the job. For example, people who worked with asbestos sometimes carried fibers home on their bodies and clothing, exposing their family members to the carcinogen when the fibers became airborne in the home. Many individuals also contacted asbestos by using household products that contained it.
Mesothelioma treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy. Your oncologist might also combine treatment methods.
People who have their mesothelioma caught early have a better chance of surviving. Unfortunately, mesothelioma often escapes detection until the cancer has reached an advanced stage and metastasized, or spread to other parts of the body. This spread makes the disease extremely difficult to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, five-year survival rates for mesothelioma are generally low—about 10 percent for all stages combined.
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How a Delaware Mesothelioma Lawyer Could Help You
Because patients typically receive their mesothelioma diagnosis years or decades after exposure to asbestos, they do not know when or how their exposure to the carcinogen occurred. That can make it challenging to determine the liable party for an individual’s asbestos exposure and hold that person or company accountable.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented numerous clients who suffered from mesothelioma and helped them seek justice. Our team interviewed those clients, conducted research, and put together a database containing information on products that contained asbestos and the companies that produced and sold them. We can use that information to investigate how and when your exposure occurred.
Once a Delaware mesothelioma lawyer has determined the source of your exposure, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable company. We can seek compensation to cover your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Mesothelioma Trust Funds
In some instances, companies that sold products containing asbestos faced a barrage of lawsuits from people who later developed mesothelioma. Some of those businesses declared bankruptcy and set up trust funds to compensate other victims who contracted asbestos-related illnesses.
If we find that the company responsible for your asbestos-related mesothelioma has declared bankruptcy, we might be able to pursue a financial award on your behalf through a trust fund if the company created one. If we cannot obtain payment through a trust fund or negotiate a settlement with the defendant’s attorneys, we can go to trial to seek justice for you. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Contact a Delaware Mesothelioma Lawyer
Receiving compensation will not heal your cancer, but it could ease some of the financial burdens on you and your loved ones. You would not have to concern yourself with how to cover your medical bills and other expenses, nor would you have to worry about your family’s long-term financial security.
You should not let concerns about legal fees stop you from seeking compensation for what you have endured. Our Delaware mesothelioma lawyers operate on a contingency basis, meaning that if you hire us to represent you in a personal injury case, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. We will only get paid if we secure a financial award on your behalf.
You might not have a lot of time to act. According to Delaware Code Title 10, § 8119, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from when you received your mesothelioma diagnosis. Our team will need time to investigate, figure out how your asbestos exposure occurred, and build a case.
Once we have filed a lawsuit, it could take several months, or even years, to resolve the matter. Since mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, time might not be on your side. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 614-2067 for a free case review with a team member. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started working for you.